Burn for Me
Book 1, Hidden Legacy - A Hidden Legacy Novel
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand-new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire . . .
Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.
Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run and wanting to surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.
Rogan's after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she's getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.
From Publishers Weekly
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We have a society where magic has a place and their own houses/system and then you have normal people. Meet Nevada Baylor who is a private investigator. Now you have a possible client and with a mystery whom she can help or walk away. Add in Connor Rogan mix well and let the fun begin. You have lots of action, twists/ subplots, humor and the beginnings of a possible romance. Meet Bern, Cantina, Arbella, Leon, mom and grandma Frida, Montgomery and a few more and you will find the book hard to put down! I highly recommend this book!
Strong magic world with family oriented character, and a new "friend"
*I read this book for my own enjoyment.
I love that Nevada has a great family. There are 2 sisters, 2 cousins, her mom, and her grandma all living together. They have strong and different personalities. But they are also the reason Nevada takes the job she does. She wants to take care of them all, being the oldest child... and maybe some guilt in there too. But she loves them and wants they cared for as best as possible.
Hahaha. Nevada and Mad Rogan. I love the banter between these two. Of course he gets off on a bad footing when they first meet, but Nevada won't take any of his crap. I love this as she's a strong personality. Mad Rogan has gotten under her skin though. She finds his eyes, and maybe other parts, attention holding.
Then there's the sexy yet "guilty" party that Nevada's to bring in. Adam Pierce. Oh he is a hoot. He's so full of himself. Then there's Mad Rogan. Oh my. He is a man to dream about. And what his magic can do... Well, it's dangerous. He's definitely got a few other issues though. But that makes him a good contrast for Nevada. It's like she's teaching him to be a human being as the story goes. I love how Nevada's view on these two different men are written and perceived from Nevada's eyes. This influences how we feel about them, though I do still smile at Adam's flirting as Grandma just loves him.
I enjoyed the story and the strong personality interaction with Nevada and Mad Rogan, after I let the kidnapping go in my mind. The kidnapping... ugh. It was rough, but it ended well. I *guess* Mad Rogan isn't as bad a guy as thought. But once I was past this, I can see why women are attracted to Rogan.
The book had a few great points to make that felt to hit the heart. Nevada is a strong willed woman. She sees things and points them out. Like the woman that still fall over Mad Rogan because of who he is, looks like, and can do even after he's cruel to them. Seriously. Nevada even points out the response to his mean actions and woman are better than that. That the woman should care more about herself and he doesn't need to act like that. Even family points, loving each other and caring for each other. Nevada's sisters and cousins are still in school (of some sort). It's great at advice that's given at times when those characters are in the scene. I love the family aspect.
The magic system is complex and we get to learn it as we go. This author team gives us the pieces we need of the system with each scene so we can learn it through the characters and world instead of dropping it all in our laps. This works better for me as a reader. And I know there's more to learn, which will come with each book.
The beginning felt like the story wasn't going anywhere. No, not that. It felt as the case Nevada was put on was going to go nowhere. There were no leads, no tips, nothing to work with. Nevada has contacts and makes things happen though. We still didn't get the whole picture of what's going on. We get a solution to Nevada's one purpose on the case, but we are left holding the bag wanting to know the BIG picture. The ending felt really fast for me. I'll have to reread the epilogue and last chapter again and pull it apart.
Am I excited for the next book? Absolutely! I enjoyed Nevada and her life adventures. I'm curious as to what the bigger picture is and what troubles will be in the near future. I'll be picking the next book up.
3.5 rating. I have mixed feelings about this book. I divided Nevada into three parts. Investigator, family, woman. I loved the investigator and family aspect of her. Very smart and loving. The woman, not so much. She was quite judgmental. Especially of Primes. Seemed a bit prejudice where they were concerned, without cause. It did not appear that anything had directly happened to her or her family to justify this attitude. She always focused on her short comings, and from what I could gather from the story, were all in her own mind. She was educated and came from a loving family. She did not have any bad relationships in her past. Just a boring love interest of her choosing. Her father died and she felt obligated to take care of her family. Both fine qualities. In walks Connor Rogan. She judged him so harshly. I did not understand it. I assumed it was because she was so attracted to him and this bothered her. He was a killer, but he was a solder. Came with the territory. Yes he kidnaped her, but it was because he thought she was working with Adam. He was trying to help his cousin find and protect her son. Being a Prime required him to put the House first. Although, I suspect he would take care of the House, but in the end, would not sacrifice his heart for it. Nevada spewed all that negativity about him to pull her back from her own lust. She didn't want to see the man that he was because she assumed she could not have him. So she constantly tried to tear him down. Luckily Connor was a strong, confident man who had no qualms about going toe to toe with Ms. Negative. As far as the writing style, too much world building for me. Nevada was constantly describing every minute thing. Drove me crazy. I did like the story and loved Adam. I actually wanted more of him in the story. Found him fascinating. The ending was disappointing. However, it turns out that Nevada really knew nothing about Mad Rogan. Seems even if he had spent time with the his family it would not have matter. His cousin hated him because of his magic and sacrificed her own son to revenge something that was not Rogan's fault. He was born with his powers. So basically this story is about jealousy and hate. Good story, however, I will not follow series. Too, too descriptive for me. I found myself rushing towards the end at times.