Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews was excellent. I loved it, and I will speak more on what I loved in a few minutes, but first, I must mock.
The cover and the title of this book makes me want to die. It’s a miracle I read it at all, because it looks like a bad romance novel. It’s not a bad romance novel. It’s a good book with an element of romance (though it is by no means the focus), however you would never know that from the front. Look at it. Be a little disgusted with me. Why is his shirt half-off? I would understand a little better if he were simply shirtless, but it slid off his shoulders! Why? And her outfit is torn. I don’t understand. I hate it. I love the Andrews but this makes me cringe. Apparently there was a rejected cover, and I like it much better. It shows the relationship between the two main characters and doesn’t make me want to cry. For the purposes of this review, we’ll pretend that it’s the actual cover.
The story follows Nevada, a private investigator, who is sent on a suicide mission to bring a pyromaniac back to his family. Here is the summary from Amazon:
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.
I enjoyed the witty back-and-forth which is a signature of Ilona Andrews novels. I also enjoyed the world that she placed us in this time. Her world-building skills are excellent and I always get sucked in a little.
Nevada was a plucky heroine reminiscent of Veronica Mars. She was logical enough to know she needed help, but wary enough to arm herself accordingly. Within 24 hours of meeting Mad Rogan she gets these shocks implanted in her so she could incapacitate him should she need to. I was impressed.
Rogan was…interesting. Not my favorite hero, but I sense that he will become better with time. The next book is high on my list of anticipated novels of this year.
If paranormal romance is your thing, or if you’re a fan of Ilona’s but hesitated at this new series, pick this up. You’ll like it, I promise.