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Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy) Mass Market Paperback – October 28, 2014
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Andrews serves up a refreshing new magical society, excellent world-building, beguiling characters, and strong storytelling...Romantic sparks and a tangled mystery make this a lively, impressive series debut. (Publishers Weekly on BURN FOR ME)
Intriguing, multilayered characters and a fresh, imaginative alternate reality based in Houston help round out the heart-stopping, kick-butt action. Seeing Andrews’ name on a book is an iron-clad guarantee of an outstanding reading adventure! (Romantic Times BOOKclub, Top Pick, 4 1/2 stars, BURN FOR ME)
The stakes are high throughout, the action is tight, and the romance steamy...Readers will burn for the next installment. (Booklist (starred review), BURN FOR ME)
About the Author
"Ilona Andrews" is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) They have co-authored two New York Times and USA Today bestselling series—the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge—and are working on the next volumes for both. They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.
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Burn for Me is a whirlwind in more ways than one. A mystery, a dangerous quest, a burgeoning romance between two rock-headed alphas, neither of whom want to give up the wheel. Nevada - smart mouthed, stubborn and loyal to the ground. Mad Rogan dark - powerful and wickedly dangerous. He can literally move mountains. They will be rubble when he's done but that's beside the point. Together they do their damnedest to prevent a cataclysm, while testing each others mettle and bumping heads.
It would take me all day to explain why I love this book and in the end the words would basically boil down to this. The writing is superb. The characters are fabulous and the story is amazing.
It's been torture waiting for White Hot to drop.
I love Nevada and her tight-knit family, the world, and the exciting and suspenseful UF plot. This book (as usual) has a definite resolution of the immediate crisis, while setting up for the overarching plot to continue unfolding. Naturally, with "Ilona Andrews" on the (horribly silly clinch) cover, the writing itself is terrific.
I can hardly wait for the next book(s), to see Nevada finally exploring her own abilities, and — of course — to see her somehow humanize Rogan. We the reader are given just enough insight into his perspective to reassure us that, under the utter arrogance of power that barely understands the meaning of "No", there IS a guy who can be worth the effort. I have faith that it'll be great, because Ilona and Gordon have already won past my doubts once, with Curran.
I just wish the much-ballyhooed publisher delay to supposedly rework the covers had meant _White Hot_ would actually look like something I'd be proud to display, instead of another I'd rather read with the public cover-invisibility of Kindle.
"You killed Peaches.” I stepped over the gap in the bridge.
"Of course I killed him.”
I opened my mouth and closed it.
"Okay,” Mad Rogan said. “This is distracting you, and I need you to function, so let’s fix this. Which part of what happened is upsetting?”
I opened my mouth again and closed it again without saying anything. Peaches would’ve attacked us, possibly killed us, so what Mad Rogan did was justified. It was the sheer sudden brutality of it. It was the way he did it, without any hesitation. One moment Peaches was there, and then he vanished. No trace of him remained. He was crushed out of existence. He was . . . dead.
"Let me help,” he said. “You’ve been taught all your life that killing another person is wrong, and that belief persists even in the face of facts. Not only would Peaches have killed us given the chance, but this way I only had to kill one person rather than kill half a dozen of his followers. I saved several lives, but your conditioning tells you I’ve done the wrong thing. I didn’t. He started it. I finished it.”
"It’s not that. I was getting ready to shoot him in the head.” But when you shot someone, there was a slight chance they might live. There would be a body. What he did was so complete and sudden that I needed a couple of moments to come to terms with it.
"Then what is it?”
"It’s the . . .” I struggled for words. “Splat.”
Mad Rogan glanced at me, his eyes puzzled. “Splat.”
"I had briefly considered impaling him with one of those steel poles from the roof, but I decided it would be too graphic for you. Would that have been preferable?”
My mind conjured up Peaches with a steel pole sticking out of his stomach. “No.”
"I really would like to know,” he said with genuine curiosity. “The next time I kill someone, I’d like to do it in a way that doesn’t freak you out.”
"How about you don’t kill anybody for a little bit?”
"I can’t make that promise.”
Small talk with the dragon. How are you? Eaten any adventurers lately? Sure, just had one this morning. Look, I still got his femur stuck in my teeth. Is that upsetting to you?"
AND THAT folks ... is first-class writing.