Synopsis: Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. 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 or 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.
Review: I had a lot of fun with this one. To be honest I had my reservations somewhat because the cover is pretty romancey, if not a bit on the cheesy side. I am more of an urban fantasy fan but I decided to give this one a go since Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite author teams. Well, they certainly didn’t let me down and in the usual Andrews fashion we’re brought a fantastic level of world building along with good characterization and plenty of funny one-liners. It doesn’t feel cliche at all. I enjoyed pretty much every page. I think if you opened this book wanting pure romance you will be somewhat disappointed, but I think the sequels will probably do a better job of it. And personally I prefer it that way. I’m more of a fan of the slow burn anyway. This is a new ship I can really become invested in.
I like that Nevada and Rogan have distinct personalities. Their chemistry is effortless and it’s actually very well done for one book. Several of my favorite ships take a little while to build it up to the point of where it feels natural. Rogan’s back story is compelling and I think I would like to see a prequel at some point involving how he built the reputation he has through his military career. I’d love to get more sense of that character’s motivations. He’s eye candy, yes, but there’s potential for a truly dynamic character here if we get more throughout the sequels. Nevada, I like her somewhat less at this point, but I wouldn’t say I’m annoyed with her either. It’s just her naïveté that will certainly chip away given enough time based on the life she’s chosen and the clear trajectory of where it’s going.
I liked the various powers and their levels and how that becomes more of a currency than actual currency. A lot of value is placed on it, but those of lesser abilities have their uses as well. All in all i finished the book really looking forward to the sequel and the further developments for Nevada and Rogan. It’s not insta-love and that makes it all the more interesting!
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