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.
As soon as the next books were available in the bookstore I pre-ordered. Ilona Andrews' books are phenomenal, and this book is no different! Also check out their other books, you won't regret it.
Awesome page turner!
The dynamic duo that is Ilona Andrews has really done it again. I love this new alternative reality they have created. The characters are interesting (and magical) and the story grabs you from the get go and holds you to the end. I can't wait for the next installments in this series to be released...already pre-ordered!
Burn For Me
If Jane Austen wrote paranormal romance, her pen name would have been Andrews. You'll connect with the characters, enjoy the world they live in, and want to read the story again. Prepare to fall in love.
Burn for me
This series has all the ear marks of a classic. If it could become a TV series it would compete with True Blood ". THe characters have depth, the story line is many faceted yet capable grabbing you and holding your attention. Can't wait till next installment.
Another must read
Ilona Andrews never fails to write a book that keeps you wanting more. This is similar to her kinsman short stories, something I wish there were more of. Absolutely love her characters and worlds.
Burning for more!
Wow, this book was one of the best reads I have enjoyed in quite a while. I love the tension between the two main characters. The back stories were superbly written and added quality to the whole picture.
I cannot wait for the next installment. I have followed the whole Kate Daniels series, and I will be happy to follow this one as well!
I recommend you read this book, it is exciting, suspenseful and entertaining. I was sad when the story ended.
Their best ever
Please don't make us wait an entire year for the next novel about these two characters.
It took a while at the outset to lay the groundwork for what I hope will be a series...family, geography, relationships and new characters are now familiar to your readers.
And the story was great: a terrific narrative, fascinating heroes and a switch in internal monologue at the end. Can't believe I'm being this effusive: More Soon Please
Ultimate Ilona Andrews
All the talent, skill, creativity & humor the team of Ilona Andrews has honed in their previous novels & short stories come together in this ultimate novel. Contemporary setting with magic (On the Edge), cutthroat clans guarding their magic (Silver Shark), heroine with quirky family (On the Edge), rich smoldering ultimate Alpha Male (Kate Daniels Series), told mostly from the point of view of a stubborn, capable, fallible heroine (every Ilona Andrews story).