Burn for Me is my Go-To book for just about everything. If I'm in a reading slump. If I'm sad. If I'm cranky. If I'm mad at the world. Whatever the issue; this book lifts me right out of whatever hole I'm in. Part of that is because The Andrews do a phenomenal job with introspection and motivations. You understand what the character is thinking and feeling as they are reacting and it all goes in so seamlessly you don't notice the mechanics; you are just having a great time. The other part is the story is a foot to the floor thrill ride that never fails to entertain.
I've lost track of how many times I've read it. I've already destroyed my paperback copy. Often a 5 star read drops dramatically on the re-read. The magic of the initial read is gone and I wonder what why I loved it so much the first time around.
That almost never happens with An Ilona Andews book. This is especially true with Burn For Me, it holds up. The characters are so solid and entertaining; the story so engaging; the action so compelling I can fall into it over and over and never get bored. Gordon and llona Andrews build such memorable characters you can't help investing in them.
Everything (except for a few irritants that I overlook because this IS fiction and the real world can just go spit) about this book satisfies. The characters, the pacing, the entertainment factor.
If they have a fault (and I'm not sure they do) it's that all of their male Alpha characters are very similar, dark and dangerous, with a sly sense of humor that catches you off guard. I Adore Them.
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 stupefying courageous. Mess with her loved ones at your own peril, because God may have mercy on you, but Nevada won't. Mad Rogan - the scariest male in any room. 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. I wish the Baylors lived down the street from me. I'd hang out at their house all the time. Nevada's mom is a former sniper. Her sisters and cousins are spunky. And when she isn't spitting out clever one-liners, her grandma fixes tanks. Yes, T A N K S. she wears more axle grease than perfume and has enough attitude to keep up with her granddaughters. Nevada may have all the adventures, but I'm more than a little in love with grandma Frida.
It's been torture waiting for White Hot to drop.