Burn For Me Audiobook by Ilona Andrews (review)

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Review of: Burn For Me Audiobook
Ilona Andrews

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On November 1, 2014
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Burn For Me Audiobook

By: Ilona Andrews

Narrated by: Renée Raudman

Published by Harper Audio 10/28/2014

Burn For Me audiobook by Ilona Andrews

Warm (adult content)

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Hidden Legacy Series # 1

12 hrs and 45 mins

Genre: Urban fantasy

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.

©2014 Ilona Gordon and Andrew Gordon (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers


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Burn For Me

My Thoughts

Let me start by saying, Burn For Me, is so much more than that cover! I’m afraid a lot non-romance UF fans might stay way from this amazing listen, thinking this is just a “sappy romance” Oh… But they would be wrong…So wrong!

In a world where magic is the most covet commodity and the ultimate ranking for social status, we get introduce to a run off the mill Private Investigator, Nevada Baylor, at the time when she is about to embark in a case that’s way above her head and expertise – thanks to the forceful insistence of a powerful individual.

Until now, Nevada’s firm has only handled small fraud and cheating spouse cases, but the case in hand will demand extraordinary measures that will reveal an extraordinary heroine.

With the magnitude of this case Nevada will have to put to use her magical talents, those which she has kept secret in order to live a normal life. And as she embarks in this dangerous task, we get to take a ride in another magnificent creation, where mystery, humor, action, danger, politics and exquisite SEXUAL TENSION fill our next 12 hours.

Nevada is strong, caring, vulnerable the right way and a smart girl who displays all the qualities that make us love a heroine.

When her pass crosses with Mad Rogan’s, a magical elite, who happens to have a stake on the investigation, challenging but interesting alliances begin to form.

Mad Rogan is a character that could very well fit in a contemporary romance setting. He’s flawed, wealthy, ruthless, a bit of a psychopath, a control freak and a very powerful individual – The kind of alpha I hate to love, and the kind that triggers my curiosity.

As the investigation continues, and as we get introduced to other characters, we begin to dig deeper in a plot that despite its urban setting fully transports you to the world within.

The banter between the protagonists layers the story with a subtle sexy romance current that doesn’t distract from the mystery and the events at hand. The story leaves us anxious for more from these characters as well as the world in general.

I found the plot refreshing, original, captivating, but best of all, skillfully carried out! Nothing less than what I expected from this duo.

There’s a reason Ilona Andrews is an auto-buy for me, and Burn For Me keeps them secured in that list.

If you’re a fan of Ilona Andrews’ writing, this book should be already in your Audiobook library….Yes sir! Is that good!

Burn for Me is a must for all UF fans.

Burn For Me Audibook Narration

My review
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I’m a huge fan of narrator Renée Raudman. She’s fantastic with every genre; she has no difficulties in bringing a meet-cute romance as well as a nail-biting suspenseful listen to life with full credibility.

I can’t imagine any other narrator who would be me more appropriate to perform this material despite running the risk of sounding a little too close to the other Author’s novels, in this case, Kate Daniels.

I’m always a little nervous when the same narrator is going to read a new series from the same author. I can’t help being afraid about the voices being too close to the previous characters and not believing this is a fresh interpretation.

Well, my fears in this case were totally unfounded. In just in a few minutes of listening Ms. Raudman became Nevada Baylor and Mad Rogan, and I immediately got transported to a world of magic in Huston, Texas.
Even with some familiar voices I never felt in any world out of the one in hand.

If Burn For Me will be your first experience with narrator Renée Raudman, you’re in for a treat! Her interpretations always match the awesomeness of Ilona Andrews material.

Authors Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews

Authors – Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2smIlona 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.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children, and many dogs and cats. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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Narrator Renée Raudman

Renee Raudman narrator

Narrator Reneé Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.


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  1. Great review, Loupe! I’ve been hearing so many nice things about this one, so I recently picked it up. This will be my first time reading anything from Ilona Andrews!

    • You must listen to this Grace! Actually I recommend both series, Kate Daniels is amazing too, but this is a good time to get in this new ride. The narrations is all A’s 🙂

  2. So excited to see all of yall bloggers I adore loving this one. I can’t wait to get to read it. And on that cover even us romance loving girls are having to overlook it. lol

    • I know 🙁 You can tell I’m not a big fan of the cover…LOL
      This an awesome introduction to the series, I hope you decide to give it go 🙂

  3. You’re right before starting this one I was sure it was a romance like many others but I was so surprised to see it was finally a mix between UF and PNR but more UF and I so loved it! You were really fast (to listen) with this one and I’m glad you had a wonderful time with it as well! I can’t wait for more!

    • I can finish and audiobook in less than a day when I can’t stop listening..LOL That’s the reason I love audios, because I can still do house work while I listen..LOL It was great 🙂

  4. I went into this book blind. I didn’t read the blurb at all (Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About and I were both shamed by Ilona and Erika Tsang, the editor who wrote the blurb for not reading). This is a book that I just saw the author and it moved to the top of my BUY list. And I will always go to audio with them audio if available, because they always get Renee Raudman to do them. What a great team!

    Now that I’m done fangirling, the story. I have about an hour left that I will listen to while cleaning. I didn’t want to stop but got really ugly looks from DH for keeping my earbuds in, so I stopped.

    One character who is not getting enough love is Bug. I loved him and I loved Raudman’s voice for him, especially when he talked extra fast.

    • Raudman is great! Yes! I liked that too. I was lucky I was off from work and also that they put it on audible around 10PM the night before..I was thrilled! Although I paid for it the day after..LOL
      I got an ARC back in May at RT – But as much as I wanted to read it, I waited for Raudman to read to me..LOL It was a great decision..lOL

  5. SQUEEEEEE! I love that you loved this so hard. I am listening late night to this now, even though I read it and love the narrator.

    • So good Kimba 🙂 And I hope you’re enjoying the audio just as much!

  6. I had some concerns over Renée Raudman narrating this series too, not that she wouldn’t do a fab job, but that I’d have a difficult time making the switch from the KD characters to these new ones. Thanks for clearing that up! Jessica reviewed this one on the blog, so I’ll probably listen to it ‘just for me’ which is wonderful, the pressure’s off! I listened to Andrews’ entire The Edge series, so I had 0 doubt that this author duo’s romance would be on par with their action.

    • I shouldn’t have worried, she was great with Clean Sweep so I should have known better – A professional is a professional..LOL
      I can’t wait to read your thoughts, I’m sure you’ll write something on Goodreads 🙂

    • It’s a must Lily 🙂 I think you’ll love it too…Do the audio 😉

  7. Ilona Andrews books are always better than the covers. They are perfect at humor, world-building, and action!

    • That’s for sure!..And you should see the covers for the audiobooks…LOL
      They truly are a talented couple 🙂

  8. I’m over the moon with all your comments! Squealing, actually! You have NO idea how nervous I was about doing another series for Ilona Andrews. I was thrilled that Ilona and Gordon entrusted me to it, and yet quite a wreck that their fans might not feel I would be differentiated enough from their other series. I’m so happy you enjoyed the audio. I think Ilona Andrews knocked this one out of the park. Thanks so much for all your support and continued listening over the years!!!!

    • No need to worry! All of my audio peeps LOVED the book and your interpretation, and here at Hot Listens Melanie and I (huge fans BTW) have truly enjoyed all of your performances, and Burn for Me is not the exception.
      Fabulous job!
      Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  9. I just checked my calendar and it looks like I scheduled this read today! Woot! This will be my first IAndrews book, excited!!

    • YAY!! I hope you’re enjoying as much I did Briane!
      I’m pretty sure you will 🙂

  10. Great review Loupe, thanks for the UF shout out because I love that genre.

    • You’ll love this one Debbie 🙂 And since you are doing Audiobooks, make sure you add this to the pile 🙂 Great narration!

  11. This sounds like another amazing audio. I just finished reading Burn for Me today and LOVED it! I would love to try the audio version as well after reading how much you enjoyed it. Thanks Loupe for the wonderful review 🙂

    • Oh yes Kim! The narrator is just awesome, I highly recommend it 🙂

  12. I just started this one last night and unfortunately I only got an hour in. It is taking a bit to get adjusted but I am excited for it it take off. This is my first Andrews book, I know can you believe that? I have read nothing but stellar reviews for this so I am excited to see a five star rating for the audio. Hope I love it just as much!

    • Oh! I hope you do too Heidi:) But sometimes our expectations get out of hand when we see a lot high ratings, I really hope in this case the book meets all your expectations and more 🙂

  13. HELL YES! This book rocked. I totally agree about the cover, though. Not a very good representation of the story.

    • Right? Such a good book, it deserved a better cover 🙁

  14. Yes to everything you said. I love that you like your heroes just the way I like mine… Team Mad Rogan! 🙂

    • I love her heroes, and I might end up liking Mad Rogan more than Curran…I can’t believe I said that!..LOL

  15. another author I need to try. Great review Loupe…one day I’ll try this one out. I do have the first book from their other series on audio though.

    • Great Sharonda! You have Magic Bites! That’s an awesome book too, same narrator, and she rocks!! Not a lot romance, it’s mostly an UF, but the sexual tension really picks up in the following books 🙂
      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did – This is new series and it also has a great beginning 🙂

  16. The love for this book seems to be unanimous! I haven’t read them at all yet, but all this talk has inspired me to finally pick up Kate Daniels, so I’ll be on the bandwagon soon 🙂

    • You have to listen to this one Berls!!! I’m positive you’re going to love it….Well, hope you do 🙂

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