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_Burn For Me_, Ilona Andrews, first Hidden Legacy novel

I lurrrrvvee the Kate Matthews series set in a post magical weird thing Atlanta. I even like the ancillary stories and novel. I tried reading the Edge series and bounced. I may one day return, because the Ilona Andrews writing team apparently has a rep for slow starts that then get really good. With that warning in mind, and having bounced off the most recent Kris Longknife book (I'll get back to it, almost certainly), I read _Burn For Me_.

Short form: Wheeee! I look forward to the next one and hope for a long and profitable for the Ilona Andrews team project.

Long form: SPOILERS RUN RUN RUN AWAY IN FEAR AUGH! ADAM PIERCE IS CHASING YOU FASTER FASTER!

Everyone gone? Okee.

The front matter almost did me in. It is eye roll central for the background on the Osiris Serum and its impact on society (shades of JAK's Founder's Formula, much? Altho I also kept thinking of some of the Wild Cards universe), and the Waller's visit to Mad Rogan felt way over the top.

Good news! The book itself is nothing like that front matter. Instead, we get Kate, er, Nevada, snarking off to wildly powerful men (Augustine she calls a Terrible Person -- which is true, but tactless, Adam Pierce she buys a t-shirt for because he's shirtless in so much of his social media coverage, and wow the shit she flips Connor Rogan is really, really uncalled for albeit extremely humorous), and generally being heroic. Inevitably, the apparently under-powered Kate, er, Nevada turns out not to be underpowered at all, just in hiding. And because she is in hiding, she hasn't developed her magic much and doesn't really even know what her magic is.

Basically, if you like Kate and Curran, and you're up for new names, a wildly different family setup, different magic system, different tech environment, Houston instead of Atlanta, Family dynasties instead of vampires/werewolves/etc., you'll love this. Love love love this. I sure did.

Gimme more.

Minimal sexoring, and the sexoring which is present involves magical powers, which is for me, somewhat meh. Also the I Want All That Focus And Attention Pointed At Me turned out to be a bit triggery for me but probably won't be for anyone else.
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