If you know anything about me, you know I LOVE Ilona Andrews. I am obsessed with anything they right. I love Kate Daniels (If you haven’t for some forsaken reason read the Kate Daniels series, get on it!), I love The Edge series (although it appears that there were those who did not, I see nothing not to love about those four books and I was pretty heartbroken when they stopped writing them), I love all their short stories and the online serials (The Innkeeper Chronicles which can be read online, on their website for free). I have been awaiting this new series and ripped through the book in just a few days (that is saying something since I have a full time job, a husband and an 11 month old who all think they should have access to my reading time). There has been a lot of talk about the terrible cover, but I actually put off reading the first Kate book for years because I wasn’t sure about the cover, but I have since decided I will read any and all things they write no matter the genre.
Nevada Baylor runs a private investigative firm with her family although she is the primary person for everything, except research. She lives in a warehouse type building that has been converted into office, living quarters, and work space for grandma who is a mechanic. Her family consists of her mother and grandmother, two younger cousins and two younger sisters.
The story takes place in Houston with an alternate history that results in people having magic. It runs in family genetics, with the most powerful, rich and influential being the ones who have the magic, over the years it gets diluted and some people are duds. Nevada’s PI firm is sold to a big family powerhouse to pay for some bills. This hasn’t been an issue until now, when the Montgomery’s (the family that bought the PI firm) decides that Nevada has to go on a suicide mission to find and retain a wanted criminal (who belongs to another powerful family) before the police. The wanted criminal is a prime (highest level of magical user) and very dangerous PLUS there is someone else who is trying to get to the criminal who is equally dangerous. This puts Nevada in the path of two very dangerous, very powerful men who are used to getting their own way.
Loved every second of it. Loved the first bit of the second book that is at the end. I want to know more!