Great Balls of Fire! Burn for Me by @Ilona_Andrews #MondayBlogs Review & #Recipe
Welcome to a long over due Mamma’s Kitchen Mondays Review!
I squealed so loud when I saw Roxanne announce we were touring Ilona. I threw myself in and am thrilled to be helping launch the tour. I also have a wonderful recipe which fits this hot read with an equally hot recipe.
Burn For Me
Series: Hidden Legacy Series #1
by Ilona Andrews
Length: 12 hours and 45 minutes
Published by Avon, HarperCollins
on October 28, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career-a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. 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 or 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.
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Amazon Canada | Amazon United Kingdom
Google Play |Harpercollins
The urban fantasy blockbuster team of Ilona Andrews has done it again with BURN FOR ME. This is one book I will say do NOT judge by the cover. My first Kate Daniels book didn’t have a cover and so luckily I was hooked before seeing the cover because I never would have picked it up. When the Kate Andrews series ended I read everything else and have been waiting and following all the snippets and all the incredible back stories, characters, and explanations of the world build our protagonist Nevada Bayor and Connor “Mad” Rogan live in.
In the world of Hidden Legacy, magic is passed down through your parents. Because of this many of the strong families in the higher casts would research and marry because of the flavor of magic in order to have a a child with strong magic. Magic is divided in how powerful they are in a form of ranks. The highest is called a Prime. If a family produces two Primes over three generations they are considered a powerful house of magic.
House Pierce is one of the strongest houses and our protagonist is tasked to bring in their son who has gone rogue. The issue is Adam Pierce is one of the strongest Pyrokinesis (master of fire) over all. He also is accused of breaking into a bank vault and killing one of the guards and injuring many others. Mad Rogan is apply named because his magic is one of the strongest in the world. Nevada is what is called a Truthseeker. She knows when you are lying and learns she can complete the truth also. The magic is complex and weaves a tale just as complete. The authors explain it best:
“Magic exists in the world, magic is hereditary, and family business often revolves around the family magic.“
One thing I adore about alternate history/paranormal urban fantasy are the complex world builds. When an author pulls it off, as Andrews always does, it is spectacular. The world of Hidden Legacy is set in Houston, TX. Our protagonist Nevada, is another strong female protagonist from Andrews. One who will be able to keep us going from book to book. I adore Kate Daniels but she has such a tragic past. Nevada’s is tragic but because of her wit and her personality as well as the wonderful supporting characters I am going to go out on a limb and say I love her a bit more. She is a private investigator whose agency was established by her father and since his death she maintains. She has a huge compassionate heart especially when it comes to her family. Because of debt a large firm owned by one of the larger House, holds the rights to the firm so when they say jump, she does. This time it may come at the price of her business, her family’s home and possibly her life.
Mad Rogan is a Prime Telekinetic has a completely different outlook on life. He is brilliant, commanding, ruthless, antisocial and at times seemingly sociopathic. He infuriates Nevada to no ends. It may be because of the fact she is kidnapped as a “get to know you” thing. 🙂 Andrews is a master at creating conflict and sexual tension. You cannot beat the two most unlikely people dancing around the truth. At the beginning of the book Rogan’s sister asks him to find her son Gavin, who has hooked up with Adam Pierce, a Prime Pyrokinetic who is wanted not only for breaking in and burning a bank down, but also murder.
At first I thought a possible love triangle but .. well you will have to read it to find out. What Adam Pierce also is, is a horrific meglomaniac. Nevada is told if she does not bring him into his House she will lose her business and her families home. She has no choice but to go after him and bring him in alive since law enforcement will not take a chance at being burned alive. What his intentions are who knows.
There is so much more to the story. There are tons of reason why you should read this and the above is only a few of them. It is a win just with the successful first person point of view. Seamless to the point I did not even notice it. There is action, adventure, magic, romance which is just beginning (and in no way over the top), and humor. Snarky fun and passionate characters. I cannot wait for book two! Oh and No vampires, werewolves, demons or otherworld creatures.. well perhaps Peaches and Bug could count as one, but no they are all humans. I recommend this book if you like Kim Harrison and Jeaniene Frost you will really want to grab any of Ilonna Andrews books. There is so much more to this. Make sure you check out the authors website via the links at the bottom of the review which explain it in more depth. For now? I am going to log off here and start re-reading my Kate Daniels books.
“Thank you for not killing the squirrel“
“If you look in the dictionary under grandmother, you’ll see a little old lady with two knitting needles and a ball of yarn.“ I pretended to stir imaginary spaghetti with two imaginary chopsticks. “Sometimes I sit and think, if only my grandma had knitted me a hat or a scarf…”
Really? All those cars and someone put the alarm on an Azteck?
It was made of carnations and tears, stolen glances and desperate, burning need. I kisses him like I loved him. I kissed him like it was the only kiss that had every mattered.
Information links from Ilona Andrews website:
Considering this happens in Houston TX I knew immediately what I wanted to cook, my copy-cat recipe for GREAT BALLS OF FIRE from Joe’s Crab Shack! I do not remember where I found this and when I went to search it seems everyone has the same one, including the Food Network. When I lived an hour out of Austin we would travel just to hit Whole Foods and Joe’s Crab Shack. The only difference is I add an additional jalapeno pepper! Considering just how HOT things get both in the heart and anywhere near Adam Pierce it is about as perfect as it gets. With all the holiday parties coming up make sure you file this baby away and you will be an Hors D’Oeuvres Goddess! You can even make it healthier by choosing the right oil and using homemade mayo (link included). I specify what kinds and brands of spices because I have done it with different brands and it did not have the same taste. But, make it yours!
Great Balls of Fire (Joe's Crab Shack #CopyCat #Recipe)
- 2 TBSP Butter
- 2 oz.Cream Cheese
- ¼ cup Sour Cream
- 1 TBSP Mayonnaise*
- 1 tsp Seasoned Salt (Old Bay, Lawry's or make your own: Mexican Style Seasoned Salt
- ⅛ tsp Paprika
- ⅛ tsp of Mexene chili powder (seriously does make a difference in this recipe)
- ¼ cup of shredded Pepper Jack cheese (do not use pre-shredded, shred it yourself)
- 4 tsp Onions (minced)
- 4 tsp Green Peppers (minced)
- 4 jalapenos, minced and seeded (Originally recipe calls for 3 - wear gloves to protect your eyes, skin, etc...)
- 6 oz. Crab (In Alaska I can get it fresh, do not use fake crab however the recipe calls for canned))
- 4 oz. Salad Shrimp (minced)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 cup plain fine breadcrumbs
- 1 cup oil (you can use Coconut oil but remember it heats at a lower temp otherwise use canola oil)
- Using an electric hand mixer or a standmixer; cream butter, cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo.
- Add seasoned salt. paprika (not all paprika's are equal. You do not want to use Hungarian for this dish. El Guapo Paprika, and chili powder.
- Add your jalapenos and blend in for about 30 seconds then add cheese, onion and green peppers.
- Mix for 2 minutes then add crab and shrimp and mix on mix on low. Put bowl in the fridge for 15 minutes then roll into ¼ inch balls and return to refrigerator for 30-minutes.
- Dance to Great Balls of Fire and other greats for 20 minutes (you will need to get a early start in the calorie burning department).
- After you are done dancing, throw back a shot of tequila and beat your eggs and milk together. Dip your balls in egg mixer and then your breadcrumbs.
- Transfer into the oil and fry until golden brown in your cup of hot oil. (Coconut oil will be the correct temp between 325° and 350° and Canola is 375°)
* On a Paleo diet? Just want to try to substitute with healther ingredients? Try the Paleo May from Paleo Leap
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tsp mustard (this is optional)
- 3 tsp lemon juice
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ cup coconut oil-->>DIRECTIONS
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