A short while later, I deposited Sleeping Beauty on a cot in my basement and prepared for the next exciting episode entitled Uncle Connor’s Torture Time. Can our hero break the will of Adam’s gun toting moll and find a way to stop the madman before he burns Houston to ground? Yeah, probably. Once she awoke in the “Claw”, technically Acubens Exemplar, it was really a forgone conclusion. She would tell me all she knew, willingly and gratefully. Though I would, if it came to it, wring the truth out of her like water from a wet towel.
Hopefully, it wouldn’t come to that. Waking up chained to the floor was usually enough to put most of my…guests in a sufficiently cooperative state of mind. The thing is, most people, even in a big city like Houston, feel safe. The idea that they could be taken off the street, kidnapped away and held in a remote location, subjected to intensive questioning or even torture is absurd. Something like that could never happen to them. Then it does. And it scares the shit out of them. You’ve just ripped away the illusion of security and most will do anything to get it back. First comes outrage, then realization and despair. Some fight, some cry, eventually they all give up. No one has ever resisted the Claw or the pressure I could bring to bear on them, at least not for long.
Nevada Baylor would be no different. She was still sleeping soundly. Based on her approximate size and age, she should be out for at least another hour or two. Time enough to get everything just right. I stripped out of my civilian attire and into my work clothes, a pair of loose dark silk pants. Silk is conducive to magic flow. Next were the symbols carefully scrawled onto my skin. They helped me channel all my magic and my will into the circle that would connect us and had the added benefit of making me look like a deranged maniac with some unspeakable dark powers.
It was all about ritual. Building the spell, drawing the circle, it all required skill and precision, practice and repetition. In a way it was almost meditative like going through the complicated steps of a kata. At some point, you turned off your conscious mind and relied on muscle memory and recall. This particular circle took two weeks of work. I’d prepared it for a previous problem I had to deal with, but it resolved itself, so I planned to use it for Adam Pierce. Since Adam wasn’t around, his groupie was the next best thing.
Once I’d secured her and taken my place, I closed my eyes and psychically “walked” through the entirety of the elaborate circle. The steps were familiar and had even an inch of it been misdrawn I would have known immediately.
No, it was flawless. It would do its job. With any luck, it wouldn’t have to. I was hoping Miss Baylor would just be sensible. I would prefer not to use my power on her. It would be a lot easier if she just answered my questions and didn’t force me to break her. The circle was the least painful way to extract information, but it wasn’t pleasant. Still, she’d chosen to involve herself with Adam and whether the next few hours went easy or hard was entirely up to her.
While I waited for her to come around, I gradually fed my magic into the Claw. Slow and steady. Too much too fast and I would run dry. It wasn’t a sprint, it was more of a marathon, an airborne shuffle that I could keep up for hours without tiring or slowing down. Even if she resisted, I doubted that I would require more than a fraction of my magic to subdue her.
Even with my eyes closed I knew the moment that she regained consciousness. I waited for her to speak, to figure out where she was and what was happening. Best not to rush these things. We locked eyes and then she tried to get up. Tried and failed.
“You chained me to the floor.” There was a quiver in her voice, fear or anger?
“What gives you the right,” she continued when I didn’t answer, “to grab me off the street and chain me up in your dirty basement?”
Dirty? Nothing in my home was dirty. And I grabbed her out of the park to be precise. What gave me right? I could. That was enough. None of that really mattered. She needed to understand the gravity of the situation. The faster she realized what was happening, the faster I would get my information and we could all go our separate ways.
“Do you know what this is?” I asked.
Of course, she didn’t but then, why should she? Few people outside of powerful houses were familiar with the Claw and few within one could draw it correctly. She seemed to carefully study the elaborate circle she was in the center of. Was that recognition? Surely not.
“Acubens Exemplar requires a telepath. You’re a telekinetic.”
How the hell did she know that? No matter. Enough foreplay, it was time to get down to business. I fed a little more magic into the circle to get her attention and cut to the chase.
“I want to know everything you have on Adam Pierce. His location, his plans, his family’s plans for him. Everything.” Time to sing, little bird.
She crossed her unchained arms across her chest. “No. First, I was hired to find Adam Pierce and my client has an expectation of confidentiality. Second, you attacked me and then chained me to the floor.” She shook her legs as if to emphasize the fact that I had cuffed her ankles to restraints permanently installed in the floor. Which was her own safety. Running into an active circle hurt. If enough power flowed through, it would knock you out cold, and waiting until she came to again would take too long.
She glared at me. Well, she had guts and as much as I might have admired her courage it meant that we weren’t going to do this the nice and easy way. Pity.
“I don’t want to hurt you,” I explained. “I want the information. Forcing you gives me no pleasure.”
It didn’t. I didn’t like torture. I really hadn’t been keen on it when it was done to me. And yet here we were, her chained to the floor and me trying to convince her to talk, to not force my hand.
“If you don’t like forcing me, you should let me go.”
No, I don’t think so. I went to a lot of trouble to track her down and she was my only link to Adam. She knew who I was, she was chained to my floor, and she knew what the spell did, but she was neither hysterical nor crying. She didn’t beg me to let me go. I’d miscalculated. She wasn’t an amateur. She was a professional, and most professionals were pragmatic.
“Tell me what I want to know, and you can walk out of here.” Well, more likely I would drug, blindfold her and drop her off somewhere safe but that didn’t sound as good.
“No. It would be unethical and unprofessional.”
Just my luck, a contractor who stayed bought.
She scooted forward and shot me a defiant look. “Okay, tough guy. Let’s see what you got.”
The hard ass routine. So be it. I fed a little more magic into the circle. Let’s pick up the pace and see if you can keep up. I gave her mind a gentle squeeze, not too much, more like a warning.
She pushed back.
Well, somebody has a little power. Won’t help, won’t be enough.
“Adam Pierce,” I said.
It was like making a fist with your magic. Each time I’s say the name, I would grasp her a little harder. Contract and release. The point was not to crush her mind, that would make her useless, it was safer to wear her down, exhaust her mentally and physically. She would break. They all did eventually.
My magic met the hard wall of her will. She stared back at me. “Eat dirt and die.”
I guess we were going to do it the hard way after all.
Eventually was taking too long. I was getting tired. The basement was hot as hell and though she had stripped down to her bra and sweating profusely, Ms. Baylor showed no other signs of surrender. How was she doing this? She had to be exhausted. I’d broken Significants in less time.
“You’re rich, right?” She sounded worn out. At least it wasn’t just me.
“Yes.” I tried to keep my voice as normal as I could. Don’t let her know you’re near exhausted.
“Couldn’t you spring for air-conditioning in the room?”
“I didn’t expect to sit here for hours. But if you’re too hot, feel free to take the bra off.” Would she? Bribe or distract me with the twins? No, she showed me the finger instead. Alas.
“What are you?” Had I kidnapped an extremely well trained Significant? Or was she an untrained but powerful…no. There were too many benefits to being a Prime. She would’ve used her magic and given herself away. If she were a Prime, she wouldn’t be mortgaging her business to Augustine.
“I’m the woman you chained in your basement. I’m your captive.” She eyed me. “Your victim. Yes, that’s the right word. All that education. How come nobody ever explained to you that you can’t just kidnap people because you feel like it?”
She’d misunderstood the question, but it was a valid one. I could and I had, because no one had taught her not to let herself be kidnapped.
“You had a full second to shoot me.” She’d hesitated though and now I had her. There.
“I don’t just shoot strangers unless my life is clearly in danger. For all I know, you could have been a cop assigned to Pierce’s case. If I fire, I have to be prepared for the possibility of killing my target. Besides, discharging a firearm into a crowd is irresponsible.”
Finally. Adam Pierce came up, but we weren’t talking about him yet.
“A .22 will bounce off wet laundry on the line. Why even carry it?” Someday she might shoot somebody with it and seriously annoy them.
She leaned back and I heard her back pop. Not surprised. It felt like we’d been at this for hours and it was nice to take a little break.
“Because I don’t shoot unless I mean to kill. A large caliber will tear a hole through the target and exit, possible striking innocent bystanders. A .22 will enter the body and bounce around inside it, turning your insides into hamburger. Small caliber gunshots to the chest and skull are nearly always fatal. Had I known you were going to pull a pretty ribbon out of your sleeve like some two-bit magician, tie me up with it, and indulge your mental torture fetish in your basement, I would have shot you many times.”
Is that how she remembered it? Maybe I had damaged her mind.
“Two-bit magician?” Stubborn or stupid?
“Men like you enjoy being flattered.”
Ok, maybe it was both. No more talk. It was time to finish this. Ok, princess, break’s over and you’re really not going to like this next bit. I clamped down on her like a vise, summoning my reserves.
“I’ve broken Significant mages in this trap.” She would be no different. “I will break you.”
“You will try.”
She was still fighting. Damn it. She should have cracked by now.
I flexed and poured all of my remaining will and magic into the circle. No more squeezing, now it was battering, like hitting the heavy bag. I was putting everything into each blow, imaging it breaking and all her resistance spilling out like sand. I was running on empty. I couldn’t keep this up for very long, but neither could she.
“Give up.” I ground out through my teeth.
Her voice shook with strain. “You first.”
Gone was any subtlety, any art. It was all rage and will.
Heavy blow, Adam Pierce.
Heavy blow, Adam Pierce.
My arms grew so heavy, I could barely keep them up. My head was beginning to droop. But she was hurt too. I could feel her defenses crumbling. The walls were coming down.
Almost there. I was so close I could smell blood. It had never taken this long before. My nose bled.
“You first,” she croaked.
Tell me what you’re hiding.
Her defenses snapped. Yes! Yes, there it is.
“When I was fifteen years old, I found the letter from our physician with my father’s diagnosis on it. He caught me and made me promise not to tell anyone. I kept his secret for a year. I’m the reason why my father died when he did. If I had told Mom, we could have started treatment a year earlier. I’m responsible. I didn’t tell. I didn’t tell anyone to this day, because I’m a coward.”
The magic burst and suddenly the circle was bathed in bright light. Then it died, spent and broken.
She’d outplayed me. Instead of Adam Pierce, she fed me a secret, a thing so personal she’d hid it from everyone for years. She sacrificed it to the circle and now it was gone.
Nevada Baylor slumped on the floor.
Did I break her? She looked dead. Shit. I really fucked this up.
I got to my feet. My whole body hurt like it’s been through a grinder. I shuffled over to her through the inert lines of the circle. She didn’t move.
Damn it. “Don’t die, you little moron.”
“Fuck you too,” she muttered.
The relief swept through me. There was a difference between a combat kill and murder and I didn’t care to add murder to my resume.
Sweat drenched her. The room was hot as hell. She had to be dehydrated. I got my old canteen, lifted her head, and tried to tip the contents of into her mouth. Even exhausted as she was resisted. Gods, she never quit, never gave up. She clamped her teeth together tightly. There was no give in her, even now.
“It’s water, you stubborn idiot,” I snarled. Why did she have to make everything so difficult?
I forced her mouth open and poured a little water in, not too much or she’d choke. She managed a little and then drifted out again. No need to sedate her after all. She was exhausted but she would live.
Good show, Major. We’ll just put that in the win column across from our losses which include kidnapping a random woman from public parks in full daylight and in front of several witnesses, taking her home, shackling her in your dungeon and then forcing her deepest, darkest shameful secret from her. One that had absolutely zero to do with Pierce and helped you not at all. Well, the night was young, perhaps after you’ve escorted the young lady home, you can find a nice orphanage and level it dramatically. Maybe you can read the wreckage like tea leaves and look for some clues to Adam’s whereabouts.
I looked down at the woman in my arms, “What are we going to do with you, Ms. Baylor? Perhaps we should chalk it up to the worst first date ever and get you home. Sound good to you?”
She made no protest.
I carried her out and called for a medic.
Half an hour later, after the diagnosis of exhaustion with prescription of fluids and rest, I drove her back to her house. She lay slumped in her seat. We’d managed to redress her. It’s surprisingly hard to dress an unconscious person. Admittedly, the result wasn’t great but it was better than dropping her off topless and passed out. I carried her to the door, lowered her to the ground, rang the bell, and went to my car.
Nevada Baylor, at least a Significant who wasn’t registered, who lived in the warehouse, and who was my best lead to Adam Pierce. I would give her tonight. But tomorrow we had things to discuss.
Katie F says
Worst first date ever? Love it!
Whoo! That was fantastic. Thank you!
Rogan considered that a first date? I really want to see what happens when he tells Nevada that …
Part 2? Did I miss Part 1?
He collected her from the gardens in part one. Well worth hunting up.
Love These Books says
Not sure whether I’m supposed to share, but here’s the first snippet from the blog in March. https://ilona-andrews.com/rogan-pov-from-burn-for-me-part-one/
Gordon, you knocked it out of the park! Rogan’s much more likeable when he’s not being the total hardass he was in the first book! =) This really helps my perception of him. I realize Nevada was very drawn in by the that tape of the young Rogan in Mexico and we know that boy is in there somewhere. Bringing that out is wonderful!
Yummy! and Thank you!
Bright spot on an otherwise lousy day.
I love you guys and this is amazing. That is all.
Athena Proios says
I love POV’s. Thank you!
Thank you ?
Fabulous! I have missed your POVs!
Scott Drummond says
Love it! Thank you!
Oooh just fabulous! LOVE IT!
Wow, just wow…
And there I go, back to reread for the sixty millionth time Burn for Me…With a slightly different view on Mad Rogan…hmmm
Cindy W says
Thank you, Gordon! I love it!
Steph Neal says
*shakes like an addict needing her next fix*
Thank you Gordon for doing this on top of everything else you guys have going. It’s so appreciated. Any little insight to Rogan is a bonus.
Tasha A. says
So good! Thank you!
?? loved it.
Yiiipppppeeeeee! So, can we get a Rogan POV book, maybe? I read and reread my Curran POVs.
Yesss that would be amazing!!!
More!!! I want more!!
THANK YOU *——*
I wanted to quote hilarious moments but…. I guess I’d have to copy/paste more than half of the text so… 8D
At least, he was suffering too xD But seriously, his logic is twisted XD
Darlene Brown says
Thank you! I love the POVs. It gives so much more insight to the characters.
Angela Shikany says
Wonderful. It is now officially time to reread the book.
Sharon Sayegh says
Whoot! Great POV!
Many thanks for this Gordon…the alternative POVs are very welcome.
Whoever they feature they are great…thanks for taking the time to do this ?
Makes me want to go and reread Burn for me ?
YAY! I’ve been looking forward to this for so long! Thank you!
This is fabulous! I’ve always wanted to know what went through his mind during that part. :))
Like. A. BOSS!!!
Ahahahaha this was so much fun to read! Thanx a lot! 😀
Jean Scanlin says
Thank you x
Annie Bones says
The POV managed to add much more to a scene we all thought we knew so well.
Gordon is the Boss!
Cindy M. says
I’m so happy now. I’ve been stalking the blog since it was mentioned a couple of posts ago that Gordon was working on the Rogan POV.
These Rogan POV’s are fantastic. I would love love love to see one when she uses her power on him to force answers out of him.
omg I was thinking the same thing lol
Woohoo that was was awesome!!
Thank you for another tasty and much appreciated treat.?
My favorite insight on Rogan was “What gave me right? I could. That was enough.” Seems we have heard that logic before from Adam. The only difference appears to be that Rogan has somewhat of a moral compass (however constrained). Gives an interesting insight into magic users, particularly Primes.
Now we can go back to whining about wanting more snippets on WHITE HOT (can’t last 3 more weeks).
“(can’t last 3 more weeks).”
19 days and about 9 hours, not that I’m impatiently counting down or anything…
Ahh so its really more like two weeks and 5/7ths… good to know
Thanks, that was great!
After reading that, I’m really curious about his POV when she clamped him in her magic after the warehouse fire and forced the truth out of him.
Yes please i would love to know his thoughts from that moment
me too me too… and when he saw that should could shoot really well (“maybe she could kill someone with a .22”) or when he kissed her in the med room and then she got upset….
I know Gordon can’t do the whole book but a reader can dream 😉
Kimberly J. says
I love the POV’s! Great job and keep them coming if you can. So happy I found this today.
Worst first date? Lol
This is sooo awesome!!! Thank you so very much, it’s really really great!
I loved the snippet, but sometimes it felt a bit repetitive: I’ve read Burn For Me several times, I am not refering to the dialogue lines. It seems like he’s repeating previous facts and trying to justify himself too much… perhaps he’s doing it out of guilt? To distract himself from the present task? No idea. Anyways, I don’t want to discourage you to write and share more Rogan’s POV so don’t mind me 😆
By the way, he refers to himself as Mayor O.o and “Uncle Connor’s Torture Time”… Sarcasm (or PTSD) thy name is Rogan. Anddd worst first date ever? I really prefer not to overthink that one.
That was “Major”, not “Mayor”.
He used to be in the military.
Yeah, I got the point. Same as Uncle Connor instead of Sam ☺. I misspelled the word, but my opinion remains the same ?
TWENTY MORE DAYS!!!! AARRGGGHHHH!!!!
Charis N. says
Gordon, this was fabulous. Thank you!
Suzanne Dijns says
O wow that was so good! Thank you so much for being the most awesome and generous authorlords!
Omg that was fantastic!! Thank you so much Gordon!!
Phenomenal, thank you so much
Thank you! This is awesome!
Chiara (A.K.A. Chandramas) says
My spiritual teachers say when we receive something good we should always say….
THANK YOU, GIVE ME MORE….
I never find some occasion more appropriate to practice that :p
Thank you, give more!
(and it sound good too)
Yes! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
‘Worst first date ever’ ROFL!
Ange in Oz says
Thank you! Most excellent.
Squeeee! Thank you so much!
Thanks so much!!!! Loved every word:)
Awesome!! Thank you
Now I am going to have to re-read Burn for Me again!!!!
Rebecca C says
Is it May 30th yet?
Loved it. Thank you!
Wow, this was good, can’t wait for more??. Thanks so much, appreciate all you do????
Yay, I’ve been looking forward to this for a while! Can’t wait for the sequel!!!!
Yay!! Awesome! Thank you Gordon. Loved the comment ” worst first date ever” .
Only 2 more weeks till “White Hot” (sigh) . I guess I will just have to reread “Burn for Me” for the umpteenth time . At least this time I can insert some Rogan POV . The POV makes him more appealing, more human , still alpha but less alphahole.
Hate to be a downer but its 3 weeks until May 30th (I have it circled on my calendar)
My mistake. Oh dear, that means there is still two weeks four days to go, today being Thursday here in Australia. I too have now marked it on my calendar and warned my husband I am having a day off on Tuesday 30th.
Have we heard when the audiobook will be available?
Wow! Just checked Audible and both White Hot and Wildfire are available for preorder! Narrated by Renee Raudman. Roll on May 30!
Love, love love! Now I have to go reread that scene from Nevada’s perspective. Would it be too much to ask to get the whole book from Rogan’s perspective? That would be awesome and I’m sure that I’m not the only person to think so!
Yes I woukd love that!!
Many, many thanks. I went back to read the first POV snippet and love the continuity.
Thank you for this. I will have to reread now with this POV in mind. It changes the perspective a bit and I like that. So thank you very much.
Yesssss!!!!! Thank you!
Loved it, thank you! But, now, I am desperately trying to recall whether Rogan’s first name is Connor. I guess it’s good that kindle pages dont wear out from excessive turning; time to re-read Burn for Me!
I love seeing a scene from the other persons point of view!
I was planning on re-reading Burn for me before starting the next book, but now I have to examine that part with this in mind.
I can’t wait to get the next book!
Anne in Virginia says
First, THANK YOU! It was so enjoyable. Second, when you want a break from redeeming Hugh, would you consider doing some more of Rogan’s POVs? Such as the scene where he makes Peaches go splat. There are also several other scenes which lend themselves to Rogan POVs and it would be awesome to have enough of them put together to make a short story or novellette that could be offered as a small ebook. I would be happy to pay a couple of bucks (dollars, not deer) to have them all together in one place. And I am sure there will be some scenes in WHITE HOT that would lend themselves to the same treatment.
Anne in Virginia
So incredibly awesome. Awesomeness with Awesome sauce on top. Thank you thank you.
Nicholi Gold says
YAY!!! Thank you! 🙂
I know you just finished the second part, but any idea if we’ll ever ger a 3rd part?
Thank you! I loved it!
Thank you Gordon 🙂 🙂
Thank you!!! Can’t wait for White Hot!
Jocelyn Malone says
Thank you! I love these Rogan POVs!
Worst date ever. Hilarious. That was amazing. Thankyou both so much.
Paula brett says
Loved it thanks Gordon
Thank you so much 🙂
Eeeeeeeeek!!! So good! So good! SO GOOD!!!!! That was amazing! Oh I feel like rereading Burn For Me even though I just reread it a few months ago!! Oh I definitely wish we had more from Rohan’s POV! I love seeing important scenes (or small scenes like Nevada hanging up on him) from his perspective.
All the yeses!!!!!!
Thank you Gordon! Loved it!
Very much looking forward to the White Hot release. Might need to reread Burn for Me next week…
Fan in California says
That was FANTASTIC!!! Can hardly wait!! Thanks for posting!!!
Thank you. Counting down the days till White Hot and listening to Burn For Me while I wait.
Patricia Schlorke says
Yay! What a nice surprise. Thank you very much!
What an awesome, absolutely fantastic treat! Thank you so very much, you guys are just pure awesomeness!!
Thank you so much!!! That made up for a really hard day. 🙂
I love the picture posted with this snippet and the arcane circles look very, well, arcane. Just out of curiosity, do the symbols belong to a script that can translate to English (like Tolkien’s Dwarven runes) or are they there to look the part? Either way, they certainly look the part!
It’s old Slavonic script. The one on the right has their names and cutesy stuff. The one on the left in the corner actually says something like, “I’m so sick of doing this promo crap.” I was irritated when I made that one. 🙂
Hee. That’s great, especially the left one. I love learning about other languages and their scripts, although this one appears particularly challenging, especially since some of the numerals appear to be the same as some of the letters. Thank you for explaining.
Great writing, Gordon!
Even better than Saturday morning (Australia) Sweep.
I thought you were going to say “better than Saturday morning cartoons”. ? Which it totally is.
You have so much to give to this work…another POV…it is valuable beyond what most authors can achieve. What a fabulous gift and depth to the work. Thank you.
Kelly M says
Thank you thank you thank you! It’s so interesting to read Rogan’s side and his first impressions of Nevada!
OMG!!!! I was so excited to see this posted after a crappy day at work. It was so enjoyable to read this from Rogan’s view. I hope, down the line, you can include the duct tape scene.
Much love to you both!!!
Charis N. says
Love it, happy to know that Rogan wasnt as unmoved from the attempt. He’s usually so composed, this side is so refreshing. 5/30, come quick!!!!!!
That was amazing. Thank you, Authorlords!!!
Wendy T says
Thank you for the awesome read!
Love it Love it Love it
Loved it! Thank you!
Loved it! Thank you very much Gordon. It was great to hear Rogan’s internal admittance of his mistake of how he handled the whole situation. The “orphanage” bit/line was great.
Love the POVs! This was such a treat!
WONDERFUL! Mad Rogan…in one of his “madder” moments. ?
Love it!! Agree with all the comments. And another itty bitty request during your down time…. I would love to read Rogan’s POV when he and Nevada meet Harper. 🙂 That whole scene, down to when Nevada leaves with Bern would be sooooooo good. 🙂 :-). Thanks guys!
YAS! I would love to read that too!
William B says
Henry King says
After reading POV 2, like several others of the Hoard, I will have to reread Burn for Me for the 5th time. In the last month or so I went through The Fix, Cold Reign, Etched in Bone, and Silence Fallen twice. Oh yeah, Bujold’s novella Mira’s Last Dance also twice. The one time new reads were The Queen of Storms and Shadows, Red Sister, Assassin’s Fate, Fire Brand and Veiled Menace. There was only one new read during the period where I stopped in the middle and quit, because it was extremely repetitious of the previous books in the series. I won’t name the book. Anyway a 5th read is a lot for me. Only 4 of my favorite authors have reached that level.
Thank you loved it.
Thank you for the POV
Susan Linch Ravan says
Thank you Gordon!
Love this! And it comes at the perfect time. Just got an early Mother’s Day present. My White Hot audiobook just came in the mail today. Uploading to my iPod tonight. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gerald Hood says
I’ve waited awhile for another one of these, and now I just want more. Good work. I can’t wait until White Hot comes out.
That was really awesome. Thank you Gordon.
A brilliant episode of uncle Conor’s torture time! Thank you. Love his dry humour
Please can we have his POV when he is eating with Nevada’s family?
Yes please Gordon. Any Rogan POV where he is interacting with Nevada and/or her family would be most welcome. I would love to know his “take” on the Baylor family dynamics, the fight in the car park where he dumped the bus and his thoughts about the nature and level of Nevada’s magic.
I agree with both of above. Any POV is wonderfully worth the reading, but seeing Rogan’s reaction to Nevada’s family would be priceless.
How about when she is complaining about Primes and their attitudes?
Or when she finds out he has used duct tape and a paper towel on his wound.
Thank you so much for this! Totally made my day. I was laughing while reading.
Thank you!!!! I love it!
It would be great to read his POV when he finally realizes she’s a prime… ?
would that be after the warehouse fire? ?
Gale D says
This was great! Thank you.
That would be fun; his POV on lunch and watching them leave, stopping the truck etc and her forcing him to answer her on the fire.
Thanks both of you…like easter eggs, I see traces of how the author lords work together.
Nevada’s comments about decent behaviour, now seem to resonate with Rogan’s self reflection. She says things about Primes doing what they want to do, just because they can, and we now know that he has had
awareness of that reasoning in his own mind.
His wry humor makes him seem a bit depressed, it is as if he dislikes himself, and is trying to cope with it. We get an echo of whatever Nevada saw in that boy going into Mexico to wreak havoc and destroy, and I remember his comments over a meal that mass destruction is all he is good at.
He shows us that he is aware of his moral compass; the dilemma of many a veteran, how to justify the difference between harming people in war and peace.
And I appreciated the cleverness of this the new bit, becoming aware of the details the author lords take in their writing. Rogan taking her for a health check up says something positive about him. But it also made me realise that in the book, when Nevada was taken home, we did not read of her clothing, one should have expected her mother to react to her being in her bra.
In the snippet it said he redressed her. He pointed out it was rather difficult dressing an unconscious person.
myyyyyy!!! love it. :)))
This made my day! Thanks so much! Love reading Rogan’s POV.
This just made my day. Thank you so much. I am incredibly happy with this.
Youre so kind! Thank you!!
Thank you, thank you! Have been eagerly awaiting this! So happy!
Lovely. Thank you very much. I hope that Gordon will write a Rogan POV when Nevada turns the tables on him after the warehouse fire. That is a scene I would pay money to read from Rogan’s POV.
I’d buy the whole book if he re=wrote Burn for me from Rogan’s POV 😛 there’s so much I have sat and tried to imagine what he’s thinking in it. It’s fantastic
Same here!!! Thanks for this Gordon! This totally made my morning…
I swear there was a book I read years ago that was split. You read the first half of the book and it was one person’s POV, then you flipped the book vertically 180° so you were reading from the other end of the book and the first half is now upside-down, and that second half of the book was the other person’s POV. Something like that. It may have been that the first half was Part 1 of the book from Person 1’s POV and the second half was Part 2 told from Person 2’s POV. In any case, how cool would that be to get a special edition of one of these books where the first half was the female’s POV, then you flipped it over and read from the other end and it was the male’s POV? A lot more work for the authors, but it would be an interesting experience, I think.
I love it.
What kind of bribes do we have to offer to the Authorlords to get more Rogan POV? 😀
Fabulous! Thank you!
Yes!!!! Thank you so much! I’d love to read his POV during the shootout and being buried under the building. Squeeee!!! But I will gladly enjoy any scenes that you write.
My audible pre-orders were in for both White Hot and Wildfire the day they became available, but the wait has been killing me. I was twitchy with my addictive need for Rogan and Nevada, so thank you. Thank you! THANK YOU for this POV!!!
Will White Hot have Rogan POV? Thanks so much for writing. I can hardly wait it makes me feel like Bug give give give…..
A nice present for my day! Thanks tons!
Ooooh! Thank you, Gordon, thank you “verra much”.
Would you guys ever consider a “Director’s Cut” with the other POV inserted next to the original text? I would buy it in an instant. I was hoping for that when I bought the second copy of Magic Bites “with Curran POV”.
Cheryl zuccaro says
Love,love, love it! Rogans complexity is slowly revealed through the book, but it is great to have a peak into his consciousness. And now I better understand why Nevada’s secret about her dad satisfied the circle. On my Regan pov wish list would be the ending of the book when Nevada tells him no, not at all the answer he expected. Thanks again for uplifting my morning
That was awesome, thank you.
Superfantabulousawesome. Thank you
Thank you thank you thank you!! It was hard to muffle my laughter at the office. This scene is more hilarious from Rogan’s point of view!
this is awesomeness
Love it! 🙂
Are you planning on doing Rogan’s POV for the entire book?
yay! thank you!
Thank you, Gordon for Rogan’s POV. I enjoyed it.
Sweeeet!! Thanks, Gordon!
Whattaya know, Rogan’s a lot less psychopathic than I’d imagined.
Thank you for taking the time to write this. It is always fun to see a familiar scene from another point of view.
Loved it. Thank you!
Tina Black says
Oh I caught the three suggestions in Burn For Me where Nevada as a Prime seems to be the assumption. She says “You Primes” to Rogan and he considers it delicious irony.
Yeah, I re-read the book yesterday and came across that part, too.
Thank you for this lovely snippet. I had to go on a business trip today and it really made my day to know the snippet was waiting for me once I was in the hotel.
Thank you Gordon, I love your POVs – the different perspective and your humour ?
Thank you for the other point of view. I wonder, sometimes what another character is thinking, so I really enjoy when you write these. I truly get a kick out of it!
Thank you thank you thank you!!! I love Rogan POV’s! … and Curran POV’s…
Pam Martin says
Thanks, Gordon. I needed that POV. When I first read Burn for Me I wasn’t very impressed with Rogan. I thought he was kind of a mean bully. But this Rogan POV was much more enlightening. I’m beginning to see where he isn’t a bully but a man with very determined ideas. I’ll have to reread Burn for Me now so I can put the POV into context.
Natasha Johnson says
Yay!! Thank you so much Gordon I love getting to read Rogan and Currans POV!
Thanks Gordon. It went a long way to releaving the “waiting for the book” tedium. Love Rogan’s inner dialogues.
Thank you! It’s always so fun to read these. These different perspectives always add so much to the original book for me, and I think it is great and kind of you to take the time to do this. Not like you don’t have plenty other stuff to be doing, and this doesn’t really add to your bottom line.
Another treat during the wait..i love rogan pov’s
I wish i could read the entire book in rogan pov
Make Kay says
I actually just re-read Burn For Me 2 days ago, before reading my ARC of White Hot, so the release of this POV is perfect!
This was awesome! Will you also do further scenes from the book? Like the scene where they meet Harper Larvo and the subsequent fight scene where Nevada’s abysmal drawing skills are revealed, and also the scene where he calls Nevada to meet and she keeps hanging up on him. That would be fun to read.
Anyway, thanks for this. It turned a really drab day into a good one. ?
Very fun, thank you! I love that Rogan is so stoic on the outside and cracking jokes at himself in his head. I already loved him, but these insights make me empathize with him so much more 🙂
This was so satisfying. Thank you
Pat Sciarini says
Thank you, made my day! Quick question: it says POV 2? Where is POV 1? Did I miss it somewhere?
POV 1 showed Rogan’s abduction of Nevada from the park.
Pat Sciarini says
Hot dang! That was a fun read! Thank you for that!
Andrea Smith says
Loved it! ?
You two are so good to your fans, giving us these extra little treats. Thank you for putting Mad Rogan and Nevada Baylor in my life. I buy all your books on Kindle, but I was thinking…what if there’s a zombie apocalypse and I can’t charge my iPad? How would I get my Rogan fix? Some of the covers are a little cheesy, but I’ve realized these books are a necessity for any good bug out bag. If zombies ate my family, I’d at least still have SOMETHING to live for!
From a grateful (and silly) fan.
Thank you for the lovely Mother’s Day gift! I loved it!
Thank you for this delicious snippet. Now I want a whole book from Rogan’s perspective!
<3 Thank you for sharing the POV with us. The layers and the interplay from a diff perspective add so much to the story.
Mary Landers says
Love Gordon’s POVs! Rogan has me more intrigued than Hugh.
Read this, rereading Burn For Me, re-read this….somehow White Hot still feels like forever away.
You just made my day. That was such fun to read. Thanks.
That was great! I hope you do the whole book. I love the POV.
I NEED ALL OF IT!!!!!
I hope we get to see more Mad Rogan POVs from the first book! Would love to see the restaurant scene or the scene with Harper and him being a tactile (especially that second one lol). Can’t wait for the next book!
Loving these! So looking forward to White Hot!
Thank you for sharing this with us. It was so much fun to read.
Gordon, sometimes I think you might do well in writing a batman comic story arc. Just saying….