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White Hot (Hidden Legacy) Mass Market Paperback – May 30, 2017
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From the Back Cover
Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill— she knows when people are lying—and she’s used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family’s detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor “Mad” Rogan.
Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice . . .
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I am not going to try to tell you about the story in this book since everything you need to know without a spoiler is in the synopsis, I am here to tell you to get this book and the one before and after it as soon as you can lay your grubby little hands on them.
It was an amazing story, it never did what you were sure the next step was going to be, there was a wee bit more graphic sex than in any other Ilona Andrews book I can remember reading (and I think I have read them all) and at the end (and I hated that this book even HAD an ending, I wanted it to go on forever) you just kind of sit back and wonder what in the world you can read now because almost anything else will seem amateurish in comparison to this amazing story. It will take a few days to wear off LOL
Bottom Line: 5 Stars, I could hardly sit the book down, it kept going off in a direction I could not guess. It might be advantageous to wait until 25 Jul 2017 so you can read all 3 of them in a row, trust me, you won't be bored but you might forget to eat.
Apologies, but I have to add this bit. This husband-wife author team has to be the most successful in the market today. The depth and quality of their output is tremendous. It would be a huge loss if they started pushing out sub quality novels simply to meet the incredibly high speed publishing demands made on authors today. It's clear that we, as the reading public, add pressure to these demands but you will not see me adding to the clamor to 'hurry up' and get a story out there at the risk of the lush, vital content they pack into this and prior series. I thought it was incredibly humble of them to add an apology at the end of this entry in the series, for it's 'delayed' release. I am simply thankful they are still inspired to write and will always welcome new books from this team. I hope the publishing teams supporting them, and foremost the authors themselves, will work to find the balance to make future installments possible, at the risk of burning out their gifts.
White Hot had so many fabulous, intricate details, so much to process. For speed readers like me, I now have the pleasure of going back numerous times to catch more of those details that may not have pinged with me, in making the connections they deserve, the first time around. Learning more about all the fantastic Prime designations possible will be a favorite component to revisit. That someone can even have Prime magic based on a single, primal emotion blew me away. And this one was so perfectly executed!! As the Baylor family's continued connections and talents unfurl, I'm eagerly considering the delightful off-shoot tales these might produce and looking forward to every possibility!
One reader mentioned a Romeo-Juliet component in their review which, while is certainly a possibility to consider, I had to discard. Using the terms Houses MAY be similar in that we certainly see the more Machiavellian aspects to the underlying problems Nevada and Rogan must confront, but I don't see that extend to their characters or relationship at all. In fact, while who you marry may be important to consider in the realm of the Houses, due to the potential to promote more Primes and more power, I loved that this did not prove to be a downfall for the couple - in their own thinking at least - as they determined the foundation for their future potential together.
I love that themes of sacrifice and family continue to be front and center in the driving force behind many of Nevada's decisions. What makes the right choices "right" and the wrong choices "wrong"? For whom are they being made, to what end, and for what outcomes in the immediate and long term are all explored on several levels; from national and highly political to family to couple to army of one, we are given a chance to explore and understand the themes and the 'truths' presented as seen through the eyes of many characters. The answers are not always neatly tied with a bow, nor can they be. What they are is extremely well thought and articulated.
A few observations about the main characters in this new series compared to others, prior. Nevada is a strong, practical female lead but so unlike Kate Daniels, otherwise. She has the strong family bonds and roots that Kate, of the fabulous Kate Daniels series, never had and so the motivations and character foundation of the two are polar opposites. That they are both strongly driven to understand themselves and their own decisions is a treasured similarity. Rogan is another fabulous alpha male and yet an entirely different individual than Curran in the Kate Daniels series. While there are the inevitable similarities of 'alpha' men, he is another thing I treasure in this couples' books in that he can think, and reason, and learn and grow. He's just arrogant enough because someone must be, but he's not lost to that arrogance, nor discarding the other qualities of his humanity in favor of self-centered obsession. Nor was Curran ever at risk for these behaviors, but still the two have such different histories in their lives - Curran was ALWAYS surrounded and Rogan is SO isolated. yet both by choice. Curran had the appetite and drive to manage and build a hugely powerful, deeply contentious band of shifters of many different species into a cohesive "pack", while Rogan abandons all the things the Primes represent, and I love the reasons for these actions in both men.
This is another outstanding book from Ilona Andrews. I continue to hope for more additions to this series, certainly I've pre-purchased any for which word is forthcoming and will do likewise for the Sweep series and anything else they produce. They are more than worth it.
This book is everything I didn't dare wish for, yet the universe channeled the authors in order to deliver it to me and every other undeserving wretch left to blubber in incoherence at how hot, how sweet, how action-packed, how perfectly paced, and how in-your-face awesome this novel is. I don't even care how many adjectives that was because at least they're words and they are legible and somewhat sensical and that's more than I expected to be capable of at this point.
I must reread this book. No, I must reread book one and then reread this book, the better to be blown away once again. Excuse me while I go and do that.
For anyone new to this series, you must read the first book before getting into this one: Burn for Me: A Hidden Legacy Novel. Lucky you if you've got these 2 great books on your TBR list.