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White Hot (Hidden Legacy) Mass Market Paperback – May 30, 2017
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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“Her magical worldbuilding is brilliant and compelling. […] Add breathtaking romance and sexual tension plus a complex, layered plot, and you have a book that’s hard to put down. An enthralling paranormal romance from a master of the genre.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“If you want books that are jam-packed with thrills, complexity and deep human emotions, no one does it better or more consistently than Andrews…There is no better way to spend your reading time!” (RT Book Reviews (top pick))
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.
Mad Rogan propositioned Nevada two months ago, and walked away when she turned him down. She’s heard nothing from him since, but she’ll need his help in order to solve this mystery that entangles them both, and risks exposing Nevada’s well-kept secrets about her powers.
I feel like White Hot really needs no introduction. The Ilona Andrews team consistently deliver quality writing / stories and White Hot is no different. Even having to wait an extended amount of time to be published, the book does not disappoint, on all counts.
So, you’re probably wondering about things between Rogan and Nevada? I know that was the main draw for me as I find Rogan to be an excellent alpha hero, and I always love a good romance plot. I was happy it didn’t take them long to cross paths again, and honestly it’s in a most show-stopping sort of way that puts them right back on track with the sexual tension and funny bickering. I like that their feelings for each other are pretty much acknowledged without doubt. There are no games played, it’s just being able to decide if you can actually be with someone. If their circumstances and your circumstances can cohabitate. The give and the take. Nevada’s family adds in some hilarity as they try to make sure these two get their happily-ever-after.
One thing that comes up as a possible obstacle are Nevada’s powers. She’s a Truthseeker. On the surface she can tell if someone is lying, but we really learn that she wields so much more than that, and sometime soon she’ll have some decisions to make. In fact, we learn a lot more about the Baylor family and things they’ve chosen to keep secret. I really liked the expanded magic universe we get here. There are a myriad of powers that we learn about and it only serves to enrich the world-building.
I thought the intrigue involving the Houses was well-played. It seemed natural that there was more behind events in the first book than meets the eye, and it kind of grows out of the murder investigation Nevada is initially hired to solve. Quite the tangled web that is definitely something continuing into the third (and final?) book. It’s because of this that you can feel White Hot being kind of a “bridge book”. But don’t let this moniker fool you, White Hot is everything you were hoping it would be. Trust me. As a bonus, Wildfire only releases in a couple of short months!
Oh Nevada and Mad Rogan, how do I adore thee? I’ll admit Burn for Me was a little rough at first when it came to my preferences. It isn’t so much paranormal romance (abysmal covers notwithstanding) as it is urban fantasy that you can tell will eventually have a stronger romantic component. And the hero was fairly anti at the time. But sometimes an epilogue just smacks you upside the head and shakes up all your preconceived notions about a character. So I knew I’d have to read the next one. Of course with the long wait time, I found myself going back to the first book. And much like the first Kate Daniels book, this is one that seriously improves with re-reading. It went from a 3.5 basically saved by the epilogue that bumped it to 4.5, to one of my all time favorite books.
I never dreamed it would be so long until the next one came out though (heck the links and everything were still attached to my old Blogspot). But it’s probably for the best as I said, plenty of time for me to grow my love of these characters. Plus, new covers AND books 2&3 coming out so close together? It’s like a beautiful dream, except for that wait…and except for the covers not really changing. But hell, as I have said before, the cover curse is probably part of the fun now, and I guess it is nice that some things never change 🙂
We got a glimpses of the secrets hidden in Nevada Baylor in the first book, but this one blows those secrets wide open, and I LOVED it. It wasn’t like she was hiding it from herself, so much as that in the struggle for the day-to-day you don’t always have the chance to utilize your best self, if you see what I mean. But then BAM! you get that incident where you have to reach down and pull your best self out, that is where the magic happens and it was GLORIOUS! Nevada as a heroine rocks.
But as much as I adored Nevada, honestly (excepting her taste in men…initially) I adored her in the first book too. This second book really shone the light on Rogan, and it took facts we already knew about him, and then reframed them in a light that let us know, or maybe understand, Rogan better. Absolutely heartbreaking and heart wrenching, things that were pointed out gave me a filter to kind of take objectionable characteristics he exhibited, and overlay them with the understanding I have developed for the people I have in my life who have gone through similar situations. PTSD is a hell of a thing. That is Ilona Andrews gift, giving us the humanity in these powerful…sometimes kind of insane alpha-hole characters.
And the relationship that built between these two strong people was fantastic, and funny, and a little sad all at the same time. Instead of a one note, one hit kind of resolution, it was messy just like life. And thankfully, we had enough will they/won’t they in the last book, so all that simmering heat just burst right onto the pages in this book. Very hot. And putting it all together created a very credible relationship that left me feeling warm…like super warm. But I definitely enjoyed the ride.
The story itself was action packed, and aggressive, and twisty-turny enough to keep me engaged through out. Wheels within wheels conspiracies are slowly being brought to the forefront and I have a bamboozled on that one. Plus there was a ton of zany, crazy sauce Baylor family drama, which was a definite plus to me because the family dynamics were and continue to be a major selling point for this series. And man do family dynamics (not just Nevada’s) play an important role in this series-the good and the bad. Few things irk me so much as a romantic couple that seems to live in a vacuum, bereft of other family, friends, and human contact. But this book is cause for rejoicing on that front. The secondary characters in this story are fleshed out and appealing and there are a host of them I’d be thrilled to see get their own stories. Do I want Bug, Cornelius, Leon, and Bernard to get their own features? Yes, yes I most certainly do!
The story arc for this book had a highly satisfying resolution (for a blood thirsty and vengeful girl like me you really can’t get much better than the ending this book’s big bad got at the hands of the person most wronged), and the overall series arc progressed enough that I am champing at the bit for the next book…but not so much that I feel I have any true inkling of how the final show down will go. And the teaser for the next one gave me all the angsty, excited shivers.
So I am giving this book all my squee points, and thus far it has been my reading highlight for the year. Now I am off to reread these compulsively until I get my sweaty hands on the next one.
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