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The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan navigate a world where magic is the norm…and their relationship burns hot
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 …
An Avon Romance
“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))
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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 . . .
- Publisher : Avon (May 30, 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006228925X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062289254
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.04 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #229,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
When I finished BURN FOR ME and found out the sequel wasn't out yet, there were tantrums. This is precisely why I avoid new series. I have zero patience. If I like a book, I want the next one in my hand, IMMEDIATELY, thanks, for the low, low price of NOW.
Instead I had to wait a month.
And then I had to wait for the library copy to become available.
Which it did. On the day I left for Japan.
Luckily, I had the book for, like, 30 days, so I just saved it for when I got back and then literally as soon as I'd stowed all my travel gear and snarfed all that there was to be snarfed, I sat down and read this book in a single night - JETLAG AND ALL. After being awake for 36 hours, and then having one hell of an I-feel-like-death episode following the 16 hour time difference, I stayed up until 4:30AM PST reading this sucker, because oh my God it was so good, I could not.
I just reviewed CLEAN SWEEP and even though I didn't like that book nearly as much as this one (no Rogan, no tactile, no nada), I had to praise Andrews on her world-building. I haven't read anything stale by her, and the world in her Hidden Legacy series is no exception. In this world, certain humans have superhuman powers and are organized by House and by how powerful they are. The main character has the ability to tell when people are lying. Her love interest has the ability to have sex with people psychically. And also level buildings with his mind and kill people with quarters, but blah, blah, blah, that's not what has all y'all hollering. Let's be honest here.
LET'S BE HONEST.
Anyway, in WHITE HOT, people are being murdered and Cornelius, the animal mage from the previous book, comes to Nevada to help avenge his wife. Since the murderer might be a Prime (someone with the most magical power), they end up working with Rogan, too. Because pooling resources is good, blah, blah, blah. SORRY I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE SEXUAL TENSION. So Nevada and Rogan are trying to figure out the conspiracy while also basically acting out the song lyrics of virtually every teenage pop song out there. So basically, I am like :D
:D :D :D :D :D
There's a lot of ARE THEY FINALLY GOING TO DO IT? in this book, and then a lot of NOPE, JK. And then finally, there's what's basically a chapter-long sex scene, because I think the authors felt bad for torturing us and making us wait a book and a half for these two to finally get together.
Is it worth it?
If I had one qualm, it's that the world-building can sometimes be confusing. So far, it's great, just complex enough to be interesting and intriguing, but I do think that's something the authors should watch out for. It's easy to get tangled up in a too-complicated world and forget the details. But given the brilliance of these two, I'm not particularly worried. I bet this is going to be awesome.
NOW WHERE IS MY COPY OF BOOK THREE?
*moseys on over to the page for WILDFIRE*
"Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Avon"
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!
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So why is this book worth 5 stars. It has humour, excitement and the usual excellent world building that is a key part of the authors work. I like the characters, even the secondary ones. The dialogue is sharp and it has one of the best heist scenes ever!
The one thing that surprised me a little was that there was a quite explicit sex scene included, more explicit than I am used to from these authors. I can only assume that this is because this is written for a different publisher who perceives the market for these books as different from the Kate Daniels series. That must also be the explanation for the awful cover art. I buy these on Kindle as I am not sure I could face being seen with the paperback in my hand! None of this detracts from the excellent qualities of this story line.
If you haven't read Burn for Me then go find it and buy it, you won't regret starting this series.
Nevada and Mad haven’t spoken in 2 months. Nevada has been spending time learning about her magic. The book starts with Nevada taking a step along a path, she’s not quite seeing clearly enough. She decides that a child’s life hangs in the balance so she has to act, even if it exposes her abilities to the world.
She also takes on another case, which causes her to run into Mad again. Once again they end up working together. The case is complex and tied into the conspiracy that they exposed in book 1.
Once again the plot had me turning page after page, even when I should have been turning the light out to go to sleep. I was lost in their world and didn’t want to escape.
We learn much more about the way the magical world works in this book and it’s fascinating. The world building and plot alone would make this a 4 star book, but it’s the characters that lift it into the 5 star category. They seem so real that they almost step off the page. I became so invested in the Baylor family and their happiness that I almost forgot they weren’t real.
I really do love Nevada. She’s a fascinating person. She’s principled, strong and determined. She is loyal to a fault and can be ruthless to protect those she cares about. She can be calculating at the same time as genuinely wanting to do the right thing. She has so many layers to her personality, and that is what makes her feel real.
This is a great book, and I highly recommend it.
Rogan and Nevada are still dancing around each other, but unable to suppress their feelings. Nevada's new investigation reveals a conspiracy where mystery and danger abide. Despite their differences, Rogan is always there to watch her back. They find themselves in some sticky situations and the fights that follow are vividly described. When Nevada's family are threatened, all bets are off. Who are the masterminds behind those threats and dangerous attacks?
Reading the interactions between Nevada and Rogan is fun and mesmerising. The new developments in other members of the family are gobsmacking. Leon brings that special something with his mysterious and fun contribution to the big battle. The whole story is captivating. As soon as one threat is eliminated, another one surfaces.
I look forward to reading the next installment to see the progress of Nevada's new discoveries and the effects they have on Nevada's and Rogan's relationship.
I love this world of magic where you can immerse yourself and enjoy the ride.
Nevada Baylor is a small-time PI, she supports her injured ex-military mother, her two teenage sisters, her twin teenage cousins and grandmother (who modifies armoured vehicles). She is also a truthseeker Mage, she can tell if people are lying, and recently discovered that the active part of her gift allows her to force people to tell the truth. After the shocking events of the last book things are back to normal when Nevada is asked to assist Cornelius Harrison whose wife was murdered whilst on a business trip, but whose employer is denying involvement/ liability. Although Nevada is dubious about Cornelius' intentions towards his wife's murderer and what will happen when she starts poking into what looks like a war between magical Houses, she can't bear his sadness or the idea that his daughter Matilda won't know the truth. The investigation brings Nevada back into contact with Connor 'Mad' Rogan, the Scourge of Mexico, the Butcher of Merida and all round super hottie.
This is fast paced, action packed, Ilona Andrews at their finest. Every character is so well drawn, so nuanced, so real you walk away wanting a novel for every one of them. I can't wait for the third book and if the teaser at the end of this book is any indication, it's gonna be amazing.