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White Hot: A Hidden Legacy Novel Kindle Edition
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 …
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''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)) --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00T3C2ZMC
- Publisher : Avon (May 30, 2017)
- Publication date : May 30, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3300 KB
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 407 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,910 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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‘White Hot’ is set in an alternative Earth where in 1863 European scientists discovered the Osiris serum. This serum manifested magical talents in people that ranged from being able to speak to animals to destroying cities. The serum spread across the globe until it was locked away when the consequences of giving ordinary people that much power was realised but it was too late. The serum had innately changed people with magic and they in turn passed along their magical ability to their children. This started dynasties of families with strong hereditary magic. Those with the strongest magic formed Houses and feuded with other Houses to gain more wealth, power and prestige.
‘It is a world where the more magic you have, the more powerful, the wealthier, and the more prominent you are. Some magic talents are destructive. Some are subtle. But no magic user should be taken lightly.’ Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy Book 1)
The story picks up two months after the events of Book 1, ‘Burn for Me’, and the aftermath of the events of Adam Pierce’s aborted attack on the city of Houston Texas. We find our main character, Nevada Baylor, about to do something monumentally stupid. She even acknowledges that she is being reckless, but a little girl has been kidnapped and her life is at stake so Nevada can’t stand idly by when she has the power to help. She makes a deal with Augustine Montgomery, the CEO of Montgomery International Investigations (MII), who also happens to own the mortgage on her business: Baylor Investigative Agency. He arranges for her to speak to the man responsible for the kidnapping in exchange for a favour. You see, Nevada is a Truthseeker, an extremely rare magical talent, if it got out that she possessed this talent her life as she knew it would end. The lives of her family would end. All from the pursuit of both Houses and Government Agencies that would want to get their hands on a one hundred percent accurate interrogator. Augustine helps to disguise Nevada and takes every precaution he can think of to keep her identity a secret whilst also gaining her entrance to the kidnapper.
This one act sets off the chain of events for this book. Augustine’s favour is for Nevada to meet with a potential client, since due to the machinations of Connor Rogan, he can no longer dictate what clients Nevada will assist. The client is Cornelius Harrison from the House Harrison who we met in Book 1. A stay-at-home father who is also an animal mage with a four-year-old daughter, Matilda. Cornelius wants Nevada to find the people responsible for killing his wife and three of her work colleagues. She was employed as an attorney for House Forsberg who owns and operated Forsberg Investigation Services. A firm that specialises in corporate espionage. House Forsberg is denying that anything happened in relation to her job and is a private matter. But Cornelius doesn’t believe them and so has come to Nevada hoping she can provide answers. Nevada empathises with Cornelius but knows her firm is just a small, family run operation that specializes in low-risk investigations and not qualified for something as large as a murder investigation that will delve into House politics. However, Cornelius beseeches Nevada to help him, and she realises that by denying his petition she wouldn’t be able to look her reflection in the eye. The third, and most important, rule of the firm.
Nevada starts investigating the events surrounding the murders and reconnects with Connor Rogan who she has seen or spoken to since the proposal he gave her at the end of ‘Burn for Me’. Connor has his own reasons for wanting to know the culprits and together they start shaking up the status quo of the privileged Houses in Houston. As the investigation heats up so does the relationship between Nevada and Connor and oh boy is it WHITE HOT! All I will say is ‘Tactile’. Once you read it you will understand.
As per ‘Burn for Me’, Nevada narrates the story, and we see more of her determination and resolve to uphold her moral and ethical standards. She is such a contrast to the wheeling and dealing House characters we meet, and I like that she stood her ground and never backed down on anything even if it would make it easier. She is feisty and knows her own mind and won’t let herself be bullied by the bigger players in Houston. We also see a compassionate and caring side of Nevada, she understands that the world is not just black and white but many shades of grey, but still she won’t be cowed or intimidated by it or lured into compromising positions on the false promises of others.
There is a lot more backstory for Connor Rogan. Also known as Mad Rogan, the Scourge of Mexico, the Butcher of Merida. I loved him in ‘Burn for Me’, but he made my heart ache in ‘White Hot’. We get a lot more information about the crucible that forged Connor and turned him into Mad Rogan. He is also not a black and white character even though he is wired to see enemy or innocent through his experiences. Nevada starts to slowly get more glimpses of what makes Connor – Mad Rogan. In return, he lets her judgement stand in several instances rather than just taking out any threats. Connor only narrates the Epilogue, similar to ‘Burn for Me’.
We also see a lot more of the secondary characters in ‘White Hot’, including Augustine Montgomery who grew on me as the book progressed. Even with Rogan trying to get rid of him, he persisted and showed up to be somewhat of a self-interested ally to Nevada and Rogan. Nevada’s family is also there. Her Mum, Sisters Catalina and Arabella, Cousins Bernard and Leon, and of course, my personal favourite, Grandma Frida. They all love and support one another unconditionally and you see more of their love and loyalty throughout the books, exploring further the lengths they each go to protect one another. It is a great family dynamic and there are lots of elements of humour in the book generated by their interactions.
Overall, ‘White Hot’ is another mind-blowing book by Ilona Andrews, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has read and liked their books previously or enjoys the Fantasy / Supernatural / Romance genre. This is an unputdownable book so don’t be like me and start it one evening otherwise you too might bear the bruises of a kindle. I cannot wait to read the next instalment, ‘Wild Fire’.
5 out of 5 stars!
Again, the only detractor I had to this book is the cover.
This book is full of action that’s very exciting and worthy of turning into a movie adaptation. The use of animals is interesting.
I love the relationship development between Nevada and Rogan. They are such a great couple. She understands his temperament and he respects her need to be law abiding in the actions they take. He’s so sweet to her in his subtle ways and you get an idea of how much she means to him in this book. Their relationship is blossoming and I can’t wait to read the last book of their romance. They are the best.
I highly recommend this book! A must read!
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"
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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.
The second book in the outstanding Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews, White Hot, brings UF Fans another perfectly paced plot, and an even sweeter dollop of romance!
I'm so glad I decided to jump on this series. The first book, Burn for Me, had been on my TBR for a while simply because Ilona Andrews is an autobuy author for me, but it wasn't until recently when I kept seeing the books around everywhere that it moved its way up to the top of my list. The series has been relaunched by the publishers with the final* two books - White Hot and Wildfire - being released very close together in June/July 2017.
And oh my gosh, what a book! White Hot is an apt title! I thought the storyline in the first book was pretty perfect, but I somehow managed to enjoy this one even more (and that had absolutely nothing to do with Connor Rogan. Nope, nothing at all). What I especially loved was finding out more about everybody. I suppose the authors were busy setting up the world building and the two main characters in book one, and now that that's out there, in White Hot we got to explore other areas such as Nevada's fabulously wacky family. We also got insight into Rogan's time in the military, which helped counteract the slightly bad first impression he made to both Nevada and us readers in book one. And there are also a few new characters that pop up in this one that I feel will be sticking round.
The story, while new, is also a continuation of events from Burn for Me. I'm in spiky territory even trying to find something to tell you about it without spoilers, so I won't bother. The other part to these books which is just as important is the romance, which sees some interesting developments in White Hot. I think it's safe to say if your liked book one, you'll love book two.
Overall, I don't think I could have enjoyed this more. I look forward to re-reading it again someday.
* I believe this to be a trilogy, but would be very happy to be wrong about that!
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.