White HotSeries: Hidden Legacy #2
by Ilona Andrews
Published by HarperCollins, Avon on May 30th 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 …
In the realm of book series, we readers have very little patience. We kick, scream, and throw epic tantrums when the next book in a beloved series doesn’t come out quick enough for us. It’s as if we expect authors to bend to our wills. Utter rubbish!!! We get what we get, when we get it.
I have no qualms about waiting for the second book in Ilona Andrews’ second book in their Hidden Legacy series because the wait was absolutely worth it! This story knocked my pseudo-combat boots off.
White Hot picks up just after the first book in the series, Burn For Me. Nevada takes a meeting for new business with Cornelius Harrison, a character from book one. Augustine, the business man who holds the mortgage on Nevada’s Investigative Agency, has sent Cornelius to Nevada for help in solving the murder of Cornelius’ wife.
I found that despite having read Burn For Me, it had been so long between books that I forgot most of the story from that book. I didn’t have time, or quite frankly the patience, to re-read Burn For Me. Not a problem! As I read White Hot, I remembered most of the world building and “rules” of the world. To enjoy White Hot, I didn’t need to remember minutiae from the previous story. The authors gave quick “re-hashes” when the reader needed information for background purposes. Thank yoooouuu!
Rogan is introduced into this story in a very natural fashion; a very Rogan-esque way that fits perfectly. From that point on, Nevada and Rogan’s relationship is worked out throughout the entire story while a murder mystery is solved, Nevada Baylor style 😉
There’s in-depth character and world analysis while we learn about Cornelius’ character and his family. There’s more of Augustine’s power plays. This story is so flipping smart!!
And those aren’t even the BEST parts. The Baylor Family is back!!! We learn almost everything we didn’t know about them in the first book. Hang on for a ride!
The writing team of Ilona Andrews has been writing urban fantasy for years and they are fantastic at it. Even though you could say this series borders paranormal romance, the story is executed on pace with the best urban fantasies: fast, smart, quick-witted dialogue, and a unique world of characters. Even though I briefly got confused in the middle of the story, I stayed glued to the story and quickly finished this book within a day.
Not quite yet. White Hot has a satisfactory ending but you will be jonesing to pick up the next, and maybe last* book in the series, Wildfire, as soon as you finish reading. I’ve read Wildfire already and you will love it!!
*On June 1st of this year, I went to Ilona Andrews’ book signing in Lansing, Michigan. Every book signing I go to, I invariably learn a lot. What I loved about both Ilona and Gordon were that they were so genuine, honest, and adorable together. Ilona is a complete spitfire and you almost couldn’t keep the swear words from flying out of her mouth when she felt passionate about something. I immediately wanted them for my best friends, or at the very least, drinking buddies.
I had to know, what was the story with these HORRIBLE book covers?? I asked. Gordon answered, and I’m paraphrasing, “What do you think?” Basically, their contract with Avon (HarperCollins) for these three Hidden Legacy books was “cover consult” not “cover approval” – HUGE difference. I believe they are still in negotiation with Avon for more books in this series as we speak but they want “cover approval” this time, among other things I’m sure.
If you can ever go to a book signing, I highly recommend them.