01 Jun '17

Another hit for Ilona Andrews with White Hot (5 Stars!)

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White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Published by HarperCollins on 2017-05-30
Genres: UF
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
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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 …

FTC : I bought this book. I actually pre-ordered it!

Quick Scores :

  • Plot – 5/5
  • Romance – 5/5
  • Sexy Times – 5/5
  • Characters – 5/5
  • Chance of a re-read? –  Yup!

Hash-Tags

#Alpha-heroine #Alpha-heroine #MF-Romance #Urban-Fantasy #Magic #family-dynamics #smexy

Nix Synopsis

WARNING : Do NOT read this without reading the first one. But do read the first one. It’s brill.

So, we meet Nevada and her family a couple of months after the first book ends. She accepts (another) ridiculous case from Augustine which may cause death and destruction to her and her family so, of course, Rogan ends up working the same case but from a different angle. The case is to find the person who killed the wife of Cornelius (the animal mage from the first book) which seems to link to Rogan’s goal of finding, and destroying, the Prime ring who seem to want to bring the destruction of the world as everyone knows it. Thrown together, they have to join forces to solve both their cases and protect everyone Nevada loves.

What follows is a lot of destruction,  lots of crazy family dynamics, quite a bit of violence and, of course, the simmering relationship between Rogan and Nevada. I had so many questions going into this book about their relationship (Can Rogan ever have a relationship in which he allows the other person free-will? Can Nevada ever trust him again after all the controlling shit he did in the first book? What will Nevada’s developing powers mean for their relationship? What the hell is sex with a tactile like?) and some of those questions are answered but now I’d added more to the list of unanswered ones and pre-ordered the next book 🙂

What I liked

My favorite part of the book is definitely the family dynamics. The whole family gets involved in this case and we learn so much more about them. Each of the characters brings something to the story individually (Bern is the computer whizz again but we find out the powers of each of the kids in this) but, together, they bring a sense of heart to the story that I adored. I loved the fact that the majority of the story is set in the family home, that even Rogan ends up staying there, because it just infused this story with a warmth that I didn’t even know I wanted from a book.

I adored the budding romance between Rogan and Nevada. We see a different side to Rogan in this book. We see the humanity in him (which we didn’t really see in the first; we saw more of the removed, powerful prime) through his flaws and how he treats the people he see’s as family. We also see a different side to Nevada because we see her embrace her Powers. She is learning her new world and it doesn’t go well but she accepts the challenge and learns from her mistakes. Logan never tries to tell her what to do or how to behave (which he could). He waits patiently until she asks him for advice but, in secret, he takes steps to protect her from ways she didn’t realise she needed protecting (not the best idea but the intentions were nice).  In return she makes him start to see the world in a different way, to factor other people outside of his circle into his decisions. Their relationship helps them both to function in a society they struggle with (Nevada the Prime society and Rogan in non-combatant society) and I thought it was wonderful.

What didn’t really work for me

Nothing.

One line sum-up!

A fast-paced Urban Fantasy with a rich, character driven plot that kept me turning the pages until I finished it in one sitting.

five-stars

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