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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 18:00

Review: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Written by Jennifer Porter
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WhiteHotWhite Hot by Ilona Andrews (urban fantasy, Avon, May 2017)




Series: The Hidden Legacy trilogy, book 2


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 …



Okay, I have to admit that as of mid-April 2017, I had never, ever read a book written by Ilona Andrews. This deficit has been on my list of things to remedy, but it wasn’t until I got an ARC of White Hot in the mail that I finally found the motivation. As White Hot is the second book of an urban fantasy trilogy following the developing magic of heroine Nevada Baylor, I did go back to read Burn for Me, the first book in the series. And I knew immediately that there was a serious void in my romance reading history, because it had never included Ilona Andrews. This author is a must-read!


White Hot, as mentioned, is the second book in a trilogy, so readers should absolutely begin with Burn for Me which introduces heroine Nevada Baylor, her incredibly eclectic family, the boss/overlord Augustine, computer whiz Bug and hero Connor “Mad” Rogan (as well a many others). Nevada runs a small PI business that is owned by Augustine. She, along with members of her large and loving family, is a magic user who is just trying to support her family after years of hardship. She tends to get embroiled in dangerous and mad-cap cases that test her skills and force her to reveal more of her secrets then she wants to. She has an interesting relationship with powerful prime Connor “Mad” Rogan who actually kidnapped her the first time they met. However, he has been instrumental in helping her with cases, and the two began to form a romantic bond in Burn for Me.


By the time White Hot begins, Nevada has just started to come into her own as a powerful magic user. Connor is aware of her growing power and takes steps to help her, even though it has been months since he has seen her. But when Cornelius comes to Nevada for help finding out who murdered his wife, Rogan ends up involved again. It appears as if Cornelius’ wife was killed as part of the same plot that brought Rogan and Nevada together in Burn for Me. Uncovering who is responsible for the wife’s death is not an easy task as some of the community’s most powerful magic users are willing to do anything and everything to keep their secrets. Nevada and Rogan must use all of their power and their wits to solve this one and to foil the evil conspiracy.


Along the way, Nevada and Rogan grow closer to each other. In Burn for Me, Rogan took every opportunity to try to seduce Nevada who was having none of it. But in White Hot, their relationship gets more heated, and we get to see some much needed depth to Rogan’s character. I quite enjoyed these two together and their byplay. Their romantic relationship is a slow-building one that is complicated by their relative and seemingly unequal positions in their world.


Much of White Hot is about (or at least starts to explain) these relative positions. Nevada is a magic user who has kept to herself and hidden her powers. She doesn’t think she is from an important family. Rogan, on the other hand, is the head of a House, a family entity of very powerful magic users. Houses are governed by many rules and contracts that dictate most of their modes of behaviors and ways of conducting business. House politics are critical to the events of White Hot and Nevada’s case. These politics become more important as we learn more about Nevada, her magic and her legacy.


One of the most amazing things about White Hot is the worldbuilding; it is robust, complex but well-thought out and intricately crafted. Ilona Andrews sets the stage slowly, introducing us to the world and its layers of magic in Burn for Me, and then begins to flush out the more nuanced parts of it in White Hot. The political trappings of the worldbuilding play a critical role in the battle that Nevada and Rogan are waging against a mysterious enemy.


The other amazing thing in this world is Nevada’s family, consisting of her mother, her grandmother, her sisters and cousins. All are important members of the family firm and all stand up to help when needed. They become more involved as Nevada’s power and stature grow and mature. They are also a wonderful and supportive group even though they can all drive Nevada crazy at times.


White Hot is a fabulous book that is part of an amazing fantasy trilogy (which should be read in order). Of course, Nevada’s story is not over; we have to wait for Wildfire (out in July) to find out what happens next. However, I have no doubt that the next part of her journey will rock. This is a series that I highly recommend. It has wonderfully nuanced and complex characters and unparalleled worldbuilding. I lost myself in the Hidden Legacy world and did not want to find my way out.


Ilona Andrews: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/


Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the publisher via edelweiss.

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