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White Hot: Hidden Legacy #2 by Ilona Andrews

White Hot: Hidden Legacy #2 by Ilona Andrews

Welcome to my review for the second book in the Hidden Legacy paranormal series by Ilona Andrews. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, check out the tour stops to read more reviews and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where one US winner will receive a print copy of BURN FOR ME.  But first

White Hot

The fist I’ve read from Ilona Andrews, and this won’t be the last! With everything I love in a story: action, drama, characters to befriend and just the right amount of backstory to help build a reader’s connection to those characters, the fun was never-ending. Having not read the first in this series, I was worried about missing pieces of the story, or walking away with questions. Andrews answered all of the possible questions in resolutions and information, without making it feel overwhelming: and I felt confident enough in the world that was built and the ongoing progression of the plot to feel as if I missed nothing but the pleasure of diving into this world from the beginning.

Nevada is a wonderful heroine – brave, determined and developing skills that are little short of remarkable. Working out her own place in this world, as well as her relationship with / to Connor is constantly in flux, and the whole relationship is bundled into a two steps forward three steps back series of circumstances, often mixed with danger and action, complicated by the fact that, essentially he is her boss.

And Connor “Mad” Rogan is just marvelous. One of those people who at first glance are just scary badass, but look a bit deeper and you find a heart of gold, honorable and upright, determined to protect what he sees as his. And they are his – as leader of the Primes, he keenly feels any affront as a personal attack – and responds in kind. Between the action, threats and wonderful moments of romance, Andrews added secondary characters and humor that added depth and a richness to the story that would have otherwise been a very tense, if wholly enjoyable read. Mixing in secondary characters (Bug most notably) and adding the humor kept the story balanced, just when the tension became too much a laugh, a new character or even a bit of romance kept me engaged and intrigued, turning the pages faster and faster. A wonderful read that had me grabbing the first in the series, and checking out the backlist for Ilona Andrews for more great reads.

White Hot: Hidden Legacy #2 by Ilona Andrews

Title: White Hot
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Genre: 18+ Read, Contemporary Paranormal Romance, Magic
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 006228925X
Published on: 30 May, 2017
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 416
Audio Length: 13 Hours: 17 minutes
Rated: five-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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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 …

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

 

“My wife is dead.” His voice shook with barely controlled emotion. His eyes glistened. “She’s my light. She found me in the darkest time of my life and she saw something in me . . . She believed I could be a better man. I didn’t deserve her or the happiness we had. She loved me, Nevada. She loved me so much, in spite of my faults, and I was the luckiest man alive because when I opened my eyes in the morning, I saw her next to me. She had integrity. She was kind and intelligent, and she tried her hardest to do the right thing so this world would be a better place for our child to grow up in. She didn’t deserve this. She deserved to be happy. She deserved a full and long life. Nobody had the right to rob her of it.”

 

His face contorted with raw pain and grief. I was trying so hard not to cry. “I love her determination. I love her spirit. I’m proud to have been her husband. And now she’s dead. Someone took this wonderful—this truly beautiful—human being and turned her into a corpse. I saw her on the morgue table. She’s just . . . cold and lifeless as if she never was. Everything is gone except for our daughter and my memories. I have to strive to be the man she thought I was. When my daughter grows up, she’ll ask me why her mother was murdered and I’ll have to answer her. I have to account for my actions. I want to tell her that I found those responsible and I made sure they wouldn’t hurt anyone else.”

 

He brushed moisture from his eyes with a furious swipe of his hand. “Nobody else will do this. Her family doesn’t have the means, my family doesn’t care, and her employer might have murdered her. There is only me. Will you help me? Please.”

 

He fell silent. He was sitting here asking for my help and I couldn’t throw him out of my office. I just couldn’t. I remembered when Mom sold our house to pay for Dad’s bills. I remembered when we mortgaged the business and kept it from him, because it would’ve killed him faster than any disease. If someone I loved was murdered, I would do the same thing Cornelius did. He had nowhere to turn. If I slammed the door in his face now, I wouldn’t be able to look my reflection in the eye.

 

I reached into the top drawer of my desk and took out the blue new-client folder. I opened it so it faced him, placed it on the table, and wrote $50,000 in the margins on the front. “This is my retainer. This stays with the agency no matter what happens. It’s nonnegotiable.”

 

I used my pen to circle the bottom number on the right side. “These are our rates. This job is likely to be high-risk, so the top rate right here will apply. As you can see, it’s a daily and not hourly rate. Depending on the situation, I may have to charge you hazard pay or additional expenses. The retainer acts like a deductible. Once the amount billed to you exceeds it, you will make additional payments in installments of $10,000. After we’re done here, you may want to go to the bank and withdraw at least $20,000 in cash. We may have to bribe people . . .”

 

“Thank you.”

 

“This is a bad idea. Please reconsider.”

 

He shook his head. “No.”

 

I walked him through the privacy policy and had him sign all of the waivers. “What happens once we find whoever is responsible?”

 

“I’ll take care of things from there.”

 

“Meaning you’ll kill your wife’s murderer.”

 

“It’s the way Houses handle things,” Cornelius said.

 

“Well, I’m not a House. I’m a person with a family, and I respect and try to obey the laws of this country. I won’t hesitate to defend you or myself, but I won’t condone murder.”

 

“Understood,” Cornelius said. “How do we start?”

 

“I need to be able to speak to Matthias Forsberg. I need face-to-face time so I can ask him some questions. I can make the necessary calls tomorrow, but he’ll refuse to see me.”

 

“You don’t have the social status and you work for his competitor.” Cornelius nodded. “Matthias is an active participant in the Assembly. He never misses a session. Tomorrow happens to be December 15th. The session starts at 9:00 a.m.”

 

“I don’t have admission to the Assembly.” The Assembly was an unofficial executive body that governed the magic users at state and national levels. The Texas State Assembly met in Houston. A family had to have at least two Prime-caliber magic users in three generations to be considered a House and each House had a single seat. Technically the Assembly had no power within the US government, but, practically, when the Houses spoke in one collective voice, both Congress and the White House listened.

 

“A family name has to be good for something, right?”

 

Cornelius smiled. It never reached his eyes. They stayed bitter and haunted. “As a Significant and a scion of a House, I’m free to attend the Assembly and bring a companion of my choice. I intend to be an active participant in this investigation, Ms. Baylor.”

 

“Call me Nevada,” I told him. “Good. Then we’ll meet here tomorrow at seven.”

 

About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews" is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) They have co-authored two New York Times and USA Today bestselling series—the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge—and are working on the next volumes for both. They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

 

 

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