Review: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

White Hot by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #2)

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Avon on May 30, 2017

Source: Publisher

My thanks to the publisher for providing me with a digital review copy. No compensation was provided for this review, and all opinions are my own.

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. 

  

The wait is over at long last, and friends, that wait was not in vain. WHITE HOT is Ilona Andrews at their finest, delivering more epic world building, more snarky banter, and more swoon-worthy moments than ever. If you like urban fantasy, fantastic characters and dialogue, and romance, then you need to be reading the Hidden Legacy series.

Two months after the chaos of the Adam Pierce case that changed her life, Nevada Baylor is conducting business as usual at Baylor Investigations, meaning that she’s trying to work while also wrangling her colourful and crazy family members/employees all while avoiding the two Prime magic uses who want her services. See, Nevada has a pretty special magical gift: she can tell when people are lying, and in the past she’s even been able to pull the truth from people without their consent. Even Connor “Mad” Rogan, the most dangerous and notorious Prime in the Americas, wants Nevada…but not just for her magical abilities.

First things first, the world building in WHITE HOT is seriously on point. Ilona Andrews really brings their A game here, providing a more detailed look into the magic system and subsequent social hierarchy that dominates every aspect of life in this world. We learn more about the magical Houses, how they’re formed and what their roles and responsibilities — and feuds — are, and we also get to see more types of magic beyond those introduced in the series opener, BURN FOR ME. My personal favourite is a magic wielder whose affinity for animals allows them to work with a squad of ninja ferrets. Ninja ferrets, people!

The romance is also seriously great in this one, which was a huge relief for me because I think the whole “crazy dangerous” thing that Rogan has going for him had the potential to go terribly awry in the hands of less accomplished authors. But this time around, Rogan is calmer and more focused — focused on Nevada, and showing her how good they would be together. And y’all…they’d be good. Everything about them is perfect, from their bickering to their sweet nothings. It would be annoying if it weren’t so totally swoon worthy. To cap it all off, Rogan is a total rock for Nevada while she’s dealing with some potentially life-altering revelations, offering up advice and support without trying to control her decisions.

But don’t worry, WHITE HOT isn’t just about Nevada and Rogan: all of the Baylors are important this time around, and each member of the family has an important role to play. I especially appreciated learning more about Catalina and Arabella, Nevada’s younger sisters, since I think they kind of got the short end of the stick in the first book. Let’s just say that the entire family is in possession of some unique, insanely powerful magical abilities, and they know how to use ’em. While they’ve always tried to hide those gifts, the secret’s out now and big changes are on the horizon for everyone involved. I for one can’t wait to see what those changes will bring…aside from more trouble, of course.

If you’re not reading this series, you’re doing yourself a disservice. This is one of the most creative and fun urban fantasy series out there right now, and the central romance plot is the icing on the cake. I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the series finale, WILD FIRE, tentatively scheduled for this August!

 

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  • I hope the next one is great too!

  • YESSSS!
    I love this series and I love Nevada & Connor so much. I was very impressed by the world building here too and couldn’t get enough of it. And you probably already know how I feel about that romance. *insert fire emoji* 😀
    I’m really excited to read the last book now. I’m actually thinking of going back and re-reading the whole series. It will be fun! 🙂
    Lovely review, Danya!

    • Saaaaaame! Nevada and Connor are fire together – pun totally intended. Haha. The world building in this series is so strong – which is particularly impressive because it usually takes IA a while to find their stride in that regard.

      Dying to get my hands on the final book! I’m sad to see these characters go though. I wouldn’t say no to a spinoff about Nevada’s sisters and cousins, honestly! Thanks, Nick. 🙂

  • This sounds like a great series! I remember hearing about how amazing the first entry was. I’ll have to give it a try some time. 😀

    • Hahahaha, yeah. I *may* have gushed about the first book a few times. I think you’d really like the world building in this series!

  • Karen

    I just skimmed your review because I want to pick this up soon! I read the first so long ago that I almost forgot about the series until it started popping up on all the blogs.

    For What It’s Worth

    • I’m excited to hear your take on this one, Karen! Personally I had to re-read Burn for Me before picking this up to jog my memory, but it wasn’t exactly a hardship. LOL!

  • Wow – that’s a sexy cover for them! Nothing bad can come from that! Seriously can Ilona Andrews do anything wrong – I think not. I own Burn for Me and now I really want to just go now and read it. They write great characters and really really great romance. And the plots aren’t usually anything to sniff at either!
    Have you read books in all of their series? If so, do you have a fave series?

    • I know, right? You should see the fan version where the male cover model is wearing a Hello Kitty tshirt, LOL. Yasssss, I think you’ll have a ton of fun with Burn for Me! This series is nothing if not chock-full of great characters and romance, and the plot is pretty epic too – especially in this book. I have read books in all their series, and so far this is my favourite! 😀

  • I’m so excited to read this installment. I did not even order it but rather running out today to go grab it up!! 🙂

    • Eeee, I can’t wait to hear your take on this one Kim! I hope you love it. 🙂

  • Okay… I have to admit that I haven’t read anything Ilona Andrews yet!!! Eep. The Kate Daniels series has been on my TBR for so long now! I don’t know whether I should start with this one because it’s so much shorter (only two books so far, yes?) or if I should binge read starting from Magic Bites… I just don’t know! HELP?

    P.S. I actually LOLed at “It would be annoying if it weren’t so totally swoon worthy” 😀

    • OMG! How is that even possible given your love of fantasy novels with badass heroines and romance? Hahaha. Choosing between the Hidden Legacy series and the Kate Daniels books is a tough one, but personally I think it depends on what you’re looking for: a series that gains momentum and introduces characters who will steal your heart, or one that starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. The latter is this series, the former is Kate Daniels. I hope that helps!

      LOL hooray! 😀

  • Greg Hill

    I’ve heard a lot about Ilona Andrews and didn’t realize at first they were a husband and wife writing team. I love the sound of Nevada’s magical ability and the worldbuilding sounds fabulous. Glad these are so good!

    • Neither did I when I first started reading their books! Honestly I can’t imagine working that closely with my partner but they totally pull it off. Nevada is SUCH a great protagonist! I recommend picking these up if you’re in the mood for a more romance-heavy urban fantasy.

  • I almost downloaded this book from Edelweiss but then I decided against it, because I’ve not read the first book. Still, all of the other Avon Addicts were SO excited about this book. 😀 I need to start somewhere with Andrews’ books! This series? One of her other ones? I need lots of swoon though. 😉

    Great review, Danya! Have a fantastic day. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • This is definitely a series you need to read in order, so probably a good call to skip it! I’m with the Avon Addicts – this series is THE BEST! Personally, this is my favourite IA because the characters, the world, and the romance are all on point. Plus, you don’t need to read three books for the series to really hit its stride (like with Kate Daniels, even though I do really like those books). This series is by far their most swoon-filled!

      Thanks Alyssa, have a great week! 🙂

  • Wow this seems to have a lot of what I like, draped in some Romance. This was a great review, now I have more to add to my never ending tbr. Tori @ In Tori Lex

    • Everything you like draped in romance seems like a good way to explore the genre, right? 😉 Haha, thanks Tori. I do what I can to contribute to Mount TBR!

  • Brilliant, you’ve pinpointed the things I loved about this book and I did really love it… like a whole lot. It’s threatening to send me into a slump with how good it was . How is it even fair it was this good? I thought I enjoyed Burn For Me but White Hot definitely took it to a whole other level. I mean, I loved Rogan actually getting a solid backstory which explained his crazy in a totally believable way. You were right his whole crazy schtick would have gotten old fast.

    Can I say I totally loved the Baylor family in this. I mean, they were just entertaining background cast in the first book but this time around they got to be fully fledged characters I loved. I mean, Nevada’s sisters were hilarious with those wedding pictures! And the gifts they had! Yes, so spot on how cool was that?

    I am pretty confident the third book will actually come out on schedule but I will try and reign in my excitement just in case. I feel a strong urge to go read the Ilona Andrews back catalogue now… I mean, more than I already have.

    • Wasn’t it so good?! I was honestly squealing with glee the entire time I read it, and after I finished I had to go through and re-read all the best parts (which was like half the book). YES! I couldn’t agree more, this one was – somehow – even better than Burn for Me and a large part of it was Rogan acting a bit more sane, hahaha. And whenever he talked about his feelings for Nevada? One way ticket to Swoonsville.

      The Baylors are honestly one of my favourite fictional families now. They’ve really come into their own individually, and I love that despite each character’s new arc they also still work as a unit. OMG YES, Nevada’s sisters were so great this time around! Their teasing combined with Grandma Frida’s had me in stitches.

      Fingers crossed it does, because I am desperate to read the final book! But if we’ve learned anything from the wait for White Hot, it’s that the wait was totally 100% worth it. Have you read The Edge series? I think those are my favourite IA books, aside from this series. The romance is strong with those ones!

      • Yep, I was head over heels for Rogan. He was sweet whilst being heavy handed. It was so cute!

        And they are a fantastic family. I feel like they didn’t get anywhere near enough page time in the first book and they had so much personality. Grandma Frida and her two sisters are great with their teasing, it’s the very definition of family.

        The wait is worth it, I will be mostly ok with waiting for the third. And I’ve read one of The Edge series but not all of them for some reason. I will have to give them a read.

  • Yay, glad you loved this!! I’m always so impressed by their universe! And I loved all the action! And yes, the romance was so lovely! I really loved all the Baylors! This was such a fun read, I’m definitely looking forward to Wildfire! I hope we both love it 🙂

    • If it’s possible, I actually loved this one even more than the first. This is definitely my favourite IA world so far. And yes, the action was insane – so many good twists. The Baylor clan is soooo endearing! Fingers crossed that Wildfire is just as strong as the first two books!

  • Lynn Williams

    Okay, goodbye – I go to buy a copy….