White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Also in this series: Burn For Me
Published by Avon on May 30, 2017
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
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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 …
After being so blown away by Burn For Me, the first book in the Hidden Legacy series, I immediately downloaded White Hot and dove in. I can happily report that I was just as pleased with it as I was the first one.
I knew that Connor “Mad” Rogan ran deep under his cold, uncaring facade and we immediately started to see more evidence that he does actually have a heart under that calm, cool, uncaring exterior. Not just in the way he acts toward his employees but also in his actions toward Nevada.
As the story unfolded, the circumstances that led to him being the way he is are slowly doled out with hints here and there as to what his issues are. As skittish as Nevada was about acting on her feelings toward Mad, once she started paying attention to his actions versus what came out of his mouth, his true feelings for her were becoming clearer. Still, outside factors would make any relationship between them seemingly impossible so treading cautiously was not a bad call on her part.
Not only was the chemistry heating up even more between Mad and Nevada, the plot to destabilize the houses of the Houston magical families was, too. Nevada is finagled into investigating the murder of Cornelious’ beloved wife not realizing that Mad is after the murderers too.
The mystery of who is involved deepens and it becomes obvious this is a wide reaching plot that gets more and more dangerous by the minute. It’s not just Nevada in danger, her entire family is targeted. To keep everyone safe and uncover the bad guys, Nevada’s secrets start to unravel. I had suspected her big secret in the first book, and as things played out, was proved right. The repercussions for her and her family could be dire and far reaching.
Other than a bit of chemistry, the first book was shy on romance but that is not the case with this one. Each clue figured out, each crisis averted, each battle won brought not only progression in the mystery but also brought Mad and Nevada closer, making the feelings between them that much more believable. Once they finally became a couple, not only was it hot, it had all the feels.
For me, the second book in a series, especially if it’s a trilogy about the same couple, tends to bog down a bit. That’s not the case here. I loved this from start to finish and could not put it down. Once again, I have the next book, Wildfire, already queued up on my iPad. In fact, it took every bit of discipline I have to stop and write this review before starting it.
Rating: 5 Stars
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