Review: White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews

As expected, Burn for Me was not enough to stop me wanting Hidden Legacy books after I read Sapphire Flames, so I’ll be doing brief reviews of the other two novels and sole novella in the series. The reviews will be brief because I imagine not many people start a series at book two, and I’ve reviewed book one and book four (the start of what I assume will be a second trilogy within a larger series) that has a new narrator here.


wh.jpgThis is the book of the infamous (to anyone who follows Ilona Andrews’ blog) shirtless-Rogan, that drove fans to photo shop. Even if the cover seems to be referencing a part of the book that (weakly) justifies the shirtlessness, I’m glad the trend didn’t continue

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…

So! As a re-read, obviously I enjoyed this book. I liked it the first time around, but there really is something to be said for re-reading a book to pick up all the little hints and references you missed the first time around. I’d forgotten how much happened in this book! Burn for Me left a pretty obvious thing about Nevada’s magic unstated, and it was great to finally have that tension resolved without too much fanfare in White Hot.

Likewise, Rogan and Nevada get together in this book, as they were clearly always going to. Rogan gets some time to shine in this book, proving to be a three-dimensional character worthy of the light in which Nevada views him. Rogan’s backstory is introduced and viewed with compassion, and Nevada’s family history is used to great effect to enhance her understanding of, and compassion for, him.

Nevada’s extended and immediate family get drawn into greater focus in this book, the overall series plot really takes off, and Leon gets a great sub-plot that allows for greater exploration of both the Baylor family dynamics, and the politics of the Hidden Legacy world as effected by magic.

Ilona Andrews does1 a great job of crafting realistic heroes, and then building a supporting cast of characters that all come to life over time, creating thoroughly engrossing worlds and social groups that both make perfect sense within the world, while staying grounded in ordinary human behaviour.

White Hot doesn’t just contain the expected, however. The ball really starts rolling towards the end of this novel, as a new plot twist arises to cause drama for Nevada and her family. White Hot is well written, entertaining and engrossing, and definitely stands up to a second read. If you enjoy Ilona Andrews’ writing, well-written family dynamics, urban fantasy or romance—White Hot may be the book you’ve been waiting for.

 

1I know it should be do, but I don’t care

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