Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Published by Avon Books on May 30, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Also in this series: Burn For Me
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.
I LOVED this book! Nevada and Connor ‘Mad’ Rogan are back in White Hot, Book 2 of the Hidden Legacy series! White Hot is fast paced, magic packed with loads of action. Once again the extremely talented husband/wife duo known as Ilona Andrews blew me away. We are taken deeper into the world of Houston’s magic elite where powerful mages called primes head up magical houses obsessed with power, prestige and magical bloodlines.
Rogan and Nevada haven’t seen each other for two months following the ending of the first book Burn for Me. A fact that drives Nevada batty even though she doesn’t want to admit it! 🙂 When Cornelius, a powerful animal mage we met in Burn for Me, walks into Nevada’s office he begs her to find his wife’s killer. He’s devastated, and while normally she wouldn’t even consider a case this risky she doesn’t have the heart to turn him away.
Soon enough, as Nevada starts to investigate, she and Rogan are thrown back together! Much to Nevada’s annoyance they’ll need to partner up to solve a case of not only murder but a brewing conspiracy. The heat builds and these two fall right back into their old snarky/sex hazed ways. Seriously Nevada and Rogan are a perfect match. The sexual tension was insane. I was practically begging them to finally take what they wanted! And of course, as always, their banter is hugely entertaining.
“Is this my replacement?” What? “I didn’t replace you!” “Of course not. I’m irreplaceable”
Ya Rogan’s not arrogant…much. I want my own Rogan dammit!!! LOL
There’s a lot going on in this book. Nevada has to learn to navigate the politics surrounding the magical Houses as she works with Rogan and his team to track down Cornelius’s wife’s murderer. Rogan is trying to protect Nevada and deal with his own demons. At the same time these two are becoming closer and trying to figure out what the means to them; at least when they’re not panting drooling all over each other 🙂
Nevada’s family is also back in a big way! They were more involved in this book and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. They are absolutely hilarious as they support Rogan and Nevada in their investigations and the craziness that’s surrounding them. I love the good natured ribbing Nevada gets from her family, who are constantly pushing her to marry Rogan with massive grins on their faces!
“Did you see how she got all hot under the collar?” Grandma Frida said in a theatrical whisper behind me. She’s not over him.
“I can hear you!”
There’s a lot of character development which was awesome to see. Both for the MC’s and the key secondary characters. I thought Rogan’s character in particular began showing real depth and was way more dynamic. He isn’t just the feared “Mad’ Rogan anymore. There are also shocking revelations that’ll have a big impact on Nevada, her family and may change the relationship between her and Rogan. Guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens in Book 3, Wildfire.
I LOVED this book! Just thought I’d reiterate in case you hadn’t noticed, hahaha. I highly recommend this book to all paranormal romance / urban fantasy lovers! Absolutely fabulous!
I received an eARC from publisher via Edelweiss as part of this Blog Tour in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.
Excerpt from White hot
“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 . . .”
“This is a bad idea. Please reconsider.”
He shook his head. “No.”
“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.”
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