Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: May 30th 2017
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…
“There is a shortage of you in my life.”
White Hot is a worthy second installment to the action-filled and witty Hidden Legacy series. It does not disappoint, bringing back the funny dialogues fans love so much, a complex world-building, a slow burn romance that is thick with unresolved sexual tension, and a new murder-mystery to solve!
Ilona Andrews continues to be a favorite. The writing is engaging and hooks you right from the start, and the fast pace keeps you interested throughout the entire novel. The plot is well-developed, as are all of the characters — new and old. The stakes are higher this time around, which only makes reading more fun!
Finally! The wait for this book was sooooo looooong, I actually couldn’t believe it was really here! But it is! And I’m so happy to say this book met all of my high expectations! 😀 Picking this up right after my reread was definitely a good move. The characters and story were still fresh, so I really had no trouble diving into this universe again.
The story picks up some time after Burn For Me ended, and it jumps right into action. Nevada continues to be a delight as a narrator, especially with the new struggles she faces. The book also brings back minor characters from the first installment, which I was very happy about.
The main draw for me continues to be the humor, though. I love how Andrews writes dialogue, and White Hot gives us more of that witty banter we love so much! It’s easy to smile while reading this, which serves well to balance the darker scenes we once again have throughout the story.
One aspect that surprised me a bit was the romance! I had minor problems with it in the first installment, but in this novel there is some real development in that regard. The slow burn is still very much a factor, but it gives time for the relationship between Nevada and Rogan to really develop. The honest communication between them is what really sells it, and I’m glad Andrews focused on that this time.
There are some pretty interesting reveals too! I have to say I was completely blindsided by at least one of them, which only served to make this more fun. The twists and turns are very well written and add depth to the story — plus, they are really intriguing threads to follow into the next installment.
In the end, White Hot is just what I expected and more. There are shocking secrets, fights, deaths, and lots of tension. The characters continue to be layered, the world-building is explored even more, and the romance is sweet and steamy. Definitely recommend it to all Urban Fantasy fans!