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review 2017-06-22 05:16
Review: White Hot by Ilona Andrews
White Hot - Ilona Andrews

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In a world where magic is power, prestige, and money all rolled into one, private investigator Nevada Baylor is an anomaly.  Her magic is rare and she has spent her life barely using her abilities as a truthseeker…until her last case thrust her into the world of magic and politics.  After the near destruction of Houston, life seems to have mostly gone back to normal.  Then Nevada’s latest case shoves her right back into danger.  The shadowy forces that nearly destroyed her city are back and more vicious than ever.  And Nevada isn’t the only one hunting them down.  Connor “Mad” Rogan, the billionaire Prime who gets her blood boiling like no one else, is working alongside her.  A few months apart has done nothing to calm the sparks that are flying between them.  With the stakes so high and numerous threats coming from unseen enemies, neither of them can afford to be distracted.  But sometimes attraction burns too hot to ignore…

 

White Hot is intense, energetic, and completely engrossing.  I’ve been impatiently waiting for this second Hidden Legacy novel and Ilona Andrews did not disappoint.

 

Nevada and Rogan are the heart of White Hot and you couldn’t ask for two more interesting, compelling characters (and that’s saying something since the entire cast of characters in this book is fascinating).  Nevada is a kickass heroine with a huge heart, a quick mind, and a spine of steel.  She’s already a well-developed character, but I loved watching her come further into her own when it comes to her magic.  Watching her explore her power was just plain neat, but the consequences of her doing so had me on the edge of my seat more than once over the course of the story.  How she deals with the curveballs thrown at her, and how Rogan helps her do so was fantastic.  And speaking of Rogan, he is one sinfully sexy Prime.  He’s as arrogant as ever, but his protective streak made me melt and I loved peeling back the layers to his character.  He and Nevada make an excellent match.  Their love story kicks into high gear in White Hot and I loved every bit of it.  The back-and-forth, the sexual tension, and the pure emotion that springs off the page was utterly fantastic and made me want to dive right back into this story as soon as I finished it.

 

White Hot is the second book in the Hidden Legacy trilogy, and you definitely want to read Burn for Me before diving into this story.  There’s not much I can say about the overarching series storyline because it would spoil things for readers.  Suffice it to say that if you thought things were intense in Burn for Me, then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a ride.  The danger to Nevada, Rogan, and those they care about made it nearly impossible to put the book down.  In fact, pretty much everything about White Hot made the book difficult to put down.  It’s by turns thrilling, romantic, sexy, and unexpectedly funny.  My only complaint is that I now have to wait to delve into the final Hidden Legacy book, Wildfire.  I cannot wait to see what Ilona Andrews has in store for Nevada and Rogan!

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review 2017-06-12 21:27
#Audiobook Review: White Hot by Ilona Andrews
White Hot: A Hidden Legacy Novel - Ilona Andrews,Renée Raudman

Listening to the audiobook of White Hot is a “reread” for me. I reviewed the book in May 2017, and my review still stands as I originally wrote it. Here is an excerpt from my original review: 

 

“The overall and book-specific stories are both equally engrossing. The layers and complexity make the book fascinating rather than confusing. The conspiracy and plot are smart and interesting. The action is solid and edge-of-your seat. 

 

“The romance between Nevada and the little understood Rogan also blossomed during White Hot. Rogan continued his relentless pursuit, but also opened up to Nevada, realizing she can match him. She may not be his equal, and he sometimes does things to “protect” her which only frustrated her, but he’s learning how to allow her to make her own decisions. There are many hurdles to jump, and I really want them to make it.”

 

By listening to the book, I picked up plot nuances that I missed when reading the book the first time. However, It is Renée Raudman’s performance that makes the story so much more. While the writing team of Ilona Andrews is an amazing storyteller in its own right, Ms. Raudman adds so much feeling and emotion to their stories that I can't help but get choked up every time I listen to one their books. She breathes life into these amazing characters and tales, making them ones I would listen to again and again. She takes an A book and makes it an A+. 

 

In the end, White Hot is an amazing, entertaining story, and coupled with Ms. Raudman’s talent, the book is unforgettable.

 

My Rating: A+

Narration: A+

 

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review 2017-06-10 03:01
White Hot - Ilona Andrews

Wow! After that magnificent ride in Burn for Me, I was expecting my journey in White Hot to be just as amazing. It did not disappoint. This amazing story captured my attention from the first page and held me in its grip to the end. It delivered so much more than I expected. It surprised me in ways I never expected, which was a good thing.

 

What I loved
I cannot say it enough; the characters are awesome. I could not get enough of them. I declare it now and without apology, Mad Rogan is my new book boyfriend. Not only is he powerful, he is also sexy and enigmatic. He is considered a psychopath, but their opinions did not matter. The only person’s opinion that mattered to him was that of Nevada Baylor. He would do anything to have her see him for the man he is and not he was perceived to be. I had fun learning what made him tick. I love the person who he was when he is around Nevada, protective and caring.

Nevada Baylor is not your typical heroine. She is smart, feisty, strong –willed and independent. In this instalment, she discovers that there is more to her powers than she originally believed. I enjoyed watching her growing into her abilities after keeping it a secret for so long.

I appreciated the dynamics of Nevada and Mad Rogans’ relationship. Their attraction is as strong as ever, but obstacles of every size, shape and form are determined to keep them apart. The sexual tension was so intense that it is a wonder my Kindle is still functioning.

The story is packed full of nail-biting action, that kept me eagerly turning the pages as I needed to know what next would happen. This new case they are working on is proving to be more dangerous than the previous one. The danger, the thrills, and the humour made for an exciting read, but what gave it the extra oomph was the romance and the family dynamics.

Verdict
If you have not started this series, then you are missing out on an awesome story. This is a series not to be missed, especially if you are a fan of this genre. Please note, however, that the character development, requires you to read the books in order. I cannot wait to start the next book. Highly recommend.

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review 2017-06-10 01:56
Sold on the series
White Hot - Ilona Andrews

I had SO MUCH FUN. You could make a chart of who corresponds with whom in the Daniels series, but frankly, I don't give a damn. It was sexy, it was fast, it had cute beasties doing a Mission Impossible stint, and everyone had their badass moment. I'm a happy camper.

It ended in a cliff-hanger of sorts, and I weep thinking of the wait. It could have been left gracefully without the urgency note and I would still have been terribly impatient to know how everything proceeds. I'll forgive it this time because I do love this writing team.

More please.

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text 2017-06-09 22:09
Reading progress update: I've read 235 out of 384 pages.
White Hot - Ilona Andrews

“I’m more paranoid than Baranovsky,” Rogan said. “My laundry vents aren’t secured. But I’d imagine there is a metal grate over them.”
“Does anybody else find this whole idea of a ferret heist mildly absurd?” Augustine looked around the room.

 

First, yeah, lol. And awesome, and hilarious. Also, Rogan is probably going another notch up in the paranoid-level after that bit. And I can't stop grinning over this whole "dark horse" conversation. Nevada's family is a whole herd.

 

Rogan lifted his cell to his ear and said quietly, “Margaret? Look into putting pressure sensors into our dryer vents . . . Yes. Dryer vents.”
Augustine was typing something on his phone, his face unreadable.


LMAO

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