Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Posted June 6, 2017 by Candace in Blog Tour, Candace, Reviews, Tasty Book Tours / 1 Comment

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway:  White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway:  White Hot by Ilona AndrewsWhite Hot by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy, #2
Published by Avon on May 30th 2017
ISBN: 006228925X
Pages: 389
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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 …

Cocktails and Books received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

White Hot is the second Hidden Legacy book by Ilona Andrews.  I couldn’t read this one fast enough.  I’m really hoping that this series doesn’t end at book 3.  This author pretty much covers all of the bases with this book:  epic world building, magic, character development, action sequences and a fast moving plot.  If you haven’t met Nevada and Mad Rogan, hurry up and pick up Burn for Me.  You can’t read these as standalones and you don’t want to miss a single detail.  I don’t want to spoil this book so I’m going to be pretty vague but Nevada is once again pulled into Houston society where the rich and powerful also happen to be magical.

Nevada Baylor is not particularly wealthy and her magic seems to be developing but she hasn’t spent any part of her life honing it but more hiding it.  Actually, Nevada is a truth-seeker, a rare form of magic and quite the prize.  She tries to hide it much as her parents asked her too because everyone will want her and her normal life will vanish.

White Hot starts two months after Burn for Me and Houston was nearly destroyed.  Nevada and Connor “Mad” Rogan, who is a Prime, were starting to share some feelings but she hasn’t seen him or heard from him in the entire two months.  She is mopey but tries to hide behind work.  In Burn for Me, she realizes her magic is more powerful than just being able to tell when someone is lying but that she can compel someone to tell the truth.  The news is filled with a mass murderer/child molester case and she wants to help.  She tries to disguise herself but we see the ripple effects of this decision throughout the book and move us to Book #3.
 
She also agrees to investigate Cornelius Harrison’s wife’s murder.  Harrison is a gifted animal mage and he can’t get answers.  Unfortunately, this pits Nevada against House Forsberg, a powerful magical family.  Guess who shows up during her investigation…..Rogan.  He is interested in the case and Nevada too.  As they investigate together, the tension between this two is thick and the witty, fun-loving banter is to die for.

Not only do we get tons of Nevada and Rogan, but the whole Baylor family is back and you can’t help but love them.  Nevada’s sisters are harboring some powerful magic too and as the story unfolds, Nevada and the Baylors are in a for a shock.  I love how this book ends.  It is a cliffhanger but not really.  The author finishes the secondary storyline in White Hot but leaves new plot twists to weave and unfold in the 3rd book.  
Excerpt
“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 . . .”

“Thank you.”

“This is a bad idea. Please reconsider.”

He shook his head. “No.”

I walked him through the privacy policy and had him sign all of the waivers. “What happens once we find whoever is responsible?”

“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.”

Start the Trilogy at the beginning
“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) They have co-authored two New York Times and USA Today bestselling series—the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge—and are working on the next volumes for both. They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.


 

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I started reading my mom's romance books when I was 12 and haven't turned back. I absolutely adore anything paranormal especially the vamps that live in JR Ward's brain but I love romantic suspense, love triangles and a good MMA or MC series. If I am honest, sometimes I ignore my 3 kiddos and my husband when I have my nose stuck in my kindle! I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since October 2013.

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