Book Talk: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Book Talk: White Hot by Ilona AndrewsWhite Hot Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Published by Avon on May 30, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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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 . . .

Totally forget to talk about one very glaring thing in my previous review. THESE COVERS. Burn for Me is pretty bad, but White Hot is quite literally one of the worst covers on a book I’ve actually read. That poor guy and his fake, fake abs. Though, I will say that I think the model on this book looks a bit more like Nevada probably does, since the girl on book one is white af and Nevada’s mixed race. So yay for that at least? But dear god this series needs a cover makeover something fierce. The good news is that the insides are excellent.

I enjoyed Burn for Me but I loved White Hot. The characters are already established, and the book’s able to jump right into the action. White Hot deals with some of the questionable elements of Burn for Me effectively and makes the series easier to unquestionably love. Also, it’s shippy sooooo hi my thing.

At the beginning of the book, Rogan hasn’t been in contact with Nevada for months, because she told him to leave her be. Something which she finds a bit frustrating, because tbh that was a bit of a test. She’s attracted to him and she likes aspects of his character, but she has a bunch of really reasonable concerns.

Once again, a case makes them partners. Nevada’s hired by Cornelius, an animal mage who was a minor character in book one. His wife was murdered, and he wants vengeance against the person who killed his beloved wife and left his daughter without a mother. Nevada knows this case will lead to deep, scary shit, but she’s a nice person and wants to help. Rogan’s tracking the evil group behind the events of book one and stumbles into their investigation. Well, maybe not stumbles because Connor doesn’t stumble.

Very quickly, the book begins wrestling with Connor’s personality. Early on, it’s established that Connor is not without softer feelings, and he’s not as hard-hearted of a manipulator as Nevada originally feared. However, he’s not made out to be a fluffy bunny either; he murders any enemy without remorse, and his moral code does not align perfectly with Nevada’s. Everything he’s been through in the army has warped his perception, and the book’s very clear that some aspects of that will never change. Both of them communicate clearly and set boundaries about what they will and will not accept from one another, and they do their best to follow those boundaries.

I really love how they handle the evolution of the relationship, and the fact that Rogan’s character is different but also not retconned; Nevada and the reader merely get to know him better. Nevada and Rogan banter so adorably and give each other such shit in an adorable, shippy way. The sexy scenes are admittedly a wee bit silly because of his phantom hot touch which makes me snort tbh, but whatever I love them.

Another thing that makes this series work so well is that, though Nevada doesn’t have a physical power, she’s clever and stubborn-willed enough to get through and fight with the big boys. I love that there are times when she saves Rogan’s ass and times when he saves hers. They’re a team and they’re so much better together than apart.

The plot’s largely an intense political conspiracy with lots of murder, but again there are moments that are incredibly funny. The best scene of the book hands down involves a ferret heist. I mean, what more can anyone possibly want from any book ever? The ending is also anticlimactic in this hilarious and unpredictable way; rarely do I enjoy an anticlimactic ending but this one was great.

I’m thrilled that Cornelius is going to be an ongoing character because I need more animal hijink cuteness. I’ve fallen in love with this series, and I’m so excited to get to know more of the characters better, especially Nevada’s cousins and siblings. Book three is primed (punned!) to be really amazing, as she takes on another Truthseeker.

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