Wildfire & Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

Wildfire & Diamond Fire by Ilona AndrewsWildfire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Published by Avon on July 25, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 391
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

Hidden Legacy has really cemented my love of Ilona Andrews. So much so that I’ve already started rereading Kate Daniels, because I finished all of the Hidden Legacy books that are already out, and I just wanted more more more. Plus, the last Kate Daniels book came out this year, and I wanted to reread before diving in anyway. Wildfire marks the end of Nevada’s Hidden Legacy arc, and, while White Hot remains my personal favorite, it’s pretty fucking great.

Wildfire really didn’t go where I expected it to plot-wise. I was so completely prepared for this epic showdown between Nevada and her grandmother, but that just doesn’t happen? I’m a little disappointed, but it would be just like Nevada View Spoiler ». The plot actually turns out to be about Connnor’s ex-fiance Rynda, who we met briefly in White Hot.

Rynda’s husband has either been kidnapped or run away from her, and she wants Nevada to investigate. She also wants to flirt hardcore with Rogan in case her husband doesn’t come back. This, right here, is the reason Wildfire was not my favorite book; I was not a fan of all of the jealousy in this book, even though it’s done with a clear awareness that jealousy is not a healthy feeling in a relationship. But, even so, Nevada’s jealous. She does work very hard to take that out on Rogan, not Rynda, and she does take herself to task for it, but that will never be my favorite thing.

Though it wasn’t the plot I wanted, as per usual it was totally badass. Admittedly, nothing can measure up to the ferret heist of book two, but Frida does get to bring out her tank Romeo again, so that’s a win from me. The ending’s almost anticlimactic but in a way I kind of liked; rather than Rogan and Nevada single-handedly saving the day again, this one’s very much a group effort. There can be a lot of lone wolf stuff in fantasy, and I love what a gang everyone is here. It’s also so great to see Nevada’s sisters and cousins getting to use their powers.

Wildfire puts a pretty good cap on the arc about Nevada and Rogan. I wish it hadn’t gone so hard on the jealousy stuff, but I can’t say it doesn’t fit them. In the end, I do still ship them terribly, and I’m sad to leave their arc behind, though happy that means they can be blissfully happy in the background.

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I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wildfire & Diamond Fire by Ilona AndrewsDiamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3.5
Published by Avon Impulse on November 6, 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 160
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

Diamond Fire marks the transition between Nevada’s narrative arc and Catalina’s within the Hidden Legacy series. Hilariously, it really does read like a passing of the torch, as the first chapter is Nevada’s POV before handing the novella off to Catalina.

The story doesn’t quite have all the magic of Hidden Legacy, mostly because it runs a bit more heavily to the silly, comic stuff than the badassery of the rest of the series. The tone change was a bit unexpected. Ilona Andrews is always funny but this went a bit overboard for me. The plot’s about shenanigans around Nevada and Rogan’s weddings, and I don’t think I’m ever super into that sort of plot personally.

That said, the novella did succeed in getting me excited for Catalina’s series, though tbh I already was. Still, getting to spend some time in her head just made me love her more. From Nevada’s POV, there was only so much you could really get to know her, because Catalina holds herself at a bit of a distance from everyone because of her power. She’s this socially anxious little nerd, and I want to hug her.

Ugh, I can’t believe I have to wait until August 2019 for the first Catalina book. I already ship her ship and I want it right now. *pouts*

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