May 15 2017 8:30am

First Look: Ilona Andrews’ White Hot (May 30, 2017)

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews
White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2)
Avon / May 30, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

When I heard that the release date for this book had been pushed back until May 2017, I was sure I was going to die from lust for this book.

But I didn’t.

And now it’s here!

I love the husband and wife writing duo that is Ilona Andrews. Their books always work for me. They have this combination of fresh world building, kick-ass heroines and touching relationships—not only the romances—that hook me and suck me in.

The Hidden Legacy trilogy, of which White Hot is the second installment, is no exception. The world is a blend of modern American culture and an almost feudal social hierarchy and full of fun twists and surprises. In an alternate version of Houston, a family’s magic is as important as their wealth—more even—in determining their power and influence.

The Baylor family is so low on the totem pole that they pretty much fly under the radar. They have a private detective agency that specializes in cheating spouses or other low risk jobs. Or at least they did.

After our heroine Nevada Baylor’s adventures in Burn For Me, the first book, she’s attracting more notice than she’d like. But she’s an Andrews heroine so she doesn’t let a little thing like her own best interest get in the way of doing what she considers the right thing, no matter the cost. In case you think this makes Nevada sound like a sanctimonious drip, you need only read the opening of White Hot.

A wise man once said, “A human mind is the place where emotion and reason are locked in perpetual combat. Sadly for our species, emotion always wins.” I really liked that quote. It explained why, even though I was reasonably intelligent, I kept finding myself doing something really stupid. And it sounded much better than “Nevada Baylor, Total Idiot.”

Nevada is witty and sarcastic and makes me laugh out loud. She and her family’s private detective agency keep getting sucked into big time problems because of her stubborn commitment to follow her conscience.

The kind of problems that involve people shooting guns or using powerful magic to try and kill her. For someone who claimed she doesn’t have a lot of magic, Nevada certainly holds her own. Her skill with a gun doesn’t hurt either. On top of that she teams up, against her will, with Connor Rogan, who has money, power, enough magic to level a city and lickable abs, a fact that Nevada works hard to ignore.

He walked like he owned the building and he’d spotted an intruder in his domain. Magic boiled around him, vicious and lethal, so potent I could feel it from thirty yards away. He wasn’t a man, he was an elemental force, a thunderstorm clad in black about to unleash its fury. People flattened themselves against walls, trying to get out of his way. I saw his face and recoiled. Chiseled chin, strong nose, and blue eyes blazing with power under dark slashes of eyebrows.

Mad Rogan.

Our stares connected. I clamped all my thoughts into a steel fist, trying to keep my reaction under control.

His expression softened and for a fraction of a second I saw him looking at me with a mix of surprise and relief.

The sexual tension from the first book continues to hum between Rogan and Nevada. Nevada has been holding him at arms’ length since the first book but Rogan is still very, very interested and renews his pursuit. The hero in hot pursuit is one of my favorite things and Rogan’s pursuit is scorching. Their chemistry is undeniable but over the course of the book it becomes clear that there is more than just heat between them.

More than just the romance, the relationships that Nevada has with her family — her mother and grandmother, siblings and cousins — make the book for me. Since the book is (almost) entirely told in the heroine’s point of view, getting to see these different sides of her outside of her professional life and her interactions with Rogan reveal so much more of her. Since this is an Andrews’ book, Nevada’s mother is a retired sniper and her grandmother builds tanks for fun and profit. Rogan, too, enjoys spending time with Nevada’s family, clinging to a bit of normalcy.

If you’re thinking of picking it up, Book 1 is still marked down as I’m writing this and Book 3 is due out in July, so no super long wait in your future if you love it as much as I do.

And if you do, come tell me all about it!


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Julia Broadbooks writes contemporary romance. She lives in the wilds of suburban Florida with her ever patient husband and bakes ridiculous amounts of sugary treats for her teens' friends. Find her on Twitter @juliabroadbooks.

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Carmen Pinzon
1. bungluna
I have been waiting for this one for a long time. I love Ilona Andrews and this world is no exception.
2. LauraB94
Love, love, love Ilona and Gordon Andrews. I am going to attend one of the signings for this one squeeeeeee!

Can't wait.
3. Holliambria
SO excited about this one! I LOVED Burn for Me.
Julia Broadbooks
4. juliabroadbooks
It was a long wait but it was so, so worth it. I loved it just as much as BfM!
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