Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Also in this series:Wildfire
Also by this author: Magic Bites, Clean Sweep, Magic Binds, One Fell Sweep, Wildfire
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 30, 2017
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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 …
The world in which this series, Hidden Legacy, is set is very much like our own. Except that in this world there are humans that come from families that have magical skills and abilities. Hundreds of years ago a serum had been invented that brought forth latent magic that existed in certain humans but the serum was eventually destroyed. After the magic was awakened though it became part of the genetic code for those families and eventually highly magical families became “Houses” and the ones with the greatest magical ability became known as Primes. These families have developed their own aristocracy within the human world and they protect their bloodlines with rabid ferocity.
In Burn for Me it was disclosed that Nevada Baylor was a truthseeker but she thought that her entire skill set was that she was able to detect whether or not a person was telling the truth. Nevada’s mom has always tried to keep her children’s magical skills a secret and drilled it into her kids that they needed to hide their burgeoning talents. Although her mother had her reasons (which we learn more behind those reasons in this story) it had left Nevada with a handicap, a handicap that had nearly killed her on several occasions. In White Hot Nevada comes into her own, she has been practicing her magic and has become quite proficient. Not only can she tell if someone is telling the truth, she can force them to tell her the truth. It was fascinating to see how the Authors developed this talent and made it complex and fascinating.
In the previous installment, I was shocked at the end because Rogan and Nevada did not end up together and I had so desperately wanted that. The attraction was there but Nevada wanted to be more than a conquest to Rogan. Since their separation, Nevada had pined for Rogan but was determined that she did not need or want him. Silly woman! I loved her family through all of this because they had been teasing Nevada without mercy about when “the wedding” was going to be and stuff liked that. Her family was written perfectly and I could see their interactions clearly, it was most entertaining. They could see what she was too stubborn to look at closely. There was something between her and Rogan that shouldn’t be denied.
After taking a case that was maneuvered by Augustine, Nevada and Rogan were brought together most unexpectedly. Turns out they were both seeking answers to the same crime and although Nevada was not interested in it, her client decided that he wanted to collaborate with Rogan. Rogan had information and resources that would help the investigation into who was responsible for the murder of the legal team of House Forsberg of which her client’s wife was an employee. Rogan also had a personal stake in this investigation as he lost some employees when the meeting went sideways. Together this trio must overcome some great odds as it becomes clear that there is mastermind pulling some serious strings. The same mastermind that was responsible for the death and carnage from the first book. In this installment, there is more information as Nevada and Rogan begin to slowly discover that there is a conspiracy that goes deeper than they ever could have considered.
I enjoyed this book just like I enjoy all the books from this writing duo. It is not just the storyline or romance that endears me to their work, although the romance was the perfect combination of steamy and snarky for me. It is the characters that keep me coming back for more. They are complex and well written. Even the supporting characters are fleshed out and memorable. Ilona Andrews writes such great characters that they could do a spin-off series that follows each character, supporting included, and it would be fantastic. I love the interactions between all these characters; it feels real every single time. Another great installment in this trilogy!