This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Edelweiss+. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Also in this series:White Hot
Also by this author: Magic Bites, Clean Sweep, Magic Binds, White Hot, One Fell Sweep
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
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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.
The Hidden Legacy series from Authors Ilona Andrews is set in a world very much like our own except in this world there is an Aristocracy governed by House families. 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. Each House is divided by their magical abilities and their marriages are most determined by their genetic compatibility to make the next House Prime.
Do you like flashy magic? I know I do and in this series we get an abundance of magical battle scenes that are vivid and action packed. In addition to the battles there are scenes where Rogan is overcome with frustration or annoyance and uses his magic to destroy or crumple objects. So much fun to read! In addition to Rogan’s skills and shenanigans, Nevada has truly come into her powers and has begun to accept the truth of how deep her powers go. As if that was not awesome enough in Wildfire the Baylor’s family secrets come tumbling out and all the magical skills of this talent family are explored and defined. Wow! I loved, loved, loved it. Amazing!
In Wildfire Rogan and Nevada are still on the trail of the elusive mastermind behind all the murders and cover-ups that have been taking place recently. After surviving a near death experience both Rogan and Nevada steal away for a few days of alone time as they have finally accepted that they are good together. While away all hell breaks loose as Rogan’s childhood friend and ex-fiance’s husband has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. In addition to that it appears that Nevada’s paternal grandmother has finally discovered the identity of Nevada and her family and is hot on their trail to force the Baylor family to accept their place in House Tremaine.
Rogan’s ex-fiance, Rynda, had come to Nevada’s PI firm as a last resort because her mother’s death has made her a social pariah and no one else will take on the case. She is desperate to have her husband found but it also seems that in case he is not found she thinks Rogan will do nicely. Nevada takes on the case because she was involved with the death of the ex’s mother and because she can’t help feeling bad for the Rynda and her kids.
While on the hunt for clues as to why Rynda’s husband was kidnapped, Rogan and Nevada come across clues that point to a possibility that the abduction is part of the conspiracy that they have been trying to unravel. Although it appears that there are several Houses involved in this conspiracy there is one mastermind solely responsible for the planning. The goal of this mastermind, known as Ceaser, is to cause a foundational shaking of the Aristocracy and to keep the strongest families in charge. As Rogan and Nevada get closer to discovering the elusive mastermind their lives and the loves of those they care about become fraught with danger.
I love the relationship building that has taken place between Rogan and Nevada but I was not quite sure about how I was going to feel about this book. The reason being that the synopsis gave it a love triangle feel and I detest love triangles. Luckily this story was nothing like I imagined. Not for lack of trying on one character’s part though. I found the action to be intense, the romance to be swoony and full of heat. The romance between Nevada and Rogan is addictive and you just want it all for them. In addition to the romance is the fast-paced storyline with twists and turns as well as intense magical exhibitions. This will not be a book you want to put down. I highly recommend this book, series, and the entire Ilona Andrews literary collection.
*Thank you to Edelweiss+ & HarperCollins for this eARC of Wildfire*