Blog Tour: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Welcome to the White Hot blog tour post! This is the second book in Ilona Andrews‘s awesome series Hidden Legacy and I’m so excited to share this book with you guys! I adored Burn for Me, and White Hot was definitely an awesome sequel!

I’ve got lots of fun things in this post, including a review, an excerpt, and a giveaway! So scroll on down and check out all the fun stuff (:

Blog Tour: White Hot by Ilona AndrewsWhite Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2) by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Published by Avon on May 30th 2017
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasty
Pages: 389
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-stars


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 …

Review:

It was almost a three year wait for this, but oh was it worth it (though I still laugh/cringe when I see the cover). White Hot takes us back to Houston on a high octane adventure with Nevada Bayer, P.I., as she’s hired to find a murderer, only to get caught up in a crazy power war conspiracy!

There’s sort of two storylines that’s going on, one that mostly wraps up in this, and another that setting up for the next book in the series. There was basically an explosion of secrets, action, magic powers, swoony moments and danger!

I loved seeing more Nevada! She’s definitely a character you want to root for. She’s sassy, she’s badass, she’s kindhearted, she’s a little awkward and she fights for what’s right. It was great to see her grow as a character and see how her powers are developing, too.

And where there’s Nevada, there’s the rest of the Bayer gang (aka. her family)! I love them so much. They provide a lot hilarious moments and great support for Nevada. Cornelius and his four year old daughter, Matilda, who sort of join the family, are so lovable and amazing, too.

And than there’s Connor “Mad” Rogan. Still straight up alpha male. Still rocking the dark and broody. Still a dragon (to Nevada). Again, Andrews is so good at creating interesting, rounded characters. I loved that we got to delve into Rogan’s past a little more and see his character change with his changing relationship with Nevada.

Let’s talk about Nevada and Rogan. FINALLLLLY. There was so much teasing and sexual tension not only in the first book, but even in this, so let me tell you, I was a happy gal when we finally got the fireworks. I love their banter, I love that Nevada makes Rogan work for her trust, I love that they surprise each other in a good way the more time they spend together.

Overall, this was a compelling story that easily sucks you right in with it’s fun, hilarious, intense and face-paced story. White Hot was a great addition to the story (and not to be read out of order) that provides more depth to the character, builds on the bigger arc and sets up the next book for quite the grand finale!

& QUOTES;

A hint of a grin touched his lips. His eyes lit up. “Do you think your mother might try to shoot me?”
“Possibly”
“Then absolutely. I wouldn’t miss it.”
And he would be the politest dragon ever. Tail tucked in, fangs hidden, and talons carefully folded on his lap. I had just invited Mad Rogan to have dinner. Again. My poor mom.

&

Grandma Frida burst through the door in her yellow rubber-ducky pajamas.
“Grandma’s here,” I added.

&

Rogan regarded me with his blue eyes, pulled a pair of shades out of his pocket and put them on. Dragon in camouflage, going down to the village to spy on the delicious people living there.

He clicked his teeth, biting through the air.

I had to stop thinking about dragons.

&

“How is being an evil henchman treating you?”
“Can’t complain, ma’am. It’s a good gig if you can get it.”
Of course. Complaining would be evil-henchman-like.

{*Thanks to Avon & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.


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Excerpt:

“My wife is dead.” His voice shook with barely controlled emotion. His eyes glistened. “She’s my light. She found me in the darkest time of my life and she saw something in me . . . She believed I could be a better man. I didn’t deserve her or the happiness we had. She loved me, Nevada. She loved me so much, in spite of my faults, and I was the luckiest man alive because when I opened my eyes in the morning, I saw her next to me. She had integrity. She was kind and intelligent, and she tried her hardest to do the right thing so this world would be a better place for our child to grow up in. She didn’t deserve this. She deserved to be happy. She deserved a full and long life. Nobody had the right to rob her of it.”

His face contorted with raw pain and grief. I was trying so hard not to cry. “I love her determination. I love her spirit. I’m proud to have been her husband. And now she’s dead. Someone took this wonderful—this truly beautiful—human being and turned her into a corpse. I saw her on the morgue table. She’s just . . . cold and lifeless as if she never was. Everything is gone except for our daughter and my memories. I have to strive to be the man she thought I was. When my daughter grows up, she’ll ask me why her mother was murdered and I’ll have to answer her. I have to account for my actions. I want to tell her that I found those responsible and I made sure they wouldn’t hurt anyone else.”

He brushed moisture from his eyes with a furious swipe of his hand. “Nobody else will do this. Her family doesn’t have the means, my family doesn’t care, and her employer might have murdered her. There is only me. Will you help me? Please.”

He fell silent. He was sitting here asking for my help and I couldn’t throw him out of my office. I just couldn’t. I remembered when Mom sold our house to pay for Dad’s bills. I remembered when we mortgaged the business and kept it from him, because it would’ve killed him faster than any disease. If someone I loved was murdered, I would do the same thing Cornelius did. He had nowhere to turn. If I slammed the door in his face now, I wouldn’t be able to look my reflection in the eye.

I reached into the top drawer of my desk and took out the blue new-client folder. I opened it so it faced him, placed it on the table, and wrote $50,000 in the margins on the front. “This is my retainer. This stays with the agency no matter what happens. It’s nonnegotiable.”

I used my pen to circle the bottom number on the right side. “These are our rates. This job is likely to be high-risk, so the top rate right here will apply. As you can see, it’s a daily and not hourly rate. Depending on the situation, I may have to charge you hazard pay or additional expenses. The retainer acts like a deductible. Once the amount billed to you exceeds it, you will make additional payments in installments of $10,000. After we’re done here, you may want to go to the bank and withdraw at least $20,000 in cash. We may have to bribe people . . .”

“Thank you.”

“This is a bad idea. Please reconsider.”

He shook his head. “No.”

I walked him through the privacy policy and had him sign all of the waivers. “What happens once we find whoever is responsible?”

“I’ll take care of things from there.”

“Meaning you’ll kill your wife’s murderer.”

“It’s the way Houses handle things,” Cornelius said.

“Well, I’m not a House. I’m a person with a family, and I respect and try to obey the laws of this country. I won’t hesitate to defend you or myself, but I won’t condone murder.”

“Understood,” Cornelius said. “How do we start?”

“I need to be able to speak to Matthias Forsberg. I need face-to-face time so I can ask him some questions. I can make the necessary calls tomorrow, but he’ll refuse to see me.”

“You don’t have the social status and you work for his competitor.” Cornelius nodded. “Matthias is an active participant in the Assembly. He never misses a session. Tomorrow happens to be December 15th. The session starts at 9:00 a.m.”

“I don’t have admission to the Assembly.” The Assembly was an unofficial executive body that governed the magic users at state and national levels. The Texas State Assembly met in

Houston. A family had to have at least two Prime-caliber magic users in three generations to be considered a House and each House had a single seat. Technically the Assembly had no power within the US government, but, practically, when the Houses spoke in one collective voice, both Congress and the White House listened.

“A family name has to be good for something, right?”

Cornelius smiled. It never reached his eyes. They stayed bitter and haunted. “As a Significant and a scion of a House, I’m free to attend the Assembly and bring a companion of my choice. I intend to be an active participant in this investigation, Ms. Baylor.”

“Call me Nevada,” I told him. “Good. Then we’ll meet here tomorrow at seven.”

four-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

7 Replies to “Blog Tour: White Hot by Ilona Andrews”

  1. I really loved this trilogy! I think the last book was just as fabulous as the first two and I’m glad you liked this one. It isn’t often that a second book in a series or trilogy is awesome and this really was.

  2. This is such a great series! I don’t know why these books have those silly covers though. Someone needs to buy Rogan a shirt! I am so glad that you enjoyed this one!

  3. Great review. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  4. A three year wait between books and I still have not managed to pick up book one. LOL

    So glad it delivered with book two just like with the first one.

    Love the quotes, Cyn!

  5. Hooray! I loved this one too, Cyn. Nevada was more sure of herself, Rogan was slightly less OTT, and the Baylor clan was in fighting form once more. Grandma Frida is a personal favourite – she’s such a sassy badass! I also really liked the introduction of Cornelius and his daughter because their powers are so interesting.

  6. Such a long wait but awesome it delivered! I need to read book one still. It’s on my summer list. 🙂

  7. oh this one sounds wonderful. I just adored book one, it was so dang good. Can’t wait to grab this one up. And I just love the humor that this author displays.

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