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Release Day: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Posted May 30, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 5 Comments

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.

Release Day: White Hot by Ilona AndrewsWhite Hot by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Published by Avon on May 30, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
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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 . .

        

I admit I am totally biased. This is the one and only author I auto-buy everything. I have some of their books in 3 formats: print, ebook and audio! They never let me down. Why do I love them so much? Somehow they infuse their world and characters with quirky details, relatable situations and feelings. There are multiple plot lines: the mystery, the action, the ongoing world-building and some romance. But even in a romance book – they don’t really need sex! Because the story is sooooooooo amazing!  Although I appreciate sex and romance.

Not only do they write great books but they are wonderful people, real people. I was lucky enough to meet them at NOLA Storycon in September 2016.

I pre-ordered White Hot awhile back and I think it got cancelled. Now I pre-ordered White Hot and Wildfire in November 2016, as soon as I knew links were available.  To prepare for this eARC, I “re-read” Burn for Me on audio in December 2016 . It was my first experience with Renee Raudman and a pleasure. I think I’ll have to read everything first before audio just because I can read faster and I can’t wait.

White Hot picks up right after Burn for Me and jumps into action immediately. We learn more about Nevada’s family, Rogan and Augustine, Bug, the magical community and meet a few new players. It’s intensely fascinating. And I feel Nevada so much. She has deep compassion and sticks to her principles when it isn’t easy. Nevada and Rogan continue to fight the good fight and have each other’s back. It ends with a breather before the next HUGE battle.

The Hidden Legacy series is a must read trilogy. The final book Wildfire will be available July 2017. I was reading it within minutes of getting the eARC. I have no willpower and no desire to have willpower. Go read and enjoy!

 

About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. 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 Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.

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Audio: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Audio: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Posted May 6, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

              I listened to this recommendation from an Ace Roc Star friend.  It’s one of her favorites. It’s also fantasy, which isn’t always the easiest for me to assimilate, so I got the audio from the library. The tale goes from childhood to manhood of Fitz, the bastard son of the prince, who many wish to control or kill. He has special skills and works to learn more in support of the King, his grandfather. The characters, the story are widely varying and memorable. It may be long but it kept me intensely engaged. I wanted to know more, know everything and I felt deeply. Fitz, even in his situation, and at a very young age,  has a moral integrity and […]


Blog tour: Cold Reign by Faith Hunter

Blog tour: Cold Reign by Faith Hunter

Posted April 26, 2017 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | 5 Comments

          I’ll start by admitting I LOVE, LOVE the Jane Yellowrock series and the author, Faith Hunter.  I didn’t read until there were maybe 8 books. I think it actually helps when you can read them all in a short time together to keep the information and details fresh. I was careful to read everything, including the novellas, in order. It’s important to me in general, but especially with urban fantasy. Let’s get right to it. Ricky Bo is here, more than I expected. And I didn’t hate him. I didn’t like him either. I also didn’t crush on Leo. At all. I was furious with Leo. He always has his secrets from Jane and it sucks. He also tries to manipulate […]


Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 7, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 6 Comments

          As with every book in the Mercy Thompson series, I love these characters and especially Mercy. She has such spirit, compassion and intelligence. Her relationship with Adam is so solid now; the commitment is complete. Everyone else was just there in small bits. I did love seeing Stefan again; I’ve always liked him even though he is not completely safe – no vampire in this world is safe. Silence Fallen is rife with politics and manipulations. This gives everyone a chance to learn more about everyone else, and themselves. Mercy learns more about her capabilities. When things are bad, and they are, everyone joins in to save Mercy. But the captors and friends can both be surprised, she doesn’t require much […]


Early review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Early review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Posted February 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

        Anne’s Review I came to the Others series late, but I’ve loved it since the first book. Marked in Flesh (book 4) was a problem for me, it’s the book just before Etched in Bone. I expected the story to be what it was, generally, without knowing the details. My issue was a slew of new characters which I knew very little and had difficulty with forming a connection to them. Now I understand even less about why they were introduced, since many were not in this next book. So I read on with a bit of trepidation. I’m happy to say Etched in Bone is fabulous. It is a return to beloved characters as a view screen to the world overall. While the story […]


Audio: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Audio: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Posted February 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

             I had no idea what to expect, so The Chemist was an awesome surprise. I loved it from beginning to end. If it were a book, it would be a page turner but since I was listening, I wanted to listen ALL THE TIME. There were so many things to love! It had great characters, SCIENCE, action / adventure, romance, humor and dogs! The problem with listening is not knowing how to spell anyone’s name and not being able to highlight the humorous quotes or make notes in the way I would with an ebook. I think it takes longer, too, since I can read faster but it is such a pleasure. Ellen Archer was great at capturing the emotion […]


Separation Games by C.D. Reiss

Separation Games by C.D. Reiss

Posted January 9, 2017 by Jennifer in Blog Tour, Book Review | 0 Comments

   WARNING: While I did not have an issue with it and I thought that Reiss handled the scene and characters with care, there is a scene between Adam and Diana that some readers may not be comfortable with. While I would not call it a simulated rape scene it does push the line that some readers may not want to experience.    CD Reiss never fails to leave me feeling emotionally drained and satisfied all at the same time. I have been waiting for Separation Games since I was 50% into Marriage Games. Diana and Adam are two wonderfully broken people. They lived five years of marriage together never really being their true selves or the real couple they could have been. After Diana left Adam they both […]


Release Day Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Release Day Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Posted December 20, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

       The Innkeeper Chronicles is a different sort of series by my favorite, favorite author. This series is posted first online in a somewhat weekly serial, for FREE, until publication. One Fell Sweep is the first one I managed to read along; I tend to prefer to read it all together, which I did with the ARC.  Ilona Andrews NEVER disappoints. All their series, every book is so well-written, with such interesting world-building, characters who become real to me, and stories which take control of my emotions. This is intellectually satisfying with the great world-building, where we continue to learn about how things work. There is also the mystery or current dilemma facing our characters. One Fell Sweep added new creatures, new characters and very […]