Author: Ilona Andrews

WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews

WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews

WILDFIRE by Ilona AndrewsWildfire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Published by Avon Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher

Nevada Baylor spent years keeping her truthseeker abilities under wraps.  Now that her secret has been revealed, she must hone her powers and learn to navigate the world of a Prime.  Power and politics are something Nevada has long avoided, but she’s in the game now, so to speak. At her side is billionaire Prime Connor “Mad” Rogan, but Nevada’s emerging status as a power player means that their relationship will be tested as others flock to court and manipulate her.  And that isn’t the only strain on their burgeoning relationship – Connor’s ex-fiancée’s husband is missing and she has come to Nevada for help.  Between damsels-in-distress, a new threat to the Baylor family, and a conspiracy that threatens all she holds dear, Nevada may start wishing for the days where her biggest problem was that all of Houston might burn.


Wildfire is an intense, electric read.  Passion, danger, love, and magic are all woven together to form an intelligent, incredibly engaging story.


Nevada and Rogan are fascinating protagonists and one heck of a couple.  They are both strong, intelligent characters who butt heads but also respect one another’s abilities.  Falling in love has given them new sets of vulnerabilities, and I loved watching them navigate their new relationship.  Their love story is by turns sexy, romantic, and intense and I was rooting for them to overcome every obstacle.


Speaking of obstacles, there are a lot thrown in Nevada and Rogan’s way.  I hesitate to say too much for fear of spoiling the book.  Nevada has to decide how best to protect her family.  Now that she’s a known truthseeker, her terrifying paternal grandmother has found out about her.  She also has a new case where Rogan’s needy ex-fiancée is wearing on her nerves and putting a strain on her relationship with Rogan.  Both of these storylines are compelling because they cause internal turmoil, which contrasts nicely with the external threat of the Caesar conspiracy.  This overarching series storyline is where the action ramps up to epic proportions in Wildfire.  Author duo Ilona Andrews brilliantly blends magic and mayhem for maximum thrills and I was so into this book that I hated it whenever real life intruded and I had to put it down.


Wildfire is the third book in the Hidden Legacy series and you definitely should read Burn for Me and White Hot before diving into this tale.  Rogan, Nevada, the entire Baylor family, and their friends have all grown over the course of the series and I loved watching each of them come into their own.  I really hope this isn’t the end of the Hidden Legacy series, because there is so much left to explore in this world.  The magic is phenomenally detailed and the way it’s used can be interesting, funny, frightening, and sometimes even sexy.  So while I finished Wildfire well-satisfied, I definitely don’t want to leave Nevada and Rogan’s world.  And trust me, you won’t either.

WHITE HOT by Ilona Andrews

WHITE HOT by Ilona Andrews

WHITE HOT by Ilona AndrewsWhite Hot by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Published by Avon Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher

In a world where magic is power, prestige and money all rolled into one, private investigator Nevada Baylor is an anomaly.  Her magic is rare and she has spent her life barely using her abilities as a truthseeker…until her last case thrust her into the world of magic and politics.  After the near destruction of Houston, life seems to have mostly gone back to normal.  Then Nevada’s latest case shoves her right back into danger.  The shadowy forces that nearly destroyed her city are back and more vicious than ever.  And Nevada isn’t the only one hunting them down.  Connor “Mad” Rogan, the billionaire Prime who gets her blood boiling like no one else, is working alongside her.  A few months apart has done nothing to calm the sparks that are flying between them.  With the stakes so high and numerous threats coming from unseen enemies, neither of them can afford to be distracted.  But sometimes attraction burns too hot to ignore…


White Hot is intense, energetic, and completely engrossing.  I’ve been impatiently waiting for this second Hidden Legacy novel and Ilona Andrews did not disappoint.


Nevada and Rogan are the heart of White Hot and you couldn’t ask for two more interesting, compelling characters (and that’s saying something since the entire cast of characters in this book is fascinating).  Nevada is a kickass heroine with a huge heart, a quick mind, and a spine of steel.  She’s already a well-developed character, but I loved watching her come further into her own when it comes to her magic.  Watching her explore her power was just plain neat, but the consequences of her doing so had me on the edge of my seat more than once over the course of the story.  How she deals with the curveballs thrown at her, and how Rogan helps her do so was fantastic.  And speaking of Rogan, he is one sinfully sexy Prime.  He’s as arrogant as ever, but his protective streak made me melt and I loved peeling back the layers to his character.  He and Nevada make an excellent match.  Their love story kicks into high gear in White Hot and I loved every bit of it.  The back-and-forth, the sexual tension, and the pure emotion that springs off the page was utterly fantastic and made me want to dive right back into this story as soon as I finished it.


White Hot is the second book in the Hidden Legacy trilogy, and you definitely want to read Burn for Me before diving into this story.  There’s not much I can say about the overarching series storyline because it would spoil things for readers.  Suffice it to say that if you thought things were intense in Burn for Me, then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a ride.  The danger to Nevada, Rogan, and those they care about made it nearly impossible to put the book down.  In fact, pretty much everything about White Hot made the book difficult to put down.  It’s by turns thrilling, romantic, sexy, and unexpectedly funny.  My only complaint is that I now have to wait to delve into the final Hidden Legacy book, Wildfire.  I cannot wait to see what Ilona Andrews has in store for Nevada and Rogan!

MAGIC BINDS by Ilona Andrews

MAGIC BINDS by Ilona Andrews

MAGIC BINDS by Ilona AndrewsMagic Binds by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #9
Published by Ace Publishing Genres: Paranormal
Source: Publisher



Kate Daniels and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are getting closer to their wedding day and, of course, just when you want and need things to be uncomplicated, it is anything but.  First off, her father has captured a demigod and is slowing killing him so that he can rule the world.  Then there are threats against a pregnant woman and her later newborn, which put the current Beast Lord at odds with Kate and Curran.  And there are the normal ups and downs with Kate’s business and with teenage angst and the person they requested to marry them is driving Kate up the wall with his questions and planning.


If all of that isn’t enough, then Kate is told two different predictions by a Witch Oracle, one of which says that if Kate and Curran carry out their marriage, then her city will burn, and she will lose her lover forever, and we aren’t talking about the second one so far.  Kate isn’t about to let fate tell her she can’t marry the man she loves, and she starts figuring out a way to change this prediction.  She learns that the one person who would have knowledge of how to stop her father and save those she loves and her city, however, there is one small problem: This person is dead.  Like that is going to stop Kate and Curran once he learns about the prediction.  Love and war are but two sides of a coin, and it will take both to get Kate and Curran to the altar.  Working together and with help of the guild, Kate and Curran do indeed change the outcome of their marriage, and what a wedding it is.


No one said that getting married would be easy, but in Kate and Curran’s situation, it is not a case of bridezilla or even the mother-in-law.  In Magic Binds, Kate and Curran will fight fate itself in order to have the wedding they have been working towards for the last several years.  Oh wow!  I could not believe the very twists and turns that Kate and Curran had to go through just to say, “I do”.  I was expecting it to be anything but a walk in the park, but even with that expectation I was amazed at how crazy it got.  I loved how Kate was beyond determined to have Curran and her marriage go forward and then to save her city from burning.  I have always loved Curran and how he gave up so much for Kate and their love and now how he runs the guild and those mercenaries who work there.


I know that the main battle or, worse, an all-out war with her father is in the future and maybe not all that far down the road, but I also know that Kate and Curran and their friends make one heck of a team when they all band together even with their disagreements that happened along the way.  There was so much that I wanted to talk about here, but once I started, I had to delete it because it went way too far.  What I will say is that for Kate lovers, this is a must-read and even if you haven’t followed the series, this book could get you hooked and not have you feeling like you came in several books down the road with no clue.   I honestly can’t wait until the next book, and I bet you won’t be able to either once you finish Magic Binds.  All of this is to say that I Joyfully Recommend this book as a must- read and a keeper.

BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews

BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews

BURN FOR ME by Ilona AndrewsBurn For Me by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Published by Avon Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher




In 1863, scientists discovered a serum that unlocked people’s natural magical talents.  Since then, the serum has been locked away, but those whose powers had been awakened passed the magic on to their decedents, until powerful magical Houses had been formed.  Some magical powers are subtle, some are deadly, and if the magic user is a Prime – one who possesses almost godlike powers – people have reason to fear their wrath.


Nevada Baylor is a private investigator who keeps her talent for lie-detection under wraps.  When she’s forced to take on a job tracking down a Prime who has power over fire, she knows her abilities will do nothing to help her.  Then she’s kidnapped by Mad Rogan, a Prime with unparalleled telekinetic powers, and Nevada’s skills are put to the test.  Rogan, a devastatingly sensual billionaire, is Nevada’s opposite – powerful, cold, and has little regard for human life.  But the two of them must team up if they want to track down their prey.  And the more time they spend together, the more their mutual attraction threatens to send them up in flames.  That is, if a certain pyrokinetic Prime doesn’t get to them first…


Burn for Me is an energetic, exquisitely crafted, utterly imaginative book I could not put down!  Ilona Andrews has hit it out of the park with their first Hidden Legacy novel.


Nevada is a small-time private investigator who has worked hard to make her family business strong.  When the company who owns her family’s firm forces her to take on a job she doesn’t have the resources to do, Nevada grits her teeth and takes on the job.  I loved that – even when backed into a corner – Nevada doesn’t lose her spirit.  She’s not invulnerable, but she will sacrifice anything and everything for her loved ones.  Nevada is the kind of strong heroine I love, one who is smart, hardworking, has a spine of steel, but isn’t perfect.  She gets an unlikely ally when she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan, a Prime who is as enigmatic as he is sexy.  Rogan is a complex, fascinating hero who tempts Nevada even though she doesn’t want to be attracted to him.  I loved peeling back the layers to Rogan’s character over the course of the story, and I can’t wait to learn more about him in future books.  He’s devastatingly sensual and isn’t used to anyone naysaying him.  Which, of course, is why Nevada is so perfect for him.  They heat up the pages of Burn for Me in a way that would put a pyrokinetic to shame, and every time things got intense between them I was totally engrossed in the story.  They don’t have a romance, per se, but there is the beginnings of what should be a powerful relationship that left me desperate to get my hands on the next Hidden Legacy book.


I’m a longtime fan of author duo Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, so when I started Burn for Me I was a little bit worried I wouldn’t find the world as deeply compelling as I do Kate’s world.  I shouldn’t have worried.  The magic of Nevada and Rogan’s world is different, yet no less well thought out or intriguing.  The search for Adam, a pyrokinetic Prime, is an adrenaline-packed hunt that is so much more complicated than either Nevada or the reader initially know.  Every piece of the puzzle Nevada and Rogan find leads to another question, and though one plotline is resolved in Burn for Me, it’s clear that there’s going to be an overarching series storyline that is just as exciting.  I finished Burn for Me a well-satisfied reader, but I know there’s so much more to learn about the fabulous Hidden Legacy characters and often dangerous world they live in.  Bring on White Hot!

MAGIC SHIFTS by Ilona Andrews

MAGIC SHIFTS by Ilona AndrewsMagic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Published by Ace Publishing Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Source: Publisher


Now that Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran Lennart, have totally split from the pack, they are on their final 30-day countdown to shift all their assets from the pack and to bring over anyone who wants to leave the pack and be with them in their new lives.  That would be enough to keep them busy, but it seems that a member of the pack, Eduardo, who they now discover is a mate to a really good friend, has disappeared.  To top it off, it appears that the Mercenary Guild is involved.  Kate hasn’t really been involved with the Guild while dealing with the other things that had taken over her life.  But she is still a senior member of the Guild and will pull every string she can to find out just what he was doing when he disappeared.


Curran and Kate begin this hunt, which becomes even more involved as they discover that the Guild is involved with the pack. If that doesn’t top it off, it appears that Kate’s father dearest has decided that he wants to be closer to Kate.  Kate and Curran are now in a multi-angled race against time.  They have to find out what is behind Eduardo’s disappearance and save him before they find evidence of his passing; they have to lay down the law to Kate’s father; and they have to complete their untangling with the pack all while complying with the rules that are part this untangling from the pack.  Talk about dealing with a tightrope walk.  As the clues on what happened to Eduardo come clear, it appears his disappearance was brought on by something he never knew about and saving him will involve dealing with an action done many years before. To round things out, drastic changes will happen to the Guild and the pack before it’s all over.  Just another week in the normal life of Kate and Curran.


Kate and Curran were hoping that as they separate themselves from the pack that maybe, just maybe, their lives might settle down a wee bit.  However, they discover just how wrong they are in Magic Shifts.  I wondered just how things would go now that Curran was no longer the Beast Lord and Kate had adopted her city. I also wondered if Kate would get back to doing more with the Guild.  I found these answers and so much more as I began turning the pages in this latest chapter of their lives.  I loved how they immediately took up the search for Eduardo when they discovered he was missing.  Watching as both Kate and Curran worked together in finding the answers to Eduardo’s disappearance and trying to get through these last 30 days of separation from the pack told me that, even now, the pack would be always around them.  I really loved how Curran turned a bad faith act into something that will probably be a plus for him and Kate in time.  There is a whole lot more going on that I can’t tell you without spilling the beans on too much.  All I can say is that you really need to read this book if you have followed Kate and Curran at all.  Magic Shifts is an outstanding new adventure with Kate and Curran full of love, danger and, of course, the action-packed suspense that we expect from Ms. Andrews with this couple.

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