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.
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.
This is a combined review for books 2 and 3, since I read them one after the other in a matter of days, so it’s hard to disentangle my thoughts of one from the other.
Ilona Andrews are one of my go-to authors. They’re reliable, which isn’t a bad thing at all. I know I’m set for a good time – action, romance, some smut, interesting worldbuilding, humour… it’s the whole package!
I finally understood why he was called Mad Rogan. It wasn’t because he was insane. It was because he drove you nuts with sheer frustration.
I have to say though – the covers for this series are utterly cringeworthy. I know the authors have no control over them, but hot damn. I would be embarrassed to whip them out in public. (Yes, I’m a cover snob. Working on it.)
It was a rather long wait for the continuation of the series, but I truly did enjoy the next two installments, and dare I say it, the epilogue of book 3 certainly left room for more.
“Don’t be mean. He had one social network account.”
“Tell me it’s porn. Please.”
“He saved pictures of mushrooms to it,” Cornelius said helpfully from the backseat.
So what did I like about Hidden Legacy?
- The worldbuilding. Finding out about the different powers, the hierarchies and the houses. How they work, the limitations, and the society in which they navigate.
- The family dynamics. This is something the duo are consistently good at, across all their work. I really enjoyed the relationship Nevada has with her various relatives (barring one grandmother, for reasons which will become obvious when you read the books!)
- The characters. You know it’s good when you want to know more about all the supporting cast as well. Nevada’s siblings/cousins reveal their own abilities, which is interesting to witness, and there are a couple of major players who also have me intrigued.
- Le romance. Because I like me some UST (which soon became very, uh, resolved) and happy endings (pun oh so absolutely intended). I love the push-pull between Nevada and Rogan, along with their glorious banter. I also like that Nevada pushes back, and refuses to be coddled.
- The plot. Having to unravel mystery after mystery, while avoiding death, dealing with shady characters and unlikely bedfellows, and keeping friends and family safe.
“I can’t believe I have to say this. You there, dashing male secretary! Drop the frying pan.”
Some of the conspiracies felt a little weak, especially since we don’t get a resolution as to the real mastermind behind the plot that began all the way in book 1. Also, the romance/smut did get a bit cheesy at times. But that wasn’t enough to dampen my, uh, enjoyment (terrible pun entirely UNINTENDED!).
I’m going to stop now before this gets any worse.
ARC of Wildlife received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from uncorrected proof and may differ from final publication.