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’m curious, what are you picturing exactly?” Augustine asked. “A crisscrossing pattern of red laser beams and ferrets in harnesses slithering through it like ninjas?”
I went into Burn for Me expecting to wait about a year for White Hot. I ended up waiting two and a half years. I hated the wait, I hated it so much. Yet, in the end it was worth it, because White Hot was divine to read. I loved every single moment of this book. I’m always pretty much giddy while reading Hidden Legacy.
White Hot takes up a bit of time after Burn for Me ended. Things have calmed down. And now they’re heating up again. Nevada has a new case. Cornelius’ wife is dead, and he wants revenge. He isn’t a Prime, but he is from a House, he doesn’t have the resources he needs, but Nevada can help him. He has been turned down before by MII, Nevada’s parent company, and Nevada is taking the case. Mostly because Nevada is a sucker for a sob story and because she likes Cornelius, who we met in Burn for Me.
And through Cornelius we learn a whole new world when it comes to magic talents. We learn that the talent can form a person into who they are. Cornelius is an animal mage, he can influence animals. Not quite completely control, but a kind of control. And it leads to one of the best scenes in the entire genre. I await this glorious scene every time I read this book, and look forward to reading it again when I’m done. Beware the ferrets.
White Hot is the story of Cornelius and Nevada searching for his wife’s killer and getting justice. But really, it is more about the continuation of Nevada and Rogan’s relationship. BECAUSE I LOVE THEM AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP, AND I NEED MORE OF THEM. The chemistry between these two are amazing and I love every single moment they have together. I cherish reading them because I know I only have three books together with them. Hidden Legacy was always started with a trilogy in mind. I love the progression of their romance, and I love where it goes in White Hot.
There is also a new concept introduced in this book. Nevada Baylor can form her own House. That she can become a Power all on her own, with her family in tow. It has a lot of disadvantages, but the advantage is that she can keep her family safe. And family is everything to Nevada. It is a very drastic step, that is at once terrifying and exhilarating. But, it is an awesome idea.
White Hot is a bit of a middle book, but it mostly managed to avoid the pitfalls of being a middle book. I feel like it both follows Burn for Me and sets up the end of Wildfire very well. It sets up the rest of the world that was introduced in the first book, while still using what we already learned. It doesn’t supplant what we came to love in Burn for Me but added to it. I really love this book.
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