I Demand That You Read This Series ASAP: Hidden Legacy by Ilona Andrews

Posted July 24, 2017 by Nick/ 31 Comments

 

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1) White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2) Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3)

I had read Burn For Me when it first released back in 2014 and absolutely loved it. The wait for White Hot was not an easy one, but it was also well-worth the wait. I was ecstatic that Wildfire was being released the same year, but also sad that it was going to be the last book. So I decided I would binge-read these books, just to savor that ending. I honestly think I loved the series even more the second time around! I didn’t want to sound redundant by writing three reviews, so I’m just going to write one big series review, and talk about all the things I’ve loved.

Before I get into the review, big thanks to Avon Books for the ARCs of White Hot and Wildfire.

Characters

 Without a doubt, the characters in this series are the greatest! I just don’t see how anyone can dislike them. The whole cast is vibrant, and have the best personalities. You will WANT them as your BFFs, is basically what I’m trying to say. Of course, the best of the bunch was my queen, Nevada, the kickbutt, loyal and hardworking main character of the series. Nevada has always been an amazing character, but I loved how Ilona Andrews showed that even amazing characters have room for growth. As the series progressed, she learns more about her magic, which by the way, is awesome, and matures by leaps in the process. Nevada’s family also plays a monumental role in the Hidden Legacy books, and oh my gosh, they are just so real. They made me laugh, scream and in general, made me very happy. The banter between them, the loyalty and the love they have for each other are central elements of the story, and it will make you love them even more. They are ready to die for each other, and I always love that kind of dedication when it comes to families! We also get to meet Nevada’s new friends along the way, and I have to say, I especially enjoyed Cornelius in the final book. He has had to go through a terrible time, but he has finally learned to channel his grief into his new partnership with Nevada. His and Nevada’s friendship was A+.

Mad Rogan

Yes. I know I could have just included him in the above, but I felt like dedicating a whole paragraph to him and his romance to Nevada, and so I’m going to do it. Gosh, I don’t even know how to even begin describing this man. I mean, he was dangerous, scary and terrifying, and in reality, I should not have fallen for him as immediately as I did. I don’t quite know what that says about me, but damn did I love all that mysterious power he had surrounding him. Of course, as the series progresses, we are privy to a lot more about Connor, and trust me, they’ll only make you fall harder for him. He was a man who got things done, did not mess around, and was fiercely loyal to the people he cared about, though he rarely vocally expresses his love for them. The push and pull between him and Nevada was smoking hot. I have never loved a slow burn romance as much as I’ve loved Nevada and Connor’s. It takes 2 full books of sexual tension, witty banter, and lusty glances before they finally begin a romantic relationship, and it was all pretty glorious. It was actually quite fun watching Mad Rogan repeatedly chase after Nevada and make propositions that she rejects because she fears for her independence. She really makes him work for it, but is there anything sexier than a big, powerful man bow down to get the woman he wants? I was a little nervous going into Wildfire that now that they had established a relationship, I would be bored by it. But not even a little bit. In fact, I think I loved them even more in that book than I ever did. The chemistry was still as strong as ever, but now they were more open about their feelings for each other, so every aspect of their relationship was heightened. Connor was still as possessive of Nevada as in the previous books, but he also respects her and listens to her. Honestly, he’s the ultimate book boyfriend.

Plot & World Building

I loved how this was a series where the world building only continued to expand. It was fascinating, and I was especially intrigued by the House politics. I especially enjoyed getting to know all the possibilities of the kinds of Mages there were out there. The Hidden Legacy series is full of conspiracies, corruption, murder, danger and a whole lot of magic. And it’s also a whole lot of fun. There was never a dull moment for me throughout these books, because Illona Andrews have a way with words that pulls you into a story, and keeps readers latched on to it. The action scenes involving pretty much everyone, especially Nevada, kicking butt were some of my favorite scenes, and that’s saying a lot from me, a reader who rarely enjoys them in book. Though all 3 books have separate, but equally compelling story lines, there’s also a common thread throughout these books that builds up, so I don’t recommend reading the books out of order. I think that would just lead to confusion. I have to admit, that ending left me in a bit of a shock because it didn’t tie up all the loose ends. I have my fingers crossed that that means we’ll be getting spin-offs in this world. I will die if they are of Nevada’s siblings and cousins, who are an absolute riot. I just need more of the Baylors!

Anyways, I know these covers are hard to look past – I mean, even the authors admit they are terrible – but honestly, if you don’t, you are absolutely 100% missing out on a series that’s just fantastic in every way. Even if you’re not keen on UF as a genre I say give it a go, because these books are the best. All I’m saying is, READ THEM.

Individual Book Ratings 

Burn For Me : four-half-stars

White Hot : five-stars

Wildfire : four-half-stars

When Danya Tortures

Danya from Fine Print and I buddy-read the last book, and we decided it would be fun to ask each other a super tough question. Here’s what Danya asked me:

“If you could pick any character from the series who ISN’T Connor to be your boo, who would you choose?”

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You all. What is this question? Why would she even do this to me? I feel victimized by this question because I DON’T WANT ANYONE OTHER THAN CONNOR.

Now that I’m done whining, I’ll attempt to answer the question. It’s tough because I do adore Nevada’s cousins and would totally want them as my boos, but whoops they are too young for me. I think I’m going to go with Cornelius, though even him I’m hesitant. He really really loved his wife and he goes through a ton of grief after losing her, and by the end of the series he was still grieving. But I also can’t deny just how attractive his love for his wife was. ALSO, he’s a single dad.  I’m also wildly intrigued/attracted to his mage abilities – he can control animals! So yeah, I’d be down to having Cornelius as my boo, but maybe in a few years when he has had time to compute, and work through the sorrow of losing his wife.

I STILL WANT CONNOR THO.

Have you read this series yet? How about any other series by Ilona Andrews?
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  • OMG IM LAUGHING AT THE “even the authors know the covers are horrible” WHOOPS. But agreed with all you said Nick! The amazing family dynamics, amazing romance, and amazing plot/world makes this trilogy an instant rec! I too really enjoyed Cornelius’s interesting development. And OMGG I totally need more books with Nevada’s awesome siblings and cousins. 😀 wonderful series review! Can’t wait to see what these authors cook up next.

    – Aila @ One Way Or An Author

    • Yeah haha! They regularly make fun of the covers on their blog. How awesome would it be if we got more books about Nevada’s family though? I’d be so happy!

  • Corina Paris

    This review!!!! Loved it!! This series was THE BEST!!! Ilona Andrews are my favorites, there is not one book of theirs that is not fantastic.

    • Thank you, Corina! They really are an awesome writing duo!

  • I’ve actually never read anything from this author but I always see them around on blogs and Goodreads. I really need to give them a try one day! Loved this review!!

    • You should, Julie! It’s super fun!

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I always feel bad when an author(s) get bad book covers. Book covers can be so important because without reading your review I would have passed right by these. lol I’e heard of these author but have not checked out any of their work but am adding this one to my TBR! And yay for being able to binge read them!

    • Right? Such ugly covers! And usually Avon has good covers I don’t know what’s up with these. But yes, totally give this series a try. It’s amazing.

  • I must be the odd one in the crowd that actually likes the covers. But I pretty like most romance couple covers unless its indie or self published than I have serious issues hehe

    But yes I read book one and it was AMAZING!! But I don’t have much a book budget right now, so I am waiting on book two from the library.

    • Ha! You’re definitely the odd one out.
      I hope you’re able to find it at the library soon!

  • kindlemom1

    Yes! Freaking love this series, so dark addicting. I truly hope they write more, contract or no contract.

    • Heart eyes all over the place! I hope so too!

  • I have head AMAZING things about Ilona Andrews, and I keep meaning to give their books a try, but I haven’t gotten there. Clearly I’m missing out!!!

    • You are! You would so enjoy these books!

  • What a fun post! I can’t wait to finish this series and I may have to binge read it like you did now that they’re all out. Definitely a case of don’t judge a book solely on its cover!

    • Binge-reading them is a great idea!

  • What a fabulous LOVE LETTER to the entire series!!!! YES on Cornelius!! I kept trying to picture him and I thought, “man, is he totally under-rated or what???”. Oh, and Grandma Frida?? WOOT!!!!! 🙂

    • Thank you! He is totally underrated! Ha! Grandma Frida is a hoot.

  • Yes! All the YES’es!! I agree, this whole series is just so amazing, and extremely well done. The character development just got to me in a big way. Awesome review, Nick!!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • The characters were definitely stellar! I need more of them though! 🙁

  • You are killing me with all your recommendations! And by killing me, I mean my budget. *off to amazon* Book 1 and 2 are already on my kindle!

    • Sorry, not sorry! 😉

  • I have never read an Ilona Andrews book and I would like to!

    • Their books are great!

  • I have heard only good things about this series. I definitely need to add it and binge it!! Great review!

    • You should! It’s so much fun!

  • Ilona and Gordon said they tried to write a detailed epilogue that wrapped every thing up in a pretty bow. Like future with 2.5 kids and such, but the the publisher didn’t want them to do that and they think it’s because they want more books, but there’s no deal so far. I think there will be given the popularity of the series.

    I agree with everything in your review, Nick! Loved Cornelius too! And Bug! The sisters and cousins. Just everything is top notch and super fun! Even crazy evil grandma was interesting! Fab review, Nick! 🙂

  • Gah, I keep saying that I’m going to read these books but I haven’t gotten to them yet. Soon though. Your post has definitely made me want to read them now. Wish me luck and thanks for the post, I can feel your enthusiasm for it and that makes me excited to jump in.

  • I have the first book Nick, but I haven’t read it. I think I got it when Nereyda read it. I will try to read it soon!

  • Nick, I am totally with you. I would also pick Cornelius out of all other people in this book who weren’t Connor. That being said, I mean, if it doesn’t have to be male then my girl Nevada would be mine. She is strong independent but she totally cares about those around her.

    On to the series, you’ve hit all the nails on the head about what makes this series brilliant. I mean, the characters are insanely good. I do feel like looking back on it the first book didn’t give the Baylor clan enough of a chance and there weren’t enough other secondary characters to appreciate but as the series progressed the secondary characters were brilliant. The worldbuilding and magic just got better with the series. i felt like the magic in book 3 was not the same basic magic system we learnt of in book 1. It had progressed so much and this could be because Nevada progressed with her magic.

  • YASSSS. I couldn’t agree with you more: this series is a must-read. When Nevada and Rogan officially got together I was worried that they might become a bit boring too, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Seeing them work together to meet challenges was absolutely awesome, and the spark was definitely still alive. *fans self* I would love to read a novella about them in the future…and all their Prime babies. #hotbookdads

    LOL the dad factor! I knew you’d pick Cornelius because of that. Sorry not sorry about my question, btw. I’m surprised no one would pick Augustine! There’s something about his coldness that appeals to me, I don’t know why. Probably not a healthy sign, but whatever. 🙈