Wowzer! If there’s one thing I can say about the Ilona Andrews writing team, it’s that they are so consistently good! I don’t think I’ve ever given them less than 4 stars. Everything they write exceeds my expectations. And, I actually think Mad Rogan knocked Curran, the Beastlord, right out of first place as their sexiest hero! I love Rogan! *swoon*
The cover though… I don’t even know what to do with it. Yes, there was an ice cave… yes, Rogan was bare. Still, that is not Mad Rogan. That is NOT Nevada. And there was no seductive overly sexual posing in said ice cave! wrong Wrong WRONG. I hate thinking anyone would look at these covers and judge the books, because they’re not more than the cover, they are actually nothing like the cover! There’s a vibrancy and depth to these books that isn’t remotely captured in the image. They deserve something so much more creative.
Whew, anyway… series reviews are always harder for me, because I feel like everything I said in the first review is still accurate. Rogan and Nevada had heat off the charts. I love the fire they both have individually and I love how it erupts like a volcano around each other. It’s delicious and I devour it. I also love the world. I’d love to live in a world of mages (in theory). There’s something about magical powers that really gets me going. I’ve loved these types of paranormal’s ever since I was a young teen discovering The Secret Circle. I can’t get enough of it, so I love that Ilona Andrews tackled magic in this series.
Again, I love how feisty and capable Nevada was, but she still felt like someone I might know. She’s just a normal woman, wanting to live a normal life but can’t. I’d actually prefer for her to stay more normal, but I don’t think I’m going to get my wish. I also enjoyed delving into Rogan’s psyche. I want to know what makes him tick, and with every story, or memory, I found myself falling for him deeper and deeper. They’re both such well developed characters, which isn’t surprising because I think this writing duo does that exceptionally well.
What I think I loved the most, aside from Rogan, was how much information we’re slowly getting about Nevada’s family. In the first book I felt like most of the focus was on Nevada and Bern, but in White Hot we learn more about Leon, Arabella and Catalina. I hope this remains a trend, because I really like Nevada’s family and I want to know more about each of them. I also enjoyed Cornelius and Matilda, and I’m happy Bug was still around. I have a feeling these side characters are going to be just as special to me as the main characters.
The best thing about finishing White Hot was that I already have an ARC of Wildfire! I’m not jumping right in, my blogging schedule wouldn’t allow it, but I am staring at my calendar and counting down the days. I can’t wait for more! Even if these books were 3000 pages, I’d still be ravenous for more.