Review: Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews

Reviewed by Jen

It seems that every time I write a review for an Ilona Andrews book, I have the same problem. How do I describe it without sounding like a fangirl who knows only the language of squee? It’s not my fault, really. The books are just that good.

And this first installment in the Iron Covenant series has so much in common with the Kate Daniels series it spun off of. The world building is extraordinary. The dialogue is witty and full of banter, with just the right amount of bite. There is action. There is romance. And there are characters which are complex and layered. People who are not all good and not all bad, but 100% captivating. [Read more…]

Sara’s Favorites of 2017

2017 felt like a good year to hide under the covers with a good book. Here’s what did it for me this past year.

UF/Romantic Fantasy

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
The last (contracted) book in Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series hit it out of the park. Everything from the smoldering romance between Nevada and Rogan to the revelations of series secrets were flawless.
If you like detailed worldbuilding and original plots you should totally read this series. [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorites of 2017

For me, 2017 meant a lot of writing, moving (again!), and some new responsibilities at work. When you put all of that together, it equals less reading time for me than ever before. I came across a few stinkers (which I had to mark DNF despite my best efforts,) but I also added a few awesome books to my keeper-shelf.

Every year, Ilona Andrews tops my list. Part of me is embarrassed that I must be so predictable by now, but it’s not my fault. I swear if she ever writes something I don’t love, I’ll tell you the truth. In this case, it’s a two-fer in her Hidden Legacy series. White Hot and Wildfire came out really close together and that was a huge win for fans who had to wait an age after Burn For Me. These books feature such fantastic world building, awesome characters, and an exciting enemies-to-lovers romance that hit all my happy buttons. If you’re a Kate Daniels fan or heck, if you like UF/PNR at all… jump into this series with both feet. I promise you won’t regret it. [Read more…]

Review: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Reviewed by Jen

This book gave me absolutely everything I wanted! This was the third (and presumably) final book in the Hidden Legacy series and it delivered in every way. It was action packed. It was smart. It had a great romance. And it left just enough open that I can hold out hope for more books in the series.

Nevada and the rest of her family are poised to become a legal House in order to thwart her grandmother’s plan to force them all to bend to her will. We all know Nevada is a powerful truthseeker, but here, her talents grow even more. It’s been such a thrill watching her come into her gift. And it’s been almost as much fun to unravel the mysteries of her family’s powers. We saw Catalina in action in White Hot. Now it’s Arabella’s turn –and she is awesome. So is Leon, the cousin we thought to be without power. They’re all fascinating and unique, and still they are only a fraction of the phenomenal supporting cast. [Read more…]

Review: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Reviewed by Jen

Sometimes I wonder if it would be possible for me to ever not love an Ilona Andrews book. Because every time I pick one up, it satisfies me like nothing else can. Kate Daniels is hands down my favorite heroine, but I’ve got to tell you, Nevada Baylor is right on her heels. Like Kate, she’s strong, funny, loyal, and powerful, with an uber-strong and sexy hero to help heat up the page. But Nevada is definitely her own character and even though this book inspires Kate-level love, it does it on its own merits. [Read more…]

Joanna’s Favorites of 2016

I joined the team of Red Hot Ladies in January and challenged myself to expand my reading choices past my usual go-tos. I’ve had my eyebrows raised and I’ve found writers I will love forever, from long-established authors to newbies who’ve contacted us at the blog and offered their work.

Throughout the year I’ve been editing my own novel, which is my new favorite and never ending pastime. Seriously – help, I can’t stop. Much respect for my co-reviewers, who published, drafted and dreamed big their own books this year – you guys rule and your work is sublime. On with my other favorite reads from the past twelve months:

 

Magic Binds (Kate Daniel #9) by Ilona Andrews

I’m pretty sure this novel will be on Jen’s list too. I love this series and rate this book as one of their best. The development of the relationship between Kate and Roland, her doting/murderous father, is fascinating. Curran made me laugh out loud, as did the side characters just being their excellent selves. The story is fast paced, compelling and tense, with little let up, and the world of post-shift Atlanta is just as awesome as it ever was. [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorites of 2016

I haven’t read quite as many books this year as I did in years past. Part of the reason is the huge life changes that came with a new job and a major move for my family. The other came with my sudden burning desire to write a book of my own.

So my reading list was shorter, but I still found some great titles in 2016! [Read more…]

Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Reviewed by Jen

Another winner in Ilona Andrews’ Inkeeper series. As with the two previous books, I chose not to read this as a serial when the authors posted it to their website. I don’t have the patience to read in little snippets over time, and in reading the finished story, I can tear through it without stopping. Not only that, I get the benefit of whatever tweaks the authors choose to do to round out the book. I was not disappointed. [Read more…]

Review: Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

magic-bindsReviewed by Jen

The books in this series blow me away. Every. Time.  I don’t just say that because I’m a total fangirl who thinks Ilona Andrews can do no wrong. To be fair, I am a total fangirl, but there is a REASON for that.  Kate Daniels rocks my socks off. This book is the most satisfying and entertaining thing I have read all year.  Books like these are why I read. I didn’t want to stop reading to go to bed… to go to work… to feed my kids. (You get the idea.) [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorite Books of 2015

It’s hard to believe we’re leaving another great year of reading behind us. In 2015, I found it more difficult to find books that suit my taste. I don’t care to read about billionaire bachelors, rock stars, step-brothers, biker gangs, or BDSM. Take a minute and think about how many titles fell into those categories last year.  I did a lot of backlist reading to fill in the gaps.

There were some really good new releases that I did enjoy; they were just more scarce. Here’s a look at some of the 2015 releases that really satisfied. [Read more…]