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Title: Emerald Blaze
Author: Heat: Re
Genre(s): Romance Paranormal
Tropes: Bodyguard Second Chance Virgin Heroine
Tags: Angst Politics f-m White straight prickly heroine large family CIs
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Synopsis from the Creator:

Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author, continues her spellbinding series set in the Hidden Legacy world where magic controls everything…except the hearts of those who wield it.

As Prime magic users, Catalina Baylor and her sisters have extraordinary powers—powers their ruthless grandmother would love to control. Catalina can earn her family some protection working as deputy to the Warden of Texas, overseeing breaches of magic law in the state, but that has risks as well. When House Baylor is under attack and monsters haunt her every step, Catalina is forced to rely on handsome, dangerous Alessandro Sagredo, the Prime who crushed her heart. 

The nightmare that Alessandro has fought since childhood has come roaring back to life, but now Catalina is under threat. Not even his lifelong quest for revenge will stop him from keeping her safe, even if every battle could be his last. Because Catalina won't rest until she stops the use of the illicit, power-granting serum that's tearing their world apart. 

Review: Emerald Blaze, by Ilona Andrews

[fa icon="calendar"] Aug 20, 2020 9:45:00 AM / by Ana Coqui

Intense action, illusion/deception, trust and loyalty are at the heart of each Hidden Legacy novel. Can the Baylors hold together as family against all-comers, can they stay true to who they are when things are at their worst? Just how much sacrifice and punishment can one family take?

This is the third Hidden Legacy Book with Catalina Baylor at its center, the second of a new story-arc in the Hiddle Legacy world, and she really shines and comes into her own as head of house Baylor and Deputy Warden of Texas. She is shown to be managing those roles smartly, and delegating smartly, including her siblings and employees in important decisions, so they trust her when a new villain starts targeting the family. I loved how the Andrews have Catalina and Nevada stand side by side, and support and understand each other’s difficult choices. She is a heroine that is hurting, having lost her illusions about power of love in the previous book, but she is able to recognize that hurt in Alessandro, to see the disillusionment, and humbleness of a man changed. They start over, and the result is marvelous.

The Andrews deliver another action-suspense adventure, full of mind-numbingly intense warfare, that pauses for quiet family moments. In the midst of the chaos and gore, the lovers see to each other's hurts and are there when it matters most. This formula shouldn’t work, but it does, and once again I put down the book, and wanted to start reading the series right over again, because of new hints to the overarching story being revealed and because I know I read too fast, and although the A-plot in this book was resolved, I am eager to see what happens next in the Baylor/Tremaine family saga.

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Ana received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

Content Warnings: History of trauma, grief, murder, violence, guns, gore, medical procedures.

 

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