ARC Review: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

Posted November 5, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 5 Comments

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ARC Review: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
Diamond Fire
by Ilona Andrews

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 6th 2018
Series: Hidden Legacy #3.5
Published by Avon Impulse
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

“…it’s an excellent quick read and a taster of all the good things to come next year. ”
~ Under the Covers

Nevada Baylor and Connor Rogan are getting married. It’s a small (kind of) intimate wedding, with family and close friends only. If only Rogan’s family didn’t all hate each other. Catalina Baylor feels out of place in the luxury of the upper crust Houses, but she has a job to do: organise the wedding. So when a family heirloom is stolen she needs to take care of it, especially as only family had access to steal it. As Catalina investigates she realises the problem won’t be digging up something suspect…but deciding which dark and dirty secret has caused the crime.

The Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews was only of the gems of 2017. It had magic, mystery and mayhem, a spectacular romance and was packed with so many fantastic characters that I honestly wouldn’t have been able to decide who I wanted Team Andrews to write about next. Well, with this novella Andrews has decided it will be Catalina, Nevada’s sister.

Catalina is a Siren, which means that she can make everyone she comes into contact with fall in love (or more accurately become obsessed) with her. This has meant that she’s led a fairly isolated life as she has to consciously keep her power under control at all times. However, now that Nevada has created House Baylor she finds herself unable to hide away. This fact is really hammered home when she finds herself leading an investigation and having to use her magic.

Before this novella we don’t know a lot about Catalina. We know she’s reserved and shy and that her Siren magic is very powerful, but not much else. Diamond Fire gives us a deeper glimpse in to her personality in preparation for her own trilogy coming out next year. I really enjoyed it and ate up the pages. Some of this was because the mystery was interesting and I enjoyed seeing her digging up dirt on the unpleasant members of Rogan’s family. But mostly it was because I enjoyed getting to know Catalina and understand a bit more about her magic and how it’s affected her life.

If you are a fan of this series already then make sure you read this novella, it’s an excellent quick read and a taster of all the good things to come next year. If you haven’t read the Hidden Legacy series, I would recommend that you start at the first book Burn For Me. I don’t think Diamond Fire works very well as a standalone; knowing all the characters backgrounds’ and the events that has happened gives this book far more depth. spacer

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About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Pre-ordered this on audio. I can’t wait to give it a listen. I loved the Hidden Legacy and it will be so good to be in this world again. I’m glad you liked it!

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Thanks for the review, I’ll be reading this.

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Great review! I can’t wait to read this! I have it pre-ordered.

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awesome review suzanne!!! love this cover too!! shared on all my socials!

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Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Suzanne