Ruby Fever will be released in a few hours, as we all know and counting down to. Since Ilona is being modest, I shall brag for House Andrews under Mod Prerogatives (trademark pending).
Not one, not two, but three STARRED reviews from Kirkus for Catalina’s trilogy in the Hidden Legacy series. Kirkus is one of the most prestigious review sites so this is a Big Deal.
Sapphire Flames was a “creative, thrilling paranormal romance from the masterful Andrews“. Emerald Blaze had them exclaming “a winning romance that will thrill and satisfy fans while leaving them clamoring for the final book in the trilogy.”
For Ruby Fever, they pulled out all the stops:
The magical elite of Houston are under threat from a rogue assassin trained by the Russian imperium.
Catalina Baylor is a woman with many responsibilities: She heads her magical house, runs her family’s investigative firm, and is the Deputy Warden of Texas. When she’s called to investigate the murder of a local politician, Catalina and her lover, Alessandro Sagredo, realize that Russian assassin Arkan must be responsible for the crime. Arkan is creating hyperpowerful mages by infecting them with a stolen strain of the Osiris serum that introduced magic into the world 150 years ago; unfortunately, the mages are also irrational, paranoid, and unable to control their terrifying new powers. Since Arkan also murdered Alessandro’s father, they are determined to bring him to justice and find the stolen serum before he can do more damage. However, Catalina quickly realizes that she has another problem: ::Mod R:removed for spoilers:: Catalina is elevated to Acting Warden, making her the ultimate magical law enforcement officer in the state of Texas. The case quickly becomes an unholy tangle of competing interests, as Catalina weighs her personal needs against those of her job as Warden. She and Alessandro are in a committed relationship, but they face new challenges around trust and family obligations while hunting down the most dangerous killer on the planet. All the beloved characters from earlier in the Hidden Legacy series reappear, which gives the thrilling final showdown with Arkan a gratifying “Avengers Assemble” feeling. Mysteries from previous books are finally wrapped up and explained, and there are a few juicy clues about future potential love interests for the youngest Baylor sister, Arabella.
The action-packed and imaginative second trilogy of the Hidden Legacy series ends with a spectacular, satisfying finish.Kirkus star review for Ruby Fever by Ilona Andrews, coming out August 23rd 2022
And that’s not all! ::best late night shopping voice::
The Baylors slice, they dice, and they win over our hearts as the The New York Times also emphasises, with “mystery and violence and sarcasm and desire in a Houston not quite like our own“:
We started with short novels and we’ll end with a sprawling series, as Ilona Andrews’s newest Hidden Legacy installment, RUBY FEVER (Avon, 384 pp., paper, $9.99), brings the six-book arc to an epic finish. My heart abhors a cliffhanger, so I saved Books 4 through 6 to read in one ravenous gulp, like a misanthropic teenager on a family vacation.
At the start of Book 4 Catalina Baylor has taken up the mantle as head of her scrappy magical House, but enemies still lurk around every corner. As a siren she has powers that beguile and entice, but push a little too hard and people become possessive and even violent. (Hence her training with bladed weapons.) It makes it hard to have friends, or to trust any expression of romantic interest — especially from the social media heartthrob Alessandro Sagredo, an Italian count with three broken engagements to his name and a lot of powerful magic of his own.
This is genre fiction at its splashiest: mystery and violence and sarcasm and desire in a Houston not quite like our own. Everyone is deadly, and every character has a dark side that gets revealed as the series unfolds — of course Alessandro is a brilliant assassin. The more world-shaking magic we see, the more the difference between a hero and a villain gets pared down to a single, swordlike question: How do you choose to wield your power — attack and accumulate, or defend and redeem?
It’s always a thrill when a paranormal series knows just how to aim its metaphors, and this one is particularly — forgive me — on point. Pair it with a comfortable seat in a shady spot and there’s no better entertainment for a sunny afternoon.NYT New Romance Review for Ruby Fever By Ilona Andrews
I can barely contain my excitement for everyone to get this book. Every single review coming in is stellar and it’s so well deserved. I’ve read Ruby Fever since the first draft (which House Andrews pronounced hairy, and we all know it wasn’t) and saw it grow through the edits into the masterpiece it is now. It’s Catalina’s trial of fire, the final word on all the mysteries we’ve speculated on, and also manages to leave me feeling cosy at the end.
And it is, above all, an emotional goodbye to the Baylors, who have made us part of their family for the past 8 years. At least for now*…