Author: Ilona Andrews
What I’m Talking About:
Picking up about a year after the conclusion of Emerald Blaze, Ruby Fever opens with the Baylors moving into a new home (aka a huge compound where each person/couple can have their own space). Arkan has upped his pressure on Catalina and Alessandro, even sending an assassin into their new home. However when the Speaker of the Texas State Assembly is murdered and someone attacks Linus in his own home, putting him into a coma, Catalina finds herself in the middle of a sh*t show. Luckily she can rely on her family and friends to help because she’s getting no support from The National Assembly of Wardens.
Ruby Fever opens with a bang and the intensity never slows down. There are a number of emergencies, and Catalina must manage them all since Linus is out of commission. The story takes place over the course of only a couple of days, seeming impossible that so much happens in such a short time. While all of the chaos may seem difficult to follow, the authors have perfected their storytelling, revealing pertinent information over time and when needed.
Although Alessandro and Catalina have found their love and have a stable HFN, they cannot achieve their HEA until Arkan is eliminated. I love how in-sync the pair is as they live and work together. Their relationship was solidified in the previous book, taking away the “does he like me” aspect out of the conflict. They’ve gotten over their issues and present a united front and a nearly unstoppable force. Seeing them work side-by-side is a treat, making me fall in love with the couple all the more. They’ve learned to communicate, which gives the story some tender and poignant moments.
As the final story in the series (until Arabella’s story… someday), Ruby Fever wraps up both the Arkan storyline, as well as the Caesar plot from Nevada’s books, and all of the other little bits and pieces the authors have raised over the course of six books. We see pretty much everyone who has been a part of the series. It’s well done, with a couple cheesy (not really necessary for the plot) moments which fans will appreciate. The story isn’t worse for these moments, they just are and it’s nice because it’s the end.
All in all, Ruby Fever is a delightful, entertaining end to one of my favorite series. The story is part of the larger picture and should not be read as a standalone. The storyline is tightly written, as is always the case from the authors. The supporting cast is strong, and there are emotional moments. If you haven’t started this wonderful series, I highly recommend you pick up Burn for Me today!
My Rating: A-
About the Book:
An escaped spider, the unexpected arrival of an Imperial Russian Prince, the senseless assassination of a powerful figure, a shocking attack on the supposedly invincible Warden of Texas, Catalina’s boss… And it’s only Monday.
Within hours, the fate of Houston—not to mention the House of Baylor—now rests on Catalina, who will have to harness her powers as never before. But even with her fellow Prime and fiancé Alessandro Sagredo by her side, she may not be able to expose who’s responsible before all hell really breaks loose.
Release Date: August 23, 2022
Series: Hidden Legacy #6
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance
Format(s): paperback (384 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: NetGalley/Publisher
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Reviews in the Series:
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #1) – Audiobook Review
White Hot by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #2) – Audiobook Review
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #3) – Audiobook Review
Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #3.5) – Audiobook Review
Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #4) – Audiobook Review
Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #5) – Audiobook Review