Friday, November 23, 2018

New Beginnings: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

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New Beginnings: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
Diamond Fire
Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3.5
Genre: Adult, Short Stories, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: November 6th, 2018
by Avon

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Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.
-A copy was provided by Avon for review-

I’ve been obsessed with the Hidden Legacy for years now so I was more than a little sad when it came to an end. OF COURSE, they announced a spin off and we got the first hint of that in this little novella.

Nevada and Rogan are getting married! FINALLY! And of course, given how things just happen around them, the wedding planning isn’t going as smoothly as anticipated. A family heirloom goes missing and there might be someone plotting a wedding murder.  In comes Catalina (also the narrator of the spin-offs I believe) who is put to the task of solving this mystery without alerting Nevada to the on-going shenanigans.

So, I went into Diamond Fire with no idea what the novella was about or that it wasn’t even narrated by Nevada. If I had known it wasn’t narrated by her, I might not have read it which would have been the gravest mistake ever made because Catalina is an absolute cinnamon roll.

She is younger so she is more angsty than Nevada but angst isn’t a bad thing. CATALINA JUST HAS A LOT ON HER PLATE, OKAY? And we must form a bubble around her to protect her. Of course, her powers being what they are don’t really help her with the whole opening up thing.

In this novella, we get to see a glimpse of the kind of stuff we will see Catalina struggling with in the spin-off series and I am honestly so ready for it. It is also a wedding novella so we get to see a little bit of Nevada and Rogan, some of their fams and some of our old Baylor favs. For all current fans of this series, you are not gonna be disappointed by this novella, for everyone who hasn’t read this series, READ IT FOR Mad Rogan the Baylor fam’s general awesomeness and a wonderful, exciting, magical world.

4 Stars
4 Hot Espressos

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