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Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Emily Rankin
Series: Hidden Legacy #5
Published by HarperAudio on August 25, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 12 hours, 41 minutes
Source: Publisher, Purchased
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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.
These are my favorite authors and I am so excited whenever I get to read one of their books. There is this feeling of joy which fills me. I preordered this on Kindle (in December 2019!) and audio, as I have done for the entire Hidden Legacy series. I would read the series in order. You don’t want to miss anything!
Emerald Blaze is the second book in Catalina’s trilogy. In each book, we learn more about her and what she is trying to accomplish. She really holds it all close, and we learn there is much Nevada kept to herself also. Interestingly in my Sapphire Flames review, I was worried she may be in over her head with Linus Duncan and her grandmother wanting to control her. I was thinking exactly the same again. I am wary of Linus Duncan, and don’t want to be anywhere near Victoria.
Catalina is sent on another difficult case by Linus and who shows up right away? Alessandro Sagredo, who left her devasted. He stays with her throughout this world-changing case. Their relationship grows as they actually talk to each other. This time he is open with her, answering any questions she has. Catalina is not sure she wants to know. She can’t afford to let him in again. Linus, on the other hand, is hardly available.
I know and love so many characters. The family group is full of amazing people and they had me laughing several times. In spite of the life and death situations, they don’t forget to care about others and try to make the world better.
Books by Ilona Andrews are smart and so well-developed. They give me all the feels and I am never disappointed. I want to give them all the hearts! As expected, this will be one of my favorite books this year. OMG the ending here! I need more as soon as it is available.
I listened to Emily Rankin on Sapphire Flames also. I really enjoyed her as Catalina. I didn’t feel quite as distinct about Alessandro as I did in SF. There were some unique voices, male and female. Her voices for Nevada and Connor didn’t seem quite right to me. Overall, I enjoyed the performance. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
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