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Ruby Fever by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #6
Published by Avon on August 23, 2022
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: hours, minutes
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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.
A woman has come into her own in the nick of time because a powerful set of enemies have gone on the offensive and will strike when she’s at her most vulnerable. The third and final Catalina Baylor story has arrived and with it the confrontation that has been brewing through two books, but wait, there’s more- stunning family legacy will bring a whispery wow to many reader lips.
Ruby Fever is not a good candidate for standalone as the third leg in a trilogy and the sixth in the overall Hidden Legacy series.
Catalina and her family lost their previous home, but House Baylor has started afresh in a new home and are not so precariously situated so can breathe a little easier. But, that is when the usual series of disasters strike beginning with a two-pronged attack on two leaders in the Houston magic hierarchy. Catalina isn’t left in doubt for long who is ultimately behind it all. Arkan is determined to take her and Alessandro out and everyone they care about are hostages to fate in the battle. Precision attacks against her family and House are just the start A dangerous Russian prince shows up and escalates their troubles even as Connor and Nevada are forced to fight their own enemy and can’t help as much. Catalina learns there is more to her magic than her siren abilities and she must accept and control it if she is to take on her enemies.
Ruby Fever had several moving parts, but I loved the way the authors kept it from tangling up or bogging down the plot or the pacing. Catalina is at the center, but there is a huge cast of characters at this point and her family and Alessandro are tight relationships for her that get some good page time. Not sure what I make of Konstantin, the prince, but I didn’t hate his appearance in the story. What was interesting is Catalina finally getting the last piece to her family history puzzle on her paternal side and I didn’t see that coming. Alessandro got his own big wow moment about his family. My heart went out to both of them as they had to tuck all that away and keep focused on the business at hand. Their relationship was solid and they partnered well. Not that things were perfect because there is a little situation that causes them to address not hiding things to protect the other person.
The book ended in a way that could end the whole series or leave room for the start of a new central character and a new season story arc. Do I want there to be an Arabella trilogy? You betcha britches!
Urban Fantasy fans who haven’t picked up this series really need to get it on their nightstand stack soon.
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