Ruby Fever by Ilona Andrews
Hidden Legacy #6
Urban Fantasy Romance
August 23, 2022, by Avon
Review by Angela
Anyone who knows me knows I am an Ilona Andrews fangirl. I will read anything they write. This husband and wife writing duo is at the very tip-top of my fantasy genre pyramid and I can’t get enough. Ruby Fever, Hidden Legacy #6, was my most anticipated book of 2022. So when it hit my Kindle I pushed everything aside and sat down to read, starting right after work and staying up late to finish.
Catalina Baylor is head of House Baylor and Deputy to the Warden of Texas. When Ruby Fever starts out the Baylors have just moved into their new compound and Catalina has said yes to Alessandro’s proposal of marriage. It doesn’t take long for the action to pick up when the head of the Assembly is found murdered and then Catalina and Alessandro discover that Linus Duncan, the all-powerful Warden of Texas, has also been attacked. They need to figure out who is taking out the leaders of the magical community of Houston fast and without creating panic.
This book is non-stop action from beginning to end. There is SO MUCH going on and the Baylors will have to use every single ally they’ve amassed in the last five books to help them triumph over what is to come. Arkan is determined to finish what he started when he murdered Alessandro’s father, there is a mystery to solve, and with Nevada and Connor’s attention on another threat, they are going to have to do it without them. That’s not even mentioning the Imperial Russian Prince with mysterious motives and a giant spider lost somewhere on the compound.
I believe that even if this is truly the end of the Hidden Legacy series (still hoping Arabella will have her own trilogy) readers will be completely satisfied by this conclusion. Every question is answered. There are quite a few big moments and confessions, with all those plot threads left dangling in previous books coming together to finally provide needed closure. Catalina is a badass and her love for her family is absolute, even when it’s hard and she has reservations and residual anger over their past actions.
Catalina and Alessandro are a wonderful couple and I loved seeing them support each other time and again, even when the Sagredo family promises her finance to another family in marriage and she has to contend with that nonsense yet again. These two stick together no matter what and I adored the sweet and sexy scenes between them.
It must be said that it’s the secondary characters who really breathe life and sparkle into this series. The witty banter and heartfelt devotion to each other is without equal. I have fallen in love with all of them. (I do have a soft spot for Leon). It was really nice to see them get that HEA they deserve in the end. While the Baylors are the main focus of the series, so many people who started out as side characters have become integral to the continuation of House Baylor and their success, and are now more like family than just magical allies.
Ruby Fever is a fantastic addition to the Hidden Legacy series. This epic conclusion of Catalina Baylor’s trilogy will feature prominently on my favorites shelf and is sure to become a beloved comfort reread. There is a scene at the end, that gives me hope that we will see more of this family in the future. And maybe, just maybe, Arabella will find her HEA as well.
Final grade- A+