Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review: Legacy of Lies by Jillian David

Author: Jillian David
Series: Hell's Valley #1
Audience: +18
Genre: Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: November 14th 2016
My Rating: 4 cups
Source: Author
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Fans of the Hell to Pay series will love this new spin-off saga, Hell’s Legacy!

Garrison Taggart doesn’t have time to deal with touchy-feely junk like “trust issues” or “feelings.” His dad’s health is waning and the family’s Wyoming ranch is being sabotaged. Too bad his supernatural ability to tell when someone is lying has been exactly zero help in ferreting out the betrayer so far. So, when sweet schoolteacher Sara Lopez raises concerns about his son being bullied, who can blame a guy for getting a little testy?

The last thing Sara needs is any more attention or gossip after her recent breakup with big-shot rancher Hank Brand. So her attraction to surly but sexy Garrison, Hank’s rival, is entirely unwanted. When she uncovers an insane plot to kidnap the Taggart boy and throws herself in harm’s way to protect him, Garrison must risk his deepest secret and his own life to save the people he cares for the most. But will his heroics cost him everything?

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or my opinion of the book in any way.

You might remember that a few months ago I found a new series on Reading Alley, Hell To Pay, which I loved and adored. What you might not know, is that my hopes and dreams came true and we might have some answers about a lot of stuff regarding that series, because there's a spin-off series, Hell's Valley. I cannot even describe how happy I am that there's a spin-off, guys!

Garrison Taggart is absolutely wonderful. He's the kind of guy that doesn't trust a lot of people, but in his case it's because he can actually find out if you're lying to him. He has some pretty powerful abilities, and it's pretty clear that they're playing with his head a little bit. I like that he tries really hard not to use them on certain people, even if the temptation to make sure they're being honest is there all the time. But more on his powers later. At the beginning of the book he seems this cold, closed off guy, but I think that's just how Sara sees him. As the story progresses, I found him to be just weary and scared of being betrayed again by someone he trusts, so he tries to intimidate the people around him.

I liked Sara. I like that she is trying to make up for her mistakes. Her childhood wasn't perfect, and she got lost a little bit along the way. I also liked how she stood up for Zach, Garrison's son, even when it meant possibly losing her job, or maybe even more.

Turning back to Garrison and his powers. He has two other brothers and a sister, and they all have various powers or abilities. Now, since this is a spin-off series, I wonder if they're somehow related to either Ruth or Barnaby (or both, who knows?). We know that Ruth had powers and that everyone, or at least the women, descended from her had some powers as well. And we also know that Barnaby had some form of powers, because his intuition was way too precise to not be some supernatural power. So I wonder if in some way, this means that the Taggart siblings are also related to the original Indebted.

I also loved seeing the mental degradation of Hank Brand. It kind of reminded me a little bit of Jerahmeel, so I wonder if Hank is on the road to becoming the new manifestation of Satan. I also wonder if his brothers are as sane as they wanted to seem at the end of this book. It would be absolutely awesome if they weren't, and if somehow they're becoming some new forms of minions.

The pacing was fantastic, and the plot was even more so. I am absolutely excited about this new book, and this new series, and I cannot wait to see what happens next, what new stuff we learn, as well as if we get to see some of the characters from the original series.

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