Title: Legacy of Lies
Author: Jillian David
Series: Hell’s Valley #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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?
Source: Review copy from the author
This book starts out as a cowboy romance, with a young woman trying to overcome her small town past and the grouchy single dad she has to deal with in an attempt to secure the boy’s happiness. But from quite early on it becomes obvious that this is more than just a cowboy contemporary, because Garrison isn’t just grumpy, he’s a psychic who can tell when someone is telling lies.
From there this book steadily moves on with the attraction between Sara and Garrison swiftly turning into a romance, which is in turn put under threat by the creepy ex Hank. Throw in some family drama and the pace of the story certainly helps keep things interesting.
However, there were a few things I would have liked to know more about. Such as the paranormal powers of Garrison and his siblings. They all have them, but it seems their father doesn’t. Where did they come from and why?
Then there’s Hank’s family. Sara is best friends with Hank’s sister, but I got confused as to how many Brands there are and how some of them could suffer such a massive shift in behaviour without anyone really noticing. It also frustrated me how much they were allowed to get away with. They just do what they want and people barely complain, let alone do anything about it.
I wish more had been done about Garrison’s son. Discussions of his behaviour and wellbeing might have started the book, but they get pushed back as the story progresses. Yes, okay, loads of other stuff is happening, but I still would have liked more thought for the boy. I also would have liked to have shaken Sara hard a couple of times with her insistence that it’s all her fault, even when the bad guy is ranting about how much he hates the Taggarts. In this instance, Sara, it really isn’t all about you. In fact, it’s barely about you at all.
Overall this is a good read, which sets things up for this series. A bit more depth and explanation to the town and the paranormal aspects would have been nice, but on the whole it makes for an interesting, easy read with a bit of romance and a hint of the paranormal, all mixed in with cowboys and local trouble. I’d certainly be interesting in seeing where it all heads next.
Legacy of Lies is Out Now.
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