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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Review: The Legend by Donna Grant

I'm thinking that this might be it for me with this series. I like the premise but sometimes the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

Also, happy May everyone!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: June 27, 2017


Callie Reed doesn’t need a man to protect her. An expert sharpshooter and renegade hacker, this Texas-born spitfire’s got the skills and the courage to stand up to any danger―no matter how deadly. But when she becomes the target of a shadowy organization known as the Saints, Callie is forced to team up with the one man she can’t outshoot: the gorgeous, and infuriating, Lone Star legend named Wyatt Loughman…

A Delta Force Colonel with a rock-hard body and stone-cold heart, Wyatt has been teasing and tormenting Callie since they were playmates on his family’s ranch. Of course, he’s wildly attracted to the fiery, strong-willed Callie. But he’s always hidden his feelings behind a wall of Texas tough and military cool, even as he’s burning up with desire. Can Wyatt save Callie’s life―without putting her love in the line of fire?

What’s it About?Sharpshooter and hacker Callie Reed can’t forgive Wyatt Loughman for breaking her heart when they were younger but when she becomes the target of a dangerous organization, she has no choice but to put her life in his hands. For his part, Wyatt didn’t want to hurt Callie but he didn’t think he was good enough for her and made the choice to stay away from her. Now though he is in constant contact with her and his reasons for staying away from her are becoming less and less solid. He needs to focus on finding his father and keeping his family safe and now he has Callie in the mix and their enemies are closing in.

Overall reaction to the book? I’ve read the previous books in this series and while they were good reads, I wouldn’t call them great. They had the potential to be but in some of the important things, they fell flat. The Legend had similar problems as its predecessors and that did affect my overall enjoyment of the book.

First things first though, I did like Wyatt and Callie. They had a history so that made their chemistry more intense and a tad angsty which I loved. As much as Wyatt cared for Callie he did the typical macho man thing of “protecting” her by closing himself off to anything remotely resembling a relationship. Calling on the other hand was a bit more open to something with Wyatt, even though she had a few reasons to want to kick him. I did think she was a bit of an emotional doormat when it came to her personal relationship with Wyatt. Girl forgave him and caved way too easily when Wyatt should have had to hustle and show her why she should pick him to be her guy. I hate it when that happens.

The action and suspense is definitely top notch here. The Legend picks up the high stakes situation Wyatt and his brothers are in and runs with it. I really got into those scenes because Donna Grant didn’t pull any punches with injuries, fatalities, danger, or suspense and that’s what a romantic suspense should have. Hence the suspense part of the sub-genre. I was a bit surprised that the book seems to end on a cliffhanger, setting up for I suppose a bit of a longer run than was originally anticipated. I wonder where the author is planning on going with the series but it does make sense that an organization as bad as the Saints isn’t easily defeated and is much larger than anyone thinks.

Now for the not so great. First off, you gotta read the first two books or else you’re going to feel overwhelmed with all the characters and intersecting sub-plots. You can’t just pick this one up and be able to follow along. Second, Wyatt and Callie don’t actually resolve that issue of their first go round romance, they kind of just circle around it. Their romance never really feels like a second chance romance because they didn’t close the door on the first time. The romance needed more flushing out to me, it fell a little flat. As a team though these two were solid, sometimes a bit too solid. I felt like I was reading about super humans instead of a highly trained man and woman which at times took me out of the story. Unless they ARE super humans, I’d rather they not seem so infallible because it makes the scene less believable and way too predictable. Third, the pacing in some parts of The Legend rival a three legged sloth in a race. I personally don’t like it when romantic suspense books drag on and that’s what happened in several spots with this one. Still, it has its moments of being enjoyable.

Click It or Skip It? It’s up to you. I read this book once and that was enough for me. It isn’t all that memorable but it isn’t a bad read either.

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