Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Review – Legacy Bk 1: Alexandra's Legacy © N.J. Walters

Alexandra's Legacy

Legacy Bk 1

Author: N.J. Walters

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Genre: Paranormal, shifter

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The truth will set her free…or get her killed.

Alexandra Riley’s day starts out like any other in her normal, predictable world. Then a tall, dark stranger bursts into her father’s garage and shatters the illusion. In one shocking moment, she discovers why she’s been feeling hot, restless—she’s the half-breed daughter of a legendary werewolf and is a much-sought-after prize.

Joshua Striker, enforcer in charge of protecting the alphas of the Wolf Creek pack, has come to take Alex home. Nothing more, nothing less. From the first moment he sees her, she becomes the one thing he can’t afford—a distraction from his duty. A weakness he doesn’t want—but can’t resist needing.

If only keeping her safe was as simple as fending off males on the hunt for a mate. Through city streets to the mountains of North Carolina, Alex and Joshua have to evade those who don’t want their pure bloodlines tainted with human DNA, as well as bounty hunters who think the only good werewolf is a dead one.

What Joshua and Alex can’t outrun is the passion that flares between them—or the choice Alex must eventually face. Whether to claim her inner wolf, or forfeit her chance to claim Joshua as her own.

“Alexandra.”

 

She stilled. He rarely ever called her by her given name, always calling her Alex. When he did, it usually meant trouble.

 

“Yes.” She struggled not to squirm beneath his penetrating gaze.

 

“We need to talk. Tonight.” His eyes shifted away from her and he rubbed his hand over his face. She noticed that he needed a shave. Peering closer, she realized he looked tired.

 

Now she was really starting to get worried. “What’s wrong?” She leaned into his chest, wanting to comfort him. He wrapped his arm around her shoulders, and the huge sigh he let out ruffled the hair on top of her head.

 

“There are some things I’ve got to tell you. Things you need to know about your heritage.” There was a grim note in his voice that she’d never heard before. Her father was her rock, her foundation, but she could tell this was something he was very apprehensive about.

 

“Is it about her?” Alex knew he would know she was referring to her birthmother. She’d never called the woman by her given name even though she knew it.

 

“No, it’s not about Charlene. It’s about me.” He drew back and cupped her face in his hands. “Just remember that I love you.” Leaning down, he placed a gentle kiss on her forehead. “Every decision I’ve made has been with your best interest in mind.”

 

Alex was quickly moving past worried and heading directly into the realm of deeply concerned. “Whatever it is, it’s okay.” The need to reassure her father overrode everything else, even her fears.

© N. J. Walters

My Thoughts

When I came upon this new series by N.J. Walters on the Samhain publishing bookshelf I was so excited to start a new series by this author. I have had fun with not only her paranormal stuff before but also her small town contemporary stuff.

Ms Walters starts this first book by immediately introducing me to Alexandra, a girl who is definately a product of her father’s upbringing. She wasn’t a swearer or even a card holding member of any of the other more unsavoury vices – what she is, is a kick ass chick who gets upset when she loses her gun in a haul out drag down fight.

Alex is happy for the most part, working in a garage doing what she loves along side the person she loves the most – her father. Alex has little fear from anything around her and that’s saying alot, because the neighbourhood is not exactly suburban bliss. When her fathers past suddenly catches up with not only him but her as well – she is left confused but wanting.

Joshua Striker is the first of many who are looking for Alex, right from the outset Alex and her father could see that he is different and he just might be the lifeline that saves Alex’s life. Joshua  is a wolf-shifter, something that Alex has no idea existed even though she is the daughter of one of the most respected werewolf within recent generation.

With her body clock all over the place, shattering her illusions about who she really is does not help the matter and as much as Alex is drawn to Joshua she is also pissed off by the fact that secrets have been kept from her and she is on the run from people who would not have wanted her or  her kind up to a few years ago.

Joshua on the other hand is caught between duty and wanting the girl, as a wolf enforcer he knows what his duties are but as a man his blood sings at the mere scent of Alex  and he is in a dilemma.

Whatever issues they both have it becomes clear quickly enough that there are more urgent matter at hand, like staying alive, but getting into each other’s pants seem to always be at the back of their minds.

ALEXANDER’S LEGACY was a quick read for me, it was for the most part really the usual werewolf fare and and I wasn’t ever pushed in trying to learn anything different or even meeting anything outside of the ordinary..

The books starts off in urban side Chicago and I admit I was having more fun with the pace in the city than out in the boondocks. Whilst the whole pheromone thing kinda made the book lose points with me some of the things that worked for are

As a first book, I really like the build up on the history of the werewolf pack in question. I like the fact and the fiction that the author brought into play with these pig headed bunch of people.

The support characters were a fun bunch.  I will admit after about halfway though the book  I was having more fun with the support cast than I was with Joshua and Alex.

I like an author that is not afraid to let characters die, whether I like them or not. Some of the death seems to be needless , but at the end of the book – I thought that only made a bigger impact than if these  people were hanging around.

There are loads of testosterone filled moment, and therefore a few TSTL moments as well. While that won’t work for everybody It wasn’t all roll eyes moments – I enjoyed a fare bit of the smexy that resulted from these moments.

Bottom Line

All in all a pretty good first book, there is enough there to make me want to carry on to the second in the series and as much as there was more gong ho action rather than suspenseful moment I am intrigued by the characters who are dead set on killing off all the shifters and their off spring.

Not the best Walters books I have ever read, but not anything to toss in the corner either. A good read.

8 Speak To Me:

Chris on 22 September 2010 at 18:37 said...

And if it has you interested in the next book, that's a good thing.

Brandy W on 22 September 2010 at 19:03 said...

I have this one waiting for me to read on my reader. Like all of the other books I have I'll get to it at some point.

Dr J on 22 September 2010 at 20:33 said...

I have read several Walter's books for review on The Book Binge and found them to be very readable. However, I do think that she does not do as well with some subjects as with others. This book looks interesting enough that I think I'll be keeping an eye out for it. Very good review . . .Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Erotic Horizon on 22 September 2010 at 20:41 said...

@Chris.

I agree - While some of it could be missed - I loved the brothers and definately want to see more of them..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 22 September 2010 at 20:43 said...

@Brandy..

As I said in my review, It's not the best Walters work I have read - but I think over all you will find areas you will like...

and hopefully like me - want to know more...

:)

Erotic Horizon on 22 September 2010 at 20:59 said...

@Dr J

and found them to be very readable

I do get you on that point - that's one of the reason I only read some genres that she write...

I hope the other books shape up in this series - I am willing to overlook alot in a first book... but the second must have a bit of clout, hope that happens with this series..

:)

Blodeuedd on 22 September 2010 at 21:25 said...

Hi EH
At least it made you want book 2 so that is something.

Erotic Horizon on 22 September 2010 at 21:43 said...

@Blo..

It certainly did that... hope it works for me..

:)