Legacy by L.J. Swallow

Legacy (The Four Horsemen, #1)Legacy by L.J. Swallow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Verity works at Alphanet, her life is mundane, boring. The most exciting thing to happen to her lately is possibly getting caught perving on the hot new guy’s arse. That is until one night, driving home from work, she accidentally hits a man with her car. From this point on, she is thrown into a topsy-turvy world that includes demons, fae, vampires, oh, and the four horseman. However, the four horseman are here to protect Earth, not end it. What is Verity’s connection to these four, good looking men? And why have they been looking for her?

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this a great deal. Reverse Harem is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine, I like to indulge in it sometimes, but I never hold out very high hopes for the story evolution and the character development. That’s not to say that the majority of RH is trash, just that I generally don’t go to it for uber developed plots and characters. I would definitely have to put this as a well thought out story.

I absolutely loved the twist on the four horsemen, I found it to be pleasantly surprising. I also love the twist which brings Verity into the fold as well. This was an exceptionally well thought out plot line and I applaud Swallow for it.

The thing keeping Verity where she is (I’m being vague on purpose so as not to intentionally give away anything) is definitely believable, and I feel that in the genre of reverse harem, that is incredibly important. The only other reverse harem series that I’ve read have both been written by Laurell K Hamilton, so I tend to hold everything else to that standard, which for me, is pretty high. I feel like, sometimes in reverse harem, guys (and sometimes girls) are just being added for the pure sake of growing the protagonist’s harem, which can become tedious and annoying. And it generally jumps into the whole sex side of the relationships pretty quickly. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that in this instalment, there is no sex. Yep. You read that right. NO. SEX. For me, this is super important. I like a bit of substance to my relationships, even in a reverse harem situation, so I was absolutely tickled pink when I turned that last page and I realised there was no physicality in the story besides hugging and a couple of kisses. I feel like this made me like it more.

I found the characters to be well developed for so early in the story line. I like Verity, she’s strong, completely confused, but she knows what she wants and she’s trying her damn best. Funnily enough. I liked Heath the least out of the guys haha. I feel like he was meant to be the front runner, but for me Ewan takes that, closely followed by Joss, and I feel like I’m going to end up loving Xander as well. Joss? Xander? I’m sensing a Buffy nod here.

I’m so far enjoying the world building that’s been started. I like the idea of the portals and the fact that a fae queen lives in suburbia, I think these were all very clever.

All in all, I actually really enjoyed this first instalment of the four horseman series, and I’m planning on continuing it. If reverse harem is your thing, and you like your relationships with a bit more substance, I definitely recommend this one.

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