Alexandra's Legacy by N.J. Walters
Series: Legacy #1
on October 13, 2009
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Alexandra Riley’s predictable world is turned upside down when she discovers she’s the half-breed daughter of a legendary alpha werewolf—a sought-after prize to some, an abomination to others. The tall, dark stranger who bursts into her father’s garage shatters any illusion that she can continue with her normal life.
From the second Joshua Striker, enforcer for the Wolf Creek pack, sees Alex, she becomes a distraction he can’t afford. He’s come to the city to bring Alex to the safety of the pack. That’s it. But who is going to keep her safe from him? Because the wolf inside him is demanding he claim her—now.
From city streets to the mountains of North Carolina, the pair must evade bounty hunters out to kill any werewolf they can, wolves who want to claim Alex, and purists bent on eradicating half breeds. And with all this going on, Alex still has to learn what it means to be a wolf and deal with the overbearing male determined to keep her safe.
I’ve been working on a Top Ten Shifter series post and felt like I needed to revisit some of the older shifter books on my shelf. Needless to say, I’ve been in shifter heaven. It’s been years since I read the Legacy Series. It was one of the series I devoured after doing a switch over from Urban Fantasy to paranormal romance. It’s been long enough that when I opened Alexandra’s Legacy up, I only had a few vague memories of the storyline apart from knowing I enjoyed it.
This world has a slightly different take on shifters than many others I’ve read. Shifter lives can be brutal, with lots of fighting, wars, and death. Female wolves are in short supply, and even then they have a hard time carrying a baby full term. In the past, half breed shifters were killed on sight, but with the shortage of females, some now seek them to mate with and don’t care whether they are willing or not.
Alexandra had no idea she was a half breed until the day she and her Dad were found. With three groups after her, wolves who want to mate with her (willingly or not), wolves who want to kill her for being a half breed, and hunters who hate shifters, it’s good that Joshua Striker, sent by James’ brother to help them, showed up shortly before the first wave appeared. Alexandra soon finds herself on the run with Joshua, desperately trying to reach the safety of his pack.
This book is action-packed from the beginning and it never lets up. Joshua is walking, talking, broody sex on a stick yumminess. And Alex, although she did give me one roll my eyes moment when she did something boneheaded, was overall quite the little badass.
Not only do you get Alex and Joshua’s story, we got lots of page time for James, Alex’s dad. There is nothing sexier than an overprotective alpha werewolf trying to save his baby girl. I remember he gets a story later on down the line, and I may just go look that one up to reread. Alexandra’s Legacy had a lot going on for a fairly quick read plus even more twists at the end. Maybe too much going on because, in order to tie up the loose ends, the ending felt rushed.
This was an action-packed, sexy as hell story that I am so glad I got to reacquaint myself with.
Rating: 4 Stars
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