Oh, my ducklings, Anna Edwards has brought us a twisty turny one with some lovely darkness in Legacy of Succession. This is the first book of a new series, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next one in the series, because I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be good.
So, here’s the way this one goes. Nicholas is the son of a Duke. He’s his father’s heir and on the cusp of 30, which means it’s time for him to find a wife. Only, getting a wife isn’t as easy as going out and finding a nice woman to marry. Oh no, that would be too easy. You see, centuries ago, Nicholas’ ancestor started a secret society, with himself at the top, of course. Part of that secret society is that Nicholas has to choose from the women who were born to members of that society in the year he turned 8. And it’s not even as nice as just going out on dates with those ladies until he finds out which one he wants. Nope, that would be way too easy.
Victoria is one of those women. She’s been basically trapped in her father’s home her entire life. Her only friend is the daughter of the maid. She didn’t go to school, she doesn’t have a job, she can’t leave the house without her father’s permission and without strict guards around her. She can really count the number of times she’s left her home on both hands. She feels stifled and can’t wait until she can start her real life. When her father comes up and gives her a white dress and tells her that they are going out to meet people, she figures it’s time for her to make her entrance into society. She’s so excited to be going out and having a real life. Right up until she realizes that the real life she’s going to get isn’t exactly what she wants. No, she’s about to take part in some marriage games and the first step is to be branded.
There are 4 other women, making 5 total, and apparently Nicholas is only allowed the choice of 3, so Victoria thinks that she’s good to go because the devilish Duke tells everyone that the other 2 women are free to leave. Except, gee, nope. The 2 women that Nicholas didn’t choose get to be sold off to the highest bidder within this society. Bunch of bastards.
Very little that happens in this book is all that nice, at least through the majority of the book. There are some nice things that do happen, but they are pretty much outweighed by some really horrible stuff. Victoria is angry, and I don’t blame her a bit, I would be too. Nicholas is also angry, and I don’t blame him either. Well, maybe a little bit. He’s known what to expect his entire life. But, Victoria uses that anger and lets it help her when she needs it. One of the things I really liked about this book is the fact that it was a dual POV. This book really needed that, I can’t see how it would’ve worked any other way. We really did needs to see what was going on in Nicholas’ head. I’m already ready for the next one to come out.
I hope that Victoria tears everyone up in the next one. I would offer all kinds of things to Anna if she would make that happen. Please, Anna? I would love you forever!
I knew not to trust that Elizabeth from the very second we first saw her. She just felt smarmy and nasty. And Victoria’s dad? Yuck. I’m pretty sure that I totally hate him.
OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. You need to go read this. Happy reading!