Legacy of Lies

Legacy of Lies

by Jillian David


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507201800
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 11/07/2016
Series: Hell's Valley Series , #1
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jillian David lives near the end of the Earth with her nut of a husband and two bossy cats. To escape the sometimes-stressful world of the rural physician, she writes while on call and in her free time. She enjoys taking realistic settings and adding a twist of “what if.” Running or hiking on local trails often promotes plot development. Find Jillian David at JillianDavid.net and on Twitter @jilliandavid13.

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Legacy of Lies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joey442 More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific start to a new series. Garrison Taggart has always lived on the ranch that he is now running for his father. There is always lots to do and not enough hours in a day to do everything so when his son's second-grade teacher, Sara Lopez, tells Garrison that Zach is having trouble at school he doesn't handle it well. Sara wants the best for her students so she asks Garrison personal questions hoping to get a better idea of Zach's issues, but that worries Garrison even more. He's afraid she has seen a paranormal ability in his son since the rest of the family has them. Sara was actually concerned about the Brand boys bullying Zach. Some of the Brands hate the Taggarts and are making life pretty bad for them. I liked the characters in this book. Well, except for Garrison. While he was physically perfect and very competent at running the ranch, his personality left a lot to be desired. He was very brisk and somewhat grumpy. Of course, he had lots of reasons for this, like his wife leaving him a year ago and cleaning out his bank accounts - leaving him with financial problems, the Brands trying to get his land, his father's health and his son being bullied are just some of his problems. Sara was a wonderful woman but she had her own problems. She was still trying to live down the trouble she caused in this town when she was younger. She also had to stay in her job for 4 years in return for her college education, so no matter how hard she found it she had to stay in there. With the unusual abilities, these cowboys had this wasn't a typical western romance. It was interesting to see the way the author worked out the feelings Sara and Garrison had for each other. Garrison tried to hide his feelings for her because she used to date one of the Brand men, and he didn't know if he could trust her. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat! I couldn't read fast enough to find out what happened with the kidnapping. There are some REALLY evil people in this story, adding to the suspense. I am so glad I won a copy of this book and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you enjoy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, you should read Legacy of Lies.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Legacy of Lies,  Jillian David  Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  romance, paranormal I really liked the sound of this story, but had a few issues with it. I haven’t read any of the Hell to Pay books, and when there’s time I’ve book marked them to take a look at esp as they’re currently on KU. So many books, so little time....It may be that I’d have got more out of this book if I’d read them. So, I love paranormal romance but the romance here felt a little flat for me. Why on earth did Sara go out with Hank before when the guy's a fruit loop? OK it was a year ago and he wasn’t as crazy, but did he really change so much in a year. Why not go for Garrison as he was there and she’s attracted to him, instead of the nutso? Made me think she wasn’t a great judge of people, and then as a teacher she’s worried about Zack, which was great, but a couple of times she let the bullying get out of hand because of fear of her job? It didn’t make me like her any better. Having said that Garrison who she’s got the hots for now is a jerk. Really; he’s surly, rude to her ( and his family most of the time), says all the wrong things even if he means well. Its only with Zack that his good side comes out. His family too weren't great, didn’t seem to like each other much, although they all had different problems which were only touched on, so maybe that contributed to it but I just didn't understand why they all stayed, I needed more of that, to understand them better, to see their reasons. The paranormal aspect was muted, came out more towards the end but was pretty thin. Jillian says it’s going to build more in the later books and I can see the potential it has, but in this book it just didn’t feel it was made the most of. I felt that it could have been used more, helped expand some of the areas. When the suspense part hits it comes into play and makes things more understandable, but even then the characters showed their surly sides, with Evan not wanting Shelby to use her talent for finding because its incredibly painful to her and she’s unwell,  even though her nephew Zack, who’s just a kid, is in real danger of dying.   A first book has a hard job setting the plots, bringing in the paranormal and introducing the characters. I can see the potential here, but the characters really need to be more likeable for me, I needed to understand them, care about them more. As they are I just wasn’t invested in them enough to really care. Its a good story but they need to be more fleshed out, worked on so I can empathise with them, feel for them when things go wrong. It will be interesting to see if those who’ve read the other series like this one, understand them better and if that’s really just my problem not the characters...it seems that many readers are fine with this issue- as always not all readers like all books ;-) Stars: Three, interesting start to a new series but one which I’m not yet convinced of the characters. ARC supplied for review purposes by author
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
This is a spin off the Hell to Pay series. I have not read the other series but I loved this book, it is also the first book by Jillian that I have read. This book is about a paranormal cowboy, his family, and a town teacher. Garrison has an ability that not only affects him but the people he comes in contact with. He has trouble believing people are telling him the truth. Sara Lopez is trying to start her life over. Sure she grew up in Copper River and had her fair share of teenage rebellion. Now she is back and wanting to start her career and the next step of her life. She is also Garrison’s son’s teacher. She has noticed Zack getting bullied by and tries telling Garrison about and other things she has noticed. Things quickly spiral out of control. It doesn’t help that Sara is attracted to Garrison and had a crush on him when they were in school together even though he was a few years older. Neither one really has time for romance. Sara has a future planned for herself and Garrison has enough on his plate with his family and the family ranch. Sara’s ex Hank and his family have had a problem with Garrison and his family. Add Sara seeing Garrison to the mix and everything gets more complicated. Sara wants to try with Garrison but doesn’t want his family to be in danger because of it, will they be able to make it work? Zack is in more danger than anyone knows until it’s too late? Will they be able to save him? I really liked this book and have bought the Hell to Pay series to read. Jillian writes a book that pulls you in and keeps you reading. I loved all the characters in this book and can’t wait to read more about them. The book doesn’t end on a cliffhanger but there are some unanswered questions in the book. There is a bit of angst between Garrison and Sara. Both of think too much, get stuck in their own heads and forget to communicate. There is a bit of miscommunication and back and forth because of it. But fear not there is a happy ending. I highly recommend this book if you like paranormal and cowboys. Great job on this book Jillian.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I'm not much into western romances. In fact, I have never read one because the sub-genre doesn't appeal to me. But Jillian David reached out to me and asked if I would read her book, and when I read the blurb it sounded appealing so I took a gamble. Man, did it pay off! I couldn't put this book down. The characters were strong and well-crafted. The plot was clearly defined and easy to follow. And the conflicts were gripping and kept me turning the page. Sara and Garrison were passionate and strong main characters. I loved the story and will definitely pick up other books in this series as they become available. It was a nice blend of paranormal romance set in the Wyoming country. I do recommend it, even if you don't like western themed romance. Garrison is the kind of cowboy rancher that steams up the page and leaves you begging for more. I loved it and I loved how the story unfolded. Great read.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Legacy of Lies is the first book in a brand new series, Hell’s Valley, by Jillian David. I fell in love with this author with her Hell to Pay series so I was so excited to see what this new series would be about. Let me tell you, it was fantastic! The family this series will revolve around are the Taggarts. They live on a ranch in Copper River, Wyoming. There is something special about the Taggart siblings. They each have a special ability. The father doesn’t have any such ability so I am hoping that in future books, we will be able to find out more about the origin of these abilities. This book’s Hero, Garrison, is like a human lie detector. He can put his hands on your head and simply go into your mind to see if you are telling the truth or not. But this isn’t always such a good thing such as with his now ex-wife. Everything she said was a lie. She left Garrison and their son, Zach but not before clearing out the bank accounts leaving the ranch in financial trouble. The Brand family’s ranch sits adjacent to the Taggart’s. There has been some strange goings on over there lately and some of the Taggart cattle have disappeared. The Brands have also been calling daily to try to harass the Taggarts into selling them their land. Why they are so determined to get their ranch, they have no idea. Sara Lopez is the second grade teacher at the elementary school and is also Zach’s teacher. Poor Zach has been getting bullied lately and Sara wants to discuss it with his father at their parent-teacher conference. But when the oh so hot cowboy, Garrison Taggart walks in to the classroom, Sara can barely think straight. She absolutely cannot be attracted to this cowboy. She has to stay in Copper River for four years in order to pay off her student loans. Then she is out of here. She has her own checkered past, one the town won’t ever let her forget. Sara made the mistake of dating Hank Brand for a year but his behavior got more and more strange so she broke it off. Sara is determined to refrain from any more emotional connections in this town. She just wants to finish her time at the school and go. Garrison can’t take much more on his shoulders. His oldest brother is AWOL. So now it’s just Garrison, his younger brother and sister and their Dad whose health isn’t the best lately. The money is scarce and with the trouble the Brands are causing them, the daily never ending chores and trying to raise his son the best he can, he can’t handle much more. There certainly isn’t any room in his life for sexy little school teachers that think they can tell him how to raise his son. But he can’t deny there is something about Sara Lopez. He can’t get her off his mind. Sara and Garrison had me from the start. I loved them. This book sucked me right in. The chemistry and sexy times were super steamy and the suspenseful times had me holding on for dear life. Hank Brand is most definitely the evil villain. Garrison's interest in Sara sends Hank over the edge which puts the ranch, Sara's safety and little Zach in danger. There are still some unexplained things with what was going on with Hank which I’m hoping will be explained further in books to come. There is no cliff hanger. Sara and Garrison’s story is pretty much brought to a conclusion. I can’t wait to see what Jillian David has in store for us next with the Taggart family.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Life has been kicking Garrison Taggart at every chance. Seems like the weight of the world is falling down on him and he’s unable to juggle all he takes on. The ranch has issues, his father is getting older, his wife walked out on him, his young son is having problems in school and he is just hearing about it from his teacher. The conference with Sara Lopez does not go well, it seems bullying is involved and the school principal’s nephews are the instigators and Brand family is the Taggart’s arch enemy and biggest competitor for land for grazing. Even his internal lie detector seems to be on the fritz, or maybe Garrison just isn’t listening to it. Through it all? Someone is sabotaging his ranch, and what they are doing is both terrifying and deadly. Sara takes the hit when Garrison explodes, but she has more on her plate than testy parents. Her life, her job and her student loans are being held over her head and following the Brand rules leaves her emotionally exhausted and walking a thin tightrope of control. Should she stand up for Garrison’s son, following her conscience and her heart or should she look out for herself and just get the school year over with? In spite of his demeanor, there is no doubt that Garrison is a catch and something about the man sets Sara’s girly bits into high gear. But is the feeling mutual? Does Garrison even have time for romance? When her past and Garrison’s son cross paths with insane evil, it is time to make a stand, no matter the cost and it is only another Taggart with supernatural abilities that could mean the difference between life and a frozen death. Jillian David is back with another rugged and sexy suspense-filled read with her first book in her new series, Hell’s Valley. Meet a contemporary cowboy/rancher with too much testosterone to seek help, a temper more volatile than a raging bull and the sweet school teacher who has the true grit to be his match and his greatest ally. Together they battle insane jealousy, an insane old lover and near death while struggling to believe in each other and the power of fate and love. LEGACY OF LIES is a heart-pounding start to what looks to be another fabulous paranormal series from Jillian David who makes her rural settings come to life with jaw-tensing reality. Ms. David brings a feeling of high tension to a fever pitch while tackling small town politics, bullying and fear of the unknown in the deeps woods and plains of Wyoming. I received an ARC edition from Jillian David in exchange for my honest review.