Legend of Love

Legend of Love

by Lisa Kessler

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Legend of Love by Lisa Kessler

The Prophecy - “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”
Callie O'Connor's life has never been the same since the Muse of Epic Poetry came alive inside of her. Now she's on the other side of the country, working as civilian psychologist for the Navy, and leading her Muse sisters in their quest to reopen the Theater of the Muses. But nothing could have prepared her for Hunter Armstrong. He's a Navy Seal, driven, confident, and dangerous. And he plans to do more than just protect her. The gods couldn't have picked a better Guardian. But as Hunter soon discovers, Callie has some skeletons of her own in the closet, and loving her could lead to his destruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997627411
Publisher: Lisa's Lair
Publication date: 12/05/2016
Series: Muse Chronicles , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 586,760
File size: 472 KB

About the Author

Lisa Kessler is a Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She's a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance, as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com

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Legend of Love 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Book two in the Muses series brings us Navy Seal, Hunter, and the psychologist, Callie. He is sent to her after a rough mission, but he has no interest in talking and getting his head examined by an "old man". When he discovers that his doctor is a beautiful female he still doesn’t want to talk about how his mission went wrong, but he does want to go out on a date. Callie holds out strongly and stubbornly, but Hunter draws her in and when she discovers he is her Guardian it makes it even harder to resist his charm. As they grow closer, the Kronos Worshipers single Callie out as their next victim and it is up to Hunter to keep her safe. I enjoyed their story. The Order of Kronos is a bit weak for the bad guys. The members are part of a big oil conglomerate and yet they have to brainwash someone in order to make him fanatical enough to murder without question. They need to be more ruthless and aggressive. They come off as a bit passive compared to the strong protagonists in the story. Other than that, I enjoyed book two as much as book one. Looking forward to reading about Reed next.
Rubys_books More than 1 year ago
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Lisa Kessler in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way. I'm completely in love with this series, and I'm waiting anxiously for each and every book in this series. The second book in this series takes the story further, by introducing a new Guardian, Hunter, but also by making the villains more evil and scarier, maybe even a little bit deranged. Hunter is an interesting choice for a Guardian. I like how his military career was portrayed and how it played into his role as a Guardian. I also liked the fact that he didn't have the same gift as Nate, so I'm assuming each Guardian will have different gifts. I'm also assuming that their gifts are somehow tied to what the Muse they're protecting. Callie was a great heroine. I like how she dedicates herself to working with military men and women, to help them heal from traumas from being in war zones. The thing I liked most about her is that she's not perfect, she has a little bit of a wildness in her, due to her Muse, that she tries a lot to keep under control. I liked Callie and Hunter together, they make a great team, and I liked the little glimpse into Mel and Nate's future. The pacing was great, and there were a few developments in the overall story, that of some really deranged people trying to keep the Muses from opening up the Theater of the Muses, that I'm very curious to see how it will play out in the future books. All in all, a great book and one that any urban fantasy lover should add to their TBR piles.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Muses are daughters of Zeus in Greek mythology. There’s a group out to get all the muses and wipe them out. The group- Order Of The Titans wants to stop muses from bringing any good to the world. Although lethal at times this group seem inept. The group is also drilling into the earth’s core through an oil well and trying to get out an even worse group that they believe is there even though there is no proof. Callie is the muse of Epic Poetry in a spiritual way. Callie is also the leader of this generation’s muses. At eighteen the muse woke up in Callie as she is human.Callie knows about the muse within her and what she must do for the world. Callie is also a psychiatrist and works with the military. Hunter is a Navy Seal and all he needs is for the base shrink to sign off on him so he can go back to his job this is a rougher than normal mission, Hunter’s past mission one of the team got captured and didn’t make it back. So Hunter’s op didn’t end like it was suppose to. Hunter was sent home for some R & R Nut Hunter isn’t sure where home is anymore . Hunter carries guilt from the mission though it isn’t warranted. Hunter is determined to go back and bring him home. Hunter is Callie’s patient and he is smitten with her since he met her. But Callie won’t jeopardize her career and go out with Hunter. Hunter has a birthmark that has started to bother him since he met Callie. He also develops a psychic ability.Each guardian has something to help his muse succeed. Callie also has the desire to be a bit of a dare devil. Her muse awakens an adrenaline junkie in Callie looking who is always looking for the next rush and challenge. That can be detrimental to any relationship she may want to form. Callie keeps most people at arm's length. Hunter’s determination and charm eventually wear Callie’s determination down to push him away. Each muse must connect to her guardian to survive from the group trying to kill all the muses. The last time Callie was involved with a man her muse took over and it ended badly. I really enjoyed this story a lot. I loved the new twist on muses . This was a quick read. I liked that there was a lot of mythological history in this story. This is also fast paced as well as action packed. This story has: kidnapping, murder, attempted murder, suspense, action, lies, missing teammate, mythological creatures, humor and Navy Seals, and so much more. At times this story was scary and had me on the end of my chair. I think Callie and Hunter make a perfect pair and I was rooting them on. I didn’t want to put this down. I loved Callie’s and Hunters character and I loved the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A pulse-pounding blend of sweet, heat and dangerous perils! Legend of Love by Lisa Kessler is another exciting, fast-paced, action-packed installment in The Muse Chronicles series. The series has strong Greek mythology overtones and is based on a prophecy that deems that every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn along with nine guardians – one of each of the Muses. In Legend of Love, the Muse of Epic Poetry, Navy psychologist Callie O’Connor, finds her guardian, Navy SEAL Captain Hunter Armstrong. Legend of Love picks up pretty much from where Lure of Obsession ended. The cult of Kronos worshippers who were dealt a blow in the first book are strengthening again. This time, they have their eyes on Callie to be their next victim. As the story opens, Hunter is on mental health leave with orders to see a psychologist while spending the holidays with his family in Crystal City after his last mission didn’t end as expected. A comrade was captured by insurgents, and once intelligence finds where he is being held, an extraction mission will be imminent. Having an alpha mindset, Hunter is not keen on seeing a doctor even though he’s experiencing PTSD symptoms. But, he does as ordered and makes an appointment with Dr. O’Connor. He was not expecting him to be a her. Neither was he expecting to be attracted to the therapist or to start hearing voices in his head or to suddenly have an old birthmark become an angry shade of red. Callie does not date her patients ever. But, she has to admit to herself that she is attracted to her new patient. Callie has her own issues from a failed past relationship where she felt that choices made by the adrenaline junkie in her hurt her former partner. Therefore, now she keeps her daredevil side locked away and refuses to get involved with anyone else. Then… Hunter changes doctors… and he’s no longer her patient. But, Callie has another problem. As the unspoken leader of her sister Muses, she had instituted a no-dating pact for them to limit their distractions until the Theater of the Muses becomes a reality. Completion of the Theater would inspire mankind to reach for their dreams in the arts and sciences. One Muse has already breeched the pact. How can she fail her fellow Muses by breaking the pact herself? Both leads were likable and their romance seemed genuine – though Callie fought their attraction a bit more than I would have liked. I really enjoyed their surfing scenes in which Hunter, a world-class surfer, taught Callie to surf. Lisa’s writing was so vivid that I felt like I could actually feel the rush that Callie experienced when she caught her first wave. Legend of Love is a pulse-pounding blend of sweet, heat and dangerous perils. This book fleshed out more of the history of the Order of the Titans and why they are doing what they are doing. Legend of Love could be enjoyed as a stand-alone read if that is your preference. That said, I enjoyed hanging out with Nate, Mel and Maggie and the rest of the Muses from the first book herein. Breath of Passion is up next. It will be Erica's love story. She is the Muse of Lyrics who is also known as the Muse of Passion and Erotic Poetry! I’m also excited about seeing more of Hunter’s friend, Reed, who happens to be an awesome surfer too! Oh My! I can’t wait! Bring it on! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Lisa Kessler helps readers learn a little about Greek mythology with her Muse Chronicles series. Legend of Love is the second book in the series and is a standalone read. The story features Callie O’Connor, a Navy Psychologist, and Hunter Armstrong, a Navy SEAL. The two meet when Hunter is sent to her to deal with the outcome of his last mission and get cleared to return to duty. Their session doesn’t go so well, but their attraction to each other is clear. It isn’t long before they figure out their destiny is to be together. Callie is the Muse of Epic Poetry and the leader of this generation’s muses. According to legend, Hunter has been marked to protect her and in doing so has gained a remarkable ability to add to his SEAL training. “I’m a warrior, and I’ll defend you with my life.” I loved that Legend of Love was outside of the contemporary romance genre that I usually read. While it took me sometime to get all the Greek mythology straight, I loved the fantasy aspect woven in. I loved the mystery/suspense element that started with the first book (Lure of Obsession) and most likely continues throughout the series. Surprisingly, the fact that the mystery/suspense doesn’t get resolved isn’t a negative, but adds to the appeal of the series. While the mystery/suspense continues, the couples featured in each book do have their stories resolved. Hunter and Callie are a perfect match. They each have family baggage that they help each other to process. “I don’t want to clip your wings. I want to fly with you.” They understand each other like no one else ever has. While Callie tries to put up walls to protect Hunter, he refuses to be dissuaded. “You don’t give up do you?” “Never.” Lisa has written a story with humor, amazing likeable characters, sex and as mentioned a little suspense. Legend of Love is definitely a book you aren’t going to want to put down. **Received a copy of the book courtesy of the author and I voluntarily reviewed it.**
DebraMenard155 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book,I don't usually read this genre,but I gave it a chance and glad I did.
PenKay More than 1 year ago
I came across Ms. Kessler's first book in The Muse Chronicles, Lure of Obsession, on NetGalley a few months ago and the book was great. Now, here is the second book and I'm so happy to say it is even better than the first! Callie feels her muse who likes to be a daredevil made her do something she shouldn't have in her past, so when Hunter comes into her life as a patient and he stirs those feelings, she pushes him away. Hunter lost a man while overseas for his country and is suffering for the loss. He is instantly attracted to his new psychologist, but she pushes him away, and he won't let her, even if all of a sudden he can hear others' thoughts about her. He find a new psychologist and pursues her even after realizing her life is very complicated with mind-reading and murder. This book was so romantic and fun, and I love the overall plot going on in these books. Ms. Kessler's two books have been very well-written, and I love how she can make the reader feel so much. This book even made me cry at the end and I'm not much of a crier; the ending scene was just very touching! The hints about the next book have left me so very anxious to read the next one in the series. Here's to a great series, which everyone who loves paranormal romance needs to get their hands on. You don't need to have read the first one to read this one, but I do recommend it to get the full benefits and subtleties. Highly recommend! Thanks to NetGalley and INscribe Digital/Lisa's Lair for the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed. This exact review posted on both Amazon and Goodreads.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I love this series and Lisa Kessler's writing! I love the romance and the suspense! Legend of Love is the 2nd book in the Muse Chronicles, and although each book is about a different Muse and their Guardian, I think it's best to read the first book before this one or you will have some spoilers for the first in this book, and the first book is excellent as well, so no hardship there. The Muses are in danger because someone is out to kill them so they can't open a theater and inspire people to do great things, and to help out the Muses, each has a Guardian that will supposedly help them out, and each of these Guardians will have something special to help the Muses succeed. In this book, we get Callie's story, she is the Muse of Epic Poetry, which means she has the desire to be a bit of a daredevil. Callie also works as a psychiatrist on a military base, and that's where she meets Hunter. Hunter is a soldier that just had a mission where one of his fellow soldiers didn't make it back home, so he needs to get approval to return to service. Hunter and Callie feel an attraction towards each other, but Callie is hesitant because she has a bad experience from her past that affects her. Callie and Hunter are really sweet together and have some super hot moments and some swoon worthy moments, and I love how honest they are with each other; there's no games. Legend of Love is entertaining and I enjoyed the action, and I'm super excited to read the next book!
Storp More than 1 year ago
This book picks up where the previous one left off. The sisters are working together to refurbish the theatre, and the Kronos worshippers are doing anything they can to get in their way. Callie, who houses the muse of epic poetry, is a complex character. A civilian psychiatrist contracted to work with the military, Callie has past traumas of her own that she keeps wrapped tightly within. When she lets her muse loose, people get hurt, so it's safer that way. Well, it seems that way until Navy SEAL Hunter walks through her door for a mandated appointment after losing a comrade in a raid. The two are obviously drawn to each other, like moths to flame, but Callie is reluctant to open herself to anyone. Hunter's character was perfect and swoon-worthy. Who doesn't love a military man with a heart of gold? I especially enjoy this series because the characters are complex, but real, and the background is rich in its setting, mythological history, and secondary characters. The end of the book even gives a hint of which couple the next book will follow. I, for one, cannot wait to read it. This was fast, easy, and fun read with the perfect amount of spice, character development, and action. Another fun five star read from Lisa Kessler.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this superb series and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. It continues on from the first book, so I think it will help to ensure you read that first. In this story, Navy SEAL Hunter Armstrong has returned from a mission where one of his team was kidnapped and he’s been traumatised by it. He’s been sent to be evaluated by Callie O’Connor, a civilian psychologist who works for the Navy who is also the Muse of Epic Poetry. When he goes for his appointment he’s determined to just get his paperwork signed and back to rescuing his comrade but Callie has other ideas! When he starts hearing other people’s thoughts, however, he starts to doubt himself and his own sanity. Regardless the two are attracted to each other but Callie has sworn off men after what happened in the previous book (sorry, not saying what - you need to read it to find out!) Can Hunter and Callie open themselves up to love? The Muse sisters are still in danger and the next target is Callie. Can Hunter protect her and can they convince each other to give their love a chance? I have to admit that I tend to stalk this author, looking out for any new publications by her. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her shifter novels and am now totally enamoured of this Greek mythological series. As usual, the story has well developed main and secondary characters, an intricately woven plot which is full of twists and turns and is a real page turner! There are hints at the end which I hope signal the next couple to have starring roles in the sequel - and I can’t wait to read it! If you enjoy well crafted stories with relatable characters and emotively written so you get sucked into the action packed scenarios, all spiced with romance, look no further - I highly recommend this book and the series! Many thanks to the author for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Sweet, sexy and super! The second book of the Muse Chronicles has us following Muse of Epic Poetry Callie as she finds her guardian in the very sexy SEAL Hunter Armstrong. She is going to need his skills in and out of the bedroom. Strap in and enjoy this exciting ride into Lisa Kessler’s world of modern Greek mythology and love.