Lethal Legacy

Lethal Legacy

by Carol J. Post

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Someone wants her family secrets buried

He’s her only chance to survive

Andrea Wheaton thought her parents’ tragic deaths were accidental—until she’s attacked during a burglary at their home. Now she’s also being targeted. Her ex-sweetheart Sheriff Deputy Bryce Caldwell insists on protecting her, though she refuses to trust him again. But with a killer closing in, can she and Bryce uncover her family’s secrets before it’s too late for them both?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488088193
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 193,831
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, Carol's resume reads like someone who doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up. But her one constant has always been her love for writing. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and enjoys sailing, hiking and camping. Her daughters and grandson live too far away for her liking, so she pours all that nurturing into caring for three fat cats and one spoiled dog

Customer Reviews

Lethal Legacy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set the South, an Atlanta business woman & her childhood friend--now a sheriff's deputy--become friends again; too bad people are trying to kill her! & thus the plot unfolds!
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Author Post has delivered another thriller with a bit of a romantic mystery that had me wanting to know the history of these two leading characters. I really felt for Andrea Wheaton as she had absolutely no one left in her family after her parents are tragically killed. Coming home to her and her father’s favorite vacation spot, a cabin that has been in their family for generations, she gets more than she has bargained for when someone is searching for something her father left behind. The one who comes to her rescue is her first love Sheriff Bryce Caldwell who royally broke her heart when they were 18. Bryce realizes he really messed up all those years ago and I was hooked on that story line and wondered how they would ever get back together especially since someone was really trying their hardest to kill Andrea. This was an engrossing thriller and romantic mystery that had me guessing all the way through. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Murphy, North Carolina series, however, I was never lost or wondering what was happening. I did read the first book (which I recommend you do, too!) but Carol did a great job in making this a stand-alone book. I am a huge fan of all Carol's books and this story added to my devotion as a fan of her work. Andrea has lost so much as both her parents have died in a car accident and now she finds herself alone and trying to cope with the fact that she will not see her parents again - leaving so much unsaid and not being able to get away to their country home in Murphy alone with her father as they did so many times throughout the years. After the funeral, she decides to retreat to this home that holds so many memories. The peace and quiet she so longs for is interrupted by a series of horrible events that makes her question everything she thought she understood about her parent's accident and is also making her question whether she really knew the type of man her father was. Her next door neighbor in Murphy is her old boyfriend, Bryce. He ended their relationship in a bad way and she's not excited to see him. Her father was like a father to him so he has been trying to help out in the upkeep of the Murphy home. When Andrea shows up, she tries to distance herself from this man but with all the threats coming at her, it's not always easy. I really enjoyed the mysterious story line of this book. I'm always wondering exactly who is behind the bad situations because Carol writes a great mystery. I also like how she combines the romantic parts of the story without over-whelming the mystery part of it. I always love a mystery so I really enjoy that this is the main theme of this book. I highly recommend this book (as I do with all Carol's books) because it's a wonderful story with characters you'll remember long after you read the last page. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by the author. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
When you read a book that has a suspenseful, action-packed, fast-paced story that keeps you wondering what would happen next and it leaves you unwilling to put the book down once you start, it is very easy to read a book in a couple days. From the very first page, I was pulled into the story in the recent release from Carol J. Post, Lethal Legacy. The pace of the story never slowed, even as the author provided the details necessary to develop the characters and share the back story. This book is the second one set in Murphy, North Carolina featuring a group of friends. This book follows Bryce's story. Andi's family has owned the house next door to Bryce's family home for generations and her dad and her would come up and stay when she was a kid. It had been 12 years since they saw one another when she came back following her parent's tragic death. When she arrives at the house, she finds that someone has broken in. Finding a cryptic note from her father in one of his books as she cleans up and then learning that her dad had been planning to visit Bryce to talk to him about something, leaves Andi wondering what the secret was that had been weighing on her dad. There seems to be danger lurking everywhere and she soon realizes that whatever her dad's secret, someone seems to be targeting her as a result. I found myself hoping that she would find more clues and solve the mystery, so that she could be safe. But, did like that with the break-ins and unexplained accidents and Bryce being a sheriff deputy, and generally feeling the need to protect her, they find themselves spending more time together and becoming friends again. I enjoy the way that Carol brings the characters to life, sharing about them as the story progresses and by telling the story from multiple points of view. The characters in this story are the type of people that I could easily be friends with. The story line was great and with the suspense, intrigue and a touch of love story, it was a very enjoyable read that I simply didn't want to put down. A complimentary review copy was provided. All opinions expresses are my own.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
Post does it again. Whenever I pick up one of her books I know it’s going to one of a kind. I also know I will be hard pressed to stop reading once I start. I always feel like I would gladly be friends with her characters and enjoy getting to know them along the way. They are far from perfect, and that just makes them all the more relatable. In this book we follow Andrea and Bryce as they fight to keep her alive. The last thing Andrea wanted to do was run into her childhood sweetheart. He broke her heart all those years ago, and she still can’t seem to forgive him. Granted they both moved on with their lives, but seeing him just brings it all back. Unfortunately for her, he’s not going anywhere. The threats against her life are serious, and she would be stupid to turn down his help. Can they see beyond their past to what the future could hold before it’s too late? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Suspense. Post keeps me turning the pages, and trying to guess what could happen next. Of course I’m always taken by surprise and love every minute of it. Their faith is subtly woven in through out the story, and I enjoyed seeing their strength. I received a complimentary copy of this book and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
connywithay More than 1 year ago
“If you hadn’t found me, I wouldn’t be alive today,” Paige tells Tanner in Carol J. Post’s novel, Fatal Recall. ~ What ~ Part of the Love Inspired Suspense series, this two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page pocket-sized paperback targets those who enjoy inspirational suspense with romance. With no profanity or sexual content, topics of physical abuse, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The book promotes that God protects and is with us always. An author’s note and inserts of other Love Inspired series books are at the end. In this current-day short story based mainly in North Carolina, Paige Tatem awakens on the Appalachian Trail with a bump on her head and amnesia, unable to remember who she is or how she got there. Off-duty policeman Tanner Brody finds her unconscious and wonders what secrets she is hiding when all circumstances point to her as a perpetrator, not a victim. As the two try to re-enact her past, they uncover their ugly upbringings while repeatedly being targets of a murder plot. ~ Why ~ The fast-paced tale shows how two lonely and guarded individuals must overcome their pasts to move on and forgive themselves. I like the author’s way of portraying her broken and imperfect characters who are urged to seek God for help. Like her other books, there is no eternal plan of salvation given, but the underlying story is about trusting the Almighty. ~ Why Not ~ The short novel is predictable as far as the romance aspect is concerned. Those who do know Jesus Christ personally may not appreciate the undertone of Christianity being a relationship with Christ, not a set of rules. Some may not care for the physical abuse or murder depicted, but it is not too graphic. ~ Wish ~ Since this short novel barely allows its characters to develop fully, it is good that there is a second book in the series that may bring conclusion. However, I am curious how the writer will approach an “unequally yoked” relationship. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for a quick, suspenseful fiction that includes romance and self-forgiveness, this one will keep you guessing what it is like having amnesia while being targeted to be killed. Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Lethal Legacy, by Carol J. Post, brings readers to Murphy, North Carolina where we find Andrea, a high powered exec from Atlanta, on her way to check out the family cabin she inherited with her parents' untimely deaths. Upon arrival, she finds way more than she has bargained for. Break-ins, car crashes, fire and so much more. What had her father been involved in that Andi's own life is in danger? Who wants the cabin property so much they are willing to murder for it? Vengeful neighbors? Business partners? Random strangers? This author knows how to write fast-paced suspense, stories that keep the reader on the edge of the seat wondering what is coming next. And, yes, there is romance. Andi's first love from her teen years lives next door. Bryce is honorable, helpful, and handsome and yet Andi's hurts and scars run deep. Will she be able to open her heart to reconcile their relationship? And with the suspense and romance, the author has woven a subtle thread of faith that reminds readers God is not only with them for comfort and protection but for wisdom and guidance as well. If you love exciting and suspenseful mysteries, Lethal Legacy will keep you reading until the very last page. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author. A review was not required and the opinions are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Lethal Legacy was a great story! There were so many suspenseful situations that involved a lot of danger for the main character, Andrea. I was holding my breath through one of them, especially, as I read on to see how she was going to get out of it. I thought the romance in this novel was really nicely written. I loved that Bryce and Andrea were in love as teens. It added lots of tension to portions of the story as they tried to determine if a neighborly friendship was possible between the two of them. I had a lot of fun reading this book and enjoyed it from start to finish. It is part of a series, yet can easily be read as a stand alone novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Carol Post’s Lethal Legacy After the death of her parents, Andrea/Andi Wheaton leaves her condo, parents home and work in Atlanta to spend some time in a cabin located in Murphy, North Carolina. Her father and Andi spent time in this cabin when she was younger. After arriving there she notices her father’s office has been trashed. Who would have broken into the cabin? What were they searching for? Was there more to her parents death than meets the eye? Why as she run off the road? What secret could her father have hidden? The only security Andi feels is with a former friend, Bryce Caldwell. He is a sheriff deputy with the Cherokee County Sheriff Office in Murphy. They had a history back when they were teenagers but he had hurt her badly. Both experienced bad relationships after that leaving them both with a fear to love again. The characters were well developed,very realistic with a variety of an interesting supporting cast. The tension was thick with plenty of drama, intrigue, suspense and mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Romance and inspirational reference push there way throughout the story. The story is so well written you will feel as is you are in the midst of the action. A real page turner!! I volunteered to read Lethal Legacy. Thanks to the author for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
The author has really done an exceptional job of writing a story that is intense and delivers an intriguing plot. I liked Andi right away. She is smart and very determined. When a tragedy happens, Andi finds herself coming back to a special place that holds memories. I loved reading about the house that Andi holds close to her heart. She feels a bit nostalgic as she decides what to do with the place. Bryce is very easy to like. He is compassionate and I think when he sees Andi again, he can feel those emotions rising in himself. He has never forgotten her even after twelve years. When danger surrounds Andi, Bryce steps up to protect her. Why is someone trying to hurt Andi? The house and land she inherited seems to pique someone's interest. Is there something valuable on the land that is worth killing for? The story keeps at a fast pace with unexplained accidents and danger lurking everywhere. I was very impressed with the mystery surrounding her father and wanted to encourage Andi not to give up. I liked reading about the relationship that Andi and Bryce once had. Can they rekindle their romance? Bryce has his hands full trying to keep Andi safe as someone is desperate to get her off her land. Andi's dad has left subtle hints for her to find that will help her unravel the mystery that could save her life. Can she and Bryce stay one step ahead of the people who want to harm her? With danger around every corner will they trust God to keep them safe? This is one story you don't want to miss. I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
Carol's books always have a lot of action, character development and a great story line. I know when I read the first chapter that I will be hooked and have a hard time putting the book down! That is certainly the case with this current book! Each book in this series can be read as a standalone because the author doesn't "leave anything undone" in a book that you wouldn't know what was happening from book to book! Bryce is a law enforcement officer in Murphy, NC and his "lost love" was Andrea Wheaton (who was also a neighbor growing up) so imagine his surprise when he sees the lights on at the house where she used to live, one night when he's coming home from getting off duty! He's always kept an eye on the place since her parent live in Atlanta and Andrea (Andi) has long since moved away. He goes over to check it out only to discover that Andi has just been attacked and her parents recently died in a car accident! So the story begins! Things escalate from there with Andi being targeted constantly so they both know something is going on and they work together to find out what that is. It'll keep you turning the pages, I can promise you! Something had happened to break them up when they were teenagers and Andi can't get over that so it's enjoyable to see how they work through that to get back together. Andi has had a LOT of heartbreak in her life and I could certainly identify with her having a hard time trying to make decisions. I heartily recommend this book to anyone! I received this book complimentarily from the author but was under no obligation to provide a review. These opinions are my own.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Quite an interesting story of suspense, intrigue, romance, and faith. Andi has a high-level position earning a big salary and then she inherits the fortune her parents leave to her after their accidental death. She had been enjoying life but the tragic loss of both parents at the same time followed by attempts on her life cause her to question everything. She is also brought back in close contact with her old boyfriend from her teen years. Both of them have so many questions that demand answers but the answers fail to come easily. The ex-boyfriend, Bryce, lives on one side of the old home that has been in her family for four generations. The neighbors on the other side are very antagonistic toward Andi. Are they trying to run her off her own land? Or does someone want her dead? What really happened to her parents? Had her father gotten into something shady or illegal that resulted in the death of him and her mother, or was their death truly an accident? Is there something of great value on her land? What part does faith play in their lives? The story has some unexpected twists and turns, for sure. I received an advance copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
Lethal Legacy is the second of the series that takes place in Murphy, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia involving three close friends. This is Bryce's story. Bryce Caldwell is a sheriff deputy with the Cherokee County Sheriff Office in Murphy. Andrea Wheaton has a successful career in Atlanta but her family has had a home in Murphy for four generations. Andi hasn't been to Murphy for twelve years but returned after her parents were killed in a car wreck. She is left with their assets, including a huge mansion in Atlanta and the family home in Murphy. She plans to sell the large home but she travels to Murphy to decide what she wants to do with the place that was so special to her and her dad. But she surprises two thugs in the old house when she is moving her things into the house. Bryce arrives home to see a light on in the Wheaton home and when he checks it out, he finds Andi injured. The two haven't seen each other in twelve years when things ended badly between them. But as Andi's life seems to be in danger, they put the past behind them for Andi's safety. It appears that someone wants something that they feel her dad has hidden in the house or their property. When she won't sell the house to a powerful developer, attempts are made on her life. Was her sweet dad involved in something illegal? Was it a neighbor with a grudge? Or does the developer want her place that bad that he would kill to get it? This is a fast paced suspense with danger, mystery, romance, support of friends and getting back to roots of faith long ignored. I enjoyed the first of the series as well as this one and look forward to the next book. I received a complimentary ARC from the author for an honest review. Thoughts and opinions stated are mine only. Thanks to Carol J. Post for allowing me to read Lethal Legacy.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This is another well written Christian suspense romance story by this talented author. Whether you are new to Murphy, NC or a long time reader, rest assure it’s a stand alone. The story centers around Andrea/Andi Wheaton and Bryce Caldwell. They were sweethearts when they were young but misunderstandings caused a riff. She went back to Atlanta with her family, got married, became success in her job and now divorced and grieving the death of both her parents, returns to the cabin her Dad owned in Murphy to decide what to do with it. Bryce is now a deputy, and has never forgotten her. When danger surrounds her, Bryce is determined to keep her safe. Feelings are resurfacing but neither is willing to to go beyond friendship. It’s full of intrigue, whodunit, and romance. Looking forward to what else this author has in store for us. I voluntarily read this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.