Legendary Beast by Barbara J. Hancock
Series: Legendary Warriors #3
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Publication Date: October 1, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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She slept…his love didn’t
Once upon a time, Madeline was trapped in an enchanted sleep, her baby wrapped tight in her arms. Then the white wolf woke her, and her son disappeared.
For centuries, Lev Romanov searched for his wife and their child, and the search drove him half-mad. Can Madeline trust the wolf to be the man who can help her save their son.
Madeline has been asleep for hundreds of years. Her mate, Lev, never gave up looking for her, or their son, who slept with Madeline. When she finally awakens, it’s to find that her son is no longer in her arms. Vasilisa is a Queen who has protected Madeline. When dark witches attack the palace where they are staying, Vasilisa and Madeline’s son, Trevor, disappear. In order to find them and beat the dark witches, Madeline must trust the white wolf, who is her mate. She’s terrified of the wolf, and draws dark pictures of it constantly, but the longer time she spends with Lev, the more she realizes she’s not as scared as she was before. Madeline’s not sure who to trust and she’s not sure who is the villain as she’s getting conflicting information. Can she remember the love she had for Lev and save her son as well?
This book was…incredibly confusing. I didn’t read the two previous books in the series and I definitely should have in order to understand this book. I found this story to be incredibly disjointed, but would I have if I’d read books 1 & 2? IDK. I wasn’t sure why Madeline had been sleeping, why her and Lev had been separated, what the deal was with Vasilisa (was she evil or was she good?)…I was just confused for most of the book. Most of my questions were answered by the end of the book, but I spent most of the time confused. Not necessarily my idea of a good time.
Madeline was a warrior of sorts, but she was weak for most of the book from sleeping for so many years – 1000 years, I think. She was also afraid of the wolf, which was Lev, so a huge portion of the story was spent with them together, yet apart. I didn’t feel the connection between the two of them because of this, and it diminished the romance significantly.
I have to say that the writing was decent and kept me reading, despite my confusion with the story, so that right there earned this an extra star.
Would I recommend this book? Maybe? If you do, be sure to read books 1 & 2 first so that this one won’t be so confusing.
Rating: 2 out of 5