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As shy Ryan Collins begins a new career as a teacher, he is anxious about making a good first impression in order to be comfortable in his workplace. Another good reason to connect with his coworkers is the beautiful colleague that catches his eye, about whom he wishes to learn more. Looking at his past, his parents might have contributed to his being reserved with their excessive drinking and coldness, and Ryan still holds a grudge against them despite their efforts to reconnect with him. However, his relationship with his new friends might be compromised if his parents mess up again and revert to their old habits. Will Ryan and his family mend the broken path between them or fall down a slippery slope? Find out in Blood and Water, the first book in the Legacy Series by Dylan Rogers.
Blood and Water kept me completely engaged and captivated as it moved swiftly through themes of family conflict, addiction, friendship, relationships, trust, forgiveness, depression, and more. The complex characters will give readers layers of unique personality traits to discover. A memorable example of this is where the protagonist notices a student's neat and uncreative writing, and another's creative but barely legible writing. I saw myself in many of the lifelike characters as author Dylan Rogers dealt with some serious, real-life issues connected to society. I honestly hoped Ryan would find a way to heal from the pain he felt toward his family and escape his addiction. The story comes together neatly in a way that made me seriously eager to read the next installment in the series. If you love addictive stories that throw your emotions into a whirl, you should definitely read Blood and Water.