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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Devani Daniels is fourteen years old and loves sharing books, history, and music with her father's friend, Tristan. Then Devani's father, Jake, takes Devani home and away from Tristan. Years pass, and Devani is now thirty-something and working for Parker's Books and Cafe in Overton, Oregon. She donates her AB blood in a local blood bank and is tended by a nurse who is called Grace Robertson or Echo. No one at the blood bank has ever heard of this nurse who leaves with Devani an invitation to a midnight party at the Weeping Orchid, a Sanguine vampire club. Devani and her younger sister Jasmine have lost their parents to death but both girls know that Jake Daniels, their father, was a former high leader of the Militia who watch the Sanguines and the more violent vampires, the Secretarians. Jake no longer felt that the Sanguines were a threat and he didn't want Devani and Jasmine held to the Legacy Act which meant they'd have to follow Militia beliefs. Now, Devani is curious and goes to the Weeping Orchid and she also senses someone's presence in her life. Tristan, actually named Roman, bonded with Devani years before and wants her back in his life, even though he is a Sanguine, a vampire, and she is a human.
Legacy by Melissa R. Smith is a beautifully written romance that will have readers demanding the next volume in the series to find out if Roman and Devani can unite. Devani, her sister Jasmine, Roman, Simeon, Echo, and all the other characters, both major and minor, whether vampire or human, are totally believable within the context of this story. The plot proceeds with unexpected twists and turns that are well-resolved before the story's conclusion which will leave the reader wondering what will happen to Devani and Roman. Twilight fans will absolutely adore this first book in what promises to be a marvelous series.