Saturday, March 18, 2017

Book Review: Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean

Bitter Legacy

Detective Sergeant James Henderson’s remarkable gut instincts have put him on a three-year fast track to becoming an inspector. But the advancement of his career has come at a cost. Gay, posh and eager to prove himself in the Metropolitan Police, James has allowed himself few chances for romance.

But when the murder of barrister Maria Curzon-Whyte lands in his lap, all that changes. His investigation leads him to a circle of irresistibly charming men. And though he knows better, James finds himself enticed into their company.

Soon his desire for photographer Ben Morgan challenges him to find a way into the other man’s lifestyle of one-night stands and carefree promiscuity. At the same time his single murder case multiplies into a cruel pattern of violence and depravity.

But as the bodies pile up and shocking secrets come to light, James finds both his tumultuous private life and coveted career threatened by a bitter legacy.

Jewel's rating:

Color me supremely wowed. Bitter Legacy was an amazing story that both broke my heart (repeatedly) and made it sing. Not many authors can accomplish what Dal MacLean has done with this amazing story. I was drawn into her world quickly and kept there until the very end. I even woke up in the middle of the night last night thinking about where I had left off in the story and trying to figure out where it would go. And I couldn't have been further from the actuality. Kudos to Dal MacLean for such an intriguing suspense story and a very satisfying love story (even with the heartbreak and frustration) to tie it all together.

As so many other people have pointed out, there is cheating in this book. Loads of it. Ben was a complicated character and he tried to be up front with Jamie, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt, but it hurt, I won't lie. By the end of the story, though, I felt like I really understood Ben and why he did the things he did, and that helped immensely. Even more than that, though, by the end of the story, I really felt like Ben had turned a corner and earned Jamie's forgiveness, along with his second chance. Really earned it.

I'm not really going to talk about the story, at all. In this case, I really think you should go in mostly blind. But I will say that Ben and Jamie were both such fantastic, well drawn, complex characters. Jamie, the steadfast police detective trying to solve murders, but also was a man with so much capacity to care for others. And Ben, the photographer from a wealthy, liberal family who tended to break hearts because he kept his locked away, but he also cared about people. He just didn't much trust them.

I was, in the end, surprised by where the story went, but it was rather brilliant and very messy, just as life tends to be, and I loved it. Bitter Legacy was masterfully executed, from beginning to end.

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