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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-22nd May
Genre-Dark contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-270 Pages

“Welcome, ladies, the next few weeks will decide your future. But before all that, let me introduce you to my son, Nicholas. To one of you, he’ll be a future husband. To the rest, a nightmare who will haunt your dreams for whatever time you have left.”

Victoria, born into a life of luxury, is about to discover that this will cost her a chance of freedom. She’s been hidden away to protect her virtue. Will the sheltered life leave her struggling in upcoming trials?

Nicholas is the son of a Duke. He’ll inherit the title on his thirtieth birthday. He’s been prepared for this moment all his life, but he didn’t count on falling for one of the girls he has to torture to choose a bride.

The ‘Legacy of Succession’ is a dark romance set in a corrupted aristocratic family. Nicholas is arrogant and driven; Victoria is the chaste rich girl. Together, can they free themselves of a society intent on corruption and inflicting pain that’ll destroy more than just their lives?

Let’s build a better world together rather than just extinguish the fires of hate. 
Legacy of Succession

Legacy of Succession by Anna Edwards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars
ARC BOOK REVIEW.
Release Date-22/5/18

I was in a bit of a quandary with “Legacy Of Succession” because as much as I devoured this in one sitting; I also hated it as much as I loved it.
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I read some extremely dark depraved fiction; but for some reason, this story actually made me feel very uncomfortable and itchy at times within my own skin.
I think maybe it was because it was some kind of psychological as well as physical torture and centre stage of this freak show stood Nicholas, the future Duke and supposed hero of the hour.
I could never quite get my head around how he could participate; his good reasons aside; in the abuse and mishandling of these poor unfortunate women.
I did get his reasonings; but to me, they really didn’t make that much sense; blaming Victoria for not just accepting her fate blindly; so he could then save her; by choosing her; was frankly insulting to the poor girl.
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Especially as she had no idea going in what she had been preparing for all these many years.
Victoria didn’t have the luxury of hindsight; unlike Nicholas; no matter how abhorrent he found the circumstances he was now in; he had been groomed for his role and station from a young age;

“You may have known you would become a monster, but I had no idea I would become your victim.”

The callous disregard for the collateral damage traumatised and broken along the way.
People are not disposable even when held to a much higher purpose.
It’s that age-old argument; kill a few to save the many.
And I stand firmly in Victoria’s court here.
So I did actually struggle with the actions of Nicholas; no matter how much he later redeemed himself; I couldn’t quite let go of his previous participation in the depraved antics of the society he had been born into.
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Bit of a dilemma for me that one; one that I had a slight issue overcoming.
Victoria; Oh my I adored this girl; sheltered and cosseted behind a persona of privilege and wealth.
She is everything enviable to those that would covet her position.
But the reality of her life is really just a gilded cage, and when Victoria discovers what she has been moving towards her entire life; well let’s just say this girl is not prepared to lay down the good fight.
Fiesty, opinionated and stubborn shes going to fight her fate till the bitter end; taking down any enemies that stand before her savagely.
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On the one hand, I was worried for her ultimate safety here; but on the other, I was screaming.
YOU GO, GIRL, kick them where it hurts!!!! extremely vocally from the sidelines.
She was one strong girl that was determined not to accept her fate meekly.
“Legacy Of Succession” was told in dual POV and seems to be the start of a new series.
I am very much interested in reading The next story as it involves Nicholas’s autistic brother; William.
A subject very much close to my heart as my own son is on the spectrum himself.
As a character, I really adored William and can’t wait to read more about him and his life.
There was also a variety of diverse secondary characters here; the majority were evil personified.
I can count on my own hands the people here; that were worth something significant in value.
and that number never went into double figures; that’s for sure.
Got to say “Legacy of Succession was certainly chocked full of truly reprehensible individuals.
So moving on, this was a story I raced through; in some ways, I was worried to put it down in case I was to chicken to pick it back up; so I finished in one readathon sitting.
Please do be aware, before starting this; that this book deals with some extremely dark situations.
If this is at all a trigger for you please do avoid; you have been warned.
If you like a walk on the dark side occasionally; then this one should tick all your boxes.
I ummed and awed as I said previously, but this was so well written and addictive I decided to push with my gut and go with a higher rating; despite my ill-ease at times within this narrative.
This is a story that definitely pushes your boundaries to the extreme.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Legacy Of succession” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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