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Okay, I may have said before that Rules of the Ride is my favorite in the series, but now I may have changed my mind. This—this book cannot compare to that one and 8 Second Decision. Branding A Legacy is on a completely whole other level and I am in awe. Pure and utter awe. It was so different and just brutally beautiful. The way it was written, the way things were described in detail and explained graphically made me feel so much more going deeper into the story. And the action started right off the bat which just messed with all my nerves and heart. I mean, a couple of chapters in and my heart already wanted to leap out of my chest. My adrenaline was already pumping double time and I was right on the edge of my seat. It all just took off from there and I fell in deep with Marvel Slatter.
Marvel is the youngest of the Slatter brothers and he was always the quiet, calculating and intelligent one. But when he saw how much their family's life and legacy—the Silver Star Ranch—has been drastically going downhill, been messed with and stomped on, he knew he had to act and do something about it to the point that he (almost) didn't care if it was a suicide mission. He had one thing in mind—he has to save his family's ranch and get that redemption they all needed even if he had to go behind his brothers' backs and do it alone. And then they could all live free. Although what he did was rash and stupid, I really can't blame him because if he didn't do it, he wouldn't have met his match in Clover or things would still be the same for his family. Or even worse. I seriously fell in love with Marvel. His personality was just perfectly imperfect. Yes, he had his douchey, stubborn moments, especially in the beginning with Clover, but he had so much going on, brewing inside himself that he was struggling to deal with. If Clover wasn't there or they didn't meet, hell, I would've went to Marvel's rescue and saved him myself. (Jesus, now that I'm recalling everything that happened while I'm writing this, it's all crashing back down and my heart wants to explode all over again from the emotions brought about by this book.)
Clover Lee has her own secrets, issues and reservations. But she's truly a caring, selfless and very loving lady. She may be a nurse, but all that care and concern she has for the Slatters comes straight from her heart and soul. She treated and considered them her family, especially since her own family is so whacked up, even back when she didn't know the Slatters that well then. She may have grown up her whole life in the city, but once the Slatters took her in, she never hesitated to change and try out living in the ranch with them. Heck, she embraced it even. Personally, I admire the hell out of Clover. If anyone deserves salvation, I think it's this woman. She has a pure heart and she not only cared for one Slatter, but all of them. Especially Granddad. Her dynamic with the family is just perfect and such a joy to see. Yes, she's lucky to have found a new family with the Slatters, but I think they're pretty much lucky to have her as an addition to the family as well.
And let's not forget Granddad here. He truly is a legacy himself. He had so much strength and words that will strike so deep, they'll be left engrained in your head no matter what. He was the pillar in this entire series. It never would've been as amazing as it is, if not for this wise old man. He'll always be the great Marve Slatter who's stern, yet loves intensely, puts his family before and beyond anything else, and packs a cocky sense of humor like no other.
It has been such a great journey reading this series, from the very first book until this one. It will teach you so many life lessons while you go about the life of each Slatter. It isn't just about the country/ranch living. It isn't just about the sexy, smart and confident cowboys. It isn't only about the romance. It's about family, pride and redemption. It's about a legacy that has been saved and redeemed and will live on for many, many years. HJ Bellus has most definitely poured so much heart and soul into this series and the entire journey it takes you on is worth every minute of your time and every beat of your heart. Branding A Legacy specifically will be unforgettable for me with everything that happened and all the emotions it was able to bring out and stir inside of me.