While I love almost every book Cherise Sinclair has written, The Wild Hunt Legacy is one series I haven’t been able to really enjoy. Emma is a sweet characters. Almost too sweet for me to handle. There is just nothing wrong with her, which adds up to being kind of boring. So, Emma. Well, she was raised by a cold mother from the bear line of shifters. Normally they are born in litters, but Emma was the only one her mother kept and raise, but her mother isn’t really into hob nobbing with the local pack as she is kind of rich and thinks she is above them. Emma is more instinctively driven versus the nurture driven in her actions.
Early on in the book, Emma is going through her first sexual full moon, when females mate with available men in a secure location. Throughout the evening the woman will have sex with several partners, satisfying their heat. During her first full moon, Emma learns a lot, but then something bad happens to cause her to be banished. Yeah, this is where I got angry that the pack leader banishes her on an emotional event instead of taking in all the facts. Regardless, Emma has been banished going on three years with the story begins.
With three people in this relationship, there are three histories to involve in. Emma rescues some humans from a hellhound putting her on the radar for the local Cosantir, Calum. She is wounded pretty bad and thinks this will be the end of her life and banishment.
We meet Ryder when he finds out he has a child from a former woman he thought he loved. He “takes” the child away when he finds her cowering in the woods from her mother. By taking the young from her mother, Ryder is breaking all kinds of pack laws, but he won’t leave his child in this condition. Now he has to go back home where he left his brother for a woman, a woman who abandoned him and treated his child horribly.
Finally we meet Benjamin during a full moon, trying to keep away from the claws of being mated to any of the females he is sexing up. He doesn’t want a mate or young, so he never releases inside of a woman. Ryder leaving home for a woman Ben rejected tears him apart. He also thinks getting any woman pregnant with a grizzly bear will kill her during birth.
So now we have the players. Emma is rescued by Ben and taken into his house to heal. They know nothing about her banishment. Ryder comes home, wanting to repair his relationship with his brother. So the three take a long time to get it one even though they are all attracted to each other. Throw in a young child who doesn’t speak and you have an interesting story.
The sex is slow in coming and isn’t very graphic. The author takes it very slow growing a relationship that is totally broken in the beginning. The banishment hangs over Emma’s head along with Minette (the mother of the child) is in town trying to take the child away and Ben needs to overcome his fear. In this relationship you have a panther (Ryder), bear (Emma) and a grizzly (Ben).
The story is beautiful with the love growing between these three people. The hardest part for me was how it goes on and on about how sweet and wonderful Emma is to them all. She is and I really wanted her to have something wrong. Just to be sassy or something to give her personality more of a umph.
This is the third book in the series and there is a gap in years between this and the last that left me feeling confusion. You do get some continuation of the story from the last two books, seeing how the couples have grown over the years.
So if you are looking for your usual Cherise Sinclair novel, this isn’t it. It’s not bad, but steeped in a lot of pack law and confusion that left me feeling a little off. It’s good, but not as great as I have come to expect from Cherise Sinclair.
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