Review: Reason to Believe by Rebecca Yarros (Legacy #1)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
The much awaited first full-length novel in Rebecca Yarros's Legacy series is here, and I could not wait to get my greedy hands on it. Reason to Believe is the third book in the series, following the first two novellas, Point of Origin and Ignite. Yes, you may read this novel independently of the novellas, BUT I am totally nudging you in the direction of reading the books in order because while each is a standalone, they are part of an interconnected series with the story arc spotlighting the reformation of the Hotshot Crew in the town of Legacy, Colorado. Both eBook editions of Point of Origin and Ignite are currently free on all e-retailers, so what do you have to lose, especially considering both are excellent and quick reads. Also, there are recurring characters, so if you're the type who doesn't like spoilers for other couples in a series, go read these already!
Reason to Believe is a falling-for-your-best-friend's-sibling (alternatively, falling-for-your-sibling's-best friend) romance with some firefighter romance and small-town romance added to the mix. Harper Anders has been in love with her older brother, Ryker's, best friend for years, but after one unforgettable kiss, Knoxville Daniels made sure to remind her that it could never happen again. Now twenty-five, Harper has gone with her life, even opening her own preschool in their hometown. When her favorite student's mother dies unexpectedly, Harper steps in as temporary placement for him and his baby brother. Needing a suitable place for all three of them, she's left with no other choice but to get in touch with none other than the only guy she's ever loved--Knox. The twenty-seven-year-old firefighter readily helps out by offering his house. Harper thinks she has enough time before Knox returns, but he comes home early...and everything changes.
I love how all three currently available stories in the Legacy series carry the same theme of legacy (and how aptly named this Colorado town is). My heart squeezes in my chest at the idea of the children and survivors of those who were lost to that devastating wildfire carrying on the legacy of their parents while also trying to forge their own legacy. As for the romance between Harper and Knox, I empathized with the latter, especially knowing what he felt was at stake should he follow his heart, but I felt for the former as well given that Knox's perceived rejection led her to believe that he didn't want her at all. The story angle regarding Liam and Jamie was both heartbreaking and hopeful, and the sense of family and community brought a smile to my face. I loved the happily-ever-after that Harper and Knox got, but now, I'm even more curious as to what awaits the rest of the Legacy Hotshot Crew. The wait for this book may have been nearly six years, but Rebecca Yarros delivered a truly lovely story that was so worth that wait. Reason to Believe receives five stars.
Read my reviews for the Legacy series:
Point of Origin (novella) - five-plus stars - My Review
Ignite (novella) - five-plus stars - My Review
Reason to Believe (book one) - five stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 26 April 2022
Date Read: 22 April 2022
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