The Cullen Legacy by Pattyrose
Legacy - A gift; sometimes unknowingly bestowed. Bella met Edward in a London pub, never imagining where each would be 7 years later: he a Congressman fueled by ever-growing political ambition, she the woman with an explosive secret that can end all his dreams. But Bella might soon find that revenge isn't all it's cracked up to be, and that Edward may harbor his own dark secrets. Rated: Fiction M
Reviewed by: evilnat
Sometimes when you’re writing a review you don’t want to give too much away but you also want to make sure everyone knows how much you like a story. The Cullen Legacy by pattyrose is one of those WIPs where you find out a little more with each chapter and sometimes speculating as to what is going to happen (or what happened in the past) is half the fun.
The first thing you wonder when you start to read is what the hell did Edward do to piss Bella off? She really has it in for him, and it seems has felt that way for years. We see the world through her eyes and the way she observes and assesses, you can just tell she has something major planned. Her main objective: make Edward Cullen pay. Chapter one alone gives us a few morsels but not too much, making you just want to keep reading to find out what exactly happened seven years ago. Bella is feisty and obviously scorned; she has a plan and is determined to stick to it.
The washroom walls are all mirrored, top to bottom, perfectly polished, not a blemish anywhere. I watch myself walk in. My hair flows in spiraling waves round my shoulders, long and shining. The red dress billows at my ankles then splits invitingly in the front before hugging my thighs and lifting my breasts provocatively. The black stilettos give my legs a slinky, sensuous length. Seven years ago, the plans I had for my life were so simple; so different from what they've become. Seven years ago he stepped into my life and invited me to picture myself at his side; let me believe that I would be with him as he rose through the political world in America.
Seven years ago, he lied.
Now, he'll pay.
We find out quickly that Edward is a Congressman, fast on his way to becoming president. Bella is from the UK and is one of the highest ranking exec’s at Newton Enterprises. She’s at a benefit that the President is attending, in honor of Congressman Cullen, with her boss and maybe-something-more Michael Newton, who doesn’t know anything of her past. We see her polished and poised and calculating, she knows exactly how to read Edward, you can tell she has waited seven years for this very moment. When Edward finds her alone, what occurs is sexy and a little dirty and bloody excellent; she’s mad and he has absolutely no idea what is going on.
I cock my head to the side. "That, Congressman, was for coming in here and assuming that I am still your weekend slut."
"Christ, Bella, I never-"
"You've missed me, have you, Love?" I drop the well-polished English and let my accent revert to the cockney he once claimed he loved. "Well, don't fret. You'll be getting your fill of me in the near future, you will. This here was just a taste, Congressman Cullen, of how I have you by the bollocks. You've missed me?" I repeat. "Trust me, pretty soon you'll wish you'd never laid eyes on me again."
Chapter two takes us back in time to the day Edward and Bella first meet. We start to learn a little more about her; where she’s from, who her friends are, what she does. And perhaps we have Jake and his unwanted advances towards Bella to thank for Edward and her getting together. Bella works at a pub and Edward and some of his men are there drinking, acting up and enjoying themselves while on leave from the US Army. When Bella takes a detour through the park on the way home from work, to avoid Jake, Edward follows and approaches her.
Actually, there aren't many people out here at all. I suppose it's due to the rain, which has started falling more insistently. I pull my hood round my head tighter, but it's either this or go home and spend a late evening into early morning with Jake wanting to give me a go.
I'll take the rain.
My mind wanders to my mum and little sister back home. Maybe I'll take the rail tomorrow morning and go visit them and-
Someone pulls my hood down off my head and my heart drops to my bloody feet before I whirl around and find myself staring back into those green eyes from the pub.
"You just frightened the ever-living shite out of me!"
Green Eyes stands there, resting his weight over one hip, hands in his pockets. One half of his mouth lifts up into the most glorious grin imaginable. I am struck mute. Thank goodness he starts talking.
"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to. I was actually trying to come up with a way to approach you without giving you a scare."
My brows furrow curiously while he stands there, something between a smirk and a smile forming on his face. I am now able to form words once more.
"How long have you been behind me?"
"Since you left the pub."
"You've been following me since I left the pub?"
He nods. "Your friends were right. It's not the safest thing for you to be out here alone at this time of night."
I purse my lips and study him. The rain is still falling, not hard, but not lightly either. Drops fall over his face, but he doesn't seem to mind. He's wearing an open bomber jacket, and his t shirt is getting rather wet – outlining a well-toned chest. He runs a hand through his hair to push it back. A few bits spike up here and there, and now it looks even more perfect than before.
From this moment we see something stirring between them. He is really charming and damn good-looking and she sees something more in him, and right there is where you want to know what went wrong, because it seems like it might be pretty damn perfect when they do get together.
I'm bewildered and confused and excited beyond anything I've ever been.
"I don't even know your name," I breathe incredulously, searching his eyes because I feel as if it's the only part of him I can truly trust.
"Sergeant Edward Anthony Cullen, of the U.S. Army Special Forces," he smirks. "What's your name?"
"Bella," I respond, still in a daze. "I'm Bella."
"Bella," he repeats, only in his voice it sounds like a prayer, like a plea.
"Bella, I don't want this night to end," he whispers.
I search his eyes once more, scanning one and then the other, unsure as to what I'm looking for, yet somehow it's there. It's there; I'm sure it is.
"Neither do I," I admit, shaking my head vehemently.
"Good," he grins, and then brings his mouth back to mine, and the way he kisses me this time simply confirms that the night is only just beginning.
Pattyrose is excellent at setting the scene without giving a lot away and each chapter she gives us reveals something new. The switching between past and present isn’t annoying and doesn’t affect the flow of the story, if anything, it helps you understand what is going on. Bella is strong and yet you see some vulnerability about her, she’s vengeful that’s for sure but you want to know why. Edward is confident and a little cocky and in the past he is quite sweet, and damn sexy. Present Edward takes a few chapters to emerge, seeing as he’s seen through Bella’s point of view.
The Cullen Legacy is a great story; it has it all, it’s sexy, sweet, touching, with a touch of drama and a lot of mystery. It’s certainly one to check out!
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