Legacies Review by Sapphira White
Legacies is the sequel to Hook Up, and builds brilliantly upon the events from the first book. Within these pages we get to continue Macy’s journey in more depth as she deepens her relationship with Tobias, meets inspiring individuals and challenges the very heart of sexuality and cultural norms along the way.
The story opens with her friend, Emma, whom we glimpsed in Hook Up. In this sequel, we get much more of an insight into her past and her relationship with Macy. The pair open so many doors for each other, and their friendship is remarkable to witness. They share a close bond that allows them to be totally free with each other, much more so than in the first book, where Emma is more of a background character. Emma’s perspective on life in general and acceptance of others rivals Macy’s, and it is refreshing to see.
The events set out in Legacies are much more hard-hitting and gritty than those in Hook Up. This will be no easy erotic novel to read. It deals with topics such as cancer, death, abuse and violent crime, among others. However, despite this I fully recommend you read it, as these topics highlight the fact that life is precious and is not to be wasted, and they help give the story substance so that it is not a flimsy piece of erotica added to the increasingly infatuated market for erotic novels since the publication of 50 Shades of Grey.
I would like to reiterate the fact that this is no mere erotic fantasy novel; it is so much more. If indeed you are looking for the next 50 Shades of Grey, you’ve come to the wrong place. This book does not focus on shocking sex scenes, and nor does it glorify or romanticise an abusive relationship. Yes, there are some pretty intense sex scenes conveyed in tasteful detail, with no vulgar language, yet there is also a message that resounds throughout this book even stronger than it did in the first: accept who you are and accept others. Appreciate the beauty and diversity of life. Embrace love, not hate.