For Love or Legacy by Ruth Cardello

Legacy Collection, book 2

Synopsis: Nicole Corisi will lose her inheritance if she doesn’t find a way around the terms of her father’s will, but she will have to partner up with her estranged brother’s rival to do it. As pretense becomes painfully real, Nicole will have to choose between Stephan and the family he is driven to destroy.

Stephan Andrade has been planning his revenge ever since Dominic Corisi unscrupulously took over his father’s company. With Corisi Enterprises gambling its reputation on the success of a new software network for China, Stephan finally has his chance to take back his legacy. Dominic’s younger sister, Nicole, asks Stephan for his help and provides him with an opportunity to exact his revenge on a personal level.

It all goes smoothly until he falls in love.

Review: I read this series in a quite disorder way since I tried the third book before this one. In fact now I think I need to get into the first one to finally discover the Abby’s story. I must say that I enjoyed going back in time to read the whole thing in reverse. This allowed me to discover new characters and finally to know at the end of the novel what was going to happen next. Because ultimately the end of this volume gives clues about something I liked to think about in the following one. But now I want my volume 1, to learn more about the Abby’s kidnapping, to know the history between Jake and her sister and maybe see Stephan and Nicole if they are present too.

Nicole’s father has just died and the company had inherited is in danger, including people who work there. To save them all, the young woman is ready to do anything, even to go and see the only man she thought she would never see again: Stephan. After a story that could have led to more, a problem has separated them to the point that the young man has devoted his life to destroy Dominic, the Nicole’s brother. A proposal is offered to the boss, a proposal he refuses elsewhere but now everything will evolve in a way that he no longer has a say. He must now help Nicole for her company, claiming that they are engaged to buy it and sell it to her later. But this is much more complicated than expected, especially when the two try to resist their mutual attraction and the history between their two families.

I took a great pleasure to follow this novel, perhaps even more than volume 3. It was nice to see these two souls together after all that happened between them. But Nicole wants everything and Stephan wants nothing, which will soon pose many problems as the young woman does not give up about that. So both will have to learn to discover each other, understand if there is something between them and maybe more. But they irritate, manipulate each other and ultimately evolve together. We learn at the same time a little more about the Stephan’s revenge, but also about the vulnerability and weaknesses of the young woman. Her life was really heartbreaking and we can hope that she will finally manage to be happy at the end.

It was a touching romance that I enjoyed getting to know about. Ruth Cardello allows us to attach ourselves to the characters very quickly and not let them go as we want to understand what will happen thereafter. It was a nice surprise to me.



21 thoughts on “For Love or Legacy by Ruth Cardello

  1. This series sounds oddly familiar, but for the life of me, I can’t remember if I’ve ever read the first book. It’s great to read a series out of order and still be able to follow along the related stories.

    Lovely review, Melliane!

  2. Ooo this looks good. I am ocd about reading books in order, but I have accidently read out of order a few times. I was actually fun kind of going ‘back in time’ and read the previous books.

  3. It must be funny reading them backwards though, though then again, it would still be like reading the first book, new characters etc, and reading the second one second, you’re still getting to know the characters like you would’ve. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

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