Legacy of Fear by Ryshia Kennie


 Andra Vandersan is an expert code breaker, as fiercely independent and beautiful as she is brilliant. Working at the highest levels of deciphering, she’s always remained at a safe distance from the seamy underworld of Hong Kong’s criminal elite—but that’s about to change. When her next-door neighbor is brutally murdered in a way that suggests
the work of the Chinese triads, two things become clear: Andra was the intended target of the hit, and the assassin is going to return.
Max True is a world-class linguist, a colleague of Andra’s who once helped her break a code that would destroy a terrorist cell. When he shows up at Andra’s door with a mysterious message, they realize they may have stumbled on a long-lost women’s language that holds the secret to incredible power—and one that the most vicious men in Hong Kong will stop at nothing to get their hands on.

As Andra and Max work to solve the puzzle of the language, they find themselves in a desperate race against time to escape the mysterious forces who all want the secret of the message—even as they surrender to the forces of an
undeniable passion that brings them inexorably and irrevocably together.

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For some reason I just could not get into this book.  There was enough action and suspense to normally keep me interested, but I just could not connect with the characters for some reason.  Many of the interactions between the two main characters seemed awkward or forced to me.  I think the author wanted the characters to have a simmering romance that sparks when they meet for the first time in person, but it just kind of got lost in all of the action for me.
The ending gave some insight into Max’s character and was sweet but I still was not as thoroughly invested as I would
have liked to be.  The character we are introduced to in the end M.J. was very interesting and I think it would be fun
to read her story as she adjusts to her new life and responsibilities.  Overall it was an interesting book and one
that others may enjoy it just wasn’t for me.