A year has passed and the New York Blue Bloods are scattered around the world. With Bliss realizing who she is and Schuyler on the run with Oliver in Paris, everyone is struggling to survive when they aren’t sure who they can trust. When Schuyler happens on a chance encounter, it causes familiar feelings to come rushing back and makes her question the choice she made a year ago – and she isn’t the only one. Mimi is also struggling with an inner tug-of-war between what she wants and what she has to do.
This fourth installment of the Blue Bloods series is the first to indicate POVs at the start of each chapter and to not have the majority of the action take place in New York. One of my hang-ups about the past 3 books was, while I do love NYC, there wasn’t enough of the story that’s so prominently shown on the cover skylines. The Van Alen Legacy is certainly a turning point for this 7-book series, where the former partying socialites are thrust into a dangerous world that they might not fully understand yet.
It’s interesting that while each chapter was clearly marked with who was narrating that part of the story, I found it a bit more difficult to get into than the previous books. I struggled a bit with staying focused on the story line before it jumped to another girl’s POV. The catastrophic climax of this book, however, was quite the explosive finale – setting it up with a heartbreaking, and heart-wrenching scene to lead into book 5, Misguided Angel.