Amazon has gotten the blurb right for this book, unlike for Savage Legacy, and what a book it was.
Book 2 in the tales of 4 sisters who are daughters of Mother Earth/Gaia, who in their previous incarnation met the loves of their lives and married them in order to fulfil a prophesy and to save the world from evil, which meant sacrificing their own lives. Though each sister died, their husbands didn't and have existed as immortals for over 1000 years, and now in present day America, are seeing the fulfilment of their destiny and are meeting the reincarnated versions of their wives. This is book 2 technically, but book 1 only told about the background to what I understood were to be 4 follow-on tales about each of the sisters, but the author has only written about 2 of the sisters, and this is the best of the trilogy.
In the original intro book (Shattered Legacy), Chantel was the sister who found truest happiness with her mate Devlin, each falling for each other on sight, as if pre-destined, which they were. Their tale was romantic, hot and sexy as well as heartbreaking, as Chantel was the first to sacrifice herself in order to save the world and defeat the evil Jonar, and was the most committed of the sisters, and the truest daughter of Mother Earth/Gaia. That book introduced all of the sisters and their mates, but this was the couple that stood out. Chantel knew that Devlin would suffer much after her death, and she convinced her wizard father to 'replace' Devlin's memories of her with another, whom he was told was his wife, and who was another 'sister' of hers, but a scheming one, pivotal to the prophesy and its fulfilment, yet Devlin stood true to Chantel, realising that something, but not knowing exactly, what was amiss. He knew that his 'wife' wasn't the woman his heart told him was his wife, and he remained true to Chantel until her reincarnation, 1000 years later.
This tale was for the most a happy tale, with Devlin and Chantel finding each other and accepting their destinies willingly, and I liked that in his 1000 years of immortality, there had been no other woman or love for him, and when Chantel was reborn, she was already starting to recollect her past life and love, which made it easier for the two of them to come together.
This tale was a touch sad, but also had a HEA for the couple, despite their on-going battles to defeat Jonar and to reunite Chantel's sisters with their immortal husbands, and yes, though on the run and in danger, they managed to get down and dirty several times, and it was trademark LL of old, not the watered-down, repetitive sex that we are seeing in so many of her more mainstream novels.
A great tale, which I nearly didn't bother reading as it was out of print and expensive to get second-hand, and also the 'world' seemed complex and not my fave genre, but then my good old library in good old L B Enfield got the 3 books published so far in the series in, and I am so glad I got them.
Books 4 and 5 needed to have been written, but alas, it is around the time that LL and many popular authors parted company with Ellora's Cave to go mainstream, so it is a major loss to readers.
I did email the author to ask about books 4 and 5, which are alluded to heavily, but there has been no response, nor could I find any info on her website about any more tales in the series. I think that her parting with Ellora's Cave wasn't amicable and that they may have retained rights to several of her books (see the recently-published The One), which means that she either won't write the rest, or if she did, she and her readers are at the mercy of EC. A real loss.