Friday, March 1, 2013

Book Review: Falling For The Lawyer by Anna Clifton

Title: Falling for the Lawyer
Author: Anna Clifton
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises Australia 
Publication Date: March 1, 2013

Stars: 3.5 out of 5

First I need to make a disclosure: I like books about lawyers and law related story lines. So when I saw the title of this book I knew I wanted to review it. I know, I'm a total nerd, but what can I say? As for the book itself  I am happy to say that I was really impressed. Not only were the characters engaging, but the book was well written with no noticeable errors that I saw. I really look forward to reading more books from this author.

From Goodreads:

Alex Farrer has just one resolution: don't get sacked by the new boss that day. Enter one knight to rescue her from a run‐in with a pile of mud. But will upending Alex's entire life be the next job on her knight's 'to‐do' list, whether she likes it or not?
Legal eagle JP McKenzie has just one resolution: never get involved with a woman who won't stand up for herself. That is until a muddy Alex Farrer lands in his life with a crushingly big mountain of family expectation in tow. So what else is a modern‐day knight to do?

My Thoughts:

I loved Alex right off the bat. She was stressed and convinced that fate and destiny were laughing at her as she struggled to get through her life. She admits to trying to take the reigns and get her life under control, be the 'captain of her life' as she calls it, but the universe seems to get in her way every time.

Until she gets smacked with a whole lotta mud and things change.

JP. What is there to say about this guy? He was funny, smart, hard working, loyal and oh yeah, he was hot. I loved how he acted with Alex, how he supported her and tried to show her that what she wanted was important.

Bonus: this book is set in Australia  I loved this. And I also loved how the language was a tad different. There were some slang words I had to look up but this was because I was curious, not because it was distracting. (I love learning new words. I know, I'm a nerd!)

Steam wise this book is mild. Other than a few kisses here and there (and most of these were 'almost' kisses  ) there wasn't a lot of heat. It wasn't needed though. Because this wasn't just a story about JP and Alex. It was a story about Alex trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life and going for it. It was about a young woman who wanted a career and a family. She didn't want to give up her job to get married and start having kids. She wanted it all. And meeting JP and working for him let her see that having it all was possible as long as she had the right partner to do it with. (And Simon, ugh..I did not like him at all. Just sayin. I wanted to punch him in the face for not listening to Alex.  Though I do admit, there were times I wanted to slap Alex too. She was wavering, badly. And this is something that annoys me in romance novels, but here I got it mainly because I had to remind myself this wasn't just about Alex and JP finding each other. It was about Alex finding herself.

Oh and the ending? Oh my god the ending...I loved it even though my heart was beating as to what was going to happen. So happy with how it was all resolved!

In terms of writing, the story was well written and the pacing was nice. I wish it was a little longer but it didn't feel rushed.  (And seriously, this is just me. I like long books and am always complaining about this. Not because it has anything to do with the book, but because I don't want them to end!)  Like I mentioned, the setting is Australia and some of the references are to things I had never heard of, but it was nothing that distracted from the book. (I also love all things Australia so I didn't mind one bit!)

Here are the purchase links for the book: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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