Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance
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Derek Sage doesn’t mix business with pleasure—certainly not after he’s been burned. Being one of the top plaintiff’s attorneys in the Tampa Bay area requires focus and he can’t afford to lose that focus again. But a difficult case has Derek looking to a new attorney for assistance and she brings more than her legal expertise to the table.
Raina Dillon spent her first couple of years as an attorney at the public defender’s office, defending criminals and learning more than she ever imagined. Now, she’s ready to take on the legal world at one of the Tampa Bay area’s premier law firms. What she doesn’t expect is Derek Sage.
Can they put their attraction aside or will it consume them?
I think I secretly have a thing for high powered lawyer types or something, because almost every hot alpha guy attorney romance I read I kinda just like, or at the very least I like the guy. So when this book came my way I was completely on board with diving right into it.
So after reading this book I will say one thing that is for sure, my streak with hot alpha lawyers is still going on. I really liked Derek , he a young guy, very successful, good at his job, all of that, but there’s also a lot more going on with besides all of that. I liked how he hired one of his closest friends as his secretary, they have a great dynamic together and you can tell how much he cares about her and values opinion. I also liked that he was like portrayed as some mindless player or something, he is leery about relationships and getting back into one, but because he was hurt before, not because he’s a commitment-phobe. I really just liked him.
As for Raina, I liked her less, and I think that is mostly due to the fact that I felt like sometimes her actions weren’t in line with her character. She’s a hard working woman, looking to make a name for herself at the firm, easily a woman to respect and admire. But even after she makes it clear that she wants to do well at the firm and be a professional, the second time she is alone with Derek at the office she basically propositions him, I’m not saying she was flirting, I’m saying she full out just lays it all out, talks dirty, acts of the dirty talk, and they end up enjoying the conference table. It just didn’t fit for me. I mean it’s so clear how much she values her job and I can’t believe that she would risk it all by doing that in the office conference room (not even a private office). There are a couple of other instances where I felt like this was an issue, that I thought I had a handle on who she was as a character and then the actions just didn’t come together.
This book is really fast paced, I think because of the length, and to be honest, I felt like it could have benefitted from slowing down a bit. There is a bit at the end that I didn’t really like, not the scene itself, but how Raina acts afterwards. Also after the big climatic scene the way the book just wraps up just felt way to fast and not like the ending I wanted. But that being said it was a good read, and if you like hot lawyers like me, this might be a book for you to check out.
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“My thoughts on the Jenkins file?” She paused and raised her head, heat emanating from her honey-colored stare. “Or this obvious attraction between us?”
A small laugh left him. “Bold. And to the point.” He hesitated. “I like it.” Leaning back in the leather chair, he crossed his foot over his opposite knee and folded his hands in his lap. “Let’s talk about the more interesting of those two questions first. You find me attractive?”
Now she laughed. “Very much. Don’t all females?” She leaned her forearm on the table, baring cleavage so elegantly displayed between the gap of her suit jacket. A low growl rumbled through him.
“I’m not asking about all females. I’m asking if you do.”
“Yes, I do.”
“I think I’ve made it too obvious that I’m attracted to you. What do you propose we do about this?” He forced himself to meet her gaze. She pulled her bottom lip between her teeth. He vibrated with excitement. He wanted that lip between his teeth, his tongue lashing it and tasting whatever she’d drank from the cup sitting on the table. Watching her gnaw on her plump lip brought other visions—of her mouth wrapping around his cock. His erection pressed against his slacks, begging for release. His resolve sat on the brink.
“I’d say we have two options.” Her lips curled into a grin.
“I can help you with this case and we can try to pretend it doesn’t exist.” She didn’t sound too convinced about that option, and frankly, neither was he. He could barely think straight since meeting her and he’d only been in her presence a short period. Working with her on this case might kill him from a lust attack. “Or we can fuck and get it out of the way so we can focus on the Jenkins case.”
“Come again?” Had he heard her right? She caught him off guard, but he liked it. Screw that! He loved it.
“I think you heard me.” A mischievous smile. “And I vote for option two.”
“I’m harder than stone right now, Raina, and on the edge of crossing a line I’ve said I wouldn’t.” His voice dropped several octaves. His erection strained against his black slacks and the only acceptable relief would come from being buried inside of her. “I don’t have sex in the office and I don’t fuck co-workers, but you’re making me question both those rules.”
“How’s that saying go? Rules are meant to be broken. Or something like that.”