Debut author Roxie Cooper is on the blog today with her story that the blurb says is reminiscent of Legally Blonde, but I felt it more like Silk from Masterpiece on PBS … with more missteps. Please read on for my review of
The Law of Attraction
So, fans of Legally Blonde will find some similarities, as the heroine in this story is fighting against stereotypes: a northern girl with the wrong accent, family background and platinum blonde hair fighting the ‘dumb blonde’ tag and playing with or fighting against the bombshell expectations. As a blonde myself – I completely get the juxtaposition and surprised looks when “boop boop be-doop’ is not in your conversational repertoire… but that is where Amanda and I part ways. Brilliant and driven, Amanda has overcome a rough childhood and finished law school against all odds – there should be no reason that she doesn’t succeed if the promise she showed that earned her the internship in a prestigious Chamber can be polished, focused and directed.
For me the story felt more Silk-like: Amanda feels very Martha-like with her brains, her commitment and her determination to do her best – even down to the occasional niggles she has from her conscience. And there the comparisons end – as Amanda feels very immature out of the courtroom, and a bit adrift as to the ‘proper path’ for conducting her life. Everyone knows (even the baggers at Tessco) that involvement with co-workers is never a good thing – and sadly, Amanda never got that memo – or applied common sense to her choices. Particularly for someone with a secret to hide. That was my major frustration with her – the blatant lack of common sense outside of the courtroom, and her struggle and railing against stereotypes, when she is just as guilty of believing and using them in her decisions – a choice she never really grows out of and I had hoped to see more there as well.
But, the story as it sat kept demanding I read on – insets of courtroom dramas were gripping, the struggles that Amanda faced in her efforts to outshine and outperform the other newly graduated student up for the one position available, her best friend Heidi falling for the oldest line in the universe with her married boyfriend, and the overall growth that does come for Amanda, if not always in ways I would have hoped for, helped to complete her character and give readers a reason to cheer her on. I’m curious to see what’s next from Cooper – this was a fun debut with plenty to enjoy and appreciate – and I think many will just adore her layered characters who are fighting the odds and one another for supremacy.
Title: The Law of Attraction
Author: Roxie Cooper
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction
Published by: Harlequin UK
Published on: 23 June 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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"Well, it's fair to say your background isn't conventional in terms of the average barrister…" Dolus points out. "Well that depends on your definition of conventional and who wants to be average anyway?"
Northern girl Amanda Bentley isn’t your average lawyer.
She spent her teenage years in the Working Men’s club and hanging out in the park to avoid going home. Fresh out of law school she lands pupillage at a top set of Chambers and is catapulted into a world completely alien to her own, fighting prejudice and snobbery at every turn.
Piling on the pressure, this year it is announced two candidates have been accepted but there’s only one job at the end of it. And her competition? Marty, her smarmy law school nemesis.
Throw into the mix an ill-advised romance with the staggeringly sexy Sid Ryder and Amanda quickly realises winning pupillage isn’t just about how good a lawyer you are.
But even if she does come out on top, all of it could be for nothing if her colleagues ever discover who she really is and one very dark secret.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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