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Lawyer Up: Meeting Men #2 by Kate Allure

Lawyer Up: Meeting Men #2 by Kate Allure

Welcome to my review of the second installment in the anthology series Meeting Men by Kate Allure.  Please read on for my review, check out the character interviews with the men featured in these stories and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of Five (5) copies of Lawyer Up.

Lawyer Up

A three story anthology, the second in this series I have read, that uses the common threads of a slight disillusionment and the legal profession.  I’d read the first (Playing Doctor) to mixed reaction, and found some of the similar emotions in this one.  The stories in this book are Unsound Mind and Body, Attorney Client Privileges and Of Writs and Writhing.  Each story is a quick bite, between 50 and 100 pages with a legal issue or scene/setting at the forefront.

Attorney Client Privileges is based on a wrongly accused woman and the lawyer who comes to her rescue, both in the courtroom and bedroom.  Jon is attracted to the quiet Beth, and agrees to represent her in her case.  But this was uneven for me, attraction and chemistry between the two was never clearly established or even particularly solidly presented, so it was a very on again off again sort of feeling.  Jon often felt more predator than advocate to me because of the uneven chemistry, and that put a pall on the story overall for me.

In Unsound Mind and Body the connection with Liza and Hawk was palpable, and this made the steam just roll off the pages.  The separation between them, living in different cities left me wanting more than a happy for now for this couple, while the legal moments were less important to the overall trajectory – the couple became the highlight here.

Lastly was Of Writs and Writhing, with an older couple: Judge and Attorney.  Both are still stuck in past relationships and proving themselves worthy, but their moments together are steamy and quite unique. The interactions in this story are the best of the lot, with character development that actually feels plausible and reveals as the story moves from courtroom to steam.

As I experienced in Playing Doctor, these three stories all have moments that shine, although the steamy moments are often let down from uneven chemistry and character development, usually emotional.  Less ‘creative’ uses of euphemisms for body parts (a HUGE pet peeve) and limited purple prose did improve this read for me, but so many missed opportunities to expand on connections, tighten chemistry and provide palpable and logical reasons for these connections leave this solidly in the ok not great reading pile for me.

Lawyer Up: Meeting Men #2 by Kate Allure

Title: Lawyer Up
Author: Kate Allure
Series: Meeting Men #2
Also in this series: Playing Doctor
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1492602353
Published on: 2 June 2015
Format:eARC
Pages: 288
Rated: three-stars
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About the Book:

All rise...

Three sizzling-hot, deliciously taboo erotic romances to stoke your mood.

Wrongly accused in Attorney-Client Privileges, sexy but innocent Beth has nowhere to turn but straight into the arms of hotshot L.A. lawyer, Jon. Can this attorney manage to get her off in time?

Liza reaches a meeting of the minds—and more—when she unleashes her inhibitions and gives herself over to the primal allure of Main Street lawyer Hawk in Of Unsound Mind and Body.

In Of Writs and Writhing, fearless defense attorney Pat gets more than she bargained for when she goes toe-to-toe with New Orleans' infamous Playboy Judge. When things get heated both in and out of the courtroom, more than temperatures rise.

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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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.

Kate Allure’s deliciously sexy LAWYER UP is an erotic anthology featuring three stories, each with a drop dead gorgeous hero. Get to know Hawk, Jon, and Emmit (aka the “Playboy Judge of Orleans”) as each of these heroes answer some personal questions below. You are guaranteed to find your next book boyfriend…or three!

 

Hero from OF “UNSOUND MIND AND BODY”

Full name: Franklin Lucky Hawk Ross, Jr.

Nickname: Hawk
Occupation: Successful lawyer in a big city law firm in Omaha, NE
Height: Tall…dark and handsome
Hair color: Jet-black
Eye color: Dark brown, almost black
Age: Late thirty-something
Originally from: The slowly dying town of Willow Pond, Nebraska

Describe yourself in 100 words or less:

I’m Omaha Indian and proud of my ancestry after having spent summers on the reservation with my mother. While I grew up in a tiny town, I love the energy of big cities. I work extremely hard and often travel internationally, but when I’m alone with a woman, then I’m totally focused on her…and some of that focus can take on a decidedly kinky flair. It’s not that I don’t like romance—you know, the hearts and flowers stuff—but the raw energy of two people exploring each other’s bodies and pushing the limits stirs that wild native blood in me.

What is the hardest part of your job? What is the most rewarding?

The hardest thing about being a lawyer is when I don’t win and let down my client. That doesn’t happen often but in those rare times it does, it rips me up inside. I hate it. As for rewarding, I’ve enjoyed handling the few remaining elderly clients from my father’s small town practice now that he’s retired…that’s very personal work, directly helping people. But, I truly come alive when I’m winning a major case…the Omaha in me loves a good battle and the strategy of “counting coups” on an unsuspecting opponent, which in modern times is less an act of bravery as it is displaying cunning against a foe.

When not working, how do you spend your time?

I pretty much work all the time, between winding down my father’s Willow Pond practice and the big city lawsuits that take me around the country or beyond. I think if I had someone in my life, I would find a way to slow down a bit…No I know that I’d make time, so that I could enjoy the companionship of a special woman.

If money was no object and you had 3 weeks of vacation what would you do with your time?

I’m single and successful, so money really isn’t an issue for me, although my time is limited. But if I had the time, I would love to whisk a lover away to a private tropical island for long session of playing Tarzan and Jane. I just need to find the right person.

~~~~~ **** ~~~~

 

 

Hero from “ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILGES”

Full Name: Jon Bateman

Occupation: Hot-shot L.A. lawyer in a major firm
Height: Medium height and build
Hair color: An unruly mop of sun-bleached sandy hair, sort of California surfer-dude
Eye color: Deep green
Age: 35
Originally from: Nowhere special, but he calls L.A. home

Describe yourself in 100 words or less:

I feel like I’m on the Bachelorette, but here goes…I’m driven to succeed, which has made me the top performer in my firm. I don’t like being bothered with minutia, such as taking on useless pro bono work just because of a firm policy that we contribute back to the community. Some say it’s because I’m wounded after my cheating wife’s betrayal, but, if anything, all the free time that I have now has made me more successful. I give one hundred and ten percent to my career. Who needs a woman? Well except for that one thing, of course.

What is the hardest part of your job? What is the most rewarding?

None of it’s that hard, if my boss will just ease up on the pro bono thing. As for rewarding, did I mention I had the most billable hours of my entire firm last year…by a wide margin. I do high-end, high profile criminal cases mostly, and when they’re actually innocent it is the most rewarding. But whether they’re innocent or not, my role in the U.S. legal system is to do my best to get them acquitted—and my best is quite good based on my record of wins.

When not working, how do you spend your time?

Umm. I work a lot, even the weekends. I used to like to surf. Maybe I should take that up again. Oh, and I enjoy a good book now and then.

If money was no object and you had 3 weeks of vacation what would you do with your time?

My ex-wife got half of my assets, so money is an object, although I do have way more than 3 weeks of vacation stored up. In the spirit of make-believe…if my bank account was overflowing I would… Hmm, not sure what I’d do. I guess going to Hawaii and trying my hand at surfing would be nice, although it would be far better if I had someone to do it with.

~~~~ **** ~~~~

 

Hero from “OF WRITS AND WITHING”

Full Name: Judge Emmit Stockard

Nickname: Playboy Judge of Orleans
Occupation: Chief Judge in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court
Height: 6 feet
Hair color: Salt and Pepper, lusciously thick and slightly curled
Eye color: Chocolaty-brown
Age: mid-50’s
Personality: Radiates a bad-boy masculinity, think Richard Gere in his fifties
Originally from: born in Massachusetts but family moved to NoLa when he was a child

Describe yourself in 100 words or less:

I like to think I’m a fair and honest judge, at least I strive to be. Sometimes, however, I can’t help teasing the attorneys performing in my court, especially the lady lawyers, which might have contributed to my playboy reputation. But inside I’m not like that. I’m not saying I don’t have a wicked streak when it comes to women and sex, but now that my very-public divorce is a thing of the past, I’m ready to find someone to share my life with, a woman that can handle the bad-boy in me. So, where are you, I wonder?

What is the hardest part of your job? What is the most rewarding?

As a judge I must follow the law at all times and, sometimes that forces me to rule against people who truly need help. It’s really the only part of my profession that I dislike. So the most rewarding aspect is the opposite—making things right for people that have been hurt by some injustice. Then there are the perks of being chief judge—I love the perks. Top among those is wielding power in and out of the court…well out of court I’m mostly talking about power in the bedroom…if you get my drift.

When not working, how do you spend your time?

Back to the perks. I get invited to a lot of parties and events because of my position. I used to love going to them with a different beautiful woman on my arm every night, but now I find it all just tiring. It will feel different, I think, when it’s someone that I admire, someone I’m proud to have on my arm for more than her good looks. And, I’ll enjoy introducing her to my favorite hobby—racing my motorcycle down rural roads that twist and turn. And food, I’m a bit of a foodies and love NoLa’s best restaurants.

If money was no object and you had 3 weeks of vacation what would you do with your time?

I’d head out on my motorcycle and just see where it takes me. Explore every hidden byway in the great state of Louisiana and then maybe head west for a bit. It’s on my bucket list but I’ve been holding out until I can find someone to share this experience with. Again I ask, where are you? Sometimes I get this feeling that this person might be right in front of me and I just have to open my eyes to see her.

About Kate Allure

Kate Allure is the creator of the Meeting Men series and Club Exotica. She has been a storyteller her entire life, writing plays, short stories, and dance librettos throughout her childhood and later for semi-professional theater and dance companies. Her non-fiction writing included working for American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet and authoring a weekly arts column for local papers. Beyond writing, Kate’s passions include traveling and exploring all things sensual with her loving husband. Follow Kate on Facebook, Twitter and at www.KateAllure.com.

Comments

Kate Allure

Thank you for your thoughtful review and for hosting the handsome heroes of LAWYER UP today. As a newbie author, I appreciate very much your insights, which give me lots to think about as I work on the next installment (HANDS ON) of my Meeting Men series.

Thanks again and Happy Summer!
~ Kate