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.
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.
Title: Lawyer Up
Author: Kate Allure
Series: Meeting Men #2
Also in this series: Playing Doctor
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 2 June 2015
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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.
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!