Lover in Law by Jo Kessel with Excerpt
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Ali is a high-flying attorney, a bit overwhelmed by her own personal dramas and feeling vaguely unsatisfied in her eleven year relationship with Adam. Personally, I think that despite her modern chanting of “I am woman, hear me roar” she is essentially searching for a solution to the vague disquiet she feels, and doesn’t dare examine. Adam was the center of her universe, next to her job and the occasional reprimands she extends to her twin sister Kayla. She has set all of her eggs in one basket, and when the cracks start to show, she begins to project her own dissatisfaction toward Adam.
Anthony is a new solicitor in the firm, a very high flier he arrived with several accolades and is very accomplished in the criminal defense arena. When a celebrity client’s case turns from a reasonably minor traffic complaint into a murder investigation, Ali is brought on as the junior council to defend the client. Their attraction is instant and magnetic, and Ali, in a moment of self-sabotage, takes the step over the line from colleague to lover.
Throughout the story we have several instances of Ali’s inability to follow through on her stated desire to make things work with Adam, and to stay away from Anthony, as she also is dealing with her desire to have a baby and her sister’s ongoing man issues.
While it sounds as if I didn’t enjoy the story: I really did. It completely displayed the many different factors that can contribute to the demise of a relationship, and the harm that assumptions and quick conclusions without all of the facts have on those little voices of disquiet that exist in everyone’s head. Although a tad slow in the beginning, the story quickly builds on itself to add several interesting characters: some creepy, some reasonably menacing, and others that are just appearing and adding a bit of color as Ali comes to a new realization about her situation and her confusion.
Emotionally, Ali starts the book as a petulant eighteen year old, yet quickly becomes the adult of almost thirty: with those revelations, realizations and mistakes that she is taking responsibility for, perhaps the first time in her life. With her sister acting as confidante and even a bit of moral compass, both of these sisters show growth on their way to happy conclusions.
Drama, intrigue, a creepy defendant and a few moral and ethical challenges are steppingstones to the highlight in this story: the romance and the relationships between Ali and Adam and Ali and Anthony. Quick reading and unique, although one does see the potential pitfalls in the story ending well, this was a fun read that engages from start to finish.
Title: Lover In Law
Author: Jo Kessel
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Author via Tour Company
Get Your Copy: Amazon
About the Book:
Harbouring an unmentionable secret is not an obvious route to maternal bliss..........or is it?
Ali Kirk's had a bad year. An ambitious London lawyer, her courtroom performances have started to slide and her obsession with having a baby is undermining her relationship with boyfriend Adam. Come January 1st she resolves that in the next twelve months her life has to turn around.
Life, however, is about to get worse. Busy juggling fertility tests with a high-profile criminal trial at the Old Bailey, Ali starts burning the midnight oil with powerfully handsome colleague Anthony de Klerk. On a night that she's slipped on some sexy underwear to boost her flagging self-esteem, Ali and Anthony finally end up in bed together. And then she falls pregnant. Ali becomes the ultimate woman sleuth - who is the father, Adam or Anthony?
En route from pregnancy to having a baby there's romance and rows, mystery and denials, suspense and comedy.
And the ultimate, uncomfortable realization that only one thing will set Ali free: the truth.
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.