Once upon a time two lawyers fell in love across a courtroom …
Gabrielle Ginsberg was a public defender with plenty of nerve and Braden Pierce was an assistant district attorney with a whole lot of swagger. Gabrielle wanted Braden and Braden wanted Gabrielle.
And Cameron wanted Gabrielle.
And Marla wanted Braden.
And Cole wanted Gabrielle.
And Mrs. Mason wanted Braden.
And an anonymous letter writer wanted to keep Gabrielle and Braden apart.
Together Gabrielle and Braden discovered many important things, like which doors at the courthouse actually locked, and that desks could be useful for more than writing. They also found out that the path of love was not always smooth, and it was sometimes tread upon by some really wacky people, like a confused fanny grabber, an eighty-two year old pothead and a gentleman who threw a wine and cheese party in his pants. Could true love overcome a lack of privacy, interference by jealous rivals and the insanity of the criminal court system?
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This book contains explicit descriptions of sexual situations and mature language. It is intended for readers over the age of eighteen. This book is part of a TWO BOOK serial. Part two, The Home Court Advantage, will be released on November 19, 2013. Thereafter, the same cast of characters and story world will be featured in an ongoing series of novels that can be read as stand-alone books.
A good book is supposed to hook you in within the first few chapters. It should keep you thoroughly entertained and have you wanting more. It should have you begging for that five extra minutes just to read a little more before someone or something forces you to stop reading at that moment. This was one of those books for me.
I don't know why, but I really loved the Braden and Gabrielle characters. I found them entertaining whether they were with their friends, together as a couple, and even their verbal sparring in the courtroom. Their chemistry together was amusing, funny and lustful which had me glued to the pages. What set this apart from some of the other books I have read in this genre was the actual courtroom scenes. Many of the chapters gave a brief glimpse into the lives of prosecution and defense attorneys and some of the ridiculous cases they get.
Now as much as I loved this book, it doesn't get a pass on my critiques. The nitpicking part of the critique has to be the random times where there were words missing from sentences and the one or two times the author forgot to close off the dialogue with the quotation marks. It's a bit ridiculous to note it, but it did make me re-read a paragraph or two just to make sure I knew where the dialogue ended.
The main critique I had for the story had to be the ending. No, I won't give it away, but I was not a fan of how it just hung there. Typically, I like cliffhangers because it gives the reader something to look forward to in the next book. In this case, it caused me to buy the next book because I wanted to know what happened. However, I felt like the story was set to have a big finale but was blown off for the next installment.
I will say that the book had some amazing scenes and some that could have had more detail put in especially when the "Scooby gang" when searching for the person who wrote the note. The sex scenes were intense and had a nice build up to them, but also felt like there was a little too much of the story devoted to the characters messing around and not enough about them or the rest of the plot.
With everything that I stated, I still loved the book and decided to give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
About the Author
N.M. Silber is a USA Today Bestselling author, and recovering attorney, who survived the Philadelphia criminal court system, largely by having a sarcastic sense of humor. She used her experiences there as a starting place to build her humorous cast of characters and sexy story lines, and she employs her knowledge of legal practice, courtroom procedure, and how lawyers really think, in every one of her novels.
She has been a #1 Bestselling author in Romantic Comedy on Amazon, and a Top 20 Bestselling author there, and at Barnes & Noble. She was voted an Amazon Reader's Choice Best New Author for 2013, and has been ranked as a Top 100 author there overall. She has stated that her goal is to write books that genuinely make readers feel good.
N.M. Silber's Writing Manifesto:
1) My characters don't cheat.
2) My characters treat people with dignity.
3) My male characters do not refer to women as "whores," "sluts," or "bitches."
4) My female characters are strong, intelligent and unwilling to be involved with men who act like they are A) fifteen B) emotionally disturbed C) asshats.
5) My couples communicate rather than react.
6) My couples have fun, healthy, hot, and sexy sex. Nobody gets hurt - physically or emotionally.
7) My goal is to make you laugh, swoon, blush and hide in the bathroom to read. My goal is NOT to make you to go through a box of tissues or throw your Kindle.
8) There will be no amnesia, secret babies, dead parents, break ups over misunderstandings, book covers with Fabio on them or use of the words "throbbing manhood."
9) Despite all of the above ^^ I will still provide PLENTY of conflict and tension and sizzling chemistry between my characters.