Series: Courting Justice #1
Published by Berkley on June 5th 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Source: Berkley, Netgalley
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To high-end defense attorney Henry Garrison, Win Hughes is a woman he met during one of the most trying times of his life. She's soft and warm, and he finds solace in their brief relationship. But Win has a secret. She's actually Taylor Winston-Hughes—born to one of the wealthiest families in the country, orphaned as a child by a tragic accident. Win moves in the wealthiest circles, but her lavish lifestyle hides her pain.
When her best friend is murdered in the midst of a glittering New York gala, Win's charged with the crime, and the only person in the world she wants to see is Henry.
Henry is shocked at the true identity of his lover, but he can't reject the case. This trial could take his new firm into the stratosphere. Still, he's not getting burned by Win again. And yet every turn brings them closer together.
As the case takes a wild turn and Win's entire life is upended, she must look to the people she's closest to in order to find a killer. And Henry must decide between making his case and saving the woman he loves...
ORDER OF PROTECTION
by Lexi Blake
Lexi Blake has the ability of drawing you right into the story and you just can’t put the book down until you know the what, hows and whys. It’s what makes her an outstanding storyteller in the Romantic Suspense genre. Order of Protection is the first installment in her brand new Courting Justice series and has ties loose to her Masters and Mercenaries and Lawless series.
In the first book we meet Henry, also known as the Monster of Manhattan, a ruthless lawyer who doesn’t care if his clients are guilty. It’s what makes him so excellent at his job. His very public marriage with an actress and all its escapades has made him despise the limelight and after his divorce he’s happy to have nothing to do with it any longer. Until Win stumbles into his life, a reality star and the Billion Dollar Baby, born to a wealthy family and only survivor of an accident that took her parents away.
It wasn’t just the sass that got to him. It was the combination of strength and sweetness. Of brains and that rich vein of kindness everyone who knew her talked about.
Both Henry and Win fight a darkness that can overwhelm them at any time they give in to it. The lawyer is a recovering alcoholic and Win a recovering anorexic. Their connection is instant and for a short time they find solace with each other, their brief affair is supposed to be over when Henry leaves to go back to New York and Win to start her first year of her Master’s degree at Duke. The death of Win’s best friend brings Henry back into her life. And he’s livid when he finds out who the woman, he spent two peaceful weeks with, really is.
Oh and how mad he is. The man she met on the island, the one who lit up her world, who was lover and a friend, is replaced by the cold, detached lawyer, whose job it is to get Win out of custody and make her look innocent. Henry is a real jerk when he meets Win again. He feels betrayed and lied to – I get the lying part – omission is a form of lying…but Win never betrayed him. When I started this book I fell in love with Henry’s character right away but the way he treated his client was horrible. He really hated the superficial world his wife and now Win were a part of. However, once Win dug out what crawled up his butt Henry returned to his sweet, protective, playful, sexy self.
Our problem is I think you’re too good to be true. I want you to be real. I want you to be everything you seem to be, but I can’t quite make myself believe. Make me believe, Win.”
It’s Win who makes him eat his words. I loved her sass, courage and smart brains. Henry didn’t stand a chance once she opened her mouth. The way she argued with him was sarcastic, straight forward and honest. She really knew how to make a point. Win went through a lot and her life is constantly in danger but she’s a survivor and a fighter but there is also a soft heart which made her shine. She’s probably one of my favorite heroines by Lexi Blake so far.
He really was an idiot when it came to the whole emotional thing. Men.
The combination of an alcoholic who drinks to let go of his iron control and an anorexic who didn’t eat because it was the one thing she had control over was intriguing. While these two were broken apart from each other they made each other whole and made a whole lot of sense to me.
“Nothing is guaranteed. The world doesn’t work that way. All we can do is love as hard as we can for as long as we have.”
The suspense is great – it’s a classic who-dun-it and even though I guessed some aspects of it others completely surprised me.
There are two characters whose story I’m looking forward to. One of them is Noah Lawless, a brother of the Lawless siblings from the series with this name and David, NFL star turned lawyer whose book will be up next. I always have a fabulous time when I pick up a book by this author and Courting Justice definitely has great potential. Order of Protection was a solid introduction – it held my attention all the way until the end. It’s suspenseful, romantic and hot and sexy (although it’s a lot tamer than Ms Blake’s Masters & Mercenaries) and I’m looking forward to what else the author has in store for Garrison, Cormack and Lawless!