Having read the first book in this series of interconnected standalones, I expected this romance to go in a whole other direction, but I enjoyed it all the same. When we were introduced to Avery, she was constantly bickering with her new landlord, so I was looking forward to a lot of conflict when they finally met face-to-face. That doesn’t happen… at all. However, this is a nice, mellow romance with a genuinely kind and compassionate hero. Coll is one of those authors who you can depend on for an emotional, serious, well done romance, and this is definitely that. It wasn’t quite what I wanted, but it was a solid read, and I’m looking forward to more from the series.
The story follows Griffin and Avery, two people who have been clashing over the lease of a new law office. Avery has just started up a business with her friends, and her landlord has been causing problems. But when they finally meet in person, Griffin’s not the kind of guy that Avery expected. He’s a man at a loss, feeling very alone in the world after unexpectedly being given guardianship of his nephew. Griffin hires Avery as his lawyer, and as the two begin to learn more about each other, a connection soon follows.
I was expecting the vibe to feel a lot more like an enemies to lovers romance, and it is definitely not that. It’s actually much closer to instalove. Griffin is taken by Avery right away, and he’s determined and patient enough to help her work through her commitment issues before moving forward. In an interesting turn of events, it’s Avery who is emotionally unavailable and isn’t sure if she’s capable of love. For a strong, intelligent attorney, she really doesn’t act like it most of the time. I can’t say that I loved that element of the story, because it leads to a lot of internal monologue and hesitancy to open up. That being said, I loved Griffin. He’s extremely likable, and the scenes with his nephew just took that up another notch. I did love the sort of “found family” storyline and the writing is solid. And we’re introduced to the next couple, who I’m definitely intrigued by. So, more good than bad here, but I really wanted that bickering. I received an early copy via Grey’s Promotions and am voluntarily leaving a review of this emotional romance.
Opening a law firm isn’t at all what I thought it would be. The landlord is arrogant and irritating. Despite his sexy voice and smooth demeanor, I want to fight him at every turn. Everything with him is a battle–a battle I intend to win. After all, I’m an attorney who never backs down. But when he needs my help, I can’t possibly refuse. Who could? Thrown into a role he knows nothing about can’t be easy.
Beneath his gruff nature is a broken man who needs to be put back together. The last thing I will ever do is let someone destroy him more.
A cheating fiancée and a backstabbing best friend are not the worst of my problems. When my brother dies, I’m thrust into the life of a single parent. In over my head, I’m forced to seek help from the lawyer who fights me every chance she can. Avery Arrington is a smart-mouthed, feisty woman, who can win my case. Powerful, intelligent, and sexy, I want her in ways I’ve sworn off for good.
But right now, it’s all about my nephew. He’s my top priority–the only thing that matters. Now, I have to put all of my faith and hope in Avery to save me—save us. I rarely trust anyone. But the truth is, without Avery, I’d be lost.
About the Author:
Lea Coll worked as a trial attorney for over ten years. Now she stays home with her three children, plotting stories while fetching snacks and running them back and forth to activities. She enjoys the freedom of writing romance after years of legal writing.
She currently resides in Maryland with her family.
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