ABOUT THE BOOK:
At the powerhouse law firm of Knight & Payne, winning comes first and ethics a distant second. Leary Michaels uses her female charms to daze opponents, and it’s always worked well—until now. On her most personal case yet, she finds herself going up against a defense attorney just as skilled, shameless, and seductive as she is. Reeve Holloway has never met a woman as sure of her own sexuality, or as ruthless in wielding it, as Leary is. But he won’t be toyed with. What Leary starts, he’ll finish—in the courtroom, the bedroom, or any-damn-place he wants. The sex is uninhibited, electrifying, and absolutely against the rules. Reeve’s job is to ruin Leary’s case…even if it destroys her in the process and costs him the woman he’s come to love.
Perhaps more than any of her other Legal Affairs books, Friction explores gray areas of practicing law. Leary and Reeve are opponents in a contentious law suit involving a botched breast enhancement surgery. There is more than just beauty involved for Leary. She is personally invested in the client. For Reeve, he is making a name for himself in his new corporate law firm and wants to show that he is can be as cut-throat as the firm needs him to be. As a result, Sawyer Bennett exposes of some of the lines that lawyers are willing to cross in the name of winning such as: taking shortcuts, padding billable hours with nonsensical motions, or using sexuality to put an opponent off balance. Given the adversarial nature of practicing law, I'm not surprised at the moral ambiguity lawyers face. In fiction, this makes for good drama.
Their relationship starts out superficial, but soon turns into something more. Being on opposing sides of this law suit tests the relationship, but the way they connect is sweet and endearing. The strength of this book is watching the relationship evolve. However, the timing of Leary and Reeve's relationship makes me pause. I accept that sometimes lawyers walk can cross a very fine line on behalf of their clients, but getting involved during their case casts a shadow for me. They are violating an ethical line that serves themselves, not the client. Despite both characters acknowledging this fact, they race head long into the relationship. I want more struggle with the moral dilemma of beginning this affair at this time. Not surprisingly, the fallout is a part of the dramatic hook, but I want a little more angst about getting involved. As much as I like Leary and Reeve, this choice takes just a little shine off their character.
IN A NUTSHELL:
Despite my own minor conflict, Friction is a highly entertaining read. I highly anticipate more courtroom and bedroom drama in future books.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate. Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series, the Last Call Series and the Wicked Horse Series. She also writes the Cold Fury Series for Random House.
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