Thursday, May 30, 2013

Legal Ease SBB

Jack Sutton needs a wife and he needs one now. Jack loved his mother, but she really screwed him over when she set up her will. If Jack doesn’t have a wife by the end of the week, he’ll lose control of the largest chunk of voting stock in his company and will most likely lose his position as CEO as a result.

And Jack’s Aunt Mabry is waiting in the wings to make sure that the terms of the will are enforced. If he doesn’t find a wife, she’ll seize control of the stock so she can install her own son at the helm and she couldn’t care less that her son doesn’t want the job or that he probably won’t be any good at it.

Enter Kelly Bradley, a twenty eight year old college graduate with a spot at Yale Law School but no way to pay for it. Kelly and Jack’s eavesdropping secretary have discovered Jack’s secret need for a wife and Kelly comes up with a plan to fix both of their problems.

Just when Jack needs her, Kelly breezes into his office, introduces herself to his Aunt and cousin, and hands Jack an offer. She will marry him for a year so that he can retain the stock that will keep him in control of Sutton Development if he’ll pay for her to go to law school. Jack has no idea where his beautiful savior came from or who she is but he’s willing to take a chance to save it all.
The deal may have kept Jack in control at Sutton Development but his private life quickly spirals out of control. Just when Jack realizes that he wants more than a year with Kelly, his wealth puts her in great danger and he is left scrambling to save her life and their future together.

“We’re here to meet Jack’s fiancé,” a smug-looking Mabry announced to Chad and Jack watched a bemused expression come over his cousin’s face.

Chad had to be wondering what the hell was going on. He and Jack were more like brothers than cousins, so if Jack were getting married, Chad should have been the first to know.

Oh, shit. I’m never gonna’ hear the end of this from him.

So there they sat, waiting for an introduction to a fiancé that Jack had never mentioned to Chad and a fiancé that Chad had never set eyes on.

Jack leaned forward in his chair, took a deep breath and prepared to come clean. Just then his secretary’s voice cut in and he could swear he heard her say that his fiancé was here.

His head whipped around and he stared open-mouthed at the phone, unable to process what was going on. Jack’s experience in business had taught him to school his expressions and hide his thoughts from those around him and though he was shocked, he did just that. He quickly hid all emotion from his face as he listened to his secretary.

“Sir, did you hear me? Mr. Sutton? Your fiancé has just arrived. Shall I show her in?” Jennie spoke again.

Andrew. Andrew must have sent him a fiancé. How in the hell had Andrew found him a fiancé? I mean, how does one go about that, Jack thought. Oh God, what if Andrew sent him a prostitute?

4 stars
This was a fun, romantic read. I loved the humor that was spread out throughout the book, there were times where I had to take a break and wait to stop laughing. When Kelly pulled that move on Jack...priceless. I absolutely loved the characters, especially Kelly and her friend. And Jack was a character all to himself.

Another thing I liked was the surprise twist at the ending, though I thought it ended a little too well and was a bit unrealistic.

The only things I didn’t like, was Aunt Mabry and the dragging out of the plot. It seemed like Kelly doubted the relationship for the entire book, and Jack spent forever trying to prove it was real, etc. The action dragged, there were scenes after scenes showing the exact same thing, with little story development. It slowed the story and bogged it down, though it picked up finally near the end.

As for Aunt Mabry, I thought the ending with her was a bit too HEA and very unrealistic. Also, I love my family, but if I had an aunt who was acting like her, I would have snapped long before.

All in all, this was a good read that I’d recommend, especially if you like a little comedy, a lot of sex, and great characters.

Lori will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn host.

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Lori has had a number of careers before embarking on her newest adventure of writing novels. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law, she practiced law for three years, working primarily in the areas of utilities law and intellectual property litigation.

More recently, Lori owned and operated a dog training business in Austin, Texas, where she specialized in aggression and became an expert in the field of dog bite analysis. Lori sold her dog training business in 2013 and is now a full time writer and mother of two.

Lori still lives in Austin with her husband -- who is endlessly supportive of her changing career paths -- and her two children, one cat, and three dogs.

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  1. Thank you for hosting me! I'm looking forward to reading comments and answering reader questions.

  2. Thank you for the review! I'm so glad you liked the book. Andrew's book, Penalty Clause, is out now. Kelly's funny friend, Jennie, gets her book next. It's planned to release in October.


  3. Thanks for the chance to win. I really enjoy these book blasts!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  4. Great review, sounds like a fun read.