Series: Legal Affairs #8
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 27, 2015
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Related Books: Alex, Garrett, Shaken, Not Stirred, Zack, Ryker
About Friction: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.
Oh man. I’ve finally decided the best way to describe Sawyer Bennett. She’s doing to careers in law what Shonda Rhimes did to careers in hospitals in 2005: made them seem damn sexy. (Although Shonda’s shift towards “fixing” and getting away with murder makes me think maybe these things are sexy?)
Like seriously? They both have the “sex everywhere around the office as if it’s just watercooler chat” vibes going for them. Who else was really intrigued by those smoke-filled walls? Although I have to wonder if smoking in the walls is like a big red arrow pointing to what’s going on in there. If I saw a couple walk in there and then block the view, I’d sure as hell know what’s going on. 😉
But anyway, this book rocked. I can wait 100 words into the post before mentioning that because it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I enjoyed this. I love legal romances, I love Sawyer Bennet, and I love enemies hate screwing each other all over the place. 😛
Leary and Reeve had an awesome relationship in that it wasn’t the traditional love-hate or pure-hate relationship. They didn’t falter between sex and nothing, it was sort of a combination of friends with benefits and enemies with benefits.
And in addition to the interesting twist on the relationship trope, there was another one on the conflict. You’ll normally see work getting in the way, or someone’s past. Leary’s connection to the case brought those both together in an organic way. It piled on conflict without making it feel piled on for the sake of adding drama.
I also really appreciated the existence of breast reduction in a story without it being so criticized or joked about. Sizing down to a C-cup was my 18th birthday present, and one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life (and I came so close to chickening out). And I just despise the way it’s treated most of the time. It was the reason Will Sumner (from Beautiful Player) doesn’t score a 100% in my book.
P.S. – I’m starting to realize I relate a lot of books to Scandal/Grey’s/How to Get Away with Murder on here. Wouldn’t Shonda write an amazing romance novel? Haha.
About Sawyer Bennett
USA Today Best-Selling 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. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have 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.