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A Washington, DC, defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing—with his southern drawl, disarming smile, and captivating green eyes, he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him, and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.
Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart, the mother of his beloved ten-year-old daughter. Jenny is getting married—to someone who isn’t him.
That’s definitely not part of the plan.
Sofia Santos is a city-raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.
But when Stanton, her “friend with mind-blowing benefits,” begs her for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi, to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves. Her head tells her she’s crazy…and her heart says something else entirely.
What happens when you mix a one-stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage, and a gun-toting Nana?
The Bourbon flows, passions rise, and even the best-laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.
Sofia is a smart, feisty woman and I liked her immediately. She’s not afraid to ask for what she wants, she willingly submits in the bedroom (my kind of girl), she takes no prisoners in the courtroom, and she knows that she has to be better than the boys if she wants to make it in the legal world. She totally rocks.
While Stanton is a beast in the bedroom and the courtroom he is a complete moron when it comes to his love life. Shocking. As many lawyers do, he compartmentalized his life and that is his greatest mistake. What kind of idiot takes his fuck buddy with him to try to win back the love of the mother of his child? STANTON. Perhaps my husband is right…we lawyers lack common sense sometimes. LE SIGH.
There are serious fireworks every time that Sofia and Stanton get into the same room. And this invisible tension ratchets up as soon as they cross the Mississippi line. As Stanton tries to figure out how to win Jenny back, Sofia can’t help her feelings that seem to grow now that she’s met his family. Stanton may think he has it all under control, but he is SO VERY WRONG. Thankfully, there’s not too much drama drama in the love triangle department. I get antsy over that.
Note: his daughter is also the best. I love when they put precocious kids in these books. This kid is wise beyond her years and hilariously on point. I cracked up laughing at her reaction in certain scenes. She’s fantastic.
There’s humor, hot demanding sex, lots of legal puns (MY FAVORITE) and warm emotion to warm your veins. Definitely a fun read!
[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]