This is the second of this series, the story of lawyer James Carlson who appears in A Man of His Word. He is a man of destiny, born to privilege and on a path to the White House. Never putting a foot wrong is his motto, doing what is expected, his mantra.
He never expected a former drug addict and prostitute to be the one to rattle his chains and make him rethink everything he's ever wanted.
Maggie Eagle Heart is well named. With help from the elderly Nan, another strong woman she met at her lowest ebb, she's rebuilt her life from the ground up. A respectable business woman she lives an isolated nun like existence off the beaten track until James needs her to be backup for a corruption case he's working on. This is the case that will launch his political career, a perfect political marriage and life in Washington D.C.
If only he could stop thinking about Maggie, wanting Maggie.
Maggie knows wanting James is a mistake. She's been screwed around by too many lawyers and judges, in every sense of the word. Besides which, his world is on a different planet and his ambitions make any chance of a relationship out of the question. But he says he's fond of her. And maybe she feels the same way.
With a background of corruption, following on from the revelations in A Man of His Word, Sarah M Anderson keeps us on edge wondering what will happen with the case, what will happen if Maggie has to testify and what will happen if James wins his case and goes all out for Washington.
It is at Washington that the crunch will come as James takes Maggie to further the case. There she will see the truth about who James is in his natural environment. There James will be confronted by the realities of the futures he's chosen and will have to make his decision.
Heat level was not as obvious in this story. Perhaps because the protagonists had less opportunities to explore that side of their relationship because of the restriction of the lawyer witness dynamic. They were well done and believable.
The story made me teary again at the end. These guys are really good guys. Looking forward to the next one. A Man of Distinction.
We see Rosebud and another of James Carlson's ex-lovers, his potential perfect political wife Pauline. Could have done without that one being spelled out but it was minor in the context of a very good and well written story. That was the reason why it didn't get the full five stars. Count it as four and a half.