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I really enjoyed the legal detail in this courtroom drama. The impact of judicial decisions on cases is fascinating. The two women in this story are also interesting. Federal judge Camille and newly qualified lawyer West are at different places in their careers and I enjoyed learning about both jobs.
While I really liked both Camille and West, I struggled to invest in their relationship. Both women are crafted as clever, driven, and inherently good characters. Pursuing a sordid office affair hurts both of their moral authority and makes Camille just as bad as the corrupt individuals and institutions she rails against. How does she fairly evaluate or choose between her two clerks when she is snogging one of them? And while West isn’t a typical victim, her career is beholden to Camille and she is bound by the older woman’s professional decisions without recourse. The relationship left a bad taste in my mouth. I did like the emotional and mental connection between Camille and West but I didn’t feel any real physical chemistry between West and Camille. However, I will admit that my reaction to the judge/clerk relationship tainted my response to their personal relationship.
There is a suspense element to this story that didn’t completely work for me. Camille starts receiving threats quite early in this book but the storyline isn’t followed up very consistently. Some clues are a bit too obvious but I’m not sure readers are ever given enough information to figure everything out for ourselves.
I’m conflicted about this story. I love the strong women and I enjoyed the legal drama but if Camille were a male judge, this would be a story about workplace sexual harassment and abuse of power. It wouldn’t be a romance.
This is the first book I have read by Ms Taite, but it won't be the last. This is a very rich story, both legally and romantically.
It could be that this story could skirt along a dangerous path, as one lead has significantly more control of the situation than the other. However, it is made very clear at all times that West is doing the clerk job due to a promise, and is at least as invested in the connection she feels as Camille is. This evens the field considerably - and at times I would argue that West is in the driving seat. This makes the nascent office romance much more exciting, and alluring.
The way that we are given information feels just like the reveals in a court room, peeling away the layers, until we get a really good view of these two women and their lives and careers. Add in the delicious tension whenever they are together, and this makes for a very enjoyable read. The legal issue that is to be heard in Camille's court, and the double dealing going on in the background form a wonderful backdrop for the romance, which is on a super slow burn.
Thank you Ms Taite for a fresh look at the danger and promise of a workplace romance.
~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
I really like this author but this book gave me a few Deja vu moments. But saying that this was a really good read. It is the kind of book you just can not put down.
The two main characters are Camille and West. Camille is a Federal judge and West is fresh from graduation as a lawyer. They met by chance at the court house and had an immediate attraction. But Camille was there for an interview and West was visiting her ward Judge Blair. Judge Blair has a stroke and resigns from the bench but West promised she would clerk for him for twelve months. Camille gets his seat and promises to take on West as a clerk.
Problem is, the attraction is now stronger than ever. Also, Camille is about to preside over a very important case. West is accused of supplying the press with court documents. She resigns in what seems disgrace. But as you can guess it all works out. Nope I am not gonna tell you what happens only that you would be mad not to read the book for yourself.
It has a bit of everything. Love, commitment, betrayal and a little mystery. Great book and great read. Enjiy!
*ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley*
I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.
My only criticism is that there wasn’t much mystery in the conflictive situation that the main characters had to go through. I also found the whole workplace situation a bit hard to believe. However, this fact didn’t stop me from enjoying this book very much.
Overall an enjoyable read. 4 stars.
ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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