Series: Courting Justice #2
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Publication Date: January 8, 2019 by Berkley Books
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A fast-paced contemporary romance that sizzles from the New York Times bestselling author of Order of Protection where passion for the law isn't the only thing heating up the courtroom.
Isla Shayne knows she's in over her head. As former all-star linebacker Trey Adams's personal lawyer, she's used to handling his business dealings and private financial matters, not murder charges. She needs to find an experienced criminal attorney who speaks her client's language. David Cormack of Garrison, Cormack and Lawless is exactly what she needs in the courtroom--and the only man she wants in the bedroom.
For David, taking on the Adams case means diving back into a world he thought he'd left behind and colliding head on with tragic possibilities he's in no mood to face. There's a reason professional football is in his past and no matter how close Isla gets to the truth he intends to leave it there.
But long days working on the case together lead to hot nights in each other's arms. As their feelings grow, the case takes a deadly twist that could change the game between the two lovers forever.
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Evidence of Desire is the second novel in the Courting Justice series, and follows lawyers Isla and David as they work to defend their client and find out who actually killed his wife.
I read my first romantic suspense novel last year, which was the first book in this series, and I loved it. I was super excited to get to read this novel, and hope to read more from Lexi Blake in the future, as well as more romantic suspense.
Isla is a contract lawyer, so when her client Trey is accused of murdering his wife Portia, she needs to find a defense attorney quickly. Enter David, he’s a lawyer from one of New York’s top firms who was just hired to defend Trey. Even though Isla isn’t a defense attorney, she works with David to try and find the real murderer, and not let slip that Trey, an ex professional football player, has CTE.
“Maybe you’ll end up breaking my heart, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I wouldn’t spare myself the heartache because loving you, even if it’s only for a little while, makes me feel, and that’s the best we can hope for. To feel and love and be connected. To know even for these brief moments that we are not alone.”
This novel was surprisingly emotional. David is a former professional football player, and has struggled for years with his future. He knows how prevalent CTE is and is worried that he will be affected. Trey’s case emphasizes these fears, and what could happen to his loved ones because of it. Throughout the novel David struggles with not knowing if he’ll have CTE, and doesn’t know if he should let anyone in, which could save them from hurting in the future.
CTE was a huge part of this novel, which I did not realize going in. I don’t know much about this disease except that research is relatively new, and it can be triggered by multiple head injuries/concussions. From what I know, it seems Blake did her research and portrays CTE correctly and how difficult it can be fore loved ones.
“I’ve found you can’t put yourself back together properly until you’ve fallen apart.”
Isla was an amazing character. She’s a sweet, caring woman, who is constantly underestimated because of how kind and gentle she is. I loved seeing her stand up for herself and correct people when they made incorrect assumptions about her.
To me the mystery didn’t stand out as much as the CTE aspect, but I was still intrigued and guessing until the reveal. The mystery was well done and realistic, and subtle enough that I couldn’t guess.
Overall I enjoyed this novel, the characters, and the romance. Romantic suspense is a genre I’ve been looking into more recently, and I cannot wait to read more Lexi Blake in the future.