Series: Courting Justice #1
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Publication Date: June 5, 2018 by Berkley Books
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A sexy and suspenseful new contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake where love and law entwine for a conviction of the heart.
To high-end defense attorney Henry Garrison, Win Hughes is a woman he met during one of the most trying times of his life. She's soft and warm, and he finds solace in their brief relationship. But Win has a secret. She's actually Taylor Winston-Hughes—born to one of the wealthiest families in the country, orphaned as a child by a tragic accident. Win moves in the wealthiest circles, but her lavish lifestyle hides her pain.
When her best friend is murdered in the midst of a glittering New York gala, Win's charged with the crime, and the only person in the world she wants to see is Henry.
Henry is shocked at the true identity of his lover, but he can't reject the case. This trial could take his new firm into the stratosphere. Still, he's not getting burned by Win again. And yet every turn brings them closer together.
As the case takes a wild turn and Win's entire life is upended, she must look to the people she's closest to in order to find a killer. And Henry must decide between making his case and saving the woman he loves...
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Omg, I have to start off by saying I LOVED this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, and was immediately sucked into the story and did not want to stop reading.
Order of Protection follows Win, a wealthy reality star who is accused of murdering her best friend, and Henry, who was a well respected lawyer until his divorce put him all over the news. The two first met on the beach where they have a summer fling, but meet again when Win needs a lawyer to represent her.
“Win wanted nothing more than to find home again, and for her, it wasn’t a place. Home was a person, a person she shared not a drop of blood with.”
The chemistry between the main characters was amazing, I felt the angst and I felt the chemistry, and I LOVED IT. Not only was their romance fantastic, but I thought the characters felt very realistic (minus the part where they’re hella wealthy) and down to earth people.
This novel also deals with some serious topics. Win is struggling with recovery from an eating disorder, and Henry is a recovering alcoholic. I thought both were handled really well. They were also portrayed realistically, especially when the characters were dealing with stress and had to worry about backsliding. There was also an example of toxic friendship, and described how harmful they can be and how difficult it can be to end the friendship.
“‘Of course,’ David agreed. ‘She’s just another client. You carry them all when they’re sick. i remember the time that accused arsonist had a tummy flu and you cradled him gently in your arms.'”
One of my favorite aspects of the book is how Win stands up for herself. Sometimes Henry is demanding, but she doesn’t give in and instead calls him out on it. Henry is a powerful man, not in a toxic way, but when they’re in a stressful situation he tends to take over and it can be a little much. When he gets to this point, Win is not afraid to call him out and let him know that he’s gone too far.
Overall I really loved this book, and can’t wait to read more of Lexi Blake’s writing, and I especially can’t wait for the next book in the series!