Friction by Sawyer Bennett
At the powerhouse law firm of Knight & Payne, winning comes first and ethics a distant second. Leary Michaels uses her female charms to daze opponents, and it’s always worked well—until now. On her most personal case yet, she finds herself going up against a defense attorney just as skilled, shameless, and seductive as she is.
Reeve Holloway has never met a woman as sure of her own sexuality, or as ruthless in wielding it, as Leary is. But he won’t be toyed with. What Leary starts, he’ll finish—in the courtroom, the bedroom, or any-damn-place he wants. The sex is uninhibited, electrifying, and absolutely against the rules. Reeve’s job is to ruin Leary’s case…even if it destroys her in the process and costs him the woman he’s come to love.
Review by Gina:
Friction (Legal Affairs #8) by Sawyer Bennett
I haven’t read any of the prior Legal Affairs books or any other book by Sawyer Bennett, for that matter, but with a legal background myself, I found the premise of this book interesting. I liked the idea of the heroine and hero being on opposite sides of the case. Leary Michaels and Reeve Holloway were definitely great adversaries and more.
Anyone in the legal profession knows, sometimes there are cases that cut too close to home or spike an emotional response and then you’re invested. Being invested in a case can have its ups and downs. The investment provides the drive to work the case. Because you’re invested, you have no choice but to do the best job you can. But investing in a case can also lead to heartbreak and disappointment if things don’t go your way. This rollercoaster ride is illustrated nicely by Ms. Bennett as Leary is greatly invested in her case with Reeve.
Leary works for a large firm—Knight & Payne—in Raleigh, North Carolina. She touts this firm as do-gooders. They represent the small, meek and needy. They are against big business—particularly insurance companies, who characteristically prey on Leary and her firm’s clients. Knight & Payne will do anything—even lie and cheat—to represent their clients. For me, that was a bit over-the-top and hypocritical. Representing the less fortunate through deceitful and underhanded ways doesn’t make the firm any better than those that represent the evil big businesses. Plus, I’m not a person who believes that big business is necessarily evil. Let’s just say—I wasn’t a fan of Knight & Payne—though I think I was supposed to be.
I also wasn’t a big fan of Leary either. Though I admired her tenacity, her ambition and her intelligence, I felt the use of her “feminine wiles” or willingness to do anything to win her cases was a bit too much for me. I didn’t warm up to her. There were moments where I liked her, particularly with Reeve—where she let her guard down and momentarily we see a woman that we can all relate to. But the façade she put up for most of the book didn’t win me over.
However, I was an enormous fan of Reeve. He saved this book in so many ways. He matched Leary tit-for-tat in tenacity, ambition and intelligence. He wasn’t going to back down from a battle—even if he didn’t wholeheartedly believe in his case. He was ethical and real. And by real, I mean, you could relate to him on so many levels. Reeve Holloway is a good guy—albeit, a bit bold. He has a heart of gold and he makes this book so worth reading. I adore you, Reeve Holloway.
Now just because Leary didn’t win me over does not mean I didn’t enjoy this book. I did. The ballsy nature of these two was fun. The first scene with these two together in the elevator as they ride up to a hearing together at the courthouse is priceless and how Reeve turns it around on her afterwards is even better. Their banter is fun and witty. Their sex is hot. The secondary characters were interesting. I just wish I felt more for Leary.
I give this book 3.5 silver buckles.
This book was graciously provided by the publisher/author via NetGalley for an honest review.
Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series, the Last Call Series and the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series.