It’s not even the end of the first month of the year and I’ve already discovered a few new authors. One of these authors is Kate Meader. Today her newest book, Illegally Yours, is out now. Thanks to the publisher and author, I received an ARC to read and review.
Rule #1: Never fall for your client.
Rule #2: Never fall for your client’s fiercely protective, smoking hot sister-in-law.
I’m the kind of guy who believes that everyone deserves the best legal representation money can buy—which just so happens to be me, Lucas Wright. Give me your henpecked, your cuckolded, your irreconcilable differences yearning to break free! And if you’re the bad guy in your marriage, that’s cool too. Your green is as good as anyone’s.
Tell that to Trinity Jones. It’s my job to destroy her sister—the soon-to-be ex-wife of my a-hole of a client—and Trinity’s “big sis” instincts are dialed up to the max. I admire that. I admire her. But she won’t stop me from representing my client to the best of my ability.
Not even if my chemistry with Trinity is undeniable. Not even if we can’t keep our hands off each other. Not even if she injects life into a heart assumed to be long dead.
Because when faced with a choice between love and duty, the job will always win—or at least that’s what I thought before I met Trinity . . . and suddenly conflict of interest never felt so right.
Illegally Yours is the second book in the Laws of Attraction series, but can be read as a standalone. I have to say that this book is a fast read. Illegally Yours is told from both Trinity and Lucas’ POV. I like that this was done, because as I’ve said in other reviews, I love reading both sides of the story.
It’s clear from the start that Lucas is pretty full of himself, but there’s so much more to this hardworking divorce lawyer. At times he seemed to just be after the best case for his client, but his heart got in the way. As he interacts with Trinity, it’s clear he’s working through past tragedies and trying to open up his heart. Lucas really won me over though! How sweet and caring he can be, on top of the reasons why he’s a divorce lawyer.
Trinity is a hardworking woman and her family is her everything. Her sister Emily is someone that always comes first, along with her kids. They didn’t have an easy childhood and she feels responsible for the things she loves. Trinity is pretty closed to any idea of relationships in the beginning, because she’s been betrayed many times. It’s clear she has a hard time opening up, but it was nice to see her slowly let down her walls and let someone else take care of her.
I loved that there was kind of a forbidden romance in this book, because Lucas was hired by her sister’s ex-husband. Talk about complicated! There is definitely chemistry from the start and it’s fun to see them tease each other. On top of that, it was a nice different that it took awhile before things started happening. Not like a lot of books where the couples just jump into bed with each other after just saying hello.
Another thing that had me laughing and smiling quite a few times are the references to Marvel movies, TV shows I love and of course Harry Potter. Any book that mentions Harry Potter scores points in my book!
All in all, while I loved everything I’ve talked about, Illegally Yours didn’t wow me. I think the whole divorce between Trinity’s sister and ex-husband didn’t sit right with me. I don’t know if it’s because it’s more of a thing in the background (seeing how Trinity and Lucas aren’t getting divorced) or because at times it seems like it’s completely forgotten. In the end, I honestly am not completely sure how that all went down.
Kate Meader is definitely a fun writer, but something made it harder for me to connect with and I can’t completely put my finger on it. I will definitely keep an eye out for her new releases though, because Illegally Yours was a fun read!
What is your favorite trope in romance books? I would love to know!