Nine-Tenths of the Law
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Nine-Tenths of the Law

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  799 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Without trust, common ground can get pretty shaky…

“I believe you have something of mine, Zach.”

Zach Owens doesn’t even know who this angry stranger is, let alone what the man is talking about—until he learns what they have in common. Their boyfriend, Jake. Once Jake’s out of the picture, Zach’s apology to Nathan Forrester leads to a long conversation, a kiss, and a chemist...more
ebook, 149 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Samhain Publishing
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This is a review of my second read of Nine-Tenths of the Law, a novel originally published in 2010. I read it back in 2011 and remember absolutely loving it and I loved it just as much the second time.

MCs Nathan and Zach meet one night and find out that they share the same boyfriend, the smarmy Jake. (Whoops!) Both are angry and hurt and leave Jake in the lerch before he can explain/lie and decide to wallow in their sorrows together over a beer. One thing leads to another and they end up in bed...more

This book was awfully frustrating to me, at points I was so in love and then I would find myself getting equally pissed off. The subject matter was serious, how is one able to trust again after being cheated on, and can you come to care for the person who was the one your boyfriend was cheating with. Some reader might be appalled at the way both our main characters were quick to jump into bed, I on the other hand found it kind...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

I actually loved how this book started. It was something I haven't seen before and I didn't see it coming. I try not to read many reviews before starting a book so I was totally in it with Zach in that bar. However, by the end of the book I just felt worn down. The majority of the book is spent with a cycle of trust arguments followed by lots of sex (very hot sex, I might add). Literally, there are no other plot elements. I just wish something more happened during the story. Overall...more
This review might be redundant, as is this book.

Like other reviewers, I liked the premise.

The meeting of Nathan and Zach was different and made for an interesting start. They had some great chemistry which made for some hot smexin.

Like other reviewers, that’s kind of where my likes stopped and then I had issues.

I thought Zach’s behavior towards Jake was immature and dumb. He sank to his level by being the arrogant jackass. Why did he have to flaunt his new relationship in Jake’s face? All tha...more
2.5 stars
This book tackles the issue of jealousy but ultimately left me feeling frustrated. It has a good premise and lengthy build up but a rather weak resolution with no clear vision of a happy ending. It’s not horribly written per se, though it’s often slow and sex filled, but it’s more that the issues brought up are repetitive with no resolution each time and little final resolution. I think reader reaction and enjoyment will really depend on whether you like the characters and can buy into...more
3.5 Stars

Zach Owens and Nathan Forrester have the unfortunate luck to be dating the same cheating bastard. A night of revenge sex turns into a rebound fling, which slowly grows into something more. But Zach and Nathan soon learn that two points of a love triangle are a poor foundation upon which to build a long-term relationship. And, Nathan's trust issues threaten the tenuous bond growing between them.

This book was better than okay but not great. I liked Zach and Nathan a lot but Zach dealt wit...more
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Zarifina Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ★
The author started out with a great premise: can two people really build a relationship on hate and sex? And if they can, should they?

For all of the romanticism in this book there is a lack of true love. The author does not make the reader privy to any facet that binds these two together. Honestly, the only thing these characters have in common are Jack, incredible sex, and a good sense of humor. Each conversation between the two main characters is either about trust or Jack. What else do they h...more
I couldn't finish it. I'm all about tension in stories. I love the build up and the anger that lead to emotional sex or passionate love. I didn't get it here. It would appear that hot sex just solved everything for everyone.

Zach finds out that his boyfriend (Jake) of 6 months had a partner (Nathan) for 4 years while they were dating. Nathan angrily confronts him and Jake one night. I would have thought that this would have lead to some kind of real turmoil for Zach not just about feeling guilty...more
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
*WTH kind of ending was that?!*

This book has some not so good reviews...glad I didn't let them stop me from reading it. While it's not the best book I've read by this author it was still enjoyable.

The concept was awesome..execution was just o.k but the different varieties of hot sex bumped it to 4 stars for me! I did NOT like Jake..he was a total ass hat but without him, we had no story at all. I was unsure of Nathan at the start but he turned out to be a good guy who was just trying to get to...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
3.5 Stars

I am finding this book hard to rate. The beginning was fresh and new, the two main characters well developed and thankfully two mature men. The problem was that the story was a little repetitive. I understood the trust issues were real, but I was left wishing that more would of happened. I also find that L A Witt always leaves me thinking that I need another chapter or two to feel safe about the happy ending.

I enjoy this authors writing, I just wish the ending were fleshed out a little...more
Well-written, and I was pretty taken with this book up until around halfway through, when I realized not much was happening outside of their physical attraction to each other. Wish we could have seen them connect outside the bedroom more. Also, the conflict was a little (a lot) drawn out for my tastes.
Kaje Harper
This book is well written with an engaging narrator and was a 5-star for me until the end when, basically, not much happened. True to life perhaps, and still sweet and resolved but...I wanted a bigger event to shift the dynamics of the relationship. An enjoyable read nonetheless.
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
3.5 stars.

In this book I really liked the beginning and the end. I felt the story dragged a little bit in the beginning, with the constant repetition of situations and feelings that were never really resolved. I think my main problem was that the narrators voice wasn't really engaging, and it probably lacked a spark of humor. Since I read another book by the same author where the characters really drove me mad in a good way, because their banter was playful and lively, I was a bit disappointed h...more
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
God this is sad. The way Nathan treats Zach is heart breaking for me. This book is a 3.5 star. Since I truncate...3 star. The premise of this story was rather interesting. I can't remember the last time I read a story where two partners who were cheated on came together in this manner. Sure there is the revenge sex but this one was more than revenge sex. I don't know what was going on with Jack, but he's a jack-ass.

Even thought Nathan has his baggage, I still felt badly for him too because he's...more
I liked it okay but that's it. Nathan finds out that his boyfriend of 4 years, Jake, is cheating on him with Zach. Zach also did not know that Jake was in another relationship.

Nathan and Zach end up having a drink together and one thing leads to another. They later find that they can't stop thinking of each other.

Nathan has major trust issues that impact the blooming relationship. I understand how Nathan would have trust issues ( been there, done that). I found none of the secondary characters...more
Vivian Archer
Can you ever get sweet water from a poisoned well?

Seriously, how do you find purity when you started with something tainted. Mistrust and betrayal, two demons of relationship hound Nathan and Zach. Due to an inauspicious start the entire journey is uphill with a lot of sliding backwards on unstable ground. At some point they have to find firm footing for their feelings or this is going to fail.

This one's for all the readers who like the rocky road.

Favorite quote:
The only time fighting was worth...more
“I’m tired of holding on, so what else can I do but let go?”

I really, really liked this book.
Stacey Jo
I do so love L.A. Witt! I love an angst riddled story and this one suited my needs just fine. It had lots of angst and frustration that ends with you clasping your hand to your chest and breathing a sigh with a big sappy smile. I've placed it right up there on my favorites shelf.

Zach discovers that Jake is cheating on him when he's confronted by "the other man" (Nathan) while he and Jake are out on a date. When Nathan storms out of the bar, Zach is compelled to run after him because, being the...more
Rhi Etzweiler
4.5 stars
I've not read a contemporary M/M in quite a while, but I'm so very glad I took the time to read this one. Witt takes a highly unorthodox track with this one (which is what attracted me to it), and I found immense enjoyment in every twist and turn.

This is far from a simple "boy meets boy" story, and Witt's highly unorthodox twist to the way they meet is what kept me reading straight through to the last page.

The only reason this lacks a five-star rating is because I honestly found the rep...more
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When Zach Owens goes out for the evening with his boyfriend, the last thing he expects is to be confronted by another man, Nathan, who states Zach’s boyfriend Jack is actually Nathan’s boyfriend and that the two had been dating for over four years. When Zach and Nathan get together to discuss Jack’s betrayal, chemistry flares up between the two and they make love and a relationship ensues. What started out as revenge against their cheating ex is quickly turning into something more. Yet, Nathan a...more
Well, that wasn't bad... but it certainly wasn't good. I just could not give one shit, let alone two. The sex was constant and redundant. The "angsty" lack of trust issue was boring and also redundant. And I dunno if we were supposed to think this was a HEA but to me it felt like a HFN that ended the same way all their fights did. Yes, Nathan seemed to realize the error of his ways, but some actually follow-through would be nice. And Jake-the-villain was just a little too cliched and obvious for...more
I originally chose this because I share the surname with the author. And I'm gay. I am always on the lookout for intelligent gay fiction and, unfortunately, this didn't quite fit the bill.

This could have been interesting. Two men cheated on by a shared boyfriend and then fall madly in love after getting together for a revenge fuck. But the whole novel falls apart based on one premise: both of them so utterly reject Zach (the cheater) that he is hardly mentioned for the rest of the book! He is ju...more
I was so frustrated when I finished this book. I totally loved the story. Everything about the story. From the jerk ex-boyfriend to watching Nathan and Zach work through their trust issues. Though I did find Nathan to be a little on the overbearing side when it came to trust. Everything flowed smoothly. Great concept for a story. So what happened? The ending was so freaking rushed! I won't give it away but it really bothered me. That is the only thing that prevented this book from getting 5 star...more
Kristen *Addicted to M/M Romance*
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Jan 12, 2014 Phaney rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
This was extremely introspective. Like a long internal monologue, occasionally tempered by snippets of action or speech.
It’s a bit like moving through a wall of mist and the only thing clear are the sensations and some of the internal workings of the protagonist. Everyone and everything else is a shadowy outline, only relevant in how the protagonist relates to it. This is true for (deep) perspective in general, if course, but usually the emerging picture is a lot clearer and complete than here....more
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I would have given it 5 stars but there was one thing that really, really bugged me and another that sort of bugged me.

Zach and Nathan meet under less than stellar circumstances. They end up having angry sex the night they meet. Their relationship is not smooth nor is it always happy. I am not going to detail how they meet or their issues because that's the journey of the story. Zach owns a movie theater. The reader gets a taste of Zach's life as a small business...more
Jilrene ♥ ★
This is really a 3.5 for me, but the ending was good, so I'm feeling generous.

It took me 80 pages to get into the story. I'm not sure what my disconnect was, but I just didn't care. It could be because the first half of the story was sex scenes. The thing is, the scenes weren't gratuitous, they really did advance the story they way the author intended. The MCs were two men who met because they were dating the same jerk wad and didn't know it. Well, Nathan figured it out and confronted Zach and t...more
This started off good with an interesting premise. Can two people who are both cheated on by the same guy, find happiness together. Can a relationship built out of anger, mistrust & a need for revenge, survive & grow into something more. What we actually get as the novel proceeds is the ex, Jake, acting in a cliched manner, lots of sex between Nathan and Zach, and a lot of conversation that revolves around what Jake did to them.

The other bone of contention between the two MC are trust is...more
Aug 30, 2011 Tam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
Zach's out for drinks with his boyfriend of 6 months Jake when Nathan arrives. Seems Nathan has been Jake's boyfriend of 4 years. Ack. Zach is stunned and upset and after leaving Jake offers to take Nathan for a beer. That night they have angry revenge sex but Zach figures it's a one-time thing. A couple of weeks later Nathan shows up at his movie theatre and they decide to have a no strings thing because two exes dating would be weird and wrong. (Although I don't see why.) Nathan has serious tr...more
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