If you’re a fan of straight up legal dramas then you won’t be disappointed by Hostile Witness (and it was a freebie at Amazon - doesn‘t get much betteIf you’re a fan of straight up legal dramas then you won’t be disappointed by Hostile Witness (and it was a freebie at Amazon - doesn‘t get much better than that). It reads like any great lawyer show you might watch on TV or see at the movies. In fact it would make a great movie.
I was hooked right from the opening chapter.
A well-loved, Supreme Court Justice Fritz Rayburn is dead and a young 16 year old girl, Hannah Sheraton is in jail accused of his murder.
Josie Baylor-Bates is a great lawyer. She’s an athlete who enjoys a little beach volleyball, has a great no strings attached, mutually satisfying relationship with ex-cop turned PI Archer and a great low stress job at a laid back practice in Hermosa Beach...ahhhh that's the life.
But once upon a time Josie was a big time lawyer, forced into the spotlight when she defended a young woman, a mother of two small children. Josie defended her client so brilliantly that she walked only to later perpetrate the greatest crime a mother could commit. Josie never wanted to be in that position again so she threw in the towel for local small time, small problem law. Until a blast from her college days Linda Rayburn begs and pleads for Josie to defend her innocent daughter, accused of murder...the murder of Judge Rayburn.
The whole case is extremely interesting and complex. Hannah was a disturbed teenage whose metal status I continually questioned. She’s got OCD, cuts herself with razor blades and has been in trouble with the law in the past...basically she's a mess. Did she or didn't she do it?
It’s up to Josie to figure out the truth from the lies. What hidden Rayburn family dynamics are at work? The judge's son Kip, married to Hannah’s mom Linda is poised to assume his father’s seat on the bench. Who's willing to lie to keep the truth hidden? And is a little bit crazy Hannah going to be the scapegoat?
I really enjoyed Hostile Witness. It keep me guessing (even at 90% into the story). Was Hannah really innocent? Was she a consummate master manipulator? Josie was steadfastly in Hannah’s corner, defending her with every lawyer bone in her body when others would have sacrificed her to further their own agenda. Was history going to repeat itself? Was it possible for Josie to be so wrong about someone for a second time?
This is my first book by Rebecca Forster, but it won't be my last. I loved it. ...more
From the moment Rachel and Cameron flash their “goods” in a ploy to get backstage at a Jaydon Hawke concert and then the ensuing “wardrobe malfunctionFrom the moment Rachel and Cameron flash their “goods” in a ploy to get backstage at a Jaydon Hawke concert and then the ensuing “wardrobe malfunction” scene I was hooked. Leather, Lace and Rock-n-Roll was sexy, had great, funny as hell dialogue, hot guys, musicians and SEALS. I think it’s pretty much got all the bases covered.
Sexy Jaydon Hawke is a world class rock star. He’s also an active Navy SEAL. He’s like a super sexy singing James Bond. His profession as a musician allows him and his team to travel the world and infiltrate any situation at will. It was a novel approach and I loved the set up. Using women to get information has become Hawke’s modus operandi and Rachel Newbury is about to be on the receiving end of Hawke’s considerable charm.
Initially suspecting Rachel of being in cahoots with a known terrorist, Hawke’s plan was to get close to Rachel to pump...errr get the information he needs to prove her innocence or guilt. But it soon became evident that Rachel was innocent and Hawke had bitten off more than he can chew when he falls hard for the brainy and beautiful architect, who unlike every other female on planet Earth didn't throw herself at the famous Jaydon Hawke.
There is a great supporting case in Leather, Lace and Rock-n-Roll and in my opinion Cameron Tremaine and Max Sterling actually stole the show. Cameron is Rachel’s best friend and business partner. She is a super little spark plug. Sassy, blonde, built and hell on wheels. She’s like a feisty, little terrier who won’t back down from any challenge or threat. Her interactions with Hawke’s head of security Max Sterling (make that Captain Sterling as in head of the SEAL team) were some of the funniest in the book, super sexually charged and so fun to read. All her nicknames including calling him Mr. Clean and Aladdin (he’s bald) had me giggling. I loved her! I cannot wait to read their story Outspoken Angel. It’s bound to be off the charts sexy and explosive.
This is book has a lot going for it and was highly entertaining. Best of all it was free from Smashwords and MORE than worth it. There are several members of the SEAL team who are sure to get their own stories...and I’ll be reading every one of them. ...more