This was really a 4.7 for me and I was really loving it from start to finish. Ildiko and Brishen are great together and I loved the friends to loversThis was really a 4.7 for me and I was really loving it from start to finish. Ildiko and Brishen are great together and I loved the friends to lovers development. The thing that ticked it down for me was the epilogue. I knew this was a first in a series (Wraith Kings, #1) and I expected some set-up at the end for book two but that epilogue and the description for book 2 just revealed too much. I needed a moment to settle into Ildiko and Brishen's 'happy-for-now' moment and instead I'm told that they're about to be crushed by coming events.
I certainly expect continuing conflict in a series, but I just didn't want it all dumped on the happy ending moment.
I've been seeing some tweets about this book and decided to make the purchase. I'm so happy I did. Loved it. Loved the h/h and the dialogue and the seI've been seeing some tweets about this book and decided to make the purchase. I'm so happy I did. Loved it. Loved the h/h and the dialogue and the setting (London theater world) and the supporting characters (well I didn't love the ex-love interest, but thought he was well-drawn), just pretty much loved everything about it.
There's a reference to Elizabeth Bennet in the book and when I saw it, I thought perfect. Not because this is a re-imagining of a Jane Austen story, but because her protagonists are smart, adult people who find themselves falling in love despite themselves....more
I had few expectations of The Verdict when I began reading. I knew it was a legal mystery (always a draw for me) and that the protagonist was going to be part of the defense team for a man he hates (that was the hook in the description). But I'd read nothing else by the author or any reviews of the book, so other than knowing those things, it was a total mystery (ha! sorry for the pun). Turns out it's going to be one of my best of the year. Don't you love when that happens?
So here's the deal: Terry Flynt works as a legal clerk in a large London firm. He's relatively new and so far the hardest thing about his job is dealing with Arabella (aka Adolf), a fellow clerk and office bully. That relationship gets worse when Terry is asked to assist on a huge criminal case. A millionaire has been arrested for the murder of a woman found in his hotel suite and he's hired Terry's law firm. If Terry does a good job on the case, he has a shot at a paralegal position and to have his law school tuition paid for by the firm. A no brainer, right?
But here's the kicker: The defendent is Vernon James. Terry grew up with Vernon in a working-class neighborhood and until college, the two were best friends. Then Vernon betrayed him and Terry's life went to hell. So how does he help defend a man he loathes? A man he's pretty convinced is guilty? And if he does, how does he keep his bosses from knowing his connection to Vernon?
I flew through reading this one and though it's a long one (~500 pgs.), I wished it didn't have to end. As Terry is drawn deeper into Vernon's troubles he has to deal with office politics, hidden schemes and perhaps danger to his own life. This one worked for me in every way. I'll consider it an early Christmas gift to myself....more