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Solomon vs. Lord

(Solomon vs. Lord #1)

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,984 ratings  ·  294 reviews
Victoria Lord follows all the rules. Steve Solomon makes up his own. They'll either end up in ruin, in jail or in bed. Steve barely graduated from Key West School of Law. Victoria is fresh from Yale, toiling for an ambitious DA, before Steve gets her fired. Katrina Barksdale is a sexy former figure skater charged with killing her very wealthy, very kinky husband in Miami.
Mass Market Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Bantam (first published 2005)
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Monnie
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even though author Paul Levine doesn't look anywhere nearly old enough to have written for the ABC TV series Moonlighting that aired from 1985 to 1989, this book so reminded me of the interaction between the characters played by Cybill Shepard and Bruce Willis that I actually checked to see if his name is listed anywhere in the writing credits. The biggest difference between the TV show and the book in my mind is that the former pair were partners in a private investigation firm and the two in ...more
Katy
Jan 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book has everything I hate about traditional romance novels. The two main characters are relatively bearable... until they cross paths. They they start to argue and fight over every single thing. I swear, if one said the sky was blue the other would have started arguing with them about it. That isn't dynamic tension, that is annoying. It is because of this book - this book right here - that I am now extremely wary of reading any romance novels now.

Take that or leave it - if you enjoy
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Susan
Total fluff. Very shallow and predictable.
Jane
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Interesting story. Though not as interesting and humorous as his standalones and Jake Lassiter series.
Alex
I had never heard of this author, but while at work one day I was shelving and came across it and the cover made me turn it over to read the blurb. After reading not only that, but the quotes by other authors singing the story's praises I knew I had to give it a whirl. A sexy mystery with a funny court case based in South Florida with two lawyers who had the banter of a Hepburn and Tracy? Yes, please.

And let me say, that it delivered. This was such a fun, refreshing, impossible to put down
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Midwest Geek
I nearly quit near the beginning, but I hate not finishing what I've started. The reader, Christopher Lane, is pretty good although, like most men, his voices for women are inauthentic. The book is much longer than necessary but the writing is pretty good, and there is quite a bit of humor that kept me going.

The initial dialogue and description of the primary characters left me cold. They carry on like high school kids. Solomon is sexist, arrogant, derisive, while the far smarter and better
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Linda
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is an okay book....too much "fluff" for me and predictable in many ways. On the plus side is there is quite a bit of good humor in the story. I had planned to read the series but don't feel it is worth my time now. Have too many really good books waiting to be read.
Jim
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I was blown away reading author Paul Levine's , "Solomon Vs. Lord #1", from the first page through it's conclusion. As a fan of Levine's other series "Lassiter", I was eager to find out about this series. The protagonists Steve Solomon, and Victoria Lord are like fire and ice, or oil and water as they interact in the court room. Solomon is the bad boy defense attorney who must battle ADA Victoria Lord who is a no nonsense, and by the book at all times attorney. Solomon takes great delight in ...more
Quillracer
After reading two of Paul Levines Lassiter books that were at best just okay, I debated long and hard about reading Solomon Vs. Lord. Lifes too short to read mediocre books.

Early in this book, I found myself thinking, Hey, this isnt bad; much better than the other two. Then came the doubt that a good opening does not a good book make and the whole story would fall apart soon. That never happened. In truth, it only got better as it progressed right up to the final scene, which seemed a little
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Paul Levine
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
SOLOMON vs. LORD is now a Kindle exclusive!

Author's note.
Clara Schwamm
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
man the author REALLY loves to describe what people are wearing
Tiffany Tang  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Try as I might, I just couldnt get into the Solomon and Lord series. To Paul Levines credit, his writing style is a Breeze to read, with witty banter and fast-paced, believable action. But the opposites attract, bicker constantly thing has been done so many times before, and Ive come across plenty of media (books, movies, TV shows etc.) where it was executed much better. Victoria and Steve dont have anything in common, aside from the fact that theyre both Lawyers, but right from the first page I ...more
Jo-Ann Murphy
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has a little bit of everything, love, humor and mystery in a well crafted story.

Solomon is a brash abrasive attorney and Lord is a young, by the book attorney. Together they are dynamite. Solomon shows he has heart and Lord shows she has fire. It is a push-me pull-you match.

The characters were well crafted and quirky. There were red herrings and surprises in this fun read. look forward to reading more in this series.
Shon Neal
May 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-like
The writing is not bad, but the story is weak. It felt as if the author could not decide what type of story he wanted to write. Is it a romantic comedy, a serious drama, a love story, a court thriller? By not focusing on one, it fails at them all.
Character development was also weak. Lord was a flat and uninteresting character. The author made may point telling us she was a great lawyer, but she did nothing in the story to show it. In fact her three major contributions were: getting fired for
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Tony
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Paul Levine- Solomon vs Lord (Bantam Books 2005) 3.5 Stars

Steve Solomon is a wily lawyer whose tricks are well known in the courtroom. Victoria Lord is a rookie lawyer with something to prove and a stickler for the rules. After getting her fired, he will partner with her for a high profile murder trial. It will be a balance of sticking to the law and playing with the law, which could either work out great, or land them both in a cell.

The beginning of this book was an interesting way to start and
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An Odd1
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-rate
X rated. Victim "couldn't cry out with that doodad in his mouth" "You mean dildo." "Some female jurors might be offended" p 103. Just females? Steve's slightly autistic nephew Bobby, chased by addict mother, explains "Asphyxiophilia" p 103.

Vicky's comments are in italics "Iron Rod. Joystick. Kosher pickle .. Expunge him" p 129. She is engaged to vegan Bruce, who looks perfect, owns avocado farm and brings her lunches, but she loves steaks, breaks out from avocados. Very silly interactions.

Steve
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Hannah
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I haven't had this much fun reading for a long time. My literary tastes tend to run towards more sober themes, but I am glad I took a chance on this one! This is a fast-moving HILARIOUS read. The plot has some great little jigs and jogs, and the characters are so well fleshed out, as they say, that they each feel vibrant and real even after the book is finished. One of the trickiest things about writing humor is that your jokes must never fall flat; every quip and every funny situation has to be ...more
Dr T
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A truly entertaining book. It's a combination of courtroom drama and murder mystery, among other things. It starts with the rather unconventional lawyer Solomon defending a patently guilty sleazeball client being prosecuted by an Assistant State Attorney, Lord, who just happens to be young, beautiful and unbelievably naive and straight-laced. Solomon plays fast and loose with the law, and manages to thoroughly antagonize his opposite and her politically climbing, egotistical boss in the process ...more
R.E. Conary
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When a book starts out in rapid fire he says she says comedic tempo and keeps it going throughout, and when you find yourself laughing or snickering at a classic joke setup pages before the author reveals the source, and you throw in a bit of e. e. cummings singing of Olaf glad and big, you know youve entered a riotous updated lawyer version of His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant as Steve Solomon, Rosalind Russell as Victoria (never Vickie) Lord and Ralph Bellamy as the ever faithfulbut dull ...more
Bettyboop
Solomon vs Lord is a goodread......No, its a great goodread! A legal, court battle book like no legal book youve ever read. Steve Solomon, a do whatever it takes lawyer and Victoria Lord, a by the book lawyer are at odds over everything, yet together they make a great team. Paul Levines wit fills the book with laugh out loud fun and diverse, provocative, characters create a most entertaining read. Storylines are over the top with a kinky murder trial that ends with an unexpected twist and an ...more
Sharon Clark
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was delightful - a fun read. It didn't take itself too seriously and had hilarious interactions and dialogue between serious Victoria Lord and irreverent Steve Solomon. While the morals of Solomon appeared sketchy initially, his love for his nephew Robby, an autistic savant who he rescued from abuse and was caring for, made him an interesting and sympathetic character. And although Victoria and Steve seemed to be polar opposites with their differences grating on each other, they ...more
Chanel
Its been a while since Ive enjoyed a book as much as this one. The title, a clever play on the characters names, is what drew me to this book. I hesitated at first as the book was described as a thriller which isnt usually my genre. Boy am I glad I took a chance on this entertaining book, which for me was as much a romantic comedy, as it was a legal drama. I loved the banter and chemistry between Steve and Victoria. These two lawyers are polar opposites which makes for lively discussions. At ...more
Jool
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This legal suspense is the first of the Solomon vs. Lord series, and I know I will be reading them all. I love the back and forth between the two main characters - the dry humor and witticisms are really entertaining and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. But this is a seriously well written legal thriller. The reader becomes invested in the lives of the characters and it made me keep turning pages to see not only what the characters were doing but to see how in the ...more
Ruben Zamorano
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They are at each other's throats-or not?

A more incompatible pair of lawyers is difficult to contemplate. And yet attorneys Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord manage to find a way to get in each other's craw while progressing to legal wins. Throw in some significant parenting and love issues and you have the perfect new Miami legal team. This is a laughable but endearing novel. I liked it!
Jordan McPeek
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, audiobook
For a legal thriller, it sure has lots of romance. Anyone remember Moonlighting, that '80s show that made Bruce Willis a star? All that bickering and can't stand each other kinda schtick? That's what fills up this book. Fairly light on the crime part and the legal thriller part. Fairly light overall. Funny, though, had a few actual laugh out loud moments. Amusing and breezy, it was just the right kind of palate cleansing read I needed after slogging through a difficult Ellroy novel.
Harold Kasselman
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is very enjoyable light reading with an interesting off beat plot and some real surprises. I love the character of Jake Lassiter, lawyer and ex NFL player who suffers from severe concussion syndrome. He is akin to Myron Bolitar of Harlen Coben fame but Jake doesn't have a super power friend in Win to help. Instead he grinds his way through pain to unravel this entertaining legal mystery.
PWA Allen
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally entertaining and fun. A mystery, child custody, blackmail and great characters you wish you could meet. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, catches you from the 1st page. The humor is placed just perfectly. This is an author who knows how to tell a story! I'm glad I found him and can't wait to read the next book in this series. A truly enjoyable read.
Shalonda
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was very interesting. I loved how the two of them, Victoria (not Vickie) and Steve, go at each other. The arguing and the bickering was funny. But in the end they both still got things done. And I'm soooo glad they finally got together. I was really starting to think Victoria was going to marry that lame Bruce. Talk about a stick in the mud.
Joanna
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything by this author before but I really enjoyed this book.
It kind of reminded me of early Kathy Reich's with a bit of moonlighting.

I was pulled in by the characterisation. I could hear how exasperated Victoria got with Steve and I just loved Bobby.

Some parts I found to be a bit unbelievable but all in all a good read. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Stanley McShane
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solomon vs Lord

Paul Levine has a great ability to hold interest and amuse. This book would make a great movie. Do not start it unless you have a nice block of time to read. Stephen Solomon wants to tutor the new attorney Ms. Victoria Lord. The result is hilarious and engaging. A Bookbub book. CE Williams
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