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In Her Defense

(Time Served #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  418 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Caitlin Dufresne has never loved anyone as much as she loves winning. A ruthless fifth-year associate at an elite Chicago law firm, she’s on the fast track to partner...until a stupid, serious error enrages her bosses. Caitlin’s continued refusal to share work—or credit—lands her a forced two-week vacation. She needs to regroup and learn to be part of a team, not just the ...more
Published September 7th 2015 by Carina Press
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Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. 4 stars for the first half, 1 star for the second half. Review posted August 8, 2015

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^^^^^^^^Quotes taken from the first half.

The second half was a waste of my time, so I try to not bore you by posting a long rant. Also, to be honest, I don't feel like reviewing this book in great detail because I'm so bummed.

Selfish top-notch lawyer Caitlin Dufresne lives and breathes her job. More often that not she falls asleep at her desk because she's so terribly busy working winning high-profile
Sam (AMNReader)
Eli is one of the better dirty-talking heroes...just, really. And that's what the misplaced truth or dare episode was really about. Caitlin is forced into a vacation to learn you can be more than one thing (which, really, word.) I didn't mind her journey at all, though some of their conflict made for odd choices...I really really like a heroine who tries. I can understand the job obsession "I just gotta figure this one thing out," and enjoyed her journey of finding who she was without her job, k ...more
**3.5 stars**

I picked In Her Defense from the library without reading the first book in the series. (This was a conscious decision as the hero of the first book is an ex-con which is a real stretch for me.) Reading some reviews, I found out that Caitlin, the heroine here, was actually the villain of the first book. Not having read it, I didn’t know the extent of her villainy, but I was curious how Ms. Keyes would redeem her.

Soon enough I found out that Caitlin’s reputation was well deserved. She
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've seen some not so thrilled reviews of this novel but I must say I rate it a scorching and self discovering 5 stars. I liked pretty much everything going on, both Caitlin and Eli, and the ridiculously awesome sex.

Caitlin and Eli go together like peanut butter and jelly. Caitlin is the peanut butter because she has so many variations of herself and can be hard to deal. Elijah, Eli as he is known, is the jelly because he's easy on the eyes, on the ears, and willing to blend well when necessary
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

In Her Defense by Julianna Keyes
Book Two of the Time Served series
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: September 7, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Caitlin Dufresne has never loved anyone as much as she loves winning. A ruthless fifth-year associate at an elite Chicago law firm, she’s on the fast track to partner...until a stupid, serio
Michelle [Helen Geek]
08/02/2015 -- I found Julianna Keyes last year and since then have read most of her books. This is the new one in the "Time Served" series and I really enjoyed it. I read so many books, a series will sometimes throw me. I feel like I should read or re-read the first books again in order to remember and better enjoy a later book. Then, I lose track of time and it just doesn't seem to happen or if it does, I'm late to the dance. This time, I just decided to read it and see what happened. I enjoyed ...more
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love difficult heroines, so when I read a few reviews about this book, it was an easy decision to buy it.

Our heroine, Caitlin Dufresne, was apparently the villain in the first book in this series, Time Served. She's a star at her law firm, working harder than anyone else and getting outstanding results. She also makes sure her colleagues see her disdain at their lazy work habits (imagine, doing only 14-hour days!) and that everyone is aware of just how good she is. Her non-stop working habit b
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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EDIT - 8/2. I have now read the first book of this series, Time Served. It has given me a different perspective and understanding to this book; but I'm not going to change my review. This is the review of the book as I first read it, with no pre-conceived opinions or knowledge. I'm really liking this author and series.


Okay, this is a new-to-me author (with only a couple of books under her belt) that I might never have tried had I not noted where Michelle liked he
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
**** 4 Stars ****

Can be read as a standalone.

In Her Defense started out really strong. I loved the way it introduced the complex characters. I loved the steamy moments and where the story was going, but I lost a bit of focus after the half way point.

Caitlin is the one of the best female lawyers in Chicago. She is also known as "The 'coldhearted bitch' thing. She-devil. Hell on heels." Some coworkers think she must have slept her way up the corporate ladder. Being at the top may be lonely, but it
One cannot read the first book in the Time Served series and not be intrigued by the “villain” in the novel, aka Caitlin Dufresne, especially when Julianna decided to write Caitlin’s book as the second installment in the series. In Her Defense is an appropriate title for the book, showing Caitlin from various different perspectives, bringing to the readers a side of her we would never have seen or even being bothered to look for otherwise.

Caitlin is riding the high from the recent big win of the
Keyes can write, and she writes very good sex and very good dirty talk. In a genre filled with terrible varieties of all three of those things she is a very far above the field. This, however, left me cold.

In the first book in this series there was a very clear sense of character and the story progressed in a believable well-paced manner. The characterisation in this novel was a bit patchy for me. The heroine is the real villain of the last book, a grade A bitch and Keyes has to redeem her. She
Kate Sherwood
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really liked the first part, but it really fell apart for me by the end.

I mean, even during the first part, I was a bit put off by Eli - he's always right, and it's just a question of the heroine learning from him. Blech. But there was enough other stuff going on that I was okay with it.

But in the second part? He lies to the heroine, repeatedly, about where he is and what he's doing, and it turns out he's hanging out with his ex, and this is... okay, apparently. He flips the fuck out when the
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Holy Crap. This book was probably one of the best books I have ever read. In all honesty, I didn't think the author could top Time Served and actually somehow make me like, let alone love, Caitlin. But yeah. I did and I do. I actually love it more than Time Served. We as readers get to see the metamorphosis of Caitlin. We see how an arrogant and selfish woman just without even realizing it begins to care about others and the relationships in her life. In the process she meets Eli. Gahh. He is pe ...more
Ginger at GReadsBooks
This book! It's everything I love in an adult romance: sexy, heart-breaking, full of tension, and so much witty banter. Caitlin and Eli make a great team -- quite possibly one of my new favorites? I loved the reality this story portrays about how relationships can be messy, and not necessarily the happily ever after we all dream of. They require work, patience, and forgiveness. Also, I think it's important that we see characters with flaws, who make mistakes, who hurt honestly, and whole hearted ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I didn’t read the first one. However, I don’t think it’s necessary. ANYWAY- I hated Caitlin at first and didn’t want to push through initially and then Eli came through and then I was completely hooked thereafter!! Loved this book!
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Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book has your HEA. This book tells the story of Caitlin Dufresne and Eli Grant. This book is the second in the Time Served series. This is telling the story of Caitlin and Eli. This book could be read as a standalone. It tells the story of the current characters and does not reference the previous book but a couple times.

Caitlin is a fifth year attorney doing anything and everything to get to the top. She does not care what it takes to look good for the partners, she will do what every. Sh
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As much as I love Julianna Keyes' writing and the feels the first book in the series, Time Served, uh served up, I was a little concerned going into this one. After all, the heroine in this book was definitely the villain in the first so I thought I might have a tough time relating to her or, honestly, wanting to see her happy. Leave it to Julianna to show me a totally different side of Caitlin and make me like her.

Caitlin and Eli were an inter
Ash P Reads
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ash P by: NetGalley
In Book 1 we saw Caitlin Dufresne as a cold calculating 5th year associate lawyer, focused on her career and success, looking out for Number 1. But her we get to see the real Caitlin Dufresne, the human being, the woman behind the workaholic lawyer and she's actually not all that bad. A product of her upbringing she really has no choice in being who she is. So when she is forced by her firm to limit her working hours, prove that she can be a team player and take a vacation before she is ready to ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
We've seen a lot of anti-heroes in romance fiction but not enough anti-heroines. Well here is one of them, and she's very nicely written. In fact, the writing and Caitlin's character were so interesting that they eclipsed any disappointment I felt with the last 20% of the book. Eli was fun, the dialogue was fresh, and the secondary characters were realistic. However, a lot of silly things happen toward the end of the book that kept me from giving this 5 stars. ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wasn't sure if I was gonna connect with this MC but watching her character grow was worth it. Plus a sexy guy and some steamy scenes didn't hurt either. *wink* Seriously though, flawed characters that felt authentic and made you want to root for them. I ran the gambit of emotions while reading this one. It made for a good ride. ...more
Ginger at GReadsBooks
My summer of rereads continues & I had to revisit my favorite adult contemp romance I discovered this year! Still just as steamy the second time around.

I'm actually quite surprised at how much I enjoyed reading Caitlin and Eli's story. To be honest, it really could have gone either way, there were moments where this could have ended up being a 3-star read but characters redeemed themselves and story picked up. In the beginning I was a tad irritated by Caitlin's stubbornness, her workaholic-asshole attitude but as the story progressed I did warm up and embrace her character.

The writing style and dialogue, with some quick wits/snarky humour, def
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I LOVE this author's voice. I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you that I loved this heroine. She was in book one and I couldn't stand her. I get in her head for a few pages here, and I'm in love. I really enjoyed her the entire book.

What didn't work as well for me is the hero. I adored him for 75% of the book, but the other 25% of the time he was acting like a jealous baby and it got on my nerves. The hero in book one was jealous, but it fit him and worked. In this book, it came off - cringy. I didn
Just a couple of points.

- Heroine's personality from the start of this book is different/out of sync with the way she was in book 1. She did redeem herself in this book, but she didn't start the redemption from the same point she was at in the first book.

- The hero ended up being a total jerk which is a problem, because he started the book as a breath of fresh air, and I had high hopes for him. He lost his standing because he showed himself to be an immature asshole, who did not deserve the hero
I'm giving this a generous 4 stars since I liked it a lot better than the first in the series, though 3.5 is closer to reality. The heroine is very hard to love but fairly believable and shows growth without a complete personality overhaul, and I didn't hate the hero, which is a big plus. ;-) I like Keyes' writing style and the audiobook was well narrated by Shirl Ray.

These books aren't for everyone but this one didn't squick me like the first. This one was a bit milder and less crazymaking, wh
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so so so good!

I could not put it down, I had to finish the emotional roller coaster of this book.

It is steamy, sexy, intense, clever, witty and sweet. The author had created a lovable bitch heroine that everyone hates, yet, yet, yet I like the bitchy heroine. I like her snark, I like that she is driven, she made mistakes and she tried to make up for it.

She is human and she is not ashamed to be one. She is not perfect and I love her for it.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book tremendo
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book but wasn’t super fond of the overdriven, overconfident heroine. She does change some but sheesh, she borders on narcissistic at times and it got on my nerves 😬

The hero was ok. Their arguments at times and reactions to said arguments were a bit immature but over all I still enjoyed this book. 3.5 stars
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t think there was a way for the author to save this heroine after her performance in book 1, but she did and then some. So much that despite me wanting to throttle the hero (twice!), I found myself rooting for her. Lovely ending that brings it all together nicely.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was in the mood for a romance novel with a dominant/strong willed woman, which is unfortunately rare. Most heroines are inexperienced and follow the man's lead. While this didn't fulfill my request for sub-servant male, it was close enough and the story was fun. ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So so SO much better than the first one. This is not a gritty, difficult romance. This is fairly light and fun and features one of the biggest character rehabilitations I've ever read.

Final Grade: A-
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Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She's been skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing thrills - or terrifies - her as much as the blank page. She loves Chinese food, foreign languages, baseball and television, not necessarily in that order, and will go to her grave swearing that 'ain't' is not a word. She has volun ...more

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