In Her Defense
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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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Caitlin is riding the high from the recent big win of the ...more
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 interes ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is book #2 in the Time Served series. (See my review for book #1 here.) In Her Defense has a different feel from Time Served, which had a lot of darker moments. While it's probably not necessary to read book #1 first, the reading experience is better if you read both books together.
Caitlin Dufresne is the villain from Time Served. I hated her ch ...more
Place(s) Traveled To: Chicago, Illinois // Los Angeles, California
First Line(s): Whoever said it was lonely at the top was wrong.
At first glance, IN HER DEFENSE by Juliana Keyes seemed like it would be the perfect book for me. Strong, intelligent heroine meets her match in a techy guy who helps her to unwind. Caitlin is a high powered attorney who is an uber control freak with a huge chip on her shoulder and she's one of the most unlikable h...more
Attorney Caitlin Dufresne is at the top of her game…until an avoidable mistake has her participating in a "mandatory vacation." Livid that a pasty faced IT geek has revoked her network access during her restricted hours, she storms into Eli Grant's office spitting nails. She doesn't expect him to be so tall. Or so hot. After a chance meeting between ...more