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Conscious Bias, A Monica Spade Novel

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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Conscious Bias, A Monica Spade Novel
A legal thriller that explores visceral bias, cultural alliances, and the power of love in Apple Grove, Wisconsin.

The crime-
A month ago, in a drunken stupor, Trevor McKnight—son of the prominent McKnight family—punched Abdul Seif in the face at a college bar and left him unconscious on the sidewalk. Even though Abdul was rushed to the ho
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I don’t think I’ve read a book using this style for quite some time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Monica Spade is a lawyer whose biggest client is the local hospital. When a foreign, Muslim student dies after being punched it falls to her to prepare the doctors who treated him for their testimony at the trial. Monica’s life is quite full with her new cross-fit class, some monkey business at the hospital and having to put up with the bigoted, self-important partners at the law firm she works at. B ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Legal drama.

Monica Spade is a closeted lawyer in Wisconsin. She represents the local hospital. They have some crazy issues that require her legal expertise and representation. To relieve stress and try to shed some extra pounds, she starts a cross fit class and meets, Shelby, a hot woman also taking the class.

I liked the story. I enjoyed all of the characters. Especially the way Monica could not find the will power to pass up a single cookie or pastry regardless of how much she tried. It had un
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alexi Venice has been on my radar for a while, but I'm surprised to see that this is actually my first read of one of her novels. What have I been waiting for?! I loved the legal thriller style of this one!

Monica Spade seems older than her years, but she's a younger lawyer on a fast track to partnership in her all male, very conservative (and bigoted!) firm. She's been out of the closet up until she joined this firm, but knew she needed to hide herself if she wanted to get ahead in this particul
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have no idea why I was a bit reluctant to read this book. It’s an entertaining legal mystery, with the right amount of romance thrown in.

There’s always something special about novels written by authors who use their professional knowledge for their stories, such as Radclyffe with medical romances or, in this case, Venice’s legal knowledge.

Monica Spade is a lawyer working for a very conservative firm. She was an out lesbian before working there and after three years back in the closet is feeli
Lexxi Kitty
Book acquired from NetGalley for a fair review

I really had no idea what to expect from this book, and if I had looked at it closer (though I did take a close book before pulling it off NetGalley), I might not have tried it (for a specific reason I’ll mention later). I knew the book involved a lawyer, and that she was somehow involved in a case that involved an individual connected to a ‘popular’ small town family (the father has a construction business and directly or indirectly employees a good
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon this book and honestly jumped on it before really reading the synopsis of it. I actually glad I did. Now, I usually read romance novels where everything is pretty predictable, a happily ever after better be in store for the mains, and there is the usual drama/angst and so on and so forth. I don't usually read books where the romance is second and the legal/political issues are first. In essence this is what this book is...not really a romance but a high profile murder for a small ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Conscious Bias is billed as a legal thriller with f/f romance. I felt primed to read this after coming off Grace Mead's Defense of an Other and was eager to start, but things go awry very quickly.

Calling this a thriller is just plain wrong. There is little to no tension in this story. I was propelled forward as I struggled to figure out what was going on instead of being compelled by the plot. The main character is a gifted lawyer, but she takes a backseat in the case central to the book. In the
Cardyn Brooks
This review was first posted to as a #CardynBrooksReviews #books.

Monica Spade is keeping a secret. To protect her chances of someday making partner at the prestigious law firm controlled by men whose attitudes are trapped in the homophobic hysteria of earlier centuries, she’s not “out” in her professional life. Conscious Bias mixes workplace drama, personal crossroads, small-town politics and quirky humor into serious social commentary about identity and power. Re
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Conscious Bias dealt with many topics such as : homophobia, workplace harassment, hate crime, felony murder, bias in many forms, and intimidation tactics.

Monica Spade was an intelligent young gay lawyer on a fast track to make partner in an all male law firm. Initially, she decided not to come out at work, fearing her male colleagues would not accept her and possibly dismiss her. But after a lawyer friend was treated harshly when his sexuality was discovered, Monica knew she had to take action.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

It's the first time I'm reading something from this author and it certainly won't be the last. The story was very intriguing, it literally kept me reading and finishing the whole book in a day. The chemistry between the two MCs was sizzling hot even though the romance was not the main plot but it was satisfying and well executed.

Jeremy Reppy
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable legal drama with a little romance on the side. Monica Spade is a lawyer at a conservative law firm in small-town Wisconsin; the first female lawyer employed at the firm. She is also a lesbian, a fact she has kept secret in order to keep her job. However, a potential love interest, Shelby, and the behavior of some of the attorneys in the firm towards Nathan, a male attorney, when he comes out as gay has caused Monica to question whether she needs to be true to herself and "o ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's get this out of the way right now--the cover sucks, makes me cringe, and is completely inaccurate for the novel. However, the great thing about e-books is one really can't spend much time judging them by the cover.

Monica Spade is a young attorney with a lot on her plate. She's lesbian, but had to go back into the closet in order to work for a law firm in the small town of Apple Grove, WI, that's dominated by right-wing good ol' boys. She's taken up CrossFit to get back into shape, and deve
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I had not read anything from this author, but I will be looking for her other books now!

Monica Spade is an attorney in a law firm. She specializes in health care law and she represents the local hospital in the little town of Apple Grove, WI.

Shelby St. Clair is an art teacher at the elementary school in Apple Grove. Monica and Shelby meet at an early morning workout class.

Attorney Spade becomes embroiled in a case involving the hospital when a young man, Trevor McKnight allegedly causes the dea
Linds Sloan
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the free review copy of this very enjoyable, slow-burn F/F romance with some courtroom drama thrown in. Venice did a great job of capturing being a lesbian or gay in the Mid-West, having grown up there myself. I loved the way she captured the age-old gay lady issue of having absolutely no idea if a woman is attracted to you, even if when she is trying to spell it out. I'll definitely be following this series and recommending it.

The only drawbacks for me were some cringe-
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I did not expect that. I don't know I read many great reviews over this book, and true to their option it was. very very informative in the legal department. I skipped most tbh since i'm into romance books, the romance was soooo minimum and that the only critic i can give, It was that good. excellent writing

thank you for giving me free copy in exchange of honest opinion
Yana  Gifford (Ms.Yana Reads)
I have received an ARC copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a great read and in my opinion, would be a great subject for discussion in a sociology class. The book and its narrative covered it all from cultural alliances, conscious biases to great love while allowing us to see behind the scene how trials are conducted. The author did a great job developing the characters and allowing us to see their internal conflicts and their resolutions. The way cha
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great book Alexi!!! Took me two days to read it.... Went on vacation with it, great entertainment... I am very happy to have Monica Spade as a new series.... Couldn't put it down... Can't wait until the next one!!!!
Cynthia Corral
This book was fine, but I definitely didn't like it as much as everyone else seems to.
It is super timely for today's news, with a "Go back where you came from" legal drama.
It's a bit of a fluff book, which is fine when you want one, but... I guess it's that the fluff levels didn't match up in all the plots and sub-plots.

First we have a really serious court case involving murder and racism set in the middle of Trump country with a victim from the Middle East. That is not fluff, and it is treated
Becky Baldridge
Conscious Bias left me with mixed feelings. The book had great potential but I felt like it never quite got there. In the acknowledgements, the author calls this one a legal thriller with strong female leads. I did appreciate the strong women in the story, but I didn't find anything even remotely thriller-like. There is some action, but the story reads more like a cozy mystery except there really isn't much in the way of mystery here either. We know who the bad guys are pretty quickly. That said ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monica is a lawyer who works hard however she works in a homophobic environment and must keep her sexual identity deep undercover. At the gym she meets Shelby who is an art teacher. The two women seem drawn to one another, but Monica is afraid to flirt with her. She’s working on a significant case at the hospital, who is one of her biggest clients in a murder case, also she’s working with of all things a loose monkey in the hospital that is evading capture.
The part of the book the deals with t
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I wasn't sure if I'd like this book or not, but I do tend to like courtroom novels and the blurb/summary made it sound like a very interesting one, and so I gave it a try.

It's mainly about Monica and Shelby. They don't actually meet anywhere near Monica's lawyer life/courthouse, which was great in my mind. There was tension in their romantic subplot, but, it wasn't 'am I going against you in court or do I have to charge you/defend you from criminal stuff' tension. Instead they meet at a CrossFit
I’d read good things about this book, in particular that it was like a Harper Bliss novel but that couldn’t be further from the truth. If you like reading about legal procedures in plain language with little description then this is the book for you. Monica, the lawyer wasn’t the most interesting of characters and the object of her affection, Shelby, just seemed to be there for her fantasise over while doing Cross Fit.

To be honest, it’s pretty difficult to fantasise when someone is making you w
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This was almost 3 stars for me. Somehow the story managed to keep my interest even though I skimmed a lot of this book. My main issue was that it was too disjointed. Does this book want to be a f/f romance novels? A legal thriller? A story of bias and its consequences? It attempted all three and as a result it didn’t do any of them that well. To top it off there was a lot of unnecessary commentary about how the main character needed to loose weight and tone up. CrossFit tried to be central to th ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Conscious Bias, A Monica Spade Novel
A legal thriller that explores visceral bias, cultural alliances, and the power of love in Apple Grove, Wisconsin.

You can read the entire blurb about the book elsewhere. I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

It's not a BAD book. But I don't understand the rave reviews. I enjoyed the story. I was drawn to the book because of the "one punch homicide" legal plot. The characters are good, the pacing was good, the plot was good, the romance was
Cheryl S
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read! Not the usual one note romance. It had many stories going on simultaneously. There is a murder, a trial, bigotry, coming out, hot romance, friendship, etc. And there is humor to break things up. I was thoroughly captivated and entertained. This is the first book I have read by Alexi Venice and if this story is an example of her writing, I will soon start her San Francisco mystery series.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Conscious Bias is about two women who bond over crossfit. Monica Spade, the lawyer, is embroiled in a murder trial of a Saudi student studying in a small town university; Shelby, her love interest, is an art teacher. The story takes the reader through the trial process which was a result of discrimination against Muslims as well as the chauvinism Monica confronts in her law firm and then anti-gay bias. I found the too much detail describing the trial process and procedures.
Joann Brown-Balsamo
Great book

I have read Alexi's San Francisco series and loved it. When I saw this book I had to try it. I loved it because it had a little bit of everything. A murder a love interest grief at work and overcoming the bad to have a happy living relationship and a kick ass job. I love happy endings.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast moving book who's characters had a lot of personality and steamy moments. Monica is an attorney trying to work towards partner and adores her actual boss but despises the other partner and his son. This book looks at hate crimes for gender, sexual orientation and color. It was a true joy to read.
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Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an interesting read inasmuch it is much like a John Grisham kind of legal novel with gay leads. It is not Grisham at his best but neither is it Grisham at his worst – it is somewhere in the middle with quite a solid legal case around the death of a Saudi Arabian student.

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Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Couldn’t Wait....

I downloaded Conscious Bias to my Kindle fully planning to save it to read on an upcoming long flight. I was sure, that like Alexi Venice’s other books, it would draw me in for hours. Suddenly, I couldn’t wait for vacation. The suspense of the trial kept me reading and not wanting to stop until I knew the outcome. The ending is a perfect tease for another book!
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Alexi Venice writes legal thrillers and crime drama with a side of romance. Her popular San Francisco Mystery Series is a crime drama that tests the bonds of love and loyalty among Dr. Jen Dawson, Detective Tommy Vietti and District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne.

Venice's 30-year legal career informs her medical and crime fiction. She is legal counsel under
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