I received this book for free from Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Seducing the Defendant by Chantal Fernando
Series: Conflict Of Interest #2
Published by Gallery Books on November 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Gallery Books
New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns to her latest, steamy Conflict of Interest series with this electrifying tale of murder, justice, and intense attraction.
Jaxon Bentley is a hardnosed criminal lawyer whose entire life revolves around his work. He’s been asked to represent Scarlett Reyes, a woman accused of murdering her police officer husband in cold blood. All the evidence points to Scarlett being guilty and Jaxon is sure it’s an open and shut case.
But when he meets his client, he can’t help but feel that she’s innocent and that there’s more to the story than meets the eye. With a bit of digging, he uncovers a connection to the notorious Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and realizes that Scarlett’s case is a complicated and difficult one. It certainly doesn’t help that the two share an immediate and passionate attraction. Will Jaxon be able to prove Scarlett’s innocence or are the two doomed to fail both in court and as a couple?
Seducing The Defendant is a story written by an author that is very new to me here. And I have to say that I was highly impressed with how this story was developled and the characters that became larger than life. I honestly wasn’t sure how much I would like this one, since it was a spontateous acceptance of receiving this book in exchange for a review. However, I have to say that this sudden decision I am so glad for because I just found a new favorite author to devour and I can’t wait to read book one, because if its anything like this story than I am sure that I will fall in love.
Seducing The Defendent begins with our hero Jaxson Bentley, who is an defense attourney accept a difficult case but will only make his name even more prestigious. He is known to win the hardest of cases and this new one will be a new step for him. But the moment he meets with his defendent, he knows that there is something fishy about her case. Not everything is adding up here. There is a great mystery and he wants to get to the bottom of it, especially when after getting to know his defendent, he realizes that this woman is sweet and gentle and doesn’t deserve to spend time in prison for a crime she didn’t commit and soon a strong and vibrant love story develops between Jaxson and Scarlett one that is full of various emotions that trasnfers to the reader.
What a powerful story, and one which I wasn’t fully expecting here. I simply adored Jaxson and Scarlett. Jaxson is full of humor and intelligence (which is sexy in a hero). And I love how passionate he is about life but still has some vulnerabilities which makes him appear to be more human to this reader. Then we have our heroine, Scarlett. She is being accused of murdering her husband. But Scarlett is the last person who could ever do such a thing. She is sweet and kind, and so gentle. She has suffered abuse but still has a backbone of steel. I love her strength and seeing the way that being with Jaxson brings out the best in her. She really grows from being timid and afraid of her own shadow at first, to living her dreams and finding happiness and fulfillement in life. Its truly a wonderful change that we see in her.
The romance that builds between these two is simply powerful. At first its all just friends, because of the conflict of interest since Jaxson is her attourney. But then once we see them find the truth about who really killed her husband, then their romance simply beautifies even more. I love how they interact with one another here. Its simply not what you expect. They truly “get” each other and compliment each other in the every day ways. I fell in love with this couple so much and I would forget that these characters are merely fictional and not real….but this author has an amazing ability to make them come to life in a poignant way. Now there is one cliffhanger or more simply put a shocking outcome to one of the characters that I LOVED. Like really…..I wanted to tell the author WHY oh WHY do that? I don’t want to spoil it, but its the one thing that made this book a four star instead of a five star read.
Overall Seducing The Defendent is a powerful packed romance that brings together a couple who helps each other fight battles, a vibrant love tale that introduces emotiona and reality to the reader……simply a joy to read!