Order of Protection: Courting Justice Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A sexy and suspenseful new contemporary romance from New York Times best-selling author Lexi Blake.
High-end defense attorney Henry Garrison expected his newest case to be an easy paycheck. But his client Gillian Murphy is nothing like he expected. There's much more to the beautiful woman than he imagined. Gillian knows that she's innocent and that Henry is the best lawyer to represent her. But she doesn't know why she's so fascinated with him. He's hard and cynical, and he wonders if any woman can break through his well-placed walls.
As the case takes a wild turn and Gillian's entire life is upended, her very identity in question, she must look to the people she's closest to in order to find a killer. And Henry has to decide if the case is more important than his growing love for his client.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 6 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 15, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #60,749 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,169 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,338 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,669 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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Win was a force, she battled so much, been through so much, had so few people in her corner, but she never let any of that dim her light. I admired her strength to fight to get her life back, to make Henry see they were more than he wanted to admit, to be more than what the world had labeled her as. Henry was harder to love, he made it a battle for me to find his silver lining, but when I did, when I understood why he was so callous, my heart ached for him, and I wanted nothing more than for him to allow himself to find happiness.
My favorite part of this book was how Win and Henry understood each other. It came from such a painful place and could have easily destroyed them alone, but they allowed their struggles to strengthen them and their bond. I loved how, even when they were angry with one another, they did everything they could to ensure the demons that haunted them didn’t pull them under.
Order of Protection was quite a ride. From Win and Henry’s meet-cute to the final nitty-gritty reveals in the end, I couldn’t get enough of this book. There were so many different kinds of conflict in this novel, so many pitfalls the characters were trying to navigate; there seemed never to be a second where thing settled enough for me to find a comfortable place to rest. Lexi Blake kept her characters – and her readers – on their toes throughout this novel. It was a high-octane crime thriller with a beautiful love story mixed in.
My only wish for this book, and it’s a selfish one at that, would have been to have seen those first two weeks Win and Henry spent together. The story wasn’t lacking for not having it, but I loved these two together so much I would have loved to have seen more of the initial stages of their relationship.
Order of Protection is the first book in Lexi Blake’s Courting Justice series. This was a complete story and can be read as a standalone. There are connections to a few of Ms. Blake’s other series, though reading them is completely unnecessary to enjoy and understand this book. Order of Protection is written in third-person limited perspective, alternating between Win and Henry’s perspective.
Lexi Blake continues to impress me with her storytelling. As much as I love her usual fair of the world of BDSM, it was nice to have this departure from that and lean more toward vanilla. She did an excellent job of showing her versatility as an author by taking this foray into something her readers aren’t used to seeing from her, while still leaving her distinct voice in the pages and on the characters.
Blake delivers again on writing a completely different hero and heroine. I thought her handling of 2 characters recovering from different types of addictions and trying to figure out who they want to be post recovery was well done. As a love story, this was sweet and satisfying and Win was a fantastic blend of vulnerability and inner strength.
Where this book fell flat for me was on the non-romantic plot. I will say that there were twists that I didn't anticipate, so kudos to Blake for once again being unpredictable. But compared to the action and intrigue in the Masters and Mercenaries and Lawless series, this was pretty bland. Compared with other Lexi Blake books, this is only a 3.5 star read for me because I can already tell that it's going to be mostly forgettable. I think I also missed the snarky and sassy banter that the other series have. Henry just came across as grumpy with a lot of what he said.
There are brief cameo appearances of Ian Taggart, Michael Malone, Remy, Wade, and Hutch, who are characters from the Masters and Mercenaries and Lawless series, but you don't have to know any background on these characters/series in order to enjoy this book; it truly can stand alone. That being said, Noah Lawless is a junior partner in Henry Garrison's law firm and you will want to read at least the Lawless series before reading his future book since the backstory of his crazy mother and reuniting with his brothers seems like it would be important.
Lexi's writing is so intelligent and creative. She evokes feelings, passions and thoughtful musings with her words. Her characters are intelligent, resilient, provocative and richly layered not to mention utterly likeable. There are a lot of intriguing twists and turns as well as plenty of mystery in this story. It's fun to have Masters and Mercenaries characters show up again. It doesn't get much better than this book!
Top reviews from other countries
No potential triggers
The characterisation is perfect, with individual personalities and motivators that allows the reader to form a connection.
The plotline is first class, full of twists and turns and a slow burn romance
There is some swearing and some sex scenes.
The only issue would be that the story had quite a slow start, with the character introduction and scene setting, but I would advise the reader to persevere because pretty soon you just can't put the book down.
If you are a fan of romantic thrillers I have no problem recommending the book.
contempt, murder, attempted murder, love and the scam of a lifetime.