Leading the Witness
by Chantal Fernando
I really hate giving low ratings. I am always hoping that every book I pick up is a five star read. Having said that, I find this book a little slow and it missed the mark.
I get that there has to be some build up because of the circumstances surrounding the characters’ relationship status and responsibilities. I just never got why they were into each other. It’s more being said that being shown. The hero does some nice things for the heroine. I think it is lacking in steam. There’s no banter or flirting or butterflies. The characters say that they do have these feelings but I couldn’t feel it. It just seems so surface attraction. The love is more stated and the reader just have to believe it’s there. It’s not shown. Why her? Why him? Romance books is about witnessing that connection and this book missed the mark. It’s missing some of the things I love in a Chantal Fernando book. I did love Chantal Fernando’s MC series. I hoped to see the same kind of writing from her again.
New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando “turns up the heat” (RT Book Reviews) in this steamy standalone novel when a divorce lawyer finds himself stuck between his client and the woman he desires—and soon he’ll be forced to choose sides.
Hunter Brayze doesn’t always like his clients but as the divorce attorney for Bentley & Channing Law, he doesn’t have to. So when he meets his latest client, even though he can’t stand the guy, let alone understand how any woman would ever marry him, he is still determined to win his case. But he never expects taking this client would turn his entire world upside down.
When he comes face to face with his client’s soon-to-be ex, he’s shocked to see Riley McMahon, owner of his local pub and the woman he’s wanted ever since he first laid eyes on her. He didn’t even know she was getting a divorce, and now he’s stuck defending the man who wants to screw Riley out of everything. Feeling like he’s betraying her, Hunter vows to settle this case as quickly as he can by any means possible. Because after months of flirting with Riley at the pub, and now knowing that she’ll soon be free, Hunter is determined to make her his.
But as the proceedings get messier and secrets are revealed, Hunter’s running out of tricks to keep both parties happy. And when someone sets Riley’s pub on fire, he can’t help but suspect his own client. Torn between his professional code of ethics and his intense connection with Riley, Hunter finds himself at a crossroads wondering whose interests he’ll ultimately protect.