Series: FBI / US Attorney #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by DAW on 2 April 2013
Reading Challenges: 2013 Zodiac Challenge
Lawyer Brooke Parker is being hunted by none other than Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan. He wants to catch a dirty politician making deals and as the general counsel for Sterling Restaurants, she can give him access to the senator’s table. Brooke knows it is smart to accommodate his request but she didn’t anticipate falling for him.
I like James’ novels but many of her heroines and heroes are remarkably similar. They are all married to a high stress job that leaves them little time to find love. The women are intelligent, beautiful and feisty while the men can’t commit. Brooke clearly fits this mold. Work is her main priority as she is keenly aware of the sacrifices her family made to help her become a successful lawyer. Her relationships are more about scratching an itch than a partnership and she picks men who have a similar attitude. No wonder these relationships keep failing. Cade has a different problem as although he makes time for dating, he is emotionally unavailable. His father abandoned him when he was young and he has learnt to keep his emotions pretty close to his chest to avoid getting hurt again. He is quite a reactionary character as he is determined to be the opposite of his father.
Their relationship is quite sweet as whenever things get too hot, they both panic and have to re-evaluate what they really want. Brooke spends lots of time obsessing over the impact the relationship is having on the hours she can spend at work while Cade stresses over budding connection with a family member. I enjoyed this secondary plot line. Unfortunately the two don’t really communicate much apart from witty one liners and when they are having sex. They seem to exist in their own little bubble and only break out of it when one of them caves and makes a grand gesture. I wanted them to talk and get to know each other more.
One of the things I like about the other books is that there is a huge emphasis on the law. We lose that individuality here as this book firmly focussed on a random company in the corporate world. Corporate life could have been made far more interesting as the little complications that emerged were revolved fairly quickly.
I liked this novel but enjoyed James’ other ones more simply because the law aspect helped them stand out from the crowd.