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New Release Review: FRICTION by Sawyer Bennett (Legal Affairs #8)

by Sawyer Bennett


At the powerhouse law firm of Knight & Payne, winning comes first and ethics a distant second. Leary Michaels uses her female charms to daze opponents, and it’s always worked well—until now. On her most personal case yet, she finds herself going up against a defense attorney just as skilled, shameless, and seductive as she is.

Reeve Holloway has never met a woman as sure of her own sexuality, or as ruthless in wielding it, as Leary is. But he won’t be toyed with. What Leary starts, he’ll finish—in the courtroom, the bedroom, or any-damn-place he wants. The sex is uninhibited, electrifying, and absolutely against the rules. Reeve’s job is to ruin Leary’s case…even if it destroys her in the process and costs him the woman he’s come to love.


Whoa–this book was H.O.T. Even more than I was expecting–and in the best way!

It’s actually 8th in the series, which I didn’t realize going in (so far, I’ve only read and loved Ms. Bennett’s Cold Fury hockey series). It worked just fine as a standalone, though, and now I’m totally inspired to read the rest of the series.

Leary Michaels and Reeve Holloway are opposing counsel in a medical malpractice case, one that Leary is personally invested in for several reasons. Leary starts their relationship off with a bang when she orchestrates an elevator encounter with her unsuspecting opponent–so much fun to read, but oh my goodness, she had my mouth hanging open in shock the whole time! Soon the two of them can barely keep their hands off each other and do many, many things in places they probably shouldn’t be doing them…wowza.

Besides some absolutely off-the-charts scenes, though, there’s a story here that you can really sink your teeth into. Leary’s case is very important to her, and the scenes that deal with the court case get to be pretty intense. The two of them do a decent job keeping their personal relationship and the courtroom controversy separate until the later part of the trial, when Reeve does something that Leary finds unforgivable. Reeve’s been torn for a long time over what to do, though, and ultimately decides he has to do his job even though he no longer believes in the side he’s on.

Can this relationship be saved? Should it be?

Of course! And Ms. Bennet does a marvelous job of bringing the two of them back together–it’s absolutely believable and realistic for them both. Dual narrators were used for the audio version–Sebastian York (narrator of the Tangled series) did a stellar job–I love his voice and the ‘tude he brings to his characters! Kendall Taylor was okay; most of the time she did a decent job, but there were parts when she just seemed off. It wasn’t enough to put me off the story, though, because then Reeve/Sebastian would come back on… 😉

Rating: 4 stars / A-


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