Today is the blog tour for Lea Coll’s MS. LAWYER. Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!
Title: Ms. Lawyer
Author: Lea Coll
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Ms. Lawyer:
She’s the new public defender in town. He’s running for sheriff.
Emma Ryan vows never to live in a small town again. Then her boss transfers her to Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
On opposite sides of the law, Emma quickly clashes with police officer Luke Hudson.
But when Emma is threatened, she’ll need to work with Luke to determine who’s responsible.
Stubborn, cocky and ambitious, Luke will stop at nothing to get what he wants. When his association with a criminal defense attorney puts his bid for sheriff in jeopardy, he’ll need to choose between his dream job and taking a chance on love.
I liked the characters and loved the setting (a small town on the Maryland shore) of Ms. Coll’s debut book, Ms. Lawyer. Emma, the former discontented small-town teen who became a big-city lawyer who finds herself temporarily transported to a new small town, is surprised at how quickly she fits into her new home. She fits right into the quirky group she finds there, and is immediately drawn to Luke, a police officer who is running for sheriff. Will their jobs (police officer vs public defender) be a barrier to their growing relationship, and will dating the public defender keep Luke from achieving the sheriff’s position he’s wanted for so long? What about the expiration date on Emma’s time in Chestertown?
Read Ms. Lawyer to find out!
It’s pretty clear that Ms. Coll is setting up most of the friends in Emma and Luke’s circle for future books, which could be a lot of fun. As her first, this book does lean a bit harder on the telling rather than showing side of storytelling, and some of the conflicts here tend toward overdone in the moment yet are then easily resolved–I’m sure as Ms. Coll gains more experience, her writing style will develop accordingly.
An author to keep an eye on…
Rating: 3 stars / C
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the Author:
Lea Coll worked for over ten years as a trial attorney in both civil and criminal law. She earned a J.D. from University of Baltimore School of Law where she was production editor on Law Review. Throughout the course of her legal career she wrote opinions for judges and various legal memoranda, briefs, and motions for a Fortune 500 Company. After years of legal writing, she enjoys the freedom that comes with writing fiction. Now that she stays home with her children she survives by plotting stories while fetching snacks and running back and forth to their activities.
Her experience in court influenced the legal drama in her book. She has an interest in the history and charm of small towns which is why she chose Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for the setting of her first series.
Lea grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and currently resides in Maryland with her husband and three children.