Former prosecutor and now hot-shot defense attorney, Jackie DelRay, is a star in the shark-infested judicial waters of Washington, DC. Behind her take-no-prisoners façade, she hides a painful secret and a longing for FBI Special Agent Beckett Pearson-the man who captured her heart during a passion-filled weekend in college. The same man who still holds a grudge over a case Jackie refused to prosecute years before. When Beck is arrested for the shocking murder of the FBI director’s estranged wife, Jackie breaks every rule she’s known about being emotionally involved with her client. Knowing the risks to her heart and her career, she rushes to defend him.
A former model and football star, Beck has finally found his home with the Bureau. He wants nothing to do with the sexy lawyer who left him without a goodbye twelve years ago and then destroyed his first, and most important, missing persons investigation. Now, with his freedom on the line, Jackie’s brilliant legal mind may be his one hope at staying out of prison.
When their investigation is mired by political alliances and reckless greed, Beck and Jackie battle corruption at the highest levels. That battle includes resisting the long-buried passion they’d shared twelve years earlier. But will a killer bent on stopping their investigation give them a fight they are bound to lose?
I’ve really enjoyed so many (okay…all) of the books in this series, but seriously, Jackie and Beck’s story tops them all–second chance romance at its best! (Plus, as a bonus, Mitch shows up several times, wearing his trademark smart-aleck t-shirts. I. Love. Mitch. Even though I’d probably want to smother him with a pillow IRL. IDK how Caroline puts up with him…he’s so…Mitch.)
Jackie and Beck had me from the very first page, and I honestly didn’t want to put the book down until I was sure that they’d not only survive everything that Ms. Evans and Ms. Giordano threw at them but that they’d also manage to find their HEA in the end. And oh my goodness, did they ever get things thrown at them–just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be one more disastrous thing added to their very full plate, you found out just how wrong you were! Fortunately, the authors made everything all right in the end–but whoa, it was pretty tense for a while there, like for about 281 pages… 😉
Defending Justice would work just fine as a standalone–Beck and Jackie’s story doesn’t at all involve any of the other stories in the series. Several of the other series characters show up throughout, but you don’t have to have read their stories to enjoy them here.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.