Author: Adrienne Giordano
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue
Date of Publication: February 18, 2014
Chicago assistant state’s attorney Zac Hennings just got handed a political hot potato: keeping the convicted murderer in a high-profile case behind bars. He’s up against his most formidable—and alluring—adversary. First-year law student Emma Sinclair is passionately fighting to free her brother. But she needs the take-no-prisoners prosecutor’s help.
Caught between attraction and letting a killer go free, Zac walks a tightrope. Until evidence surfaces that the real culprit’s still out there. With his career and Emma’s life on the line, Zac races to right a terrible wrong. Refusing to back down, he’ll bring a cunning lawbreaker to justice—or die trying.
Emma is thoroughly devoted to her brother, who she believes was wrongly convicted of murdering a friend of his. She thinks she’s come up with evidence enough to get some attention from the judges involved, and manages to convince a lawyer from one of the best firms in town to take a look at the evidence compiled.
Zac, a local prosecutor, has been assigned to keep Emma’s brother behind bars. The only problem is, the attorney Emma has convinced to give her case another look (and litigate it again) is Zac’s baby sister and fellow attorney.
I loved all the characters involved in this book, except the villains, and of course I’m not supposed to like the villains. I liked the fact that I didn’t immediately peg who the ultimately murderer was nor their reason for the murder. Zac’s sister was a real hoot and I truly hope she gets her own book, and soon. She’s worthy of it, with the personality that she had.
Emma has a pretty rough ride throughout, and I loved seeing the genuine nod toward the ethical issues of Zac getting himself involved in Emma’s life/hunt for the truth in her brother’s conviction. I felt it was admirably handled, with the real issue of whether or not he might be disbarred for making a move on her, not just a token “oh dear…” and then moving on.
The conclusion to the mystery and the resolution of the murder was well handled and I’m really glad to have read another book by Ms. Giordano. I first read her books when she came out with her Private Protectors series through Carina Press. Definitely nice to visit her writing again. 5 stars all the way!
Review also posted at The Royal Reviews.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.