Sex v. Love-a battle in the courtroom and the bedroom!
Hotshot litigator Elise Carroll doesn't have time for romance-she wants to make partner at her Philadelphia law firm. Despite her mother's urging, Elise avoids settling down by keeping her relationships short and sexy. Her idea of a perfect date? Beer and pretzels at a Phillies game.
When Jack "Blackjack" McIntyre-Philly's super-sexy new judge-falls for Elise in court, she's horrified. He "claims" to be in love with her-but that can't possibly be true. He doesn't give up trying to wine and dine her, though, so she devises a new scheme. Like all men, surely he'll leave after a short and sexy fling.
Only problem-Blackjack refuses to sleep with her! They compromise-she'll go on his romantic dates if he'll alternate them with her "just sex" dates. Their contract works surprisingly well-until Elise can no longer find the line between love and sex.
Can Elise get her life back where she wants it-in a partner's office? Or will Jack McIntyre use his superpowers to win their contest of wits?
|Publisher:||Harmony Road Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)|
About the Author
Blackjack & Moonlight, the third installment in the series, was a finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest in 2012. All four books contain love, romance, and a solid dose of legal humor.
Magdalen connects with readers at her local satellite of the Lady Jane's Salon® reading series, and with fellow writers at her Romance Writers of America® chapter.
When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her crossword-loving husband, their Rhody-mix dog, and two omnipresent cats in the Endless Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Favorite Quotes: She regarded him with queasy loathing. Of course he was like granite. He looked like he'd never been wrong, ever, in his life. And now she had to point out how wrong he was? She could feel the steam squealing in her head. She wasn't sure she loved him, although she really enjoyed being with him. Plus, she was still waiting to hear trumpets and a celestial choir proclaiming, "He's the One and Now is the Time." My Review: I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book for several chapters. Then when I decided I did, I still wasn’t sure I was going to like the main character throughout much of the book, but she grew on me. Ms. Braden’s writing style is easy to follow yet has interesting vocabulary and scenes, and has entertaining and humorous dialog that flows smoothly most of the time. However, she doesn’t follow a set formula or predictable path. The reader is kept guessing about essential and important details and events that are revealed nonchalantly for the most part, unless you know to pay attention. Definitely a fantasy, as no rich and accomplished man would put up with the nonsense our female character dished out, although she apparently was a dynamo in bed. Oh, and there were some steamy sex scenes, not a lot, but well done and more alluded to than descriptive. In an odd turn-around, for me anyway, I was pulling for the male character to get what he wanted and needed, when I am usually more sympathetic to the female characters… but this whole story was like that, and I enjoyed the change of pace.
Blackjack & Moonlight, Magdalen Braden. Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews. It's good to find authors are still writing stand alone romances, so many seem to be either duos or trilogies, and that's fine but sometimes you just want to read the whole story, in one go, one with a proper ending, without waiting ages then paying even more money :-) So this seemed a treat, and promised some sensual sex alongside a romance. Well, the start made me smile. Poor Jack, in a new job ( judge, no less) and sets eyes on the love of his life for the first time. He's never thought about love, just has lots of short date relationships and he's confused, and when Elise asks him why he's recused himself from the case he's stuck. He can't start out by lying, so he blurts out the truth. Elise, she's mortified, works hard, doesn't do serious relationships, and wants to make partner this year. This won't help her at all.... She decides the best way to get him to back off is to have sex with him, it'll be fun, she'll enjoy it, and like all men once he's got what he wants he'll leave and her plans can continue unhindered. Sounds simple doesn't it – but of course its not. Jack plays lawyer with her, and they negotiate a sex then romance alternate date relationship. Jack's hoping he'll persuade her, and make her fall in love given time. He's a great guy, but very single minded in this. The sex is scorching, both are shocked by how much passion they generate, but he's finding Elise hard to wear down. Elise, clearly there's some block in her mind over men and long term relationships, and as we read on I understood her a bit more. Still though I didn't see why it had such an effect on her. Though I loved the times they were together, and the sharp, witty banter between them I just didn't get Elise. I needed to know more of her, her feelings, her childhood, why she and her mum had this odd relationship. I think that's why the novel fell down for me, it was Elise, I just couldn't really like her enough...I didn't dislike her, just felt sort of neutral when I needed to love her. I also felt the drama was lacking, there was lots of humour, and some sad parts but nothing very deep, it's all light and airy, and I like angst and emotion. So, a fun read, a complete romance (hurrah!) and one I enjoyed but didn't love. It's the third in the Blackjack Quartet, a series of connected novels with each being stand alone. Stars: three and a half, its more than OK but less than a four star Good. ARC supplied via Netgalley
I loved the premise of this story. It was a nice change to the love-at-first-sight of most of the stories I’ve read. Jack <i>knows</i> he has feelings for Elise when he first sees her. He may not understand them, but he doesn’t question them. And seeing as how Elise is an attorney in his court, he’s obligated to state why he can’t preside as the judge in the hearing. He’s in love with her! I thought it was awesome! :) Elise thought it was crazy. She doesn’t have time for romance, no matter how hot Jack is. She has other priorities. Like making partner and staying away from men because relationships don’t last. I loved the struggle these two had to endure to find their happy ending. I’m a sucker for the character’s backstory and having them overcome some kind of fear from their past in order to truly fall in love. In my opinion, those are the ones that make me feel like the happy ending was well deserved. Ms. Braden did a wonderful job with making these characters real. <i>Blackjack and Moonlight</i> was smart, well written, and flowed flawlessly. And the title was perfect! I loved the moonlight reference. But the ending… OMG!! **I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**