Rule #2: Never fall for your client’s fiercely protective, smoking hot sister-in-law.
I’m the kind of guy who believes that everyone deserves the best legal representation money can buy—which just so happens to be me, Lucas Wright. Give me your henpecked, your cuckolded, your irreconcilable differences yearning to break free! And if you’re the bad guy in your marriage, that’s cool too. Your green is as good as anyone’s.
Tell that to Trinity Jones. It’s my job to destroy her sister—the soon-to-be ex-wife of my a-hole of a client—and Trinity’s “big sis” instincts are dialed up to the max. I admire that. I admire her. But she won’t stop me from representing my client to the best of my ability.
Not even if my chemistry with Trinity is undeniable. Not even if we can’t keep our hands off each other. Not even if she injects life into a heart assumed to be long dead.
Because when faced with a choice between love and duty, the job will always win—or at least that’s what I thought before I met Trinity . . . and suddenly conflict of interest never felt so right.
Advance praise for Illegally Yours
“Illegally Yours is funny, sexy, smart, and impossible to put down. I adored it.”—Serena Bell, USA Today bestselling author of Sleepover
“Smart, sexy banter and fast-paced fun, Illegally Yours will keep you up far past your bedtime. The chemistry between Trinity and Lucas is off the charts. I loved this book!”—Kimberly Kincaid, USA Today bestselling author of the Station Seventeen series
“Lengthy sex scenes, a hint of comedy, and a plot rich with character growth ensure Meader’s fans and newcomers will find something to love.”—Publishers Weekly
“I absolutely loved this book. . . . The heart in the story makes you want the book to never end. . . . I highly suggest this romance.”—Jagged Edge Reviews (five stars)
“This is my fifth [Kate] Meader book, and I think it’s my favorite. . . . An utterly delightful and heartwarming romance, which made me laugh a lot, and smile often.”—We Live and Breathe Books
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Rich, overgrown frat boys in slick, overpriced suits. Come the zombie apocalypse, these guys will be the first to get bitten.
“Come the zombie apocalypse, we’ll have no one to charge exorbitant prices for fancy whiskey tastings.” So sayeth Gideon, my coworker and closest pal. Apparently I had muttered that observation out loud.
“You don’t think zombies can appreciate the finer things?”
Chuckling, he strokes his hipster beard. I’m not a fan, but I love the guy anyway.
“I think our awesome palates will be worth jack in the new world order. It’ll kill or be killed, Trin. But you already look like Lara Croft in your”—he waves a hand over me in my cat-suited glory—“whatever this is. I’ll just cower behind you seeking your badass protection.”
This yields a laugh from me, which is in short supply these days. Thirty-four years old and I can’t seem to get anything firing on all cylinders: my career, my love life, even my family relationships. I think of my sister, Emily, and feel a twinge of too-familiar guilt. She’s going through a contentious divorce from her asswipe of a husband. I’m trying to be supportive, but the urge to scream I told you so! is the devil on my shoulder.
I measure one-ounce pours into lowball glasses for the second round with the bachelor party. Whiskey tastings are very fashionable with the overgrown frat boy set these days and I should be glad, because I’m a niche girl in a niche industry. A black woman in a very white, very male field. The looks I get when I enter a tasting room usually range from huh? to disgust.
My sister doesn’t understand my career choice. I may as well be “peeing standing up,” she tells me. Sure, this job means that I’m more likely to buddy around with guys—definitely less drama—and I have to say I enjoy not having the drama that seems to follow my sister around.
However, I wouldn’t say no to a little excitement . . .
I glance over at the bachelor party to find him looking at me: Hottie Brit. I immediately avert my gaze, but not before I catch a smug lift at the corner of his mouth. He thinks he’s got me.
They’re all annoyingly good-looking, even the guy who looks like a WWF wrestler. Grant, I think someone called him. The brothers Max and James Henderson I’ve met before when I used to bartend in the Gilt Bar upstairs.
Max is a divorce lawyer, so I’m guessing some of the others are in the biz. When they walked in, I noticed the chatty Brit first because who wouldn’t? The cheekbones are young Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The hair is late Harry Styles. The suit is . . . I don’t know anything about suits, but this one is clearly expensive. Shiny, too, like shark hide. I imagine if I touched his arm, I’d come away with some slimy protective coating.
Then he opened his mouth, the first word out of it piss.
I didn’t hear the accent until he amended to urine, pronounced your-ine. Kudos for making piss sound exotic.
He appears younger than the rest of them, whether it’s attitude or the way they dote on him indulgently. Like he’s the crazy loon in their care, the little brother that needs to be watched like a hawk because you never know what he’ll do or say next. I’ve lived most of my life playing caregiver. I certainly don’t need that dynamic with a man.
Pity, because I could come from listening to him talk . . .
The night proceeds per its billing. Whenever I stop off at the bachelor party’s table, I’m treated to another Shakespearean soliloquy from Hottie Brit.
The latest: “Leather and tar? Love when my drink tastes like the bottom of a biker messenger bag.”
Max mouths I’m sorry every time, but I don’t mind—you quickly develop a thick skin working in bars—and I especially don’t mind when Max drops a couple of C-notes on me just before he leaves with the group.
“We had a really nice time, Trinity,” he says. “And sorry about Lucas.”
I assume Lucas is the British guy. “Not a problem. Glad you had fun.”
He squints, looking a little pained. “We’re now headed to meet up with the bachelorettes for Abba night. The fun is only beginning.”
My laugh is real instead of the fake one I manufacture for most customers. Max Henderson would make someone a nice husband, and being in the divorce business he’d probably know how to make her a nice ex-husband as well. Hottie Brit—Lucas—looks over his shoulder as the party troops out, but I’m already turning away.
Not falling for your cheekbone glimmer.
“Taking a break,” I tell Gideon, who waves me away. It’s early July, and in evenings past, I would’ve headed out to the alley, not to smoke, but to inhale some fresh garbage-tinged air while checking my Insta and centering myself for the rest of my shift.
Not tonight, though. Not for weeks since it happened.
Standing safely inside near the back office, I shoot a message off to my nephew Chase: Wassup?
I get an eye roll emoji back. I think. Because he loves my nineties throwback references. I think. Five minutes of dueling emojis later, I return and my jaw drops at the sight of who’s sitting at the bar.
Hottie Brit has returned. Or never went away.
Before he sees me, I take a moment to watch him unobserved. Long fingers are wrapped around a pint glass, which we don’t see a lot of down here. The Library is a fancy cocktail kind of place. That too-long-on-top dark hair is mussed, as if he had to abuse it to temper his energy. A small scar bisecting his eyebrow makes him a little less pretty and a lot more interesting.
The air around him thrums even as he sits still, like a Broadway musical might break out any moment.
Gideon squints to tell me Hottie Brit is out of here the minute I say the word. I smile to let him know I’ve got this. Maybe HB didn’t stay for me, though deep down I know that’s not true. My pulse picks up at the thought. It’s been awhile—a long, lonely while—since anyone this attractive has hit on me.
I’ll let it buoy me and fuel a few British-accented fantasies later.
As soon as HB sees me he switches off his phone and places it facedown on the bar. I’m oddly touched.
“Hello, again. Lucas Wright at your service.” He offers his hand, curiously formal.
I’m stunned enough into grasping that hand, its warmth life affirming and not a little zingy. “Trinity Jones. Literally at your service.”
He smiles. Charmingly crooked, it lights up his eyes, his cheekbones, and my very neglected lady parts. His irises are the blue of a curaçao cocktail, one with a sting in its tail.
He still hasn’t released my hand. “I’m not really a whiskey drinker, hence my—”
“Resistance to the tasting?” I finish for him.
“People usually make fun of things they don’t understand, right? Give me a nice pint any day.” His self-deprecation throws me for a second, and while I try to measure how calculated it is, he leans in slightly. “Does this mean we can’t be friends?”
My attitude toward him is far from friendly. Not exactly hostile, but something more discomfiting: a wriggle in my stomach and a lurch in my chest. The first I attribute to attraction, the second . . . I’m not sure yet.
I release his hand. “I’ve no doubt a guy like you has plenty of friends.”
“You can never have enough friends, Trinity.”
“Or friendly bartenders to unload your troubles on.”
He flicks a glance to Gideon, who’s watching us from a semisafe distance, ready to lunge into action at the first sign of trouble. “Now Treebeard over there doesn’t look so friendly.”
Treebeard? That’s perfect. I can’t wait to tell Gideon. “Just protective. We look out for one another here.”
HB holds up his hands, palms facing me. “I’ve been warned!” Then he waves at Gideon, who hipster-scowls back. The exchange makes me smile, but I turn away to grab a bar towel before Lucas can see it. Can’t make it too easy for him.
“So, Trinity, I have a proposition for you.”
“Uh-huh. Now, I imagine you get this a lot, working here.” He waves around, somewhat effusively. This guy has an entertainer gene. Probably can sing and dance as well.
“I’ve had a few . . . propositions.”
“I bet. Slimy, handsy old geezers incapable of making eye contact and drooling all over the bar.” He makes a point of looking at a spot two feet south of my face.
I point at my chest. “Uh, my tits are up here, asshole.”
He grins. “Just taking the lechery to its logical conclusion. The lecher so drunk he can’t even lech right.”
“Don’t think lech is a verb.”
“Is when I do it.”
This makes no sense, but I laugh, the sound unrestrained and genuine, and catch Gideon out of the corner of my eye. He disapproves. Whatever. I can laugh at funny, hottie, nonsensical Brits if I want to. It’s not as if I’m going to let him banter his way into my bed. It’s just nice to be the target of an attractive guy for once.
“So, Trinity, about this proposition.”
“Hmm.” I’m not quite ready for us to go there when I’m rather enjoying the chase.
“Do you do private tastings?”
Disappointment chills my gut. HB had been doing so well.
Maybe he needs inspiration. “I’m always up for spreading the love of hard liquors.”
He nods. “That’s brilliant. Because I know a woman who would really, really dig you.”
My brain screeches to a halt, stutter-steps forward, and knocks against my skull. Ouch.
“Right. Now, she’s a bit stroppy, and it’s sort of weird, as she’s the ex-wife of one of my friends, but we’re still friendly even though I hate picking sides, especially when mates are involved. Anyway, you’re exactly her type and I told her I’d set something up and—”
He stops speaking because I’ve poured three quarters of a pint of ale over his head.
“Hey!” He stands dramatically, shaking his head like a dog coming out of water—also dramatically—which results in sizable beer droplets landing on a glaring guy two stools to his right.
“Pervert!” I manage to splutter.
“How am I a pervert?”
“Your proposition to a woman you’ve just met is a . . . threesome?” I think that’s what he offered, but the minute it leaves my mouth the doubts set in.
Lucas leans over the bar and grabs a towel, a fluid move indicating that this is not the first time someone has unloaded a glass of alcohol over his head. “My proposition to a woman I’ve just met is a business one. A lawyer colleague is looking to set up an after-work event for women in the legal profession and I thought this might be a good suggestion.”
I freeze, horrified by every word and my actions of twenty seconds ago. “But you said she was my type.”
“Right. Badass professional who knows her stuff.”
Rolling right over the compliment, I struggle to defend myself. “I thought—”
“That I was coming on to you? And using another woman as a tactic? To set up some sordid encounter?” Each question raises the stakes, shooting the situation to a pyramid of idiocy with me sitting as queen in a throne on the top.
Oh God oh God oh God. How could I have gotten the signals so wrong? But the banter and the smiles and the eyes. I could also ascribe it to my frame of mind these last couple of months since The Incident. I’m easily spooked and ripe for disappointment.
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The premise of "Illegally Yours" was fun: divorce lawyer falls for his client's sister-in-law. While the book was entertaining, the execution fell a bit short for me. The way Lucas and Trinity met and became attracted to each other felt too fast-paced and overwrought. I think the story had enough potential to shine with more subtlety in the humor and a smoother pace. Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
My favorite thing about Illegal Attraction by Kate Meader is that Lucas finds Trinity’s competence so sexy. I need a Lucas in my life. The first person POV might be off putting to some, but keep reading. Meader seamlessly switches from Lucas to Trinity’s POV and there is never a question who’s speaking. The back and forth makes the novel richer and much more fun to read. Both Lucas and Trinity have hidden depths that you are just going to have to read the book to discover. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
I got a free copy of this book through NetGalley. At first, I wasn't too sure I liked it. I really didn't care for Lucas — I thought he was going to be a smart-ass, irritating, rich guy. Then, I was floored by what may be the best seduction scene I have ever read, and it ended with him walking away without even kissing Trinity! The relationship between Trinity and Lucas, told in alternating first person POV, is an unusual and memorable one, intense and epic. There's something timeless and inevitable about the two of them, as if they were made only for one another. The language used by the author is poetic and evocative and it drew me into the lives of these characters with a ferocity I could not resist. Some of the words used were so memorable, it would be a shame if there were editorial changes that might diminish their impact. Though NetGalley specifies quotes should not be used in reviews without first verifying the final copy, I'm taking a chance because there are some that would be criminal to remove. For example, I can't think of a better way to say, “Her hair is a hullabaloo, a minitantrum on her head.” I love how Lucas claims to be “a sucker for competence porn,” and when Trinity's friend tells her that “secrets have a way of bubbling to the surface like a bloated, fish-ravaged body.” This same friend compares her situation with Lucas to “Pride and Prejudice crossed with legal ethics.” The depth of feeling conveyed through the words and actions of these characters is impressive, a testament to the skill of the author. I appreciated that the drama and tension between them was realistic and never felt contrived. The love that developed between them felt organic and genuine. I could go on praising this book, but the bottom line is that I loved it and highly recommend it!
Cute, amusing, and intimate! Illegally Yours is a passionate, lighthearted story that takes us back to Chicago and into the lives of the spirited, kindhearted Trinity and the cocky, charming, Lucas as they both discover there's more to life than familial responsibility and work. The writing is crisp and sharp. The characters are supportive, dependable, and multi-layered. And the plot is an alluring tale full of sizzling attraction, heartfelt emotion, friendship, family, understanding, compromise, undeniable chemistry, delicious romance, and whiskey. Illegally Yours is the second title in the Laws of Attraction series, and once again Meader has written a tender, cheeky, delightfully absorbing tale that left me entertained, satisfied and undoubtedly eager for more.
5 Stars Review by Elizabeth Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Have you read a book recently that had you laughing from the start? If not, gear up because you will be laughing at the antics of Lucas and Trinity. Trinity is as straight-laced as it comes and she does not have time for relationships. She has played the mother to her sister, Emily, for years. Now that Emily is going through a gruesome divorce, she finds herself babying her sister even more. Insert Lucas and the attraction is there but it is a lot more complicated. Lucas, of course, has his own demons to fight and his coping mechanism is to result to jokes Lucas is British which makes his character a lot more likable. From the moment he meets Trinity, he wants her but the vibe she gives off is anything but interested. This is the first book I read by Kate Meader and I have to say I was downright impressed. Kate has this way of writing that makes a sticky situation all that more exciting to read about. Lucas is the lawyer of Trinity’s soon to be ex-brother-in-law. Needless to say, it puts them and their relationship in an awkward position as it is Lucas’ job to make Trinity’s sister, Emily, look like the bad person. The question is, is their relationship doomed before it even starts?
LOVED this book! I fell in love with Trinity and Lucas and was totally engrossed in their story - from the unlikely connection to the cheesy lines, this book was wonderful. Trinity is the whiskey woman, who's sister is in the middle of a nasty divorce. While she is doing a whiskey tasting, she meets Lucas and they instantly connect. Then, they later figure out that Lucas is representing her brother-in-law in the divorce, which puts them at cross purposes. This creates some entertaining situations and angst as both Trinity and Lucas struggle to do the right thing while also following their hearts. Both characters have a back story that makes them feel real and their troubles will resonate with readers. If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book. While part of a series, this is a stand alone novel. I enjoyed this novel so much that I'm adding the author to my must read authors' list.
Witty dialogue, snarky exchanges and smoking hot attraction turns our head with Kate Meader's second book in her Law of Attraction series. I am enjoying this series, but it's not my favorite style of this author's writing. As a whiskey sommelier, Trinity Jones comes across men of all natures, but Lucas Wright just might take the cake for the cockiest around. He's condescending, he's smoking hot and that British accent of his ... well, she'd be more irritated if she wasn't so attracted at the same time! A chance meeting at a bachelor party leaves Lucas wanting more! Too bad they discover he's representing her slimy ex brother-in-law who's trying to take her sister for a ride in their divorce. She should be off-limits, they both agree to that ... but there's something about her that he just can't stay away from!
Lucas, considered to be one of the best divorce attorneys around, is relaxing with his coworkers and friends at the local bar when he meets Trinity. Trinity is their sommelier for the evening. Lucas thinks Trinity’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever met, but makes an a** of himself. Trinity, although she thinks he’s handsome and sexy, also thinks he’s a jerk. Although he makes her heart race, family comes first. Her younger sister, niece, and nephew are all she cares about and she doesn’t have time for a relationship. Lucas’ past has had a major impact on his life. It’s the driving force behind his chosen career. Lucas specializes in representing fathers who want custody of their children in a divorce. As a product of a time where women were given custody of their children automatically, Lucas represents fathers who may truly be the better custodial parent. When Trinity approaches him concerning her sister’s divorce, Lucas realizes there’s a conflict of interest. He can’t pursue Trinity as he represents her brother in law. All good things... This novel has all the “feels”. It’s a story about forgiveness, overcoming your past so you can move forward with your future, and tough love. Trinity makes so many sacrifices and is selfless in ALL decisions concerning her family, often to her detriment. She lives for her sister, not herself. Although I believe family is extremely important, I think there’s a point that you have to let go. Trinity has a hard time doing this. Lucas lets his past rule his future decisions. In Trinity he sees a life he’s always wished he could have, but is too stubborn to work for it. Can Lucas and Trinity get out of their heads long enough to pursue happiness? I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Illegally Yours is all about Laws of Attraction. Talk about an awkward mess. Not exactly the happily ever after her sister planned for... As the Hottie Brit, Lucas shines. As the shark divorce lawyer for the kinfolk, he's brutal. As a interested party in Trinity Jones, he's darn near perfect! With enough emotional baggage to sink the Titanic, these two embark on a non- relationship, a friendship, and then....Then it gets complicated. Sexy, sweet, and a perfect amount of realistically stubborn behaviors, Illegally Yours is a lovely distraction. Whether your one of Lucas' Birds or not, I know that you will fall for the cheeky Brit just as hard and fast.
This book was so unexpected, and it really tugged my heartstrings. The first book in the series was so funny and, while this one had it's moments, it was so much more emotional. Lucas Wright is a good-time guy. A cheeky Brit, always up for a drink and a jaunt with friends. A friend to everyone, and he's always "on". But there are things he hides, deeply, and from everyone. A painful past that still haunts him, and the constant feelings that he's not doing everything he should. So, as a lawyer, he takes on cases that help him right the wrongs of his past, since those particular ones are long beyond fixing. He fights for the rights of fathers during their divorce. He of all people knows a mother shouldn't get sole custody JUST because she's the mother. He knows he would have been better off had he ended up with his dad. Then one night, while out for his friend's bachelor party, he gets knocked out by the beauty of their whiskey sommelier. He knows he has to have her. But, he never dreamed how much life, love, excitement, and drama would come of it. Trinity Jones is a caretaker. She takes care of her younger sister, and her nephew, and niece, especially after their husband/father's betrayal. But then, she's always looked after her sister, since their mom was pretty much absentee. She became a whiskey sommelier because it made her feel close to her grandfather, but almost everyone finds her to be out of place. They never expect a woman, much less a black woman, to be in her job. She loves to shock them all with her encyclopedic knowledge. When she meets Lucas, she finds him hot, but not serious, and far too much trouble. Then she finds out he's representing her soon to be ex brother-in-law and she knows nothing can happen between them. But that realization hurts more than it should. And she doesn't understand why she's so drawn to him. How can they overcome all the obstacles in their path? Is it even worth trying? Lucas and Trinity had chemistry like whoa, but nothing to do with it, at least for a while. There was a bit of a slow burn, and it made everything so much more delicious. But beyond the physical, they just really GOT each other. They recognized each other's true selves, and they weren't scared of each other's revelations. Even when those revelations were WAY too slow in coming. They both needed to reexamine how they were living their lives, and if it was the healthiest and best way to be dealing with their issues. They really helped each other out with that, and it was beautiful to see such true acceptance between them. Lucas was turned on by how good Trin was at her job. She loved how he always managed to diffuse situations with his wit and charm. They really brought out the best in each other. Watching them both learn to deal with their issues was highly emotional for me. Lucas' mom was a piece of work, and Trinity's sister was a woe-is-me, privileged nightmare. Not to mention her sister's ex. They each did nothing but cause issues for our couple. There was so much love between Lucas and Trin, but they weren't sure if that was enough. They really had to work to learn how to be happy together. I will also say, I am intrigued by the couple that will be in book 3, current divorced exes, Grant and Aubrey. Talk about a second chance romance! So much angst! I highly recommend both books in the series so far. They both made me laugh, and cry, and FEEL. I love them and this author.
Title: Illegally Yours Author: Kate Meader Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review: "Illegally Yours" by Kate Meader My Rationalization..... What a beautiful contemporary romantic story this was for Lucas Wright who was a divorce attorney and Trinity Jone who was a Sommelier with her specialty being in Whiskey. This was quite a interesting story that you will see from the read that Lucas was Trinity's ex brother in law's lawyer. The drama will come 'when Trinity finds out that Lucas is representing her ex brother-in-law in a divorce proceeding against her sister Emily.' It was quite a read seeing this British charm that Lucas used when meeting Trinity. The story had a lots of deep meaning in it as the reader will see how these two main characters had something that they seem to hold from each other due to their traumatic experiences they had suffered in their life's. Lucas definitely processed being a 'charmer, life of the party, super smart, inordinately, witty, alpha, protective, even a sensitive side' and for Trinity a little older than Lucas but 'strong, smoking hot, super protective of her sister, independent, in control as well as a caregiver.' The reader will get off with the bantering between Trinity and Lucas which will put a smile on your face as you are reading through this story. I will say that the 'British words and phrases that came out of Lucas mouth made this read quite funny and hot read.' I also enjoyed some of the other characters [Max, Charlie, Grant, Audrey,] to name a few which seemed to be not only a 'circle of friends' but a 'fantastic group' that seemed to care about one another and especially having each others backs. I will say I loved how this author was able to bring in the 'Harry Potter' part in the read that went to well with this story. Will Lucas and Trinity be able to help each other find the happiness that they needed in this heartwarming story? Well, to find out this and much more you will have to pick up "Illegally Yours" to see how 'funny, sweet, romantic and just plain hot this story is!
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author.(netgalley) So our lovable divorce lawyers are back. This is the second in this series, we now have Lucas story. Lucas new love interest Trinity Jones whom he officially met at a liquor tasting and who he was attracted to but ends up being a conflict of interest because he is representing her brother in law, meaning he is going to brutalize her sister. When he find this out he is besides himself and looking for ways out of this and ends up having his friends ex Aubrey to represent her. I can't wait for Aubrey's story, that one has me counting down..Anyhoo we also get to read about our original couple Max and Charlie..Enjoy!
Charming, sexy, witty, alpha male with a sensitive side - that's Lucas Wright. Add in the British accent and he's about as close to perfect as it gets. He's also a bit broken, which serves to make him even more endearing. Enter Trinity Jones, and Lucas just may bite off more than he can chew. The sparks fly from their very first meeting, and the chemistry between them is off the charts even when Trinity refuses to admit it. There is some angst from both sides, and each of them have their share of family issues to deal with, but it's impossible not to like these two whether they're exchanging barbs or generating enough heat to set the curtains on fire. I really didn't think I could like this one as much as the first in this series, but this author has proven me wrong and with this second in the series, has set the bar quite high for whatever comes next. Illegally Yours is a brilliantly delightful read from start to finish. It's emotional, sexy, funny, engaging, and impossible to put down.
Trinity Jones is one of those confident, caring, badass heroines you’d love to have on your side. I adored her immediately. Lucas Wright, on the other hand, took a while to warm up to. His arrogance and cheekiness were a little over the top. Each time he would always follow up with something just endearing enough to win me back. What was almost a deal breaker? Lucas being the cutthroat attorney for Trinity’s brother-in-law in a contentious divorce from Trinity’s sister. The author asked a lot of her readers creating a hero who wooed the heroine while actively trying to destroy the one person she fiercely protected and loved most. It was a fine line, but Meader pulled it off as I trusted she would. Illegally Yours was a fun, enjoyable, sometimes emotional story with several great moments. It held my interest–unlike most books these days–which is actually saying a lot. It didn’t “wow” me like most of Meader’s books. Admittedly, that could be blamed on my month’s long book funk that has become extremely frustrating. Now I’m anxiously awaiting Aubrey and Grant’s story. Since book one I’ve speculated on what caused their marriage to collapse. Whatever the reason, I trust Kate Meader to make it entertaining. 3.5 stars
I am always so excited to read a new book from Kate Meader and this was no exception. The chemistry between Trinity and Lucas is set up from the get-go and there is definitely a lot of hilarity that also ensues. This book had it all - from the tender and sweet moments to the sad and funny moments. I love how Trinity was a strong female and especially one of color (yay!), and how Lucas was the funny/crazy guy who has a heart of gold underneath. I enjoyed their backstories respectively and it really made you understand why these characters were so complex. I can't wait to read Aubrey and Grant's story - so much history there just from the undercurrents! **ARC provided by NetGalley. All opinions are my own**
Kate Meader is not a completely new author to me as far as her name goes. I’ve been reviewing and blogging in the romance world for over two years, so her name is very familiar to me. But, full confession...I’ve never read one of her books. I know, I know. She’s come highly recommended–a lot–by people that I truly trust their opinions when it comes to really good reads. But there are always SO many books to choose from, and I’ll admit that I tend to stick with just a few favorites when I’m crunched for time. And lately, I’ve been crunched for time more often than not. However, when I saw this book as an option on Netgalley, the cover caught my attention, and the blurb drew me in. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to give her book a chance. The storyline seemed like something refreshingly new, and when you read as many books as I do in a week for a romance book review blog, you really do feel like too many book plots start to sound a little bit too similar. Just keeping it real here (and keep in mind this is absolutely my OPINION and not an accusation of plagiarism). So...Illegally Yours. Let me preface this with the fact that I read the ARC version, as I usually do for reviews. And after all of the recommendations over the last year (or more??), after the first couple of chapters, I almost put it down for good. Now, just in case the author actually reads my review, I feel like I should explain something before I go on. Reading has always been my escape, but in the last three years, I’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that causes me a lot of pain some days. And sometimes that pain kind of distracts me from what would otherwise be a great book. Oftentimes, I’m self-aware enough that I don’t even pick up a new-to-me author’s book when I’m feeling that bad, because I know there’s a good chance it won’t really hold my attention due how I’m feeling physically and mentally. But...deadlines were looming. All of that to say...I ALMOST put it down and didn’t finish it. However, I kept thinking that surely those people that had recommended her to me in the past couldn’t be THAT wrong about her writing. I mean, they’re professional writers, too! So a couple of days later, I picked it back up. And y’all...I’m SO glad I did! As I suspected, the blah was totally in ME and NOT in the book. The storyline was refreshingly different, and so were the characters. In the first couple of chapters, you think you know what kind of guy Lucas is: shallow, crude, and a player. But that’s just it. He’s not really all of those things. So give him a chance. Keep reading. I promise you’ll fall in love with this hot British guy too! And Trinity comes across as someone who is jaded and cold but has her life all figured out, and she’s got it all together. Keep reading. I promise you’ll figure out that she’s SO much more. And that their story is much deeper than you’ll think after the first two chapters. Keep reading. You’ll think there is no way these two could ever be right for each other, and that there's no way they are going to make it happen for good. Keep reading. NICUnurse’s Rating: When it was all said and done, and I got to “The End,” I came to the conclusion that none of my book peeps led me astray after all! So, I give Illegally Yours by Kate Meader 4.5 stars! If you like May to December romances (because even though she’s older, Trinity ultimately is not a cougar in my opinion), you’re going to love this book. And if you’ve never read a May
I thoroughly enjoyed Down With Love, the first book of this series, but I have a soft spot for this one as interracial romance is my jam. Add that to the fact that there's so much about family and friendship along with romantic love in this book, I can't help but, well, love it. I've been reading Kate's books for a couple of years now and I've come to expect her to deliver an engaging read. She didn't disappoint. She never does. Amidst the divorce proceedings of Trinity's overly-dependent younger sister from Lucas's douche of a client Brian, we find a slow(ish)-burn love story that skirts ethical standards (hence the title). We learn that what these two show to the world--Lucas's loudmouth clown persona, Trinity's dependable competence--are nothing more than masks hiding painful personal history. Neglectful parent, guilt, misplaced pride, long-held resentments, etcetera. Their slow opening up to each other matched with simmering physical attraction made their relationship work for me. I loved the older woman-younger man scenario, the varied locations, the trivia quiz, all the pop culture references, and the fascinating side characters. Grant and Aubrey's awesome back-and-forth in this story had me excited for their own happy-ever-after.
Fantastic book! This is one of the best romances I've read in awhile. I loved the build up to the relationship, from their unconventional beginning, the interactions and quirks of the characters were endearing and completely pulled me in. I loved how no one person was wholly right or wrong, but made it easy to see both sides of the situation. I really enjoyed the storytelling from the two different perspectives, it felt more like reliving the memory of how they came to be, than just being told a story. Lucas and Trinity were so hot together. For me, this book is a definite must read.
Lucas and Trinity are definitely opposites. He is young, charming, a divorce attorney and only 26-years-old. He is also British and that has great sex appeal for Trinity. Trinity is 6 years older than him and quite jaded. She is used to taking care of her sister and her nephew and niece. When her sister finds herself in the midst of a divorce, it stands to reason that Lucas winds up to be her soon to be ex-brother-in-law's attorney. Their relationship that already had complications, becomes even more so. Trinity coddles her sister and has no qualms about it. She makes endless excuses and doesn't see a problem with her sister using her as a substitute babysitter. Lucas calls her out on it but Trinity refuses to acknowledge that he may be right. Trinity also keeps a part of herself from Lucas and it becomes painfully clear to him at one point. Lucas has his own family issues and is caught between trying to hold onto a family member and moving on with his life. His childhood was not great and he finds himself trying to protect the rights of fathers since he feels his life would have been better if his father had stayed in it. He makes bi-monthly trips back to England and really has not explained why to anyone in his life. So he and Trinity both keep a part of themselves separate. It was interesting to see them grow closer and their relationship start out as more a friendship. Kudos to Kate Meader for pulling this book off. It was a quick, easy read that had a good flow. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
When Trinity Jones meets Lucas Wright while serving at the bachelor party for Lucas' law partner, a passionate attraction flares bright but conflicts abound. Trinity is a whiskey sommelier who has spent most of her life being the caregiver in her family and now spends a lot of time looking after her sister's children as she's going through a divorce. Lucas Wright is a cocky, younger Brit divorce attorney who is the "shark" representing Trinity's brother-in-law. Trinity projects a confident air but sees herself as the forgotten daughter, abandoned girlfriend and put-upon sister; while Lucas hides a world of pain behind his charming, quirky facade. They have to maneuver around many speed bumps on the road to their HEA. Illegally Yours, the second book in Kate Meader's Laws of Attraction series, is the first book I've read by the author. I don't usually like books written in the first-person, but Meader's writing and character development kept me interested. Having read it, I definitely want to read the first book and am looking forward to the third book about Aubrey and Grant. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
The hottest slow burn in history! Lucas is the fun guy, the life of the party, quick with a quip and doesn't seem to take anything too seriously. Trinity tries hard to stay out of his orbit, thinking he's just too young and too charming to be in it for the long game. But they just can't seem to stay away from each other, even after they find out he's the attorney for her sister's soon-to-be ex. This complicated relationship sets the stage for a slow, meaningful development of their attraction. Their romance takes on a life of its own, but they still have mountains to climb in the form of her sister and the pending divorce, and his sister's long-term illness. Watching them discover just who their hearts belong to made for an exquisitely beautiful love story that was a complete joy to read. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
When I read about Lucas in Down With Love, I didn’t really know what to think about him. He seemed very extroverted, dramatic, and perhaps superficial. He was likable, but he didn’t seem at all like the kind of man who would be a hero in one of Kate Meader’s novels. Boy was I surprised when I read Lucas’ story in Illegally Yours! He held so much emotion and depth beneath that flashy surface. He was complex. The man had layers upon layers, and as I dug deeper into his character, I loved him more and more. Trinity had her own layers. She kept so much of herself hidden as well. Both characters were extremely protective of those they loved and were willing and ready to sacrifice their own needs for others. These two characters were perfect for each other. They slowly opened up to one another and fell in love while discovering their own worth. It was a truly beautiful love story. It brought all the heart-warming, tear-jerking feelings while also supplying all the sexual intensity Kate Meader’s stories are known for. Lucas and Trinity and their generous, loving spirits are going to stick with me.
This is my first time reading this author and I was truly delighted. Trinity and Lucas' story was everything. The chemistry between the characters was off the charts. The secondary characters enhanced the story line and brought both comic relief and realism to the story. Worth the read. ARC received from NetGalley for an honest review.
*sigh* Lucas.... When I first met him in Down with Love, I wanted to know everything about him. A charming Brit, yes please!!! I loved Lucas but who I loved even more, Trinity. She's so amazingly strong and loyal to her family. This book was an interesting spin on enemies to lovers. Lucas represents Trinity's soon to be ex brother in law and even though their chemistry is off the charts, their relationship is totally forbidden. This book was a lot heavier and angsty than I was expecting it to be but this story was fantastic. I loved all of the layers of Lucas and Trinity. There's so much more to him than the charming British funny guy and more to her than the loyal whiskey sommelier. I'm loving this series and I can't wait for the next one!! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Fun, sexy romance Kate Meader’s Law of Attraction continues with Illegally Yours, Lucas and Trinity story. Though they have amazing chemistry old baggage and current complications make for a very rocky, though satisfying road to their HEA. There were moments that tugged at my heart and others that made me grin. I really liked the secondary characters and while it was fun to see characters from the previous book, this story reads well as a stand alone book. I received an advance reader copy via Netgalley.