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Murphy's Law
     

Murphy's Law

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by Lori Foster
 

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“Lori Foster is a funny, steamy, guaranteed good read! Say YES! to Lori Foster.” --Elizabeth Lowell

ANYTHING THAT CAN GO WRONG. . .

Nothing is going to go wrong. Ashley Miles has worked too hard for her independence to let some Bentley-driving hunk named Quinton Murphy interfere with her plans—or her freedom. Yes, the

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“Lori Foster is a funny, steamy, guaranteed good read! Say YES! to Lori Foster.” --Elizabeth Lowell

ANYTHING THAT CAN GO WRONG. . .

Nothing is going to go wrong. Ashley Miles has worked too hard for her independence to let some Bentley-driving hunk named Quinton Murphy interfere with her plans—or her freedom. Yes, the chemistry is phenomenal. Kind of scary, actually. But that’s it. NO emotional commitments.

. . .WILL

But he’s SO wonderful—a woman could fall in love . . . How did that happen? That wasn’t part of the plan! But can she trust him? Really trust him? The man is just so mysterious. There’s only one solution: put it all on the line and see what Quinton does when she tells him how she feels. And hope everything that can go wrong. . .won’t. . .

“Smart, Sexy, engaging characters. The pages sizzle!” --Christine Feehan . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420100679
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Law , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
13,255
File size:
785 KB

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Murphy's Law


By Lori Foster

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2006 Lori Foster
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4201-0067-9


CHAPTER 1

Trailing close behind in the rusted, rattling junk heap of a car, he watched her, plotting, planning ... growing tense and hard and excited.

Between two jobs and school she scattered her routine, but he'd figure it out. Everyone fit a pattern eventually. People were sheep. Predictable. Easily overcome. Especially with his unique brand of tools.

She was the one to blame, the one who'd fucked up all his plans. She was the one directly responsible for ruining his life.

Before she caught on to him, before anyone could stop him, he'd have her. Then he'd have his much-deserved retribution.

She turned into the parking garage at the building where she worked the night shift. Slow and watchful, he drove on past the entrance. And he saw things he hadn't expected. He smiled with the discovery. Another way to twist the knife, to get his revenge.

The little bitch deserved no less for putting her nose where it didn't belong.


With building impatience and anticipation, Quinton Murphy leaned against the cinderblock wall and checked his watch for the tenth time. How pathetic for a grown man to go to such lengths to talk with a woman.

A woman who had refused him — after kissing him senseless.

He didn't leave. He wouldn't leave. Not until she showed up and he had a chance to set things right with her.

Loosening his tie and pulling at the collar of his dress shirt, he cursed the unseasonable warmth of the October night and the stifling stillness of the parking garage. He checked his watch yet again, and then, finally, her yellow Civic pulled through the entrance.

Headlights flashed around the gray, yawning space, now mostly empty except for his Porsche Carrera and the vehicles of the night shift workers. Her brakes sounded a little squeaky, and she parked with a jerk of the gears that shook the aged automobile.

Always in a hurry — that described Ashley Miles. At least from what little he'd seen of her. He had to wonder if she ever relaxed or took a day off to laze around.

As soon as her engine died and her headlights went dark, the driver's door swung open and she stepped out. Quinton soaked in the sight of her, letting his gaze meander along the length of her long legs, her trim midriff, and the understated curves of her small breasts before settling on her face.

Once again, he mulled over her startling effect on him — and wondered at it. At thirty-three he was hardly a monk. He'd had infatuations, relationships of convenience, and once he'd even been in love.

But something about Ashley, some indefinable nuance in her nature got to him in a most unusual way.

Pieces of her were perfect: her dark eyes, her long silky hair, and her mouth ... God, he loved her mouth.

She smiled easily, had a sharp tongue, and said no far too often.

But she kissed with an enthusiasm and hunger that made her impossible to dismiss, almost as if she'd never kissed before and the sensation of it overwhelmed her. He wanted more. He wanted everything. Until he had her, he wouldn't be able to get her out of his thoughts.

Put all together, Ashley made a mostly average appearance. But when she spoke, all that sassy attitude came crashing out, and it made her seem appealing yet unattainable, brash yet vulnerable.

She said things he didn't expect, behaved in ways unfamiliar to him. She smiled, and he wanted to strip her naked.

Her car door slammed hard and she looked around the garage behind her, talking to herself in low mumbled words that reeked of irritation and disgust.

Unaware of his presence, she said, "For God's sake, Ashley, get a pair, why don't ya."

Never taking his gaze off her, Quinton pushed away from the wall. Patience, he told himself. He'd have her, and soon.

"A pair of what, Ashley?"

She screeched. The high-pitched yell of panic bounced around the cavernous garage in deafening force, causing Quinton to wince. "For God's sake, it's me."

Eyes wide, she whipped around, zeroed in on him, and went from startled to furious in a heartbeat. The change was something to see.

And she looked as desirable pissed as she did impatient.

After stomping across the concrete floor, she thrust her chin up close to his face. Since this was the second time he'd startled her in the garage, he felt a little guilty. Holding up his hands in concession, he said, "My apologies."

She didn't soften a bit. "You're making a habit of this, Murphy, and I don't like it."

Quinton gave in to a half smile, gently touched her hair, and lied through his teeth. "Not on purpose. I just finished some late business. Since I knew you were due in soon, I decided to wait to say hi before heading home." The last time he'd seen her, he'd been with a client. A sexy, blond, female client, and though he knew Ashley wouldn't admit it, she'd misinterpreted the situation.

Now he needed to make her understand his interest for her and her alone.

For a single suspended moment she stared at him, mostly at his mouth, her expression soft and giving ... then with a frustrated growl she strode away from him.

Damned contrary woman. She wouldn't make this easy for him. But she did make it interesting.

Quinton propped his hands on his hips and watched her long-legged retreat, undecided on whether or not he should say anything more.

But after only three steps she halted. Her straight, stiffened back still to him, she snapped by way of explanation, "I usually don't scare so easy."

An olive branch? He gladly accepted it. "I gathered as much." He hadn't known Ashley long, but already he accepted that she wasn't a timid woman, definitely not a woman who jumped at shadows. In fact, he'd have described her as ballsy beyond belief. "So what's going on? Why are you so jumpy?"

"It's nothing."

She shut him out and he didn't like it. "Okay." He'd let that pass for now. Harking back to her earlier comment, he asked, "What do you need a pair of?"

Her shoulders relaxed and she turned to flash him a cheeky grin. "Balls."

"Well, good God, I hope not."

She shook her head. "I could use them in the figurative sense."

He chose to see her chattiness as an invitation and fell into step beside her. "Want to tell me why?"

Her shoulders lifted. "I've had the weird feeling that someone's watching me." She glanced up at him. "It's probably you giving me the willies."

"Me?"

She poked him in the chest. "Every time I turn a dark corner, you seem to be there."

Half under his breath, he muttered, "Not exactly the reaction I'd hoped for." The first time he'd met her, she'd been running for the elevator and he was stepping out. She'd ended up in his arms, and from that point on, he'd been a goner.

He stepped ahead of her to open the door to the building.

In her usual long-legged march, Ashley went in past him. He had a feeling she'd keep walking until she left him far behind.

On a sigh, he said, "Ashley, wait."

She paused and one slim brown eyebrow lifted. "For what?" She looked ... well, adorable. Her disheveled brown hair draped her shoulders, partially concealing the ridiculous long-sleeved T-shirt she wore. Ashley had the oddest fashion sense he'd ever witnessed, but somehow it suited her spirit.

Tonight she wore a purple and pea green striped T-shirt that would have made most women look bloated. On Ashley it made a statement of individuality. For certain, he'd never seen anything like it on anyone else.

Droopy broken-in jeans hung low on her slim hips, leaving a thin strip of pale, smooth belly to tantalize him. Her slip-on sneakers clashed in a glaring shade of pink with silver trim.

What was it about her?

She tried so hard to appear disinterested in him, but when they kissed, her body language told him otherwise. And thinking that ...

Quinton narrowed his eyes. "If I kissed you right now, what would you do?"

Expression arrested, she asked, "Scream again?"

"You aren't certain?" He stepped closer. She didn't back away, but she did plant her feet as if preparing for a confrontation. He didn't want to rush her or scare her off.

Without touching her, he suggested, "Maybe we should find out."

She stared at his mouth. Her lips parted on a shaky breath, then slowly curved in a sexy female smile that reeked of confidence. "Yeah," she whispered. Her gaze drifted to his. "I have a few minutes, so why not?"

Damn it, one little invitation from her and his heart pounded as if he'd been jogging up three flights of stairs. Not waiting for her to change her mind, Quinton tunneled his fingers into the cool weight of her hair, tipped up her chin, and sealed his mouth over hers.

Being so close to her rioted his senses.

He loved the feel of her hair against his palms, the warm scent of her skin, the way her heartbeat matched his. With only the touch of his tongue, her lips opened under his, so soft and sweet.

Just as he remembered, she intoxicated him.

They were in the building's basement, not exactly a place conducive to seduction.

She had to start work.

He needed to head home.

He knew all that — but at that moment, he didn't care.

Her hands on his shoulders, she snuggled into him, pelvis to pelvis, her breath coming fast and hard, her mouth moving with his.

Her breasts were small, but he could feel her stiffened nipples rasping against his chest and it made him nuts because he knew she was braless, that only a thin T-shirt kept her from him. Lost to the here and now, he ran his hand down her back all the way to her rounded bottom, spread his fingers wide over the softened, worn denim of her jeans, and pressed her tight against his erection.

With him every step of the way, she made a purring sound of excitement and dug her fingers hard into his shoulders. Her response pushed him over the edge and he started considering the possibility of taking her in the darkened hallway, against the wall, her long legs wrapped around his waist ...

She freed her mouth. Breathing hard, her forehead to his chest, she half laughed, half moaned.

His own breathing was ragged. He felt primed, more than ready to strip off her jeans and sink into her. But he had enough sense not to press her. Instead, he rubbed his hands over her back, soothing her, enjoying the feel of her in his arms. "God almighty, woman."

"Yeah." Her fingers fisted in his dress shirt. She swallowed twice, let out a long breath. "And now you see why you have to leave me alone."

He stiffened from his hairline to his toes. "You must be joking." She had to be. He couldn't remember the last time a mere kiss had affected him so strongly. And she wasn't immune either. He could feel her trembling.

"Sorry, no joke." Her forehead pressed hard into his sternum and her voice lowered in near desperation. "You have to stop waiting for me —"

He forgot his lie about work and said, "I've only waited twice, damn it."

"— and you definitely have to stop kissing me."

Quinton caught her shoulders and held her back far enough to see her face. A pulse thrummed wildly in her throat. Her swollen and damp lips were open to accommodate her uneven breaths. Heat flushed her cheeks and lust shone in her big dark eyes.

She felt everything he felt.

Determined to understand her, he demanded quietly, "Tell me why."

Her long hair trailed over his wrists as she shook her head. "We both know you were waiting for me tonight because, for whatever reason, you've decided you want to take a turn in the sack with me."

"Take a ..." The way she put things forever boggled his mind. He gently shook her shoulders. "I want to make love to you. We'd both enjoy it." Hell, he'd love it. "But I also like you." He was close to being obsessed with her.

"You barely know me." With shaking fingers she tucked her hair behind her ears, straightened her T-shirt, and moved back to put space between them.

His hands fell to his sides. "True enough. I don't know you as I want to." He managed a strained smile. "But I'm trying to correct that."

"Why bother? Our schedules conflict. We don't work the same hours."

"I'll manage." Given how badly he wanted her, he didn't sleep much anyway.

"We don't even work for the same company."

"But we do work in the same building." They'd met only by chance when he'd had to stop by his office late and she'd been leaving work early. Among other things, he was CEO of a consulting firm. Ashley cleaned the office building where he leased space. "Though it's a good thing we don't officially work together, given most company policies would forbid coworker dating."

Still refusing him, she shook her head. "We're not dating. It'd be a waste of time."

Did she deliberately insult him?

He scowled, but she shook her head and said, "I mean because we have nothing in common."

He touched her mouth with one fingertip. "Oh, I think we have a few things in common." He looked into her eyes and his lust ratcheted up to the max again. He wanted to devour her.

"Yeah, okay." She drew a quick breath. "It's a first for me, but I'll admit we've got the whole sexual chemistry thing going."

"Thank you," he said with dry humor.

"But," she continued, once again on the move, "I've got too much on my plate to be messing around with you right now."

Messing around with him? She made him sound like an inconvenience. Easily keeping pace with her on her path through the building to the locker room, Quinton asked, "So what's on your plate? Anything I can help with?"

"Nope." She kept her head down and her gait long.

She said that too fast, and with too much conviction. The take-charge part of his personality didn't like it. "I'm not without means, you know."

She stopped long enough to roll her eyes at him. "Yeah, I know. You have 'means' coming out the ying-yang. Thanks but no thanks."

On their first meeting, which also accounted for his first rejected invitation to her, he'd learned that Ashley had a spirited way of putting things. He liked it. As he said, he liked her.

He already knew that she attended college classes in addition to working the third-shift job. Busy, but not so busy that she couldn't fit in a date with him.

Unless something, or someone else, was keeping her away.

From two feet behind her, he asked, "Do you find me unattractive?"

"Oh please." She laughed without looking back at him. "As if."

Well ... That was nice. At least he knew his appearance didn't repel. "So is it that you dislike men with 'means coming out the ying-yang'?"

"Your means don't matter to me one way or the other." Now she sounded irritated. "I'm sure you work hard for what you have."

"I do." But he'd also been born into money, not that he intended to say so with her being so prickly about it. "And now you have me working hard to figure you out."

"Might as well stop before you strain something." Finally they reached the locker she used to stow away her purse.

Again, Quinton tipped up her chin. "Tell me what's troubling you." Then he'd resolve it and get her focused on him instead of other things.

She crossed her arms over her chest, cocked out one hip, and eyed him up and down. "All right, fine. First and foremost on my mind is the wedding."

The wedding? Denial lumped in his guts. But a quick glance at her finger showed no engagement ring. He scowled at her for nearly stopping his heart.

"Yeah, my sentiments exactly." She wrinkled her nose. "But you should try it wearing pink taffeta." She turned, opened the padlock with deft movements, swung open the squeaky metal door, and shoved her purse onto the top shelf inside the locker. "Let me tell you, humiliation takes on new meaning." She slammed the locker shut with a little more force than necessary.

"Hold up." Quinton put a hand to her shoulder and turned her to face him. "You're not getting married?"

"No way." And with annoyance, "Where'd you get a dumb idea like that?"

Relief sank into him. "So who's the lucky bride?"

"My best friend."

"And she's getting married when?"

Her head dropped back against the locker with a clatter. "In a couple of days. And I've got all this crap to remember —"

"Crap?"

"Yeah, you know. Like how to do that idiotic walk on the rice paper, and to move her train out from behind her when she turns to go back down the aisle." She closed her eyes and huffed. "And to not say crap in front of the minister."

"Such a predicament," he teased.

"Yeah, well, for me it is." She screwed up her face. "I have a tendency to speak first and think later."

Without really considering all the repercussions, Quinton said, "This is where I can come in handy." Then he felt like cursing. He detested weddings almost as much as funerals. Still, he had the entire weekend free and if it'd get him that much closer to her ... "As your escort, I'll assist you in minding your manners."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Murphy's Law by Lori Foster. Copyright © 2006 Lori Foster. Excerpted by permission of KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP..
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Meet the Author

Lori Foster is a USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and New York Times bestselling author. She has received the Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Series Romantic Fantasy and for Contemporary Romance; Amazon’s top-selling romance title for Too Much Temptation; Amazon’s Top Ten editors’ picks in romance for Causing Havoc; the BGI group’s “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance for The Secret Life of Bryan, “Bestselling Romantic Comedy” for Jude’s Law, “Bestselling Romantic Suspense” for Back in Black; and Amazon’s #1 Editors’ Pick in Romance for Servant: The Acceptance. Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. As well as writing a variety of romances in all lengths for multiple publishers, Lori has a successful urban fantasy series under the name L. L. Foster. Visit Lori at her website LoriFoster.com.

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Murphy's Law 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Quinton Moore was raised in affluence while Ashley Miles grew up with nothingness. However, the rich CEO breaks all his habits to the point he feels almost like an obsessed stalker just to spend a few minutes with the building¿s cleaning lady mid twenties Ashley Miles who recently kissed him senseless, but rejects his advances since. He wants her even on her terms she feels the attraction from her head to her toes and all points in between, but fears giving up her hard earned independence and life goals. Besides she has no time for a man between two jobs and school especially a hunk who will discard her once his lust is satiated. When someone threatens her life, Quinton demands she move into his home for her protection. She reluctantly agrees, but wonders who will protect her heart from her host. As they fall in love, this adversary expands his attempted assault to include anyone that he observes Ashley seems to befriend his goal to destroy the meddling woman. A secondary character in JUDE¿S LAW, Quinton defies his namesake¿s law with optimism that when it comes to Ashley and him, love makes sure that everything that can go right will go right though it might take all night. Ashley is a delightful protagonist as her hard work to get ahead is inspirational. Their mutual desires makes for a heated romance with a matchmaking thug pushing them together with his obsession to kill her (though the why comes extremely late). Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great sequal to Jude's Law! I love how tough, independent, and quick witted Ashley is! I think Quinton's calmness and patience work well with Ashley's character. I will say I quit reading for a few days after the surprise at the hospital.. All I could think about was "not another book like this" but it actually didn't drag on like most books so I was happy in the end. Overall, the book was funny, exciting, and had some hot scenes!
jen-e More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I would suggest reading Jude's Law first which helps to set this one up. Ashley's honesty and upfrontness was a real treat...not one of those sappy girls!
calfrogylvr More than 1 year ago
Yes...there aren't many but who cares! I don't think this was meant to be based on a true story. I loved this book. I've never read this author, I will now. The best ending ever!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Murphy's Law' follows Lori's previous release 'Jude's Law', and readers will be thrilled to re-visit favorite characters from that book in her latest release. Quinton Murphy has been intrigued by fiercely independent Ashley Miles from the very beginning, but she won't give him the time of day. It isn't until they share a fireworks kind of a kiss that he realizes the attraction goes both ways, but the frustrating Miss Miles still refuses to act on those feelings with him. In fact if Quinton wasn't so self-confident, Ashley would deflate his ego like a balloon. He's never known a woman who is not impressed by what he has, and having to work so hard just to go out on a date with this maddening woman frustrates him, but it also gets his attention in a big way. Ashley has not had an easy life, but you won't find her crying about what she doesn't have. No, this woman has goals, and she's not afraid of a little hard work, or lack of sleep, in order to make them happen. After all, God granted her with plenty of energy and determination, and blessed her with May, the best friend Ashley could ever have imagined. Now her attraction to Murphy, as well as a persistent danger, threaten to wreck all of her carefully laid plans. But sometimes fate has other ideas, and sometimes those new plans are exactly what you need.... I have to say that I think Ashley is one of my favorite Foster heroines, right up there with Cyn. What I love most about her is that she's unapologetic about who she is. Determined to make it on her own, Ashley really gets her dander up when Quinton tries to coddle her, but is intelligent to know when she needs to assistance. She has pride and stubbornness, but not stupidity, thank God: many a heroine have been ruined by the 'too stupid too live' complex, yet fortunately Ashley is not one of them. She knows it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help when there are no other realistic options, and she's mature enough to do just that. And she doesn't soften up with just a few flattering words from Quinton either. If he wants to be with her, he has to take her as she is, and if he has a problem with that, well, tough. Then he's going to have to deal with it, not her. Quinton is the perfect complement to our prickly heroine: strong, self-assured, with an old-fashioned work ethic and an abiding love for children that endears him to his lady. Murphy may have grown up with all the privileges Ashley was forced to do without, but he does not believe he is entitled to a free ride. Instead he gives back, again and again, and there is no greater joy than in helping others reach their full potential. The lovely and fascinating Ashley does not fall right into his arms, which intrigues him, but it's her own work ethic and generous heart that has him falling head over heels in love. Life will never be boring with his little endearing tyrant -and Murphy just has to convince Ashley of this, which he will do with pleasure. The exchanges between the two are amusing and invigorating, and Ms. Foster has a way of writing hot love scenes that are lush, romantic, and sexy in the way they enfold, yet not too explicit or overpowering for the story. Physical intimacy between two consenting and mature adults is something to be embraced, not something to be embarrassed about and certainly not anything to be ashamed of, and in a Foster story that is exactly what you can expect: earthy, passionate scenes that show how being responsible and considerate of your partner can be very sexy and fulfilling. Turn up those fans, readers!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Love it!!!!
DebsIN 7 months ago
Lori Foster always writes a fun engaging romance story, and "Murphy's Law" as a re-release shows how much great storytelling never goes out of style. A hunky millionaire that will melt your heart, a feisty woman that has a plan for her life, and a killer on the loose, what could go wrong, or how will it right itself? Quinton and Ashley's story was one such storyline. Quinton found that all of his money couldn't sway a strong-willed Ashley to change her timeline on her life's plan. What Ashley hadn't counted on was her timeline changing somewhat with a killer after her while falling in love with Quinton. The story was released originally in 2006, with the author writing of strong women and the men who loved them. A book for the ages and the romance lover, it is a must have for your bookshelf. Thank you to Zebra/Kensington Books for gifting me "Murphy's Law". My opinion is my own. This is mine 4.25 Stars!
belllla 7 months ago
Murphy’s Law is funny intense love story. Great story with a lot of humor, steamy scenes, suspense and full of emotions. Rely good written book with great personalities. Quinton and Ashley are both likable really great people. I loved that they admitted their mistakes although they were both stubborn they knew when to step aside and except the reality of situation. They dialogues are awesome full of humor, teasing but also about serious important thing. They both fall unexpectedly hard and fast for each other and passion that they have is sooo explosive. HOT. Really great read. Recommended for the one who like to laugh and love good suspense in a book. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
TammyS32 7 months ago
I liked this read. Ashley and Quinton are complete opposites but work together. This is a fast paced read with plenty of drama. The story is fun and Ashley is so entertaining. A really good read.
BookReview4you 7 months ago
'Murphy's Law' by Lori Foster is book Two in the "Law" series. This is the story of Ashley Miles and Quinton Murphy. I haven't read the previous book so for me this was a standalone book. This book didn't cover the meeting of Ashley and Quinton...so I assume that was in the previous book. Also know that this book was previously released around 2006. This new version does have a new cover on it too. This was a sweet romance with a determine man (Quinton) who seemed to know what he wants. A women who thought she knew what she wants but Quinton is slowly changing that. This does have some drama with someone who is after Ashley...but Quinton is trying to keep her safe. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
CathyGeha 7 months ago
Quinton Murphy has the hots for Ashley Miles. He is rich and she is not. She has a plan that will see her secure with dreams fulfilled if she continues to work more than one job while going to college. She does not have time for romance so does not have time for Quinton. Well…that begins to change BUT there is also a stalker with bad intentions that must be found and dealt with before a HEA can be found for the two of them. This was a quick, easy, fun and somewhat predictable read. I did not read book one in the series, Jude’s Law, and have a feeling some of the comments would have made more sense and the supporting characters would have been familiar. That said, reading book one is not essential for this story to stand on its own. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensingington Publishing Corporation’s Zebra Books for the ARC. This is my honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 7 months ago
3.5 stars--MURPHY’S LAW is the second installment and re-release in Lori Foster’s contemporary, adult LAW romance series. This is waitress/student/cleaning person Ashley Miles, and successful businessman Quinton Murphy’s story line. MURPHY’S LAW can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty although some of the premise is predicated on the events of book on. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. The reader is first introduced to the couple in book one-Jude’s Law. Told from several third person perspectives including Ashley and Quinton MURPHY’S LAW focuses on the building relationship between thirty three year old successful and wealthy businessman Quinton Murphy, and twenty seven year old, struggling student and waitress Ashley Miles. Ashley is part of the cleaning crew in the office building where Quinton’s family owned consulting firm leases space, and Quinton’s attraction to Ashley is compounded by her refusal to trust the man who is offering her the world. With her best friend’s wedding only days away, Quinton offers himself as Ashley’s plus-one hoping for a chance with the spunky cleaning lady who has caught his eye. But someone is stalking our story line heroine, and the threats against her life are becoming more dangerous and personal. What ensues is the romantic relationship between our leading couple, and Quinton’s struggle to protect the woman with whom he is falling in love. The relationship between Quinton and Ashley begins as a mutual attraction although Ashley struggles with issues of money, trust, and low self-esteem. The trust issue comes into play several times throughout the story when Quinton’s actions prove that, he too, struggles with Ashley’s less than stellar background and upbringing. As a virgin our heroine has very little experience with men but Quinton has offered to take it slow in his relationship with Ashley Miles. The $ex scenes are intimate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. The colorful secondary and supporting characters include former MMA fighter Denny Zip, Jude Jamison, May Price and May’s brother Tim from book one JUDE’S LAW. Ashley’s friendship with May finds our heroine the target of revenge when someone from Jude’s past returns for vengeance. MURPHY’S LAW is a sweet story with a little bit of mystery, suspense and romance. The story line is predictable; the conflict resolution is quick and with very little fanfare-I was hoping for a little ‘more’. The premise is heartwarming; the romance is encouraging; the characters are animated and spirited. MURPHY’S LAW is an engaging story line with a happily ever after.
Bette313 7 months ago
First thing to note is that this is a reissue if a previously published book so be sure you don't already own it. If you don't I recommend you give it a try. This is the second book in the series and although you don't have to have read the first book to follow along, I do think you will enjoy it more if you have. Quinton and Ashley are so cute together and even though Ashley is trying her hardest to stay away, she just can't resist him. Their story is fun and flirty and you don't want to miss it.
Linda__ 7 months ago
I really enjoyed this contemporary romance. In it, Ashley is a struggling student, working two jobs while attending school. She had gotten a very rough start in life and is determined to make something of herself. Will is an almost too good to be true wealthy man that has become smitten by the woman cleaning his office building. Too bad Ashley doesn't have time for romance, but Will refuses to take no for an answer. Add in a psychopath from Ashley's past that is determined to punish her, and you have all the elements for a great story. I absolutely loved this book and would have given it five starts, except the ending felt a bit rushed to me and I wish the author had spent a bit more time with it. Even with that thought, this is a very good book that is well worth reading. Fans of the genre will thoroughly enjoy this novel and will want to put it at the top of their TBRs. I'm looking forward to reading more books by the author.
MBurton 7 months ago
What a fun read! Ashley was a hoot! She was socially awkward, blunt and to the point. You always knew what she was thinking and while she was stubborn, she also conceded when she knew the other person was right. That's such a rare trait to find in a heroine. Ashley has had a not so nice childhood where her parents treated her more like an obligation and took charity from others instead of working. Because of this, she has almost too much pride to accept help and insists on making her own way. In a way, this is what made me like her character more. She was very feisty and how she handled others trying to coddle her was entertaining. Quinton was raised much differently. He had a home with loving parents and grew up wealthy. Despite having money, he's not a snob and is quite generous. When you find out how generous he is, you fall that much harder for his character. They seemed like such an odd pairing but that's what I liked most about them. We don't get to see their actual meeting in this book since it took place in Jude and May's story, but that's all I felt like I missed out on. It can definitely be read as a standalone. This is my first book from this author and I will definitely look into more of her books. ARC provided by Netgalley.
mamalovestoread22 8 months ago
Ashley longs for stability, she wants the house, money in the bank, a good job, the whole works, and most of the time women want the man to go along with it, but not Ashley, she is determined to do it on her own. She is working two jobs, going to college, and has little time for much of anything else, and to be honest she kind of likes it that way, because it makes less room for distractions to seep into her world, and hinder her plan. But she didn't account for a man like Quinton to wander into her life, and now that he has, she is doing all she can to get rid of him, but the handsome hunk isn't letting her get away so easily... he wants a date, and is determined to get her to say yes! The moment Quinton meets Ashley he is taken with her, there is something about her that draws him in and has him acting out of character...and it is driving him crazy, no woman has ever been able to knock him off of his game, nor made him lose his focus the way she has. He wants to be near her, date her, lure her into his bed, but she doesn't seem to be falling for any of it. He is use to the women falling all over themselves to land a date with him, but Ashley doesn't seem to be dazzled by his charms... which leaves him with no choice but to follow her everywhere she goes, and pester her into saying yes. But he soon learns that he isn't the only one following her... Absolutely loved this book! Highly addictive story line, that had me burning right through the pages, I completely devoured it in one sitting! It had it all, a story line rich with heart, humor, mystery, and some sensational sexy times guaranteed to make you blush!! Highly recommend this one, Ms. Foster's quirky characters are sure to steal your heart!!
TerriK6 More than 1 year ago
Murphy’s Law is book 2 in Lori Foster’s Law series. While it is a stand-alone book, you would probably enjoy it more if you read Jude’s Law first. The danger and threat from the first book carries over into this one and targets Ashley. I really liked both the main characters, Ashley and Quinten, and enjoyed watching their relationship develop throughout the book. Denny, a secondary character in both books, is great and added a lot to the story. I wouldn’t mind having him as a friend. While the focus of this book is on Ashley and Quinton, we also get to revisit with Jude, May, and Denny from book 1. I love it when authors keep us up-to-date on past characters by letting them be a part of storylines in other books. If you want a quick, fun read, this book fits the bill!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes I agree with Hazel, check your grammar and punctuation. Overall great beginning!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a quiet nigh as the medicine cats gathered around moonpond. "I would like to welcome a new apprentice" the russet tom said. "flowerpaw, do you pledge yourself to be a medicine cat?" "Yes" flowerpaw answerd. The medicine cats touched their noses in the cool pond.<br> Flowerpaw woke up in a grassy field. A white she cat walked up to her. "Whitestar" flowerpaw bowed her head in respect. "I have a prophacy for you." Whitestar said "Even the most rusty heart can be true." Flowerpaw looked confused "what does it mean?" She asked, but the scene was fadeing into darkness. Then she woke up
judiOH More than 1 year ago
a romance as only lori foster can write one. i read this some time ago, but only recently put it on my nook. it is definitely going to be read again!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not at good as the first book but I still loved it!
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