After her parents’ murderers get off on a technicality, Madrigal Berkeley vows to become a prosecutor for truth and justice. With her new law degree in hand, her grandfather insists she work as an intern at his prestigious law firm to learn the other side of the law.
The last thing top criminal defense attorney Trenton Steele wants is to babysit an apprentice—especially the boss’s granddaughter. Not one to do something for nothing, he wrangles a deal from the firm that will give him his own private suite in exchange for teaching Madrigal the ropes.
Before long, this tough-as-nails lawyer and his wet-behind-the-ears intern are fighting more than court battles. They’re fighting against a sexual attraction neither can control. A liaison could ruin his career and derail hers. Unable to stay away, Trenton helps Madrigal’s covert investigation into her parents’ murders. Soon they’re uncovering long-buried secrets while succumbing to desires they can no longer deny.
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Suspense element blends well with the forbidden romance. Shattered Virtue is the first book in The Shattered Series. It’s told in first person from the perspective of the male and female lead characters in alternating chapters. While it has very familiar themes, the book was actually unpredictable. Magda Alexander did a great job of introducing an unlikeable character in Trenton Steele and making him likable. Trenton came from the wrong side of the tracks to become a very successful partner in a law firm. He is tasked with mentoring Madrigal Berkley who is the attractive granddaughter of one of the founding partners. Madrigal intends to become a prosecutor but her grandfather wants Trenton to convince her to join the firm as a defense attorney. Madrigal is driven by the fact that her parents were murdered twelve years ago when she was twelve and her sister Madison was four. Their alleged killers got off on a technicality and Madrigal is obsessed with making sure that justice is served for her and other victims. The suspense element blends well with the forbidden romance between Trenton and Madrigal. While they clearly shouldn’t be intimate, they are forced into closed quarters and their attraction can’t be denied. Their time between the sheets is raw and erotic. They truly burn up the pages. Slowly, they are drawn closer and closer together although Trenton has built a reputation of being a womanizer. Madrigal employs Trenton to look into her parents murders and the investigation quickly reveals that the circumstances surrounding the murders and the murderers were not true. There was an apparent cover-up and as more information comes to light, Madrigal learns more than she wants to know about reputation and false idols. There is an exceptional amount of depth to Shattered Virtue and the characters that are involved. No one was what they seemed to be in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic suspense and look forward to seeing what happens next. **Received a copy from Montlake in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**