Small Claims

Small Claims

by Ethan Stone

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784304836
Publisher: Totally Entwined Group Ltd
Publication date: 04/03/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 73
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Ethan Stone has recently returned to Oregon and is working on re-growing his web feet. He has been obsessed with two things in his life: books and all things gay. After spending years trying to ignore the voices in his head, he finally decided to sit down and listen to them.

What he discovered was a perfect union of his two obsessions. Ethan used to have a day job that paid the bills. He wore a uniform to work and he looked damn sexy in it. Now he gets to wear sweatpants and watch movies all day.

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Copyright © Ethan Stone 2015. All Rights Reserved, Total-E-Ntwined Limited, T/A Totally Bound Publishing.

Friday afternoon and only one more case to hear. The weekend was calling my name.

I was looking forward to not having to work, but there wasn’t anything I was excited about doing on my days off. At least work kept me busy. I could stay late in the office and go to sleep as soon as I got home. There wasn’t anyone there waiting for me, so it didn’t matter what time I got in.

There were things I could do at home, but nothing I really wanted to do.

Christ, I needed to get a life. What kind of life I wasn’t sure, but I supposed I should have one. That was one problem with ending a twenty-year relationship—it was hard to figure out what came next. At least I had a job. Without my career, I’d be even more lost.

The ringing phone pulled me out of my introspection.

“Judge Rosen.”

“Hey, Pops.”

The cheery sound of Gabrielle’s voice always made me smile. Just those two words made me feel a thousand times better.

“Hello, princess,” I replied. “How’s college?”

She groaned. “I have been so busy I’ve barely had time to pull my head out of the books.”

“You need to make time to relax so you don’t get too strung out.”

“That’s why I’m calling. Do you have any plans this weekend?”

I paused as if I had to check my social calendar. “Nope, I’m free.”

“Good. I’m leaving Seattle right now.”

“So you’ll be in Salem in just a couple hours?” I asked excitedly.

“Well…yeah, but I’m going to see Dad first.”

Of course she was. Gabrielle wasn’t technically my daughter, but I considered her one as I’d been in her life since she was two. My ex—Scott—was her biological father, from a teenage experimentation with a girl. Gabrielle’s mother had issues with drugs so Scott and I had maintained custody throughout the years.

My split with Scott had been hard on Gabrielle, even though she was in Seattle. I was still her Pops and she would always be my princess.

“When do I get to see you?” I asked.

“Saturday afternoon, probably. Is that okay?”

“Of course. Let me know if anything changes.”

“Can’t wait to see you, Pops. I miss you.”

“Ditto, princess.”

There was a knock on my door and Dana, my bailiff, a tall, brunette woman, stuck her head in my office. “Five minutes, Judge Rosen.”

I nodded and Dana retreated.

“Okay, Gabrielle, I have to go now. See you tomorrow.”

“Bye, Pops.”

I pulled my black robe over my T-shirt and jeans and straightened up as best I could. Even though the only cases I heard were small claims, I still had to appear official and judicial. Outside my office, I nodded at Dana to let her know I was ready to go.

“All rise for the Honorable Judge Shawn Rosen,” Dana ordered the people in the courtroom.

I entered and sat at my desk. The plaintiff and defendant were the only ones there and they stood at their respective podiums. That was usual, though sometimes family members attended. Some cases warranted the attention of the newspapers and reporters. This wasn’t one of those.

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InkedRainbowReads More than 1 year ago
ThreeStar This is a sweet and funny romantic comedy. When Jody’s neighbour brings him to court, attempting to sue him over his noisy and slightly kinky sex life, judge Shawn is both amused by and smitten with the young man. When he finds Jody in a bar later, he summons the courage to approach the younger man. Shawn spent a lifetime raising a daughter with his ex. Since the split he has been lonely and celibate. Jody has been anything but celibate, but after being badly hurt once, he refuses to engage in a committed relationship. The relationships between Shawn, his daughter and his ex-husband are convincingly bitter-sweet and uncomfortably awkward at times. Shawn’s loneliness will resonate with anyone who has ever found themselves emerging involuntarily from a long-term relationship. This is a simple, quite formulaic rom-com. Barriers between the two men are contrived and then torn down, exposing the characters enough for the men to become likeable. For me though, neither man was developed fully enough for me to become attachment. By the end of the book, I still wasn’t sure that a much younger man without a steady job or any direction in his life is the best fit for Shawn. And I’m still not sure that the quiet, self-contained family man has actually calmed the club kid in Jody. This is a happy, funny story which readers will find charming. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Sarah