Does a girl ever really learn from her mistakes?
Detective Sergeant Megan Taylor thinks so. She once lost her heart to a man who was too charming and she isn’t about to make the same mistake again – especially not with sexy defence lawyer, Scott Armstrong. Aside from being far too sure of himself for his own good, Scott’s major flaw is that he defends the very people that she works so hard to imprison.
But when Scott wants something he goes for it. And he wants Megan. One day she’ll see him not as a lawyer, but as a man – and that’s when she’ll fall for him.
Yet just as Scott seems to be making inroads, a case presents itself that’s far too close to home, throwing his life into chaos.
As Megan helps him pick up the pieces, can he persuade her that he isn’t the careless charmer she thinks he is? Isn’t a man innocent until proven guilty?
Source: Review copy from Choc Lit via NetGalley
There’s a lot to enjoy in this romantic tale between the police detective and the defense lawyer, dealing with a woman who’s lost all her faith in men and a man who has never been in love before. Megan is a hardworking single mother, with an adorable daughter, and who’s dedicated to her work with the police force. She wants to lock away the bad guys and stop them from harming anyone else. And she knows too much about too handsome, too charming men like Scott to ever trust one with her heart.
Yet Scott is a bit of a surprise. Sure, he’s confident and good looking and more than a touch charming, but he’s also hardworking, surprisingly sensitive and definitely has a vulnerable side. In fact he’s a bit of a sweetie. I loved the scenes between him and Sally, Megan’s little girl. He’s so good with her, despite his own troubled childhood, and the way he keeps trying with Megan was pretty impressive considering how she treats him.
If I had any problems with this book it would be how Megan treats Scott. I like her as a character, almost as much as I like him, but her behaviour towards him is awful. She’s so judgemental, and the more she gets to know Scott, the more good points she finds in him, the worse she judges him. It’s almost as if she refuses to admit she’s wrong. She labelled him as one thing, so he has to live up to it or she simply can’t see him again. I found it quite frustrating, especially towards the end where it didn’t even make any sense anymore.
Away from that, though, this is an enjoyable romance. I loved the way the pair of them grew closer and how supportive Megan could be when she wasn’t judging Scott for things he hadn’t done. There’s also a darker side to the tale with murder and crime and battles for justice, but there’s no mystery to it and the darkness doesn’t really infect the tale. Mostly this is sweet and fairly light, enjoyable and fun amidst the arguments and kisses.
If you like your romance with a bit more of an edge that usual lovely fluff, this provides it without ever crossing the grim-dark border. I found it easy and enjoyable, Scott is a real sweetheart and I adored Sally. A truly charming tale.
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