Series: Time Served #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 7, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: eBook, 272 pages
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Caitlin Dufresne has never loved anyone as much as she loves winning. A ruthless fifth-year associate at an elite Chicago law firm, she’s on the fast track to partner...until a stupid, serious error enrages her bosses. Caitlin’s continued refusal to share work—or credit—lands her a forced two-week vacation. She needs to regroup and learn to be part of a team, not just the star.
When she meets Eli Grant, head of the firm’s IT department, Caitlin knows the overgrown frat boy isn’t her type. But too much alcohol and a very public game of Truth or Dare turn into a dirty, breathless one-night stand. Which turns into a (mostly naked) two-week fling. Which turns into something that makes Caitlin incredibly nervous, despite the great sex.
Eli shows her the many upsides to sleeping in, and for the first time ever, Caitlin has more than the law waiting for her at home. But when she returns to the office and the relentless demands of a high-profile case, Caitlin must decide if winning this one is worth losing Eli forever.
As much as I love Julianna Keyes’ writing and the feels the first book in the series, Time Served, uh served up, I was a little concerned going into this one. After all, the heroine in this book was definitely the villain in the first so I thought I might have a tough time relating to her or, honestly, wanting to see her happy. Leave it to Julianna to show me a totally different side of Caitlin and make me like her.
Caitlin and Eli were an interesting pairing. The lawyer and the IT guy? I was there for it, though. I wouldn’t call the relationship between them romantic or swoony, but I was all in for these two. Caitlan needed someone that wouldn’t take her crap and let her push them around. She also needed someone who was willing to push her a little bit and make her open up. Eli was that guy. When he wasn’t being a bit of a jerk. I really liked him… except when I got frustrated with him. Even though it seemed like Caitlin and Eli spent nearly as much time fighting (each other and their feelings) as they did having HOT AF sexy times, I was rooting for them.
All in all, I thought In Her Defense was a great addition to the Time Served series. I breezed through this book, enjoying the character growth, sexy times and, eventually, the feels.
“I don’t want to repeat history. I don’t want to be someone’s second choice.”
In the bedroom I want what I want, immediately, and then I want to get back to work.
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