Legally Yours

Manda Collins
Legally Yours
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Publisher
Manda Collins
Release Date
May 2012
Series
Book 1 of Lawyers in Love
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
When Julie Streeter dropped out of law school to care for her little sister, one of the things she missed most was her crush-worthy classmate, Matt Ellis. Now, he's visiting the firm where she works as a paralegal and is just as sexy now as he was then.

Matt Ellis never expected to run into Julie again--certainly not at the law firm where he's been sent to investigate leaks to the opposing team. When he finds the list of things she'd like to try before her thirtieth birthday, very sexy things, on the office copier he offers to be her list buddy while he's in town. And to his surprise, Julie agrees.

Will their mind-blowing chemistry lead to more than just a fling, or could what started out as a crush turn into something neither one of them expected?

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Jun 12, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
168 people found the following review helpful
In the harried, often disappointing realities of the workday world, it's really nice to be reminded that dreams really can come true. LEGALLY YOURS satisfied all of my wishes, with a sizzling hot couple, steamy secret trysts and a rewarding happy ending. This is a perfectly fun little novella and the opening to a terrific new series of novellas.

When Julie Streeter's parents died suddenly, she made the decision to drop out of law school in order to care for her younger sister. It is a choice she has never regretted—her job as a paralegal is satisfactory, after all—but she does still miss Matt Ellis, whose sexy smile and sharp talent captured both her heart and her mind. She had no idea just how strong her attraction was until Matt himself is brought in as visiting counsel to her firm, charged with finding who is leaking sensitive information. Matt is all that Julie remembered, and more, and suddenly, she is tired of being predictable and reliable. So she makes a list of all the wild, erotic goals she wants to attain before her thirtieth birthday in two weeks. Just for herself, of course.

Matt has secretly carried a torch for Julie for years, but isn't sure whether to approach her now—until he mistakenly picks up her list from the printer, and realizes that fate has placed a remarkable chance in his hand. Before either has a chance to reconsider, Matt declares himself more than willing to help Julie cross all those naughty plans off her list while he's in town. From there, it's a no-holds barred game of seduction and exploration that fulfills all of Julie's secret wishes—and makes her realize that two weeks with Matt will never, ever be enough. Balancing a secret workplace romance is difficult enough, but when Julie learns the real reason why Matt is working at her firm, it seems that the sparks between them might be smothered before they have any real chance to burn.

Though Julie has let her own wants and desires take a back seat to her sister's upbringing, she isn't a pushover and I was really glad to see that she didn't let her insecurities hold her back from living out her fantasies with Matt. For his part, though Matt has lived up to all his law school potential and lost none of his good looks or charm, he isn't the dominating type that I had assumed him to be. His concern for Julie is deep and genuine, and I loved that he wanted to see her happy as much as he wanted to see her satisfied. In the buttoned-up world of Julie's office, Matt's extraordinarily un-businesslike defense of her to her bosses was sensational, and I was really proud of Julie for standing up for herself after so many years of just accepting the way things were—even if it meant losing the man who had always meant everything to her.

While I was a little surprised at how quickly they both leapt into their clandestine relationship, I certainly never regretted that they did. The amount of heat Julie and Matt managed to create in the space of this short story was explosive. The time-constraints put on their affair by Julie's upcoming birthday and Matt's return to D.C. reduces all their inhibitions, but also creates some fascinating tension as they both realize that their attraction is much bigger than lust and much powerful than skin-deep.

This little story was satisfying on a number of levels—steamy, surprising, funny and, ultimately, touching. The chemistry between Matt and Julie is smoldering from the start, but the bond that grows between them make all that heat and passion so much more intense. While I was thoroughly pleased with the ending, I was sad to leave these two at the book's conclusion, and I cannot wait for the next book in the Lawyers in Love series.
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