Fatal Affair

Ann Jacobs
Fatal Affair
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Ellora's Cave
Release Date
March 2014
Book 1 of Courthouse Connections
BDSM, Erotic Romance

Lanie Winstead is sort of married to a senator who isn't what he seems. And she's carrying on a torrid affair with hot corporate lawyer JD Ackerman. Something's got to give when her affair is brought to her inattentive husband's attention.

But wait. Suddenly the senator is dead and secrets start unraveling as Lanie is accused of his murder. JD will do anything—anything—to protect his lover, even if it means revealing a tangle of lies and deceptions that will tear them all asunder.

Inside Scoop: Contains a graphic gay BDSM scene, not for the faint of heart.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Apr 17, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
162 people found the following review helpful
Sex and politics seem to go hand in hand. In the start of this new series, Ms. Jacobs may infuriate readers with this touchy subject.

Lanie Winstead is in a marriage of convenience. When she finally decides enough is enough, she asks for a divorce. Unfortunately for her, her husband is a Senator with a dirty aide who isn't above slandering the innocent and destroying lives to get ahead.

The conflict in this story is a train wreck waiting to happen. Lanie and JD Ackerman cannot wait for Lanie's divorce so they sneak around for their affair. It is never clear to me why those who are in the public light make poor choices when it comes to sexual relations. Cheating on a spouse despite a so-called separation is just a bad idea. The characters in this story, who are supposedly good lawyers, make the worst decisions. They pull a too-stupid-to-live move several times. I guess it's true when they say "love makes a person stupid".

The characters in this story are okay. Neither one generate a feeling of warmth. Neither one is that interesting for me nor did I root for them. Their chemistry is mild. What is interesting is how Lanie pulled herself out of poverty. And this is where readers may become irritated. I never understood why stripping is such a stigma. I don't understand why people judge it. It can pay well, and for those looking to fund an education, it's an attractive option. Why this is held against Lanie is beyond my comprehension.

The BDSM portrayed in this book is aggravating at times. Lanie's journey of submission with JD is sweet and seen through a pair of rose-colored glasses. The BDSM shown through Lanie's husband puts BDSM in a negative light which I'm not so thrilled about. While Lanie does comes to understand her husband's needs, it still leaves a bad taste behind.

This story moves at a decent pace. The resolution is no surprise and nicely tidied up with a bow. This story is recommended for those who enjoy a bit of kink and a dash of suspense.
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