In The Barrister's Chambers

Tina Gabrielle
In The Barrister's Chambers
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Publisher
Zebra
Release Date
September 2011
ISBN
9781420122749
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
Courting Danger

Lady Evelyn Darlington's first love was the law. But since a woman scholar meets nothing but ridicule from men, she has given up and chosen a future husband. Randolph seems adequate for the task: to provide intelligent conversation and not annoy her too much. Of course, before they can be engaged, she'll have to do something about the murder charge hanging over his head. If only London's top barrister wasn't Jack Harding, object of all her unattainable girlhood fantasies. . .

And Seducing Scandal. . .

Jack Harding remembers Evelyn well—but the idea that the gorgeous woman standing before him is little Evie, the professor's daughter, is incredible. He knows better than to enter a business relationship when he wants to pursue pleasure. Yet however desirable she is now, Evie is still Evie—stubborn, smart, and never willing to take no for an answer. Even though proving her fiance's innocence might just cost her her own. . .


Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Mar 12, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
162 people found the following review helpful
IN THE BARRISTER'S CHAMBERS is chockful of mystery and suspense, heart-pounding excitement and pulse-tingling passion.

Lady Evelyn Darlington seeks the services of Jack Harding, a brilliant barrister, to take on the case of her almost-fiance, who's a prime suspect in the murder of a famous actress. Jack didn't want to accept the case, especially as he has a full docket, but in the end, he had no choice, because he owed his current success and career to Evelyn's father. Furthermore, it would seem that Evelyn and her father were in danger, and he couldn't put their safety at risk, especially when Evelyn gets under his skin and affected him in ways he never thought possible.

I love reading lawyer romances, and combining this with my love of historical romances is a great 2-in-1 treat!

Jack Harding is certainly a hero to-die-for; attractive, smart and brave. I love his protective instincts for Evelyn, and his angst and ambivalence as he battles his feelings and what he thought he'd always wanted for himself. I love the scenes when he puts his investigative powers to use as he seeks the best argument to help his client.

I guess it's not usual in historical times to see a woman who is well versed in law, but due to her unusual childhood, Evelyn could discuss and debate with the best of them. She has a compassion and instinct for people, however, she seems a bit too good to be true.

That aside, the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. Though it wasn't hard to pinpoint who the villain might be, his motives caught me by surprise. The story is solid and the plotting is tight and energetic. It was also wonderful and refreshing to see the lives of the working class, instead of always reading about dukes, earls and viscounts. The story also features Jack's three barrister friends, and I'm sure each of them will have their own story. I can't wait to read them, and I won't have long to wait, since the next book would be out in July!
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