Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review & Giveaway ~*~ Legal Ease by Lori Ryan

Blurb ~*~

Jack Sutton needs a wife and he needs one now. Jack loved his mother, but she really screwed him over when she set up her will. If Jack doesn’t have a wife by the end of the week, he’ll lose control of the largest chunk of voting stock in his company and will most likely lose his position as CEO as a result.

And Jack’s Aunt Mabry is waiting in the wings to make sure that the terms of the will are enforced. If he doesn’t find a wife, she’ll seize control of the stock so she can install her own son at the helm and she couldn’t care less that her son doesn’t want the job or that he probably won’t be any good at it.

Enter Kelly Bradley, a twenty eight year old college graduate with a spot at Yale Law School but no way to pay for it. Kelly and Jack’s eavesdropping secretary have discovered Jack’s secret need for a wife and Kelly comes up with a plan to fix both of their problems.

Just when Jack needs her, Kelly breezes into his office, introduces herself to his Aunt and cousin, and hands Jack an offer. She will marry him for a year so that he can retain the stock that will keep him in control of Sutton Development if he’ll pay for her to go to law school. Jack has no idea where his beautiful savior came from or who she is but he’s willing to take a chance to save it all.
The deal may have kept Jack in control at Sutton Development but his private life quickly spirals out of control. Just when Jack realizes that he wants more than a year with Kelly, his wealth puts her in great danger and he is left scrambling to save her life and their future together. 

Excerpt ~*~

“We’re here to meet Jack’s fiancé,” a smug-looking Mabry announced to Chad and Jack watched a bemused expression come over his cousin’s face.

Chad had to be wondering what the hell was going on. He and Jack were more like brothers than cousins, so if Jack were getting married, Chad should have been the first to know.

Oh, shit. I’m never gonna’ hear the end of this from him.

So there they sat, waiting for an introduction to a fiancé that Jack had never mentioned to Chad and a fiancé that Chad had never set eyes on.

Jack leaned forward in his chair, took a deep breath and prepared to come clean. Just then his secretary’s voice cut in and he could swear he heard her say that his fiancé was here.

His head whipped around and he stared open-mouthed at the phone, unable to process what was going on. Jack’s experience in business had taught him to school his expressions and hide his thoughts from those around him and though he was shocked, he did just that. He quickly hid all emotion from his face as he listened to his secretary.

“Sir, did you hear me? Mr. Sutton? Your fiancé has just arrived. Shall I show her in?” Jennie spoke again.

Andrew. Andrew must have sent him a fiancé. How in the hell had Andrew found him a fiancé? I mean, how does one go about that, Jack thought. Oh God, what if Andrew sent him a prostitute?

4 Star Review ~*~

Legal Ease is the first book in the Sutton Capital Series, and lucky for you guys, book two, Penalty Clause has already been released!  So you can jump into this series and not have to wait too long to find out about the supporting characters from Legal Ease!

Jack desperately needs a wife to keep control of his company. And he is even more desperate because he already told his aunt he was getting married.  When Kelly waltzes right into his office while he is meeting with his Aunt Mabry, Jack is dumbfounded and he is never at a loss for words or out of control.  But Kelly needs something from this marriage as well.  So it works out for the both of them. 

Jack and Kelly are fun characters.  It is always fun to watch a strong man get taken down a peg or two by an equally strong woman. Both characters are very well developed and realistic.  There really isn't a time I wanted to smack either one upside the head and that's a bonus. 

The biggest disappointment with Legal Ease is the ending.  I thought it felt a little rushed and thrown together.  Don't get me wrong it works with the story, but it is the biggest piece keeping me from giving Legal Ease 5 Stars instead.  Overall, Lori Ryan's writing and character development is top notch.  She creates characters, leading and supporting, that you will just love or love to hate.  Either way, they are great and I can't wait to read more of what Ms. Ryan has up her sleeve. 

Author Info ~*~

Lori has had a number of careers before embarking on her newest adventure of writing novels. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law, she practiced law for three years, working primarily in the areas of utilities law and intellectual property litigation.

More recently, Lori owned and operated a dog training business in Austin, Texas, where she specialized in aggression and became an expert in the field of dog bite analysis. Lori sold her dog training business in 2013 and is now a full time writer and mother of two.

Lori still lives in Austin with her husband -- who is endlessly supportive of her changing career paths -- and her two children, one cat, and three dogs.

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~*~I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel. ~*~


  1. Thank you for hosting and for the review!


  2. Thanks for the chance to win. I really enjoy these book blasts!
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  3. Thank you for the review.


  4. Nice review

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  5. Very good review. This sounds like an really fascinating book.

  6. Hi, Meghan! I have a great team of friends who let me brainstorm ideas and help me work out problems in plots. They also help with editing, even though I hire a professional editor as well. I'm working my way through some plot twists in book three right now and getting lots of help from my main plot "consultant"! Thank you for the comment!


  7. SO, Lori...Are there other similarities between you and your heroine, in addition to the law school connection?
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  8. Enjoyed reading the synopsis & excerpt for Legal Ease. Sounds like a very good book to read this summer & I've added it to my TBRs. Thank you for the giveaway & I'm looking forward to reading both of the books in this series!

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