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Advice of Counsel (The Samuel Collins Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Debra Trueman
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Meet Samuel Collins. Unsociable and aloof, the young attorney moves to the tranquil community of Hollywood Park, Texas, wanting nothing more than to be left alone by his neighbors. But between the 4-year-old kid from next door and the 80-year-old widow across the street, he quickly finds himself drowning in neighborhood hospitality. In no time, Samuel is representing neighbors on all sides in various legal matters, but when two of his neighbors hire him to revise their will to include one Landra Krally as a beneficiary, Sam smells a rat. He calls on his investigator friend to check her out, but when Samuel ends up dating the subject of his investigation, things get increasingly complicated. Samuel’s life - or death - may depend on the very neighbors he had hoped to ignore.


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About the Author

I think everyone should take time to create a bio, because it makes you think about who you are and how you define yourself.  First and foremost, I am lucky enough to be a wife and mom who is blessed with a wonderful family. I work in labor & employment law as a paralegal, which is where the inspiration for Advice of Counsel came from. Somewhere along the way, I became entrenched in small-town politics, over, of all things, whitetail deer, which somehow morphed into extensive animal advocacy efforts in my community. I am a Texan, and a Longhorn, and I love to write.

As an author, my favorite part about writing novels is getting to know all the wonderful characters I meet as the story unfolds.  My characters take on a life of their own and become a part of my life, kind of like friends I'm not willing to part with at the end of the book.  So  rather than say goodbye to my characters, you will be seeing them around, as they make appearances  in my future books.  I hope you enjoy Advice of Counsel and Back on Solid Ground.

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  • File Size: 2687 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479376558
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00937920K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful from start to finish! September 1, 2012
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Wow, this was a terrific find! It's a mild thriller or romantic suspense, but I mostly had a fun time gradually getting to know the hero, Samuel. It's told in the 1st person, from Samuel's POV, and it was a clever way to demonstrate that while Samuel calls himself a jerk (and worse) right from the beginning of the book, but it becomes clear that he is quite the oppostie although he does have a few less than stellar moments

In addition to the wonderful unveiling of Samuel's personality, there's a nice plot going on, with a decent amount of complexity and surprises. Loved the characters - the neighbors, the kids, the friends, the love interest. The scenes with Oliver, a 4 year old and Samuel are priceless - usually with kid scenes there's a lot of false notes or over cuteness but Oliver seemed like a real kid and Samuel like a real adult inexperienced with kids but having good common sense. And there were a lot of laugh out loud moments too.

The only tiny quibble I have is that there are some typos, but I really enjoyed this book so much I honestly didn't care. I hope this author has some more books in mind!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, fun read! August 30, 2012
By Holly
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This is the perfect novel for a mystery to escape into...you will keep turning the pages and stay up late to finish the book! The characters are so well written, you feel like you live next door to them or they are your best friends. I loved this book and was sorry when it was over...I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good, fun mystery! I can't wait for the sequel!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner, I couldn't read it fast enough May 10, 2013
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Really enjoyed this book. It took me a week + to read it but totally worth it. If I had more time I would have/could have read it in a day. Loved that it was located in San Antonio (were I live) so the places mentioned in the book, I know. I hope there will be more by Debra in the future. Glad my friend told me about this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of everything. February 24, 2013
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This book has so much. It starts out in first person, from the man's point of view. He tries to come off as tough guy, wanting to be left alone. However, his neighbors have other plans for him. This book has it all, suspense, drama, comedy, mystery, excitement and adventure, to name a few. I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down, especially as I neared the end. I was on the edge of my chair, literally. There are some steamy scenes, but not overly so. Great story. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does this guy know his own mind? May 2, 2014
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If you can buy the falling-in-love-at-first-sight number, you can spend a pleasant few hours mulling the "does she or doesn't she" question interspersed with some good courtroom antics and an adorable 4-year old. Some annoying typos: pealed for peeled; pocked for pocket; Lexis for Lexus; temp for tempt; desert for dessert; and "red whelps" for welts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable find January 2, 2013
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Stumbled on this enjoyable legal/mystery/romance novel. Interesting but predictable. It obviously is not written by an attorney, but shows some knowledge of the field. Also it is obviously written by a woman. Those two facts are not mentioned to be negative. I enjoyed the novel even though you could predict how it would end. Good quick read. If you want to read for enjoyment, rather than education, this is your book. Attorney with several cases, romance and the possibility of mayhem. What more could you want? Bottom line, next time I find a kindle book written by Debra Trueman, I will get it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read December 27, 2012
By Halvena
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Samuel Collins, a young lawyer, moves into a house and wants nothing to do with the neighbours (nor with the cat that came with the house). They, on the other hand, want everything to do with him, and he is soon involved left, right and center.
I wouldn't label this as a suspense novel, there are a few mysterious deaths, but the story isn't really a thriller or a whodunit, perhaps "mystery" comes closest. Never mind, it is well written, the characters are rather realistic and likeable, the story is captivating enough to make you go on reading and it is all spiced with humour.
In my opinion it is not a five star novel, mainly because there were some passages that felt too long and didn't really add anything to the story, but still a very nice read. I liked the way it came together in the end, including the feline participation.
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35 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars LOADED WITH profanity and casual sex March 29, 2014
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For " clean content" I would give this book NO stars, if that were possible! The main character has a totally foul mouth and can't keep his pants on! It surprised me that the author was a woman.

And although there are real people who can't speak without cursing, or "keep it zipped", I don't like being around that sort of thing in real life either.

This author can really write! I just wished she liked to write good CLEAN books instead. I did not read the entire book, due to vulgar content, but the ending was resolved well and was pretty predictable given what I had read -, but also satisfying. The bad guys "got theirs".

I LOVED little Oliver, a child who lives next door to the profanity spewing lawyer - what a charming little boy!

If you don't mind loads of swearing and casual sex, this book will be right up your alley.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My advice? Read this one!
Even though I haven't finished reading this book yet, I couldn't wait to share a review! Trueman has a wicked sense of humor and although most would consider it dark humor, I was... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Read in the FL sun
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed out loud
One of the most delightful books I've read in a long time. A good story told with a lot of humor. My husband and I couldn't wait to download the sequel (Family Counsel) which is... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Torijo
4.0 out of 5 stars I give this an A-. Not the best I've read, but quite amusing.
There is a lot that I very much enjoyed about this novel; however, the main character made decisions that had me thinking that were the character a female I'd roll my eyes and quit... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Sue B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny and romantic thrill ride
An assortment of interesting characters surround a lawyer who keeps trying to convince people that he's a ruthless jerk when he is actually a really good guy. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Debi Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book. Mystery coined with humor.
Published 22 days ago by Marty B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book loved it
Published 24 days ago by phyllis mcginty
5.0 out of 5 stars A page Turner
A fun read with plenty of twists and turns. Looking forward to the next Samuel Collins romp through the series.
Published 26 days ago by Kurt Heater
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An easy read but held my attention till the end.
Published 26 days ago by Catherine Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL READ
I loved this book and thought the author did a wonderful job of speaking from a man's point of view. Read more
Published 26 days ago by CD
5.0 out of 5 stars Advice of Counsel
Very enjoyable read ! I will read more of Ms. Trueman's books in the future. Loved the plot and characters.
Published 28 days ago by deedeegrayicloud
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I think everyone should take time to create a bio, because it makes you think about who you are and how you define yourself. First and foremost, I am lucky enough to be a wife and mom who is blessed with a wonderful family. I work in labor & employment law as a paralegal, which is where the inspiration for Advice of Counsel came from. Somewhere along the way, I became entrenched in small-town politics, over, of all things, whitetail deer, which somehow morphed into extensive animal advocacy efforts in my community. I am a Texan, and a Longhorn, and I love to write.

As an author, my favorite part about writing novels is getting to know all the wonderful characters I meet as the story unfolds. My characters take on a life of their own and become a part of my life, kind of like friends I'm not willing to part with at the end of the book. So rather than say goodbye to my characters, you will be seeing them around, as they make appearances in my future books, as well. I hope you enjoy Advice of Counsel and Family Counsel, books 1 and 2 of the Samuel Collins series, and Back on Solid Ground, an action romance novel featuring Niki Lautrec.

Happy Reading!

Debra Trueman

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