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Court Appointed (Serving Love) [Kindle Edition]

Annmarie McKenna
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Book Description

Jackson knows he needs protection from a stalker, but the last thing he wants is to want his bodyguard.

A Serving Love story.

After receiving several suspicious “gifts”, His Honor Jackson Benedict is assigned an agent for protection. He’d be fine with a bodyguard…if he was anyone but the man who enters his courtroom looking hotter than any man has a right to look. Thank God Jackson’s robe hides his interest.

Trey London is more than happy that Jackson has practically been handed to him on a silver platter. If his job requires he stay close to one of the country’s youngest federal judges, it’s no skin off his back. The closer the better, actually.

But someone else is getting closer, too, and when the gifts turn into attacks, Trey is forced to trade his status of new lover for that of protector. He’s not about to let anyone come between him and his judge.

Product Details

  • File Size: 209 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (January 15, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012W11BM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,849 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Court Appointed May 7, 2008
By M. Nix
Format:Kindle Edition
Federal Judge Jackson Benedict is trying a case involving the favorite son of a notorious family, when he begins getting suspicious "gifts" and threatening notes. Despite his objections, Federal Agent Trey London insists he needs protection. Jackson is attracted to Trey, and Trey seems to feel the same, but will Jackson live long enough to do anything about it?

Court Appointed takes the stereotypical "important person needs protection and falls for the bodyguard" story and gives it an interesting twist. Making both parties men changed the dynamic of the story considerably, especially when Jackson thinks Trey is overreacting or treating him like a woman. Sexy, determined Trey and stubborn Jackson are both likeable characters. The love scenes are hot. The suspense angle was well done for the most part, and coincidences and red herrings kept it interesting. Really, the only flaws in this book were Jackson's father, whose over-the-top, controlling behavior seemed a bit much, and the resolution of the stalker angle, which I thought was abrupt. Overall, Court Appointed was a hot and entertaining read, and I give kudos to Annmarie McKenna for turning an old romance cliché into something new.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, poor execution September 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read several books by this author and find myself completely baffled by this poor example of her writing. The storytelling was so simplistic that it came across as the first work of a freshman English major. I trained FBI agent would make out with a federal judge whose life is in danger up against his car out in the open? Story totally lacked realism. What a waste. Save your money. If you like this author avoid this book. It will sully your better memories of her writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His Honour Serves Up Love June 3, 2008
Format:Kindle Edition
His Honor Jackson Benedict needs protection from a stalker who has been sending him suspicious "gifts". The last person he wants as a bodyguard is the man he has always desired from afar but never thought might be interested in him. When Federal Agent Trey London shows up in the Judge's courtroom, the attraction between them is unmistakable. Trey has wanted Jackson for a long time and he makes it clear that he is not going to wait much longer.

Jackson and Trey are so hot for each other after a mind blowing kiss in His Honor's office that they can hardly wait to get out of there to somewhere more private so that they can continue where they left off. On their way from the courthouse there is an attempted kidnapping of the Judge which Trey manages to thwart but he is injured as a result of the incident. In the middle of all the confusion afterward the two men manage to let each other know that their hot romance is just beginning.

The dialogue between Trey and Jackson is really raunchy and funny at times. They can't keep their hands and mouths off each other and the love scenes are so hot they may have needed several fans to cool off. Both men are gorgeous and it's obvious that they are really into each other; the sexual tension between them is tangible.

Court Appointed is part of Samhain's Serving Love series. Ms McKenna has written a very good story and I found most of it to be credible, but toward the end when the stalker is revealed and there is a takedown, in my opinion there were a few unanswered questions which led, unfortunately, to the story coming apart just a bit. Perhaps because the book is so short there was not enough time to develop the story further and come up with a more plausible villain and ending. However, overall the book was a good read and fans of Ms McKenna will love to add it to their collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 30, 2008
By M/M fan
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. Everything about it was interesting. The characters were likeable and realistic, their attraction to each other sparks flames instantly, and the scenes with the men together were down right hot. McKenna's writing style is smooth and easy to read. You crave prequels and sequels. Highly recommended.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars this one's about the sex scenes March 31, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Some M/M fiction is plot and character driven, with a spicy romance in there somewhere. This is the writing style that interests me.

Other M/M fiction is just a series of sex scenes hung on a flimsy plot. "Court Appointed" is an example of this type. I didn't even find the sex scenes compelling, since neither the characters nor their interest in each other were skillfully developed. I posit too that people in imminent danger of being murdered are not likely to take time out for some nookie while they are still in an extremely vulnerable locale. Nor are they likely to take even more time to make a phone call from that locale - a call that could easily and safely be completed via cell phone as they sped away to a safehouse.

Wish I could figure out which kind of tales these are before buying - its not always obvious.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars Likable characters August 31, 2014
By Deirdre
Format:Kindle Edition
Enjoyed! Found this story in the paperback anthology SERVING LOVE August 13, 2009. Judge / FBI agent / mobster's son / trial / threats / bodyguard /instant attraction with familiar person / family good vs bad /closeted / wanting freedom to be self / dog / finding that special someone / distraction. Wish there had been time for a slower build-up. Really liked most of characters.
Liked the author's style. Checked to see if she had any other m/m romances, but was disappointed when I saw that all her books were either traditional m/f romances or m/f/m menages. Oh well lots of other mm authors to still discover.
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Annmarie McKenna lives just outside of St. Louis with her husband and five kids between the ages of 2 and 15! When not writing she is usually playing taxi driver to their various activities including, but not limited to, horseback riding, dance, soccer, softball, gymnastics, choir, and church. Two dogs, a cat and various fish also call this craziness their home.

Outside of writing, Annmarie has a passion for photography, weaving, quilting and the occasion knitting or crochet project. She used to stay up late into the night putting words on the screen but lately anything after 9 pm has been relegated for nothing but sleeping.

She would love to hear from you!

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