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Within the Law Paperback – October 2, 2008

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I loved Bartlett's Rule. I loved Forgotten. I knew I should expect another amazing story from Ms. Cordero, but I didn t expect such a beautifully poignant and yet, at the same time, such a realistic novel of love and danger, adventure and intrigue! Chelle Cordero has a gift! My husband enjoyed Within the Law, too, and he doesn't enjoy many of the books I choose, but told me this wasn't your typical mushy girl book and was easy for him to read. He passed it on to his brother even! --Nila DeLay

Really great storyline and a great read! Chelle's skills really shine in each of her novels, but I particularly enjoyed Within the Law for its descriptive scenes of places I have traveled. I recognized many of the locations. Another thing I appreciate is the true-to-life amnesia scenes, and as a nurse, rarely find such well written medical scenes in fiction, especially romance. She did it! --Rhonda J. Fortin

Great story of danger and trust and deceit. Thanks for another great book, Chelle. I am looking forward to getting my copy of Forgotten in the next few days and reading that, too. --Bethany Dillon

About the Author

Chelle Cordero, author of the novels, Bartlett's Rule (VHP April, 2008), Forgotten (VHP July, 2008), has been published by Gannett Newspapers, SPOTLIGHT Magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine, and other national magazines and regional publications. Ms. Cordero is also a partner in By-Lines, an editorial and photography company catering to the business community. She lives in the New York suburb of Stony Point with her lover and husband of thirty-two years, and her son; her daughter and son-in-law live nearby. In her spare time, and sometimes when she has none to spare, Chelle is an avid reader and fan of Danielle Steele, Faye Kellerman, Dean Koontz, Patricia Cornwell and other popular novels.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982115040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982115046
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,250,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chelle Cordero writes stories of Passion and Suspense. Vanilla Heart Publishing has published ten Cordero novels and a short-story collection: Bartlett's Rule; His Lucky Charm; Within the Law; Courage of the Heart; Final Sin; Hostage Heart; A Chaunce of Riches; Common Bond, Tangled Hearts; Hyphema; and Karma Visited. VHP just published The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero featuring several short stories which attest to Chelle's unique range of writing abilities. She is currently working on her next novel and promises another action packed adventure and heartwarming love story. Chelle has been writing both fiction and non-fiction for the bulk of her adult life and has been with Vanilla Heart Publishing since early +2008.

Her books have earned many plaudits which includes: Bartlett's Rule was named one of Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top Ten Reads for 2009; Final Sin was an Honorable Mention in the Fiction Category of the 2010 NY Book Festival and a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee; Hyphema won the Dec 9, 2011 Friday Book Cover Vote on the Shades of Love website; A Chaunce of Riches was Winner of D. Renee Bagby's readers' choice for The Best Overall First Chapter, April 2010; Hostage Heart, Final Sin and A Chaunce of Riches had top ten finishes in the 2009 PREDITORS & EDITORS READERS' POLL; Chelle had three (3) Top Ten Finishes in the 2014 PREDITORS & EDITORS READERS' POLL for her weekly Kindle Writing Workshop Living, Breathing, Writing, her promo blog Potpourri Parlor, and a blog post "Can We Talk?". Final Sin and Hyphema were recently cited by EMSWorld as recommended EMS-themed books to read. Chelle was also featured in "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" published by The Author's Show in 2010.

Chelle Cordero maintains an author's blog at, a promotional blog at, and offers a weekly writing workshop for Kindle Blog subscribers at Her website offers information on all of her books and her appearances. Bloggers and the media are welcome to visit Chelle's media room at with downloadable photos and other information. Previews of Chelle Cordero books are available at

Kindle owners can subscribe to a weekly writing workshop at your fingertips; just go to for details. Find writing advice, prompts and
exercises. Non-Kindle owners can purchase 60+ Days to Live, Breathe & Write (Amazon) or Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day Volumes 1 & 2 (Smashwords) as well.

Chelle lives in the northeast with her husband, Mark, and family. They have two adult offspring. Jenni (& Jason) and Marc (& Trish); they also live with three mischievous and spoiled pussycats, one of whom has taken up permanent residence on Chelle's desk. Chelle is a full-time freelance journalist for multiple publications; her articles appear regularly throughout North America and she writes a monthly column on NYS Emergency Medical Services issues as a NYS Emergency Medical Technician (First Responder News).

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
Eight years after the abduction and murder of his fiancé, Tom Hughes throws back his last drink pondering the next day's hearing. Her killer had been found. Consumed with rage and wanting to confront the man who took his future away, Tom leaves the bar and stumbles upon an attractive well dressed woman named Alli whose badly bloodied her knee after twisting her ankle. Uncertain why such a woman would be found so late in a rather dangerous part of town, Tom comes to her aid. Though cautious of a complete stranger wanting to help her, Tom insists ensuring that Alli does not suffer the safe fate as his fiancé years before.

At the hearing, Tom begins to think perhaps his life can finally move on with the killer to be tried and a new woman in his life. His dreams quickly unravel when he learns that Alli is the killer's attorney. Taunted by the man as they leave the courtroom, Tom beats him so badly the killer is hospitalized and later found murdered. With his life turned upside down, Tom is now accused of murder and Alli must prove his innocence.

Chelle Cordero begins Within The Law with a great setup of murder, betrayal, and plot twists that engage the reader immediately. As I read the opening chapters, I was reminded somewhat of Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent. Cordero then takes a turn I didn't expect, and the opening story arc closes. In Ken Follet style, the novel subsequently explores the tragic sequence of events keeping Tom and Alli from being together. The novel is, therefore, less courtroom murder mystery and more star-crossed love story.

Cordero's writing and plot is engaging and entertaining. One is drawn to Tom and Alli and their story just as they are drawn to one another. The dialogue is real and crisp and the novel moves quickly. Within the Law makes a great summer beach read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rose on July 12, 2009
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This is a gut wrenching novel that realy strikes close to what must go through every person's mind, when either the direct victim of a crime or the friend of someone in such a horrible situation. Ms. Cordero wonderfully portrays the agony that her lead character endures throughout the book to the point that I had to sit back and wonder how many people would behave in the same manner when confronted with the ugliness of a crime and the criminal.
This is well worth the read and I would highly recommend Chelle's wonderful work.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm R. Campbell on May 23, 2009
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"The woman, an attractive blonde, seemed scared when she first saw him approaching out of the shadows. She tried to stand again and he watched as her ankle turned in and she groaned. Her knee-length tan skirt showed dark smudges from the dirty sidewalk."

When Tom Hughes helps Alli Davis on a dark street in the bad part of town, he definitely wants to know more about her even though they're like ships passing in the night. But, the following day, he finds her in a courtroom. She's part of the team defending the man who killed his fiance Joyce eight years ago. What manner of cruel fate is this?

A state trooper, Tom is in Rome, New York to identify his high school class ring for the district attorney, the ring Joyce was wearing when she was murdered. When police arrested Roy Dunlop on another charge, they found the ring and tied it to the unsolved crime.

Readers of Chelle Cordero's "Forgotten" will remember the supporting role Tom Hughes played in the lives of his cousin Caitlyn Smythe and her lover Brandon Price. This time out, all three characters are back, but Tom's the one standing at the center of another Cordero whirlwind of gut-wrenching danger and prospective star-crossed love.

We know from the back-cover blurb that Tom falls in love with Alli and that he "pursues her despite a false arrest, kidnapping and attempt on his life." The plot of "Within the Law" is intricate, the twists and turns are unexpected, and the writing is compelling.

The needle on this novel's tachometer remains in the red zone throughout a high-speed, 288-page ride.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Harvey on January 28, 2009
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Yet another phenomenal work by the amazing Ms. Cordero. I only have one complaint. She has to stop writing so well so that I take no longer than a day to finish her books! I tell you, you just get engulfed right away, and it is IMPOSSIBLE to put her books down!!!! :)
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