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Approaching the Bench (The Conflict of Interest Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Upon being appointed to preside over state court cases, Trinity Williams wanted to prove she was capable even though still rather young. After five years have passed, she thinks her point has been made, but she always tries to come across as strict to make certain no one questions her competency. When a new clerk comes to work with her, Trinity wonders if she and Callum Hopkins will actually get along well because his attitude is so dissimilar from her own.
To be a lawyer one day is the goal of Callum, and working for the respected judge will help him to gain knowledge and hopefully receive a favorable reference later. Though he tries to be considerate when around Trinity, she does not plan on letting them get too friendly. Yet when a threat toward the judge and clerk leads to them being put in protective custody, the line between staying professional and exploring personal desires grows very thin.
Since I met Callum in the previous books of the series, I knew he was an interesting man and would made a wonderful main character. I was definitely eager to read his book, and I learned much about his private life. His sunny disposition is infectious, and I loved how he would always look for the positive side of whatever was happening, though his background could have made him a bitter person. His interactions with others is often comical, as Callum is never at a loss for words because of his sharp wit. For someone who could have remained a secondary character, he shines in his own story.
When Callum goes to work for Trinity, her reputation does not cause him to act any differently around her than he normally would behave, and this triggered many attention-grabbing scenes. Although she plans to not let herself be affected by his charm, resisting becoming harder and harder. I so enjoyed seeing the always serious Trinity turn into someone who is more lighthearted, and her reactions were not what I expected at times. After unexpected danger threatens them both, their lives really become entangled. Chantal Fernando made the suspense believable, and I was nervous whenever outcomes looked uncertain. There are even a few surprises in the story to make a particular scene more enthralling. APPROACHING THE BENCH has an appealing couple who express genuine feelings, and plenty of humor to amuse.
I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion.
Overall this book was pretty spot on for me!
It really brought me back to the beginning of this series in Breaching The Contract! I devoured that book! And I totally devoured this book!
Callus was totally book boyfriend worthy! He was what Trinity needed in her life! She was so cold to everyone. She felt she had to be that way to prove that she could do her job as a judge.
“I crave independence, and I’m not willing to give mine up for a man.”
Callus was a go with the flow kinda guy. He took everything and just went with it. He slowly started to break down Trinity walls. Trying to make her laugh. Play by her rules by asking her a question a day.
“We’re opposites. You’re uptight, and I’m more laid-back.”
When a attempted kidnap happened. Callum and Trinity get thrown in a situation that forces them rely on each other and for Trinity to let her guard down and let some in fully. Callum takes this opportunity to really get to know Trinity. And just lays all his cards on the table with her.
“Don’t want to tame you. Just want you to let me in,”
I loved the way this book played out. I loved how Trinity opened herself and her heart. Didn’t play games with Callum. And I loved how Callum went all in with Trinity. The ending was perfect! I can’t wait for Hunters story! He’s the one I’m most looking forward to! I wanted his story right after Breaching The Contract! So yes! I’m excited to read his story!
So on a side note....
I’m not an author. I don’t know how hard it is to start a new series from scratch. To totally leave your old series completely must be hard. Characters from other series must pop in their heads all the time.
I thought we were over the little crossover games in the last book. And I thought we were in the clear in this book until the 91% mark.
I mean... if you haven’t read any Wind Dragons books this name will mean nothing to you. But... if you have then you totally know who his person is. I just don’t get why characters are coming through in this series. When Faye Black’s name was dropped. I just rolled my eyes. I mean why. The book was holding it’s own. Why in some way try to bring a little and I do mean a little WD in the mix.
Like I said above... I love the Wind Dragons MC series! I can’t wait for more books in that series to come out. I just don’t see the need for this series and that series to do any crossover (in this case... name drop.)
And that’s just my personal opinion.
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