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Every hero has a story to tell . . .
Avett Walker’s and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Quaid is a high-powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a history of picking the wrong men.
When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants is to rely on the no-nonsense attorney. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun . . . with her.
Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Techni-color dye job. But something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business, and yet doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.As they work side by side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.
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Quaid is straightlaced, methodical, and calculating. His drive to make partner has influenced every decision he has made in his career and in his life. He has fought for everything he has, wearing his polish and image like a second skin.
Though Avett and Quaid initially keep themselves professional, Avett quickly comes to rely on Quaid’s steady nature in some tough situations. I loved the way they each challenged each other as Avett worked to find herself, and Quaid took the time to remember who he was. I was expecting Avett to have things to figure out, but was pleasantly surprised at the direction Quaid’s characterization took.
There were a handful of moments where I felt like the narration took over the storytelling rather than the story coming from the characters themselves. But there were other times I valued the speed at which things moved because of that writing style. It was something I haven’t noticed before in Jay’s books, so don’t know if it was just my mood at the time of reading or something different for this book.
I have always loved Jay’s stories. She has a way of writing characters who find exactly what they need in someone they wouldn’t have expected to find a connection with and this was no exception. I loved the unexpected pairings and they way these characters’ opposite natures compliment each other.
Avett's character was foolish and impulsive. She was spiraling out of control falling deep and deeper into a pit of awful actions and consequences. Avett’s was a little lost having no knowledge or plan for her future.
Quaid's character was sexually frustrated after spending years falling into bed with willing bed partners. He was betrayed by his ex wife and hurt by another girl who brushed him off. His ego took a hit leaving him feeling down and out. Quaid was a man that had been betrayed, rejected, and drained emotionally and financially. He set his sights on helping Avett out of her predicament. Quaid was a lawyer so there was a lot of court and legal jargon thrown around in this book.
Brite, Avett's dad had always been there to bail her out of trouble. He forgave her and excused her. Her mother and father tried to show her the right way, but Avett was stubborn and determined to find the path she was meant to be on in her own way. She constantly fell for the wrong guys landing herself in trouble. Avett was a daddy's girl.
Avett was a temporary temptation that Quaid could not wait to walk away from. Her defiant and stubborn force of nature had no place in Quaid's uptight world. His reputation was on the line and appearances meant everything when he was trying to make partner. Avett did not meet the standards that were acceptable for his image at the law firm.
The pace was slow and the story was wordy. I skimmed most of it. Aside from pink hair and some bad choices Avett was rescued one too many times by her father. Quaid went from having nothing to having many expensive possessions. I struggled with the sexual comments by the characters trying to illustrate a physical connection. I cringed every time Jay added another adjective to describe them having sex. It was unnecessary to use so many raunchy words.
I thought Jay should have led the story with Avett's tragic story about her high school friend. It set the mood for the type of character Avett was.Through the wordiness of the story a very good plot was laid out yet the delivery was bogged with too many adjectives expressing sex. Rule will always remain my favorite story. No other story written since then can compare to that one.
Avett hid behind of facade of rebellion with pink hair hoping to block people from getting close to the truth of her bad choices. Avett was a character that chased bad choices for no other reason because her consequences were only hers for a short period of time until her father erased her mistakes giving her a clean slate.
Quaid came from nothing worked hard and became a reputable lawyer even though he hid his rebellion from others. Avett displayed her rebellion.