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Rating: 3½/5 for the overall series
**Note: this review is for the series as a whole.**
I fully admit to loving Objection, the first installment of this series but after reading the other five installments, I found myself completely disillusioned. In the beginning I was much taken with Matt’s take-charge attitude and Mac’s total defense of herself in the face of Matt’s asshatery. Their sexual encounters are crazy hot but I quickly figured out that the sex is really all Matt and Mac have going for them. As we see in installment one, Matt has all kinds of issues with Mac and relationships outside of the bedroom. Matt is all about the physical and he has no problem reminding himself and Mac repeatedly and quite harshly that there is nothing to them beyond the sex. Though Mac is constantly hurt by these reminders and Matt’s general attitude toward her outside of the bedroom, she absolutely believes there is more to him and that she is the woman who can change him.
As the series wears on, Mac and Matt fall into a routine that involves Matt being an a**hole, Mac wanting more than just sex, Matt being an even bigger a**hole when Mac tries to talk to him and, Mac inevitably snapping the tether and severing all ties with Matt. True to form, Mac mopes and Matt treats absolutely everyone around him like crap when the two are no longer having sex. Every single time Mac finally gets to the point where she thinks she can go on without Matt and his orgasm-inducing awesomeness, Matt does something moderately nice and sucks her right back into his cruel and controlling world. Mac sees the moderately nice act as a sign of Matt changing and dives right back in all full of hope and enthusiasm. Very early on, Matt figures out that Mac is incapable of resisting him and he controls her through sex thus creating a toxic relationship that is no way equal or fair.
To be fair, there is a lot in Matt’s background that has caused him to behave the way he does and Bennett does a fine job of explaining that background. For me, both the explanation for Matt’s behavior and the change that eventually happens is quite simply too little and far, far too late. The things he says and does to Mac are cruel and beyond unkind and in many ways, inexcusable. Every person has a choice about how they treat others and Matt simply chooses incorrectly nearly every time he has an encounter with Mac. Worse, Mac allows it to happen, repeatedly.
The Bottom Line: Understand this, I have no problem with this author and will absolutely read more of her books. Furthermore, I cannot complain about the writing style or the editing of this series as both were quite fine and professionally managed. As a fan of character-driven reads, my complaint with this series lies solely with the characters. I just can’t root for Matt or in any way have any hope of happiness for him. At some point, even fictional characters have to stop blaming their past and blaming others for their deplorable behavior and start making better choices. I get that this happens in this series but not before I am completely turned off by Matt and hoping for bad and nasty things to happen to him. Worse is Mac, a capable and competent woman in her work life who allows Matt to treat her like a whore. For Mac, Matt is a drug and like an addict, Mac can’t shake her nasty and awful habit. Mac chases the next high always hoping it will turn out differently this time around. By the end of the read, I had very, very little respect for Mac and that made me both angry and sad. At the end of the day, this is a series that has become wildly popular and I in no way judge those who love it and have favorably reviewed it. As we are all entitled to our own opinion, I found the Legal Affairs series to be a series that just isn’t for me.
Now the bad news: My first real problem with this series is the description of the sex scenes, or rather the lack of description. This is an individual preference issue. I am writing to the individuals out there who are like me. If you like detailed descriptions of the steamy stuff which don't rely on colloquialisms and body part names that are so abstract as to be misleading, this is not the book for you. I happen to be that kind of reader. I prefer the Maya Banks circa Breathless sex scenes (but hold the entire rest of the book, a story for another day). The sex scenes in this series were more the old school harlequin romance variety. AGAIN, if you like more of the soft sex, this will not be an issue for you. If you are like me and you like something a bit more gritty and descriptive, this is not going to do it for you.
Second: The language of the book and the description of the h's inner monologue was distracting. At one point, the male H says something, during a sexual encounter, and the female h responds with 'word.' I had to re-read it three times to make sure it wasn't the result of a typo. The use of 'word' is a colloquial interjection often used by African Americans to express both surprise and agreement (I'm Black, it's ok, I can talk about this stuff). There is absolutely no context or character background which explains why the female h would be using this type of language. It just didn't make sense to me- at all. I know this may seem like nit picking but I really hate nits and this one irritated the hell out of me. There is also the issue of the female h worrying about passing gas because she laughs so hard and the way she says "I'll take two of those" in her head- none of these issues are fatal but they are irritating and what is irritating is distracting.
This book starts out with a promising bang- literally. It just doesn't quite manage to keep up with it's own momentum