Legally Wed: The Lawyers in Love Series Kindle Edition
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Adam and Lily announce to his family they're engaged at Thanksgiving dinner - and their problems multiply exponentially as first his Mother, and then HER Mother, a feared litigator known as "The Ice Queen", steamroll the wedding plans! Lily discovers that the best way she can ease the stress of escalating wedding plans, dealing with her Always-Finding-Fault mother, and numerous other hassles of coupledom (which I won't elaborate as I'm sure Amazon will reject this review outright then!) is (well, I guess Amazon will censor this review for THAT, too!) as quickly and as often as possible. This results in many, many hot and funny scenes - use your imagination as to what those scenes might be about.
But there's MORE! A "fabulous" wedding planner Lily's and Adam's gay friend Bruce crushes on; adjustments that couples have to make as two people become a single unit (including a nasty fight reminiscent of their earlier antipathy, that shocks both them and their friends!); brief character bits that set up N.M. Silber's future books WINNING APPEAL (Public Defender Mark and Braden's kid sister Beth - with Braden unsure that his Old Player Pal Mark is ready to settle down!) and POWER OF ATTORNEY (Adam's older sister Abby and Lily's ex-boyfriend Jacob the A*hole Federal Prosecutor - who apparently confuses "Courtship" with "Sexual Harassment"!) - all culminating in a funny and touching wedding at the (fictitious) Marrakesh Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in January, and which shows Lily and Adam finally asserting themselves as a couple over their Mothers.
What really works well here is that you see Lily and Adam building their life together even before marriage, so what might have seemed like a Romance Novel contrivance (hooking up two unlikely and feuding people) feels organic and loving and built to last. What works a little less well, and the reason I can't quite give this a full five stars, is some of the hints of character development basically mentioned and then dropped - mostly involving Lily's parents - who aren't given any shadings or character development other than Cold Unsupportive Professional-Class Jews who can't even let their daughter get married without making it about themselves. From my time living in New York City I've met people just like that, as I'm certain Silber (being Jewish herself) has - I just wish she'd gone a bit more under the surface with them, as she does with her major characters.
Even with that, I really loved this book and would recommend it to fans of humorous romance, legal romances, or just fun reads in general. Just read LEGAL BRIEFS first, m'kay?
Adam and Lily were childhood sweethearts…. no, wait… that’s not right. Let me start again.
Adam and Lily were childhood enemies. That’s better. You know the type: the boy dips the girl's pigtails in ink and punches her in the arm as a show of affection. THAT kind of enemy. Except Lily is, and always was Adam’s equal:
“Our history together wasn’t exactly filled with lollipops and rainbows. He wrote in my name on our class election ballot as Queen of the Harpies.”
“How do you know that was me?’
“Who else would have done that?”
“Well, you sent forged documents to nurse’s office claiming I needed to give a stool sample.”
“You have no proof.”
We have met Adam and Lily in previous books from the "Lawyers In Love" series, and Volume 3, "Legal Briefs," was the full length novel that brought us their story. It accounts the evolution from childhood animosity (a euphemism for attraction) to adult adoration, not to mention all the outrageous antics and amusing repartee that NM Silber does so well.
Wedding planning can be stressful under the best of circumstances. Factor in Lily’s insecurities, the pressures from Adam’s stereotypical Jewish mother and sisters (he’s the only son), and Lily’s “Ice Queen” mother, and the tension may be almost unbearable. Fortunately, Lily has discovered a very effective method for relieving tension – it may kill Adam in the process, but he’ll definitely die a happy man.
"Legally Wed" is so much more than the sexual escapades of Adam and Lily; however, there’s definitely no shortage of that. It’s also infused with humorous banter, some serious adult conversations (and even a little drama), and some absolutely touching and tender moments between the characters. Admittedly, I’m an emotional reader, but more than once I felt my eyes sting and well up.
“You know, when we graduated from high school and you went to BU and I went to Tufts, there would be times when I would be in Boston and I would think I saw you and my pulse would shoot up and I would feel excited. It was never you, though. Stupid, huh?”
It was a small thing that I had confessed, nothing like telling him I had been fantasizing about him the first time I came, but somehow it was even harder to tell him. Sexual attraction was one thing, but admitting that, even then, I had deeper feelings for him made me feel more vulnerable. I kept staring at my fingers, twisting on my lap, wondering if he was imagining me as a pathetic schoolgirl.
“I used to look forward to going to synagogue when I was home on break because I was hoping to see you there. One week, I went twice. My sisters started calling me ‘rabbi’.” I looked up at him and my chest felt tight.
“Why didn’t we just …?”
“It doesn’t matter anymore. Now, we’re getting married and we are going to spend the rest of our lives together, blissfully bickering, bantering and banging.”
Although "Legally Wed" is short, it’s the perfect conclusion to Adam and Lily’s love story. However, I have it on good authority that we can look forward to more from this couple in the future. In the meantime, however, "Legally Wed" left a smile both on my face and in my heart.
Five sexy but ultimately tender stars.
All of the gang is present in this book and of course they're having fun. The moms are both trying to "help" with the wedding planning, yes, both moms - even Lily's. We also have a wedding planner involved, so Lily gets stressed, and when she's stressed she needs Adam to help relieve the stress - a job he's more than happy to complete. As often as necessary.
There are a number of laugh out loud moments; some very sweet and tender moments; and of course these two provide us with some hot and sexy moments as well. I bet we all wish we had our very own Adam!!
Overall, I loved it! I'll buy anything in this series by this author.
If you are still reading, then I know you are already a fan of these books and N.M. Silber. Everything I loved about the previous books, the characters, the witty dialogue, the crazy situations... they are all here. Usually when the guy gets the girl, the book is over and we just assume the happily ever after. This time we actually get to see the couple AFTER they admit they love each other, and see what happens after the engagement and through the wedding planning.
This felt like a love letter to the fans, in a good way, and I left me wanting to go back and read the books again.
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