Reasonable Doubt Full Series Series: Reasonable Doubt
Published by Self-published on September 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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My cock has an appetite.
A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar...(Although, that's a story for another day.) As a high profile lawyer, I don't have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online.
My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats.
This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less.
At least it was, until "Alyssa"...She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades.
But then she came into my firm for an interview--a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed...
Deception. Lies. Desire. Need.
It’s been fun following Andrew and Aubrey’s story…fibs, omissions and all! Each chapter starts off with a legal definition, hinting at the direction the story was heading. I raised my eyebrows at each one. Both Andrew and Aubrey are performers in their own right. They’re versatile. They need to be, to keep up with each other. Now here’s the disruptive part, Andrew is known to Aubrey as Thoreau and Aubrey is known to Andrew as Alyssa. Neither have met in person. Not for the want of trying on Andrew’s part, so communication in the interim is limited to text messages, phone calls and avoidance of the truth. Lots of dirty talk, assumptions and no dining. Andrew has strict rules in place and Aubrey doesn’t want to test them. It’s hard to tell who is playing whom, but it is irrelevant as the end result is the same – an entertaining read.
“Things are going to catch up to you one day, asshole!” She yells as I step in to the hallway. “Karma is one hell of a bitch!” “I know.” I toss back. “I fucked her two weeks ago…”
Andrew keeps his personal life simple, one date, one dinner and one fuck. He doesn’t like talkers or liars, he is not looking for friendship. It’s stated clearly in Thoreau’s online bio, but some must see that as a challenge to be taken. Except for Aubrey… By day, he’s a lawyer that hasn’t lost a case, he balances both his professional and social life remarkably well, until he connects with Aubrey on line. What seems like a harmless fib to get access to some study support ends up becoming not as easy as Aubrey / Alyssa originally thought.
“So you believe in reasonable doubt?” “In certain cases, yes…”
Reasonable doubt only becomes an issue when one of them gets caught out by unintentionally mentioning key details of a private conversation. That moment was amusing at the same time as cringe worthy… The reason for anonymity slowly emerges, revealing a story of deception and hurt that thankfully doesn’t dampen the story in between.
“I think certain lies have to be told, and certain truths have to be withheld. The ultimate conviction is up to those who can discern which is which”
Their friendship is an off again on again scenario, which leaves them struggling when they are apart from each other. Andrew is the fighter in the relationship. Aubrey is focused on following her dreams. With both of them determined to find integrity in their friendships and relationships. Not an easy task to achieve when both have a tendency to hold back or fudge their side of the truth. While desperate to break free of the restraints placed on them, they discover that occasionally a negative option doesn’t always remain that way.
Originally I read the first two novellas in 2014 but found reading all three books in one go a lot better and of course I had no waiting between which was my initial struggle.
What I loved:
- The way Aubrey serves up coffee (in book #1)
- The banter between Andrew and Aubrey
- The angst
- Aubrey’s love of dancing and how it was woven in to the story
- Andrew’s ability to impress
- The definitions
What I struggled with:
- How family, blood or otherwise can be so uncaring and selfish
- His loss View Spoiler » death of a child – but happens outside of the story-line and is relayed as part of the character’s past « Hide Spoiler
Lily’s rating: 4 Stars
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