Black Rainbow by J. J. McAvoy
Published by NYLA Publishing on May 15, 2015
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A sweet and steamy New Adult Romance from Amazon bestselling author of the Ruthless People series, J.J. McAvoy…
After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he’s also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts.
With everyone in class vying to be one of the twelve disciples—a group of twelve students that Professor Black takes under his wing—tensions run high. Thea considers dropping his class, given their passionate week together and their undeniable chemistry. After all, there are other (less infuriatingly sexy) law professors on campus.
But to accomplish her goal and get her father out of prison, Thea knows she needs to learn under the best of the best—and that’s Levi Black.
But can she learn under the best, without being under the best?
Wow! What a lucky 1-Click! Black Rainbow landed on my Kindle in error, I meant to purchase another book by the same author and almost returned it. So glad I didn’t as it turned out to be a fantastic book.
Levi Black is a 36 yr old renowned lawyer and professor. Thea Cunning is a 23 year old about to be law student. Yes, it’s pretty evident where the story is heading, towards an inappropriate teacher-student relationship but not without a fair dose of angst in between. Past and present chapters balanced out what would have been an otherwise overwhelming recount of what was basically a week of no strings attached sex, albeit a hot and steamy one! The back and forth lasts only until the back story is told and then the story remains in the present. Highlighting their carefree week allowed the softer side of Levi to come through. The flashbacks illustrated Thea’s take on Levi as having at least two distinctly different personas. The age difference is not at all noticeable in the story with Thea maintaining her own with her believable maturity.
I had spent the last week reading everything I could find on Levi Black. To students, he was El Diablo, but in Law circles, he was called The Cleaner.
Initially, Levi and Thea don’t realise the professor / student connection and as soon as Thea was aware of it, she was determined not to let it continue. She wanted to have her achievements recognised as hers, through her own hard work and ability. Remaining focused, Thea works hard and the results demonstrate her natural ability. And just as well she does, because Levi Black is known for being ruthless when it comes to who can remain in his class. He is only required to have a minimum of 12 students in his class. To be one of the chosen 12 identifies a student with the potential to be a standout lawyer. The twelve disciples as they are known, get to work within his firm alongside the best. It was his cut-throat methods of culling and the way his class counteracted his attempts that kept me entertained.
“Damn it, Levi, I like my men just under perfect, thank you”
The drive behind Thea becoming a lawyer is personal. The wild week she spent with Levi was a mutual agreement where it would be only for one week, as neither had the ability to continue beyond that. Her dream to become a lawyer is rattled when she recognises him at her first class. She has sacrificed so much to get to college and is determined to not let go of her resolve to continue. Thea learns quickly that to be a good lawyer you need to use every resource available. Levi goes to all lengths to remain professional, but he struggles to get that week out of his head.
Everyone is broken to some degree, we all got our own shit to deal with. The difference is how we handle them.
The cases that the students were privy to added depth to the story and allowed social issues to be examined candidly. The dilemma of being seen to be above board on all matters had the divide between private and professional lives skewered at times. Thea is bright and determined and she gets the opportunity to impress her professor in more ways than one. She keeps Levi on his toes, with him constantly giving as good as he got. For the majority of the story I reveled in the fact that I had stumbled upon this book by chance, it had a solid 5 star feel to it and it was only towards the end that that buzz waned a little. Finishing up, it was still a solid 4.5 Star rating and has me keen to pick up another J.J. McAvoy book again. The depth of characters in this book has me hoping that I’ll be reading about Atticus, Vivian and Selena soon.
Lily’s rating: 4.5 Stars
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