Wednesday, May 4, 2016

In Her Defense (Time Served #2) by Julianna Keyes

Caitlin Dufresne has never loved anyone as much as she loves winning. A ruthless fifth-year associate at an elite Chicago law firm, she’s on the fast track to partner...until a stupid, serious error enrages her bosses. Caitlin’s continued refusal to share work—or credit—lands her a forced two-week vacation. She needs to regroup and learn to be part of a team, not just the star.

When she meets Eli Grant, head of the firm’s IT department, Caitlin knows the overgrown frat boy isn’t her type. But too much alcohol and a very public game of Truth or Dare turn into a dirty, breathless one-night stand. Which turns into a (mostly naked) two-week fling. Which turns into something that makes Caitlin incredibly nervous, despite the great sex.

Eli shows her the many upsides to sleeping in, and for the first time ever, Caitlin has more than the law waiting for her at home. But when she returns to the office and the relentless demands of a high-profile case, Caitlin must decide if winning this one is worth losing Eli forever.

Can be read as a standalone.

In Her Defense started out really strong. I loved the way it introduced the complex characters. I loved the steamy moments and where the story was going, but I lost a bit of focus after the half way point.

Caitlin is the one of the best female lawyers in Chicago. She is also known as "The 'coldhearted bitch' thing. She-devil. Hell on heels." Some coworkers think she must have slept her way up the corporate ladder. Being at the top may be lonely, but it was what she lived for. When the partners forced her to take a vacation before she left Chicago to head the Los Angeles office, she did not know what to do with all the free time.

Eli Grant is head of the firm's IT department. He saw Caitlin on the cover of Chicago's Finest and thought she was the most beautiful woman. She doesn't intimate him, but he falls in love with all her personalities. He just has issues with her commitment to only one thing... work.

"So far I've met the banshee that attacked Todd on Monday, then the lonely woman at the pub, the very hot woman in the front seat of my truck and the nice lady who took her niece to a softball game. Then the banshee returned when you took the call back there. If I ask you out, who's going to show up?"

I have a love/hate relationship for Eli. In the beginning he pulls out all the stops. He's romantic, sexy, and unselfish. Then you see his flaws, and witness his moments of being a big ass. Honestly, I think the only reason I wouldn't give it 5 stars is because I wasn't impressed by him towards the end of the book.