Monday, June 18, 2018

Book Review: Order of Protection by Lexi Blake

Order of Protection (Courting Justice #1)
by Lexi Blake
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Source: Publisher
To high-end defense attorney Henry Garrison, Win Hughes is a woman he met during one of the most trying times of his life. She's soft and warm, and he finds solace in their brief relationship. But Win has a secret. She's actually Taylor Winston-Hughes—born to one of the wealthiest families in the country, orphaned as a child by a tragic accident. Win moves in the wealthiest circles, but her lavish lifestyle hides her pain.

When her best friend is murdered in the midst of a glittering New York gala, Win's charged with the crime, and the only person in the world she wants to see is Henry. 

Henry is shocked at the true identity of his lover, but he can't reject the case. This trial could take his new firm into the stratosphere. Still, he's not getting burned by Win again. And yet every turn brings them closer together. 

As the case takes a wild turn and Win's entire life is upended, she must look to the people she's closest to in order to find a killer. And Henry must decide between making his case and saving the woman he loves...

I love a good murder mystery mixed with a good romance, so I couldn't wait to pick this up when I read the synopsis. I also really enjoyed Lexi Blake's Lawless series, so I had high hopes going into this one! 

When attorney Henry Garrison and Win Hughes meet, there's instant chemistry that they both are determined to fight. Especially since Win is actually Taylor Winston-Hughes, an orphaned rich girl with not the best reputation. But the two spend an unforgettable two weeks together and go their separate ways. When Taylor is accused of the murder of her best friend, she has to turn to Henry to help her figure out who did it and how to get her out of trouble. Henry is shocked and hurt when he learns who Taylor really is, but he soon learns he needs to focus on the case at hand, ignoring his emotions, or else Taylor's life could be ruined forever. 

Right away, the pacing of this book was so weird to me. This book is marketed as the main character being accused of murder, but the actual murder doesn't even happen until almost halfway through the book. We spent over 100 pages watching Henry and Taylor circle each other. Then, their "two weeks" together happens in like two pages. I didn't even know what we spent the first half of the book on when we finally got to the action. I wanted so much more action, mystery, and intrigue than we got. 

I did enjoy the romance and how Taylor and Henry were so hurt by their pasts in romance. I really enjoyed Henry's character and how he was just trying to be a better person, but his character couldn't carry the story. When it came to the mystery of the murder, I felt like I should have been surprised at the end, but I wasn't really that shocked. I was just left off wanting more. 

While this one sounded like an amazing Law and Order type book with a romance, it fell flat to me. I think the main problem was the pacing. I really wanted to love these characters, but I didn't get the intensity and intrigue in the murder mystery that was occurring.

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