Jan 06

TROUBLE WITH THE LAW by Becky McGraw {Review/Excerpt/Giveaway}

 

Title: Trouble with The Law 
Author:
Becky McGraw
Series: Texas Trouble, #11
Release Date: December 13th 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Western, Romance
Length: 400 pages / 2870 kb 
Source: Author in exchange for honest review
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Criminal defense attorney Veronica Winters always wondered what it would be like with sexy former detective Trace Rooks. Even though he’s an ex-convict now, because of her, she still wonders. Ronnie has always felt damned guilty for recommending a plea deal that sent an innocent man to jail. When she finds out he’s back in jail and a friend asks her to question him about the situation, Ronnie thinks she might finally have the opportunity to set things right with him.

At the jail though, she finds a changed man she almost doesn’t recognize. The scars on the outside are nothing compared to the scars he bears inside. Instead of the charming, easy going man she represented four years prior, his attitude now is as hard as his body. But she finds out the new, edgier Trace Rooks turns her on even more than the man she knew before. Trace Rooks, would love nothing better than seeing the Shark Lady get her due for sending him to prison unjustly. He would make sure Ronnie Winters eventually got hers, but at the moment, he had other priorities. Like taking down his corrupt father. The man who had paid off the woman touted to be the best criminal defense attorney in the state to help send him to prison.

When Ronnie shows up at the jail asking questions, Trace isn’t giving her anything except a hard time. He believes she’s there on his father’s behalf again, and there is no way in hell he is falling for her lines again. Trace was a man that learned for his mistakes, and trusting Ronnie Winters had been the biggest of his life.

But when Ronnie doesn’t get the answers she wants from him, she starts digging around on her own. Trace knows that can get him killed or sent back to prison again. He decides that the best thing he can do is heed his grandfather’s advice to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. He isn’t sure which camp Ronnie Winters falls into yet, but he’s going to keep her close until he figures it out.

Maybe he could get the answers he’d been looking for the last three years. If not, he could at least get his pound of flesh from the mouthy, leggy redhead every man in Texas was afraid of. Trace wasn’t afraid of Ronnie Winters, but he quickly finds out he isn’t immune to her either. When that leads to thinking he might just have misjudged the beautiful redhead before, and perhaps there was more to her than met the eye, Trace knows he’s in deep trouble.

Trouble with The Law is a steamy, sexy story that details the journey of two very similar yet different people as they look for revenge, redemption, and love. Well, stumble on love really, but that’s not germane to the point yet. Ronnie failed only one client in her law career, Trace. Trace was a good cop and too trusting, and for that and the crime of who his father is, he went to prison. When Trace winds up in jail again not six months out of prison, Ronnie decides to help him get out of trouble and to try to erase the one black mark on her heart.

If only things were that easy! Trace is not who he was before prison and isn’t interested in Ronnie’s ‘help’. All he cares about is bringing down those that framed him years ago. Ronnie isn’t so easily dissuaded, and thanks to her not listening to him or her PI buddy, winds up in more trouble than either of them knows how to get out of.

I loved this story and now my wallet is not happy as I want to go back and read the first 10, lol. This is part of a series, but can be read alone (as I just proved, lol). The heat is volcanic, the story heart wrenching yet sweet, and the ending… you have to read it to find out why I’m already rereading the story! Becky’s story building is clean and engaging, her characters are deep and you quickly feel as if they’re your friends and neighbors. If you love contemporary western with love and a hot cowboy on a Hog, then this is your next read!

The flames licking at her insides were from anger now not desire. “Well, if that isn’t the most romantic thing a man has ever said to me. I think I’ll have to pass,” she said and turned to stalk toward the door. Her hand closed over the door knob as his dropped on her shoulder. “Wait, Red…”

Ronnie fought to corral the emotions trying to consume her. She was not emotional, had never been prone to drama. But if she turned and looked at Trace Rooks right now, she had a feeling she would turn into a bawling, screaming, emotional…woman. She sucked in a breath then twisted the knob.

The door cracked open, but he leaned his arm over her shoulder to push it closed. “I said wait. I want to talk to you.”

“You’re an asshole. I have nothing to say to you,” Ronnie said, folding her arms across her chest, mortified at the emotion she heard in her voice.

“Yeah, I am an asshole,” he agreed with a dark chuckle

“Well, at least we agree on something,” she grated, reaching for the door knob again. She needed to get away from this man as fast as she could, before she turned around and did what he asked. Beg him to fuck her.

Trace leaned closer to her ear to whisper sexily, “Tell me what you want, Red.” His hot breath tickled her ear, sending tingles down her neck, across her chest directly to her nipples and they hardened.

“What I want is to get out of here,” she replied weakly.

His heat surrounded her when he leaned into her body and trailed his fingers down her arm to her wrist, leaving chill bumps in their wake. He closed his hand over hers and that warmth spread through her body before he pried her fingers off of the door knob. Ronnie knew she was in trouble when he turned her to face him. He trapped her against the door with his big body, and his eyes met hers.

“Is this what you want, Red?” he asked as his head slowly descended toward hers. He shoved his fingers into her hair as his mouth closed over hers in a sensual kiss. The emotions that were balled up in her chest unfurled in the most spectacular fireworks display she’d ever seen behind her closed eyes.

Yes, this is exactly what I want, she thought, as his other hand glided from her shoulder to her waist. He gently pulled her against his hard body, and swallowed Ronnie’s sigh into his mouth. His tongue found hers and invited it into an erotic dance that sent all the moisture in her body downward.

This was the man that Ronnie remembered. The man she wanted him to be again. The man she wanted to make love to her.

 

  

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Becky McGraw is a married mother of three adult children, and a Southern girl by birth and the grace of God, ya’ll. She resides in South Texas with her husband and dog Abby.

A jack of many trades in her life, Becky has been an optician, a beautician, a legal secretary, a senior project manager for an aviation management consulting firm, which took her all over the United States, a real estate broker, and now a graphic artist, web designer and writer. She knows just enough about a variety of topics to make her dangerous, and her romance novels interesting and varied. Being a graphic artist is a good thing for her too, because she creates her own cover art, along with writing the novels.

Becky has been an avid reader of romance novels since she was a teenager, and has been known to read up to four novels of that genre a week, much to the dismay of her husband, and the delight of e-book sellers. She has been writing fictional short stories and novels for fun, as well as technical copy for her jobs for many years.

She was a member of the Writer’s Guild on AOL, as well as a founding member and treasurer of the first online chapter of the Romance Writers of America, From the Heart Romance Writers. Currently, she is a PAN member of RWA and a general member of FTHRW.

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