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Legal Ease – Giveaway and Review

It is with pleasure that I welcome Lori Ryan, author of Legal Ease (Sutton Capital Series) to my blog! Lori is sharing a little about her writing process, sharing an excerpt and doing a giveaway! Oh, and I had the pleasure of reading Legal Ease, so check out my review below. But first, lets here from Lori. Take it away, Lori!

From: Lori Ryan

One of the best parts about writing fiction is the shopping. Yup, you heard me. The shopping. It’s only window shopping, but it’s fun just the same.

For example, when I sat down to write Legal Ease, I realized Jack Sutton needed a house. And, it needed to be a pretty spectacular house at that. So, I jumped on Realtor.com and put in a budget of ten to fifteen million and this is what I came up with after shopping around:

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Gorgeous, isn’t it? You should see the inside! Here’s the view from the roof outside of Jack and Kelly’s window.

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Makes you want to move right in, doesn’t it? It’s still for sale, if anyone is in the market…

Next came the cocktail dress Kelly needed for the party she and Jack hosted and then jewelry for Jack to give to Kelly to go with her dress. Oh, and don’t let me forget her engagement ring.

As I write, I jump online and choose each item so that I can describe it to my readers in lifelike detail. I have to run no, as a matter of fact. I’ve got to go choose a pair of shoes for one of my current heroines. Jimmychoo.com, here I come!

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Blurb

Jack Sutton is a man who’s used to getting his way. So when his mother’s will forces his hand, he does the only thing he can. Jack cuts a deal with the confident, sexy law school student who walks into his office with a proposition he can’t refuse.

The deal may have kept Jack in control at Sutton Capital but his private life quickly spirals out of control. Just when Jack realizes that he wants more than a year with Kelly, his wealth puts her in great danger and he is left scrambling to save her life and their future together.

Excerpt

“Jack, darling…” Jack’s Aunt Mabry breezed into the room. “I’ve decided to redo my kitchen and the downstairs floor of my townhouse. Chad has a friend staying with him right now so I need to stay at your place for a few weeks until my kitchen is completed.”

Jack had to work to keep from rolling his eyes. He knew perfectly well what Aunt Mabry was doing. She wanted to spy on him and Kelly. There was no way she’d be redoing her kitchen if she didn’t want an excuse to stay with him. And she would normally stay at the Omni downtown or at a spa by the water instead of with him. She had never stayed at his house before, not for a day in his life, even when his mother was alive.

She was spying. He was sure of it. His mind filtered through the excuses he could give her but when he quickly weighed all of the factors, he decided it was best to just let her move in for a bit to get her off their backs. Besides, if his aunt were around he and Kelly would have to pretend to be husband and wife a lot more often, and he liked pretending that where Kelly was concerned.

With unexpected enthusiasm, Jack smiled and said, “Sure thing, Aunt Mabry. You’re welcome anytime. When do you need to move in?”

“Right now,” she said with a Cheshire Cat grin. “I’ll just head over there right now.”

With that announcement, she walked out of the office as breezily as she had waltzed in. Jack stared after her for a minute when suddenly it dawned on him. Kelly and he didn’t share a room. Oh, hell. His aunt wouldn’t buy the happily-ever-after marriage if she found out he and Kelly didn’t share a room. He grabbed the phone to try to catch Kelly or Mrs. Poole in time to warn them.

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Kelly whipped through the house and up the stairs, calling out for Mrs. Poole as she ran. “Mrs. Poole, come quickly! We have to move. We have to move.” Kelly continued yelling as she ran into her room and grabbed drawers full of clothes and piled hangers with slacks and dresses on them.

Mrs. Poole came up the stairs with a puzzled look on her face. “What on earth are you hollering about, Kelly?” she said as she tried to enter the room. She had to jump out of the way as Kelly made a mad dash to Jack’s room.

“We have to move all of my stuff into Jack’s room,” Kelly said, out of breath from her packing and running. “Jack’s Aunt Mabry is on her way here and she’s staying with us for a couple of weeks,” Kelly blurted out as she ran back down the hall to gather more of her belongings.

“Oh Lord,” Mrs. Poole rolled her eyes and followed after Kelly. She quickly grabbed clothes and toiletries and rushed down the hall to Jack’s room. She and Kelly repeated the trip half a dozen more times as they transferred everything and set it into place. Mrs. Poole cleared out half of Jack’s dresser and closet and made room for Kelly’s things while Kelly folded and put her clothing away to make it appear as though the two had been living in holy matrimony since day one.

Kelly put away the last of her things and took a deep breath. She turned to survey the masculine-looking room. There was a dark mahogany dresser and matching armoire against the deep green walls. Large windows looked out on the same beautiful waterfront view that her guest room windows had shared. She stopped suddenly and held her breath when her eyes landed on the king-sized bed in the center. Until that moment, it hadn’t occurred to her that she and Jack would now have to share a bed. Kelly’s smile fell away as she realized that keeping her attraction hidden from Jack just became a lot more difficult.

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About the Giveaway

Prize:  $25 Amazon Gift Card

How to Enter: Rafflecopter Giveaway

Deadline: October 21, 2013

My Review

In exchange for a gifted copy of Legal Ease (Sutton Capital Series), I agreed to give an honest review.

First, let me just say, the book cover, the blurb and the title doesn’t do this story justice! This was the first book I’ve read by this author and what an enjoyable read! The main characters in Legal Ease, Jack and Kelly, were very likeable and multi-dimensional characters. Once you get pass the first few pages (a little slow and repetitive) the story takes off and is not only engaging, but the author does a good job weaving humor, creative plotting, and a little suspense into a fun read.

The theme of the story is – marriage of convenience. Jack needs to get married in order to hold onto his business. Prior to Jack’s mother’s death, she held a large amount of shares in his company. In her will, the shares of the company would go to Jack if he’s married. Jack wasn’t too concerned about the shares until it was time for a major vote and without the shares, he wouldn’t have enough leverage to tilt the votes in his favor (which his conniving aunt was counting on). And then enters Kelly – a woman who was accepted into Yale’s law school, but couldn’t afford the tuition. Within minutes of Jack possibly losing his company, in walks Kelly pretending to be his fiancé. I won’t spoil the story by telling you more of how they hook up, but I will say – this was one of my favorite scenes in the story – clever and cute.

Considering Jack didn’t know Kelly prior to her showing up (out of nowhere) to his office, the chemistry between them was instant. It was refreshing to read a romance story where the characters liked each other immediately and their relationship blossomed easily, despite a meddling aunt. Add in a sweet housekeeper, fun friends, and a little suspense (which was a nice touch) and you have an enjoyable read.

So, if you’re looking for an easy read, that will offer romance, a little humor, and a touch of suspense, this is the book for you.

I would recommend Legal Ease.

Overall Rating = 3.9 Stars

Book Cover = 2.5 Stars

Book Blurb = 3.5 Stars

Writer’s Voice /Style = 4.5 Stars
Character Development = 5 Stars
Story Appreciation = 4 Stars

About the Author

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Lori is an award winning author and stay-at-home mom. Her second book, Penalty Clause, won first place in the romance category in Lcuky Cinda Publishing’s Annual Global Writer’s Contest in 2013.

Lori has had a number of careers before embarking on her newest adventure of writing novels. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law, she practiced law for three years, working primarily in the areas of utilities law and intellectual property litigation.

More recently, Lori owned and operated a dog training business in Austin, Texas, where she specialized in aggression and became an expert in the field of dog bite analysis. Lori sold her dog training business in 2013 and is now a full time writer and mother of two.

Lori still lives in Austin with her husband — who is endlessly supportive of her changing career paths — and her two children, one cat, and three dogs.

Connect with Lori Ryan

Website: http://www.loriryanromance.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/loriryanromance

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/loriryan.

Mailing List: http://www.loriryanromance.com/#!join-my-mailing-list/cdpp.

Want to be a part of Lori’s online street team? Email her at Loriryanauthor@gmail.com and put the words ‘street team’ in the subject line. She’ll email you back with directions for joining her team.

Click here for the rest of Lori’s tour schedule

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10 Comments

  1. I have “Legal Ease” in my library on my Kindle for PC app–loved the excerpt. I “shop” for my characters, too. I always have to find just the right house. The heroine of “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless” is a shoe freak, and her cousin works in a shoe factory so I had to shop for shoes for her (and they co-ordinate with her clothes).

    Comment by nancygoldberglevine | August 29, 2013

    • Thanks for stopping by Nancy. I think you you’ll enjoy the story.

      Comment by sharonccooper | August 29, 2013

  2. Thank you for hosting me today, Sharon! Good luck in the contest, everyone!

    Comment by Lori Ryan | August 29, 2013

    • My pleasure Lori, all the best to you during your tour!

      Comment by sharonccooper | August 29, 2013

  3. I loved Legal Ease and Penalty Clause (and the Baker’s Bodyguard) and I can’t wait for the next book!!

    Comment by Lea | August 29, 2013

    • Thanks for stopping by Lea!

      Comment by sharonccooper | August 29, 2013

  4. I am going to have to check out Legal Ease on my Kindle. Seems like a good “lay in bed til Midnight” type of read.

    Comment by Cindy Westerhaus | August 29, 2013

    • Thanks for stopping by Cindy!

      Comment by sharonccooper | August 29, 2013

  5. Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

    Comment by Eva Millien | August 29, 2013

  6. Everything says I’m going to enjoy this book.

    Comment by Mary Preston | August 30, 2013


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