by Dianne Drake
Category: Fiction / Autobiography
218 pages; ISBN: 0373441908
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Harlequin Flipside, May 2004, $4.50, 218 pp.
Lilly Malloy sublimated everything she had into her law career even when she was a student. That is until she met reporter Mike Collier. Mike and Lilly share quite a heated love affair, but it went nowhere as both had ambitious dreams for their respective future.
Judge Lilly presides over traffic court in which Mike enters expecting to talk his way out of nineteen illegal parking tickets. Instead, Lilly decides to teach Mike a lesson about paying his fines, not that their past would influence her decision. Feeling the ice she sends his way, Mike asks for a change of venue and then challenges her authority so Lilly, following the letter of the law, sends Mike to jail. Now he wants to get even with the judge who he feels abused her power with of course his desire being a lifetime sentence with Lilly as the perfect venue.
The lead couple is a delightful pairing of two squabbling souls that make for a fun tale. Especially enjoyable is the opening courtroom scene as each slowly raises the ante until the judge trumps Mike with a weekend courtesy of the city. Though a subplot involving a crooked politician (oxymoron?) seems to take away from the gender war (they even team up), fans will appreciate this amusing second chance at love with a bit of pay back tale.
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