Alex Farrer has just one resolution: don’t get sacked by the new boss that day. Enter one knight to rescue her from a run‐in with a pile of mud. But will upending Alex’s entire life be the next job on her knight’s ‘to‐do’ list, whether she likes it or not?
Legal eagle JP McKenzie has just one resolution: never get involved with a woman who won’t stand up for herself. That is until a muddy Alex Farrer lands in his life with a crushingly big mountain of family expectation in tow. So what else is a modern‐day knight to do?
This was a nice twist on the boss/PA romance trope. I am an EA, and have been for a long time, and this is so far removed from my own experiences. However it is probably one of my favourite tropes, if it is handled properly. This is definitely the case with Falling for the Lawyer.
Alex is snowed under by the weight of her family’s expectations and her own past choices. She’s an intelligent, well-educated woman who could have easily become a lawyer herself. However, in her desire to please others before herself, she’s working as an assistant PA – but only until she marries her fiancé and starts a family. Alex could have come across as whiny and doormat-like, but I think she is a very sympathetic character. You can sense her conflict – wanting to do what is expected of her and also longing to be someone different to who she’s become.
JP, who rescues her from the mud, turns out to be the boss who she thinks will lead to her losing her job. Despite all her fears and the more than obvious attraction between them, JP becomes the person who encourages her to follow her passion and fulfil her dreams. Gosh, that’s sexy – every girl should have a guy like that.
The romance was very sweet and slow-simmering. Alex knew things weren’t right with her fiancé, but out of loyalty, tried to deny her feelings for JP. He just wanted her to be honest with herself, and I loved him for that. This could have easily become a cheating story and I’m so glad it didn’t, or I would have had to say goodbye. The tension between Alex and JP was handled beautifully. I was cheering for them to get their happy ending.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 1 March 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Escape Publishing, an imprint of Harlequin Enterprises Australia via NetGalley in return for an honest review.