Author: Joel Skelton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 298 Pages
At a Glance: Joel Skelton has once again done a wonderful job of showing how mutual attraction can become love.
Reviewed By: Jackie
Blurb: Despite a spirited inner debate pitting right against wrong, Owen Grady is lured off a forest trail by a handsome stranger. Just as he is about to surrender to an urgent desire, Owen realizes he is making a mistake and attempts to leave, but the rejected man wrestles Owen to the ground and discloses he is a cop. Wrongly accused of sexual misconduct, Owen seeks legal help.
Ambitious young lawyer Brent Burns is a junior partner at Burns & Callahan, a law firm located within the Men’s Center in Two Harbors, Minnesota. He takes on Owen’s case, determined to prove him innocent. But Brent can’t possibly predict the obstacles on the bumpy road to an acquittal—not the least of which is an ethical taboo involving his heart, which threatens to defeat him before he ever sets foot in the courtroom.
Review: I have been reading the Beneath the Palisade series since the first book came out, and I have loved the writing style and the characters since the very beginning. I always felt for Brent. When his prior relationship ended, I always felt he was more hurt than he let on. In this book I was hoping he would find some happiness.
In Justice, the story begins with a young teacher, Owen Grady, getting led astray while birdwatching. What started out as a little fun in the woods, turns scary and then criminal rather quickly. When false allegations are made against Owen by a well respected local police officer, he knows he has to find a lawyer to help him save his reputation and his job.
Enter Brent Burns, recent law graduate and junior partner at the local Men’s Center. Brent fell in love with the law while working for a large law firm in the city. When he graduated from law school, he was given an opportunity to start out well in a firm by a long-time friend and former employer. When Owen brings his woes to Brent’s door, it sets off fireworks, but not always the good kind.
Owen and Brent set out to prove Owen’s innocence. Along the way, there are some roadblocks of the very best kind and the very worst kind. As usual with this series, it takes all the men from the Palisades Cabins coming together to help out a friend. Some feelings end up getting hurt, but in the end it seems this little makeshift family is no worse for the wear, and they have one more member to bring into the fold.
Joel Skelton has once again done a wonderful job of showing how mutual attraction can become love when the two people involved learn to communicate and take their time getting to their HEA. This book does show some strain between friends, and for a bit, you may wonder how in the world they will ever make it through. That is where the family part comes in. These men, along with some great female characters, show how a close-knit group will have your back, while also showing you the error of your ways.
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