Reviewed by JustJen
Title: In His Defense
Author: Shane Kelleher
Heroes: Aidan Hill/Jaxon Kane
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 148 Pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: April 25, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Aidan Hill, a shrewd lawyer, has success written all over him. He has worked very hard to construct a promising career and cares a great deal about his professional image–perhaps too much. After making partner before an unprecedented thirty-five, he is handed one of the firm’s most challenging cases. However, when he inadvertently sleeps with the lead investigator for the case, Jaxon Kane, his world turns inside-out. The passion between them is overwhelming and all consuming. He can’t get enough of Jaxon, but he has to stay away or the conflict of interest could tank the case of a lifetime. That can’t happen. A woman’s freedom is in jeopardy.
Jaxon Kane is a man who, when he sees what he wants, goes after it without hesitation. And he wants Aidan. He’s a strong, formidable man who believes that he can do his job and build something meaningful with Aidan. But, how does he convince him when Aidan is focusing solely on his career and winning this case? As much as he wants Aidan, he won’t be anyone’s secret. He knows Aidan wants him. Will Aidan do what it takes to prove it to Jaxon?
Review: This was a fairly typical one-night stand turns out to be co-workers story with some extra interesting storyline to go with it.
Shane has worked very hard to become the youngest partner at his law firm, to the detriment of his past relationships. When he meets Jaxon, he ends up having an amazing one-night stand for the first time in his life. But his life is turned a bit upside down when Jaxon turns out to be the newly-hired private investigator at his firm.
Both men are shocked to see each other, but they try their best to hide it. Unfortunately, the intense sexual attraction that led to their one night together still remains, and they are unable or unwilling to keep from acting upon it.
There are some stumbling blocks over whether Shane is willing to give Jaxon a shot, putting his career in jeopardy, and the fact that they are in the middle of a big case and trial. But, they work through them to make their relationship work and to settle the big case successfully for their client.
This was pretty predictable for the most part, though I had a little trouble believing Shane’s actions where Jaxon was concerned, given how adamant he was about his job, but the rest of the story was pretty intriguing. I loved how Jaxon didn’t let Shane keep him a secret, yet allowed him to make that move. The mystery surrounding their client’s innocence and finding the evidence to make their case was interesting as well.
This story was well-written and moved along at a steady pace. If you enjoy stories about attorneys and trial law, with the added pleasure of two men finding love along the way, be sure to give this one a try.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*