By L.A. Witt
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
“I believe you have something of mine, Zach.”
The stranger’s accusation throws Zach Owens for a loop. He’s never seen this man in his life, and he’s not prepared when he finds out what they have in common—their boyfriend, Jake.
Make that ex-boyfriend. With the jerk out of the picture, Zach hurries after the stranger to apologize… which quickly leads to some sizzling hot revenge sex.
Despite starting on the wrong foot, Nathan Forrester can’t get enough of the sexy movie theater owner. Still, he’s jaded and distrustful—especially when Jake keeps materializing in Zach’s presence despite Zach insisting that relationship is over.
With a devious ex-boyfriend trying to sabotage their fledgling relationship, Zach and Nathan need to learn to trust each other, or they’ll both wind up with nothing.
This 61,000 word novel was previously published, and has been revised to include an extended ending.
I enjoyed author L.A. Witt’s writing and storytelling style. The descriptions of emotions, sexual experiences, and (Nathan’s) vulnerabilities were intimate, expressive and perceptive. The two main characters were very well developed, and it was especially easy to become tuned in with Zack, as the story was delivered through his perspective.
Here are my major takeaways from this book:
- The sex scenes are emotionally intense, steamy hot, and enviable. (They’re smokin’.) Delicious with a capital “D”.
- The premise, backdrop, and story-building structure were different than so many similar books – a refurbished hometown theater and theater owner, a lawyer whose career isn’t the pivotal focus of the story, connecting with one another through an ex who cheated on them both and then had the audacity to try to mess up their blossoming relationship – and played out well, though it was slow and repetitive at points.
- The emotions were expressed in an intoxicating manner – the scenes were extremely well-written and developed fully. It wasn’t hard to follow and believe the sequence of how these two fell in love, even though Nathan seemed to be overly insecure for such a seemingly successful and handsome guy (and the use of his nervous smoking was always woven in at just the right time). The author does, however, explain and resolve the angst and reason for Nathan’s vulnerabilities thoroughly and believably in the final chapters, and through it all, it’s easy to empathize with Zach’s frustrations.
- Absolutely loved how well Witt conveyed Zach’s frustration with Nathan’s trust issues, and his conflicting emotions about what the two of them had and how he felt about it.
- The epilogue was a treat and the perfectly scripted HEA for this book.
Nine-Tenths of the Law is a searing hot read, but it also tugs at the reader’s emotional heartstrings while emphasizing the importance of being true to oneself. It’s a bright, smart, and satisfying read.
I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this revised book, which had been published previously.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on May 20, 2017.