Thursday, May 30, 2013

VBT: Review and Giveaway ~ Legal Ease by Lori Ryan


Jack Sutton needs a wife and he needs one now. Jack loved his mother, but she really screwed him over when she set up her will. If Jack doesn’t have a wife by the end of the week, he’ll lose control of the largest chunk of voting stock in his company and will most likely lose his position as CEO as a result.

And Jack’s Aunt Mabry is waiting in the wings to make sure that the terms of the will are enforced. If he doesn’t find a wife, she’ll seize control of the stock so she can install her own son at the helm and she couldn’t care less that her son doesn’t want the job or that he probably won’t be any good at it.

Enter Kelly Bradley, a twenty eight year old college graduate with a spot at Yale Law School but no way to pay for it. Kelly and Jack’s eavesdropping secretary have discovered Jack’s secret need for a wife and Kelly comes up with a plan to fix both of their problems.

Just when Jack needs her, Kelly breezes into his office, introduces herself to his Aunt and cousin, and hands Jack an offer. She will marry him for a year so that he can retain the stock that will keep him in control of Sutton Development if he’ll pay for her to go to law school. Jack has no idea where his beautiful savior came from or who she is but he’s willing to take a chance to save it all.

The deal may have kept Jack in control at Sutton Development but his private life quickly spirals out of control. Just when Jack realizes that he wants more than a year with Kelly, his wealth puts her in great danger and he is left scrambling to save her life and their future together.


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“We’re here to meet Jack’s fiancé,” a smug-looking Mabry announced to Chad and Jack watched a bemused expression come over his cousin’s face.

Chad had to be wondering what the hell was going on. He and Jack were more like brothers than cousins, so if Jack were getting married, Chad should have been the first to know.

Oh, shit. I’m never gonna’ hear the end of this from him.

So there they sat, waiting for an introduction to a fiancé that Jack had never mentioned to Chad and a fiancé that Chad had never set eyes on.

Jack leaned forward in his chair, took a deep breath and prepared to come clean. Just then his secretary’s voice cut in and he could swear he heard her say that his fiancé was here.

His head whipped around and he stared open-mouthed at the phone, unable to process what was going on. Jack’s experience in business had taught him to school his expressions and hide his thoughts from those around him and though he was shocked, he did just that. He quickly hid all emotion from his face as he listened to his secretary.

“Sir, did you hear me? Mr. Sutton? Your fiancé has just arrived. Shall I show her in?” Jennie spoke again.

Andrew. Andrew must have sent him a fiancé. How in the hell had Andrew found him a fiancé? I mean, how does one go about that, Jack thought. Oh God, what if Andrew sent him a prostitute?

Author Info:

  Lori has had a number of careers before embarking on her newest adventure of writing novels. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law, she practiced law for three years, working primarily in the areas of utilities law and intellectual property litigation.

More recently, Lori owned and operated a dog training business in Austin, Texas, where she specialized in aggression and became an expert in the field of dog bite analysis. Lori sold her dog training business in 2013 and is now a full time writer and mother of two.

Lori still lives in Austin with her husband -- who is endlessly supportive of her changing career paths -- and her two children, one cat, and three dogs.

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My Thoughts:

First, can I just say that I love Lori's author picture! How sweet! Sorry I just couldn't help myself! But I digress.

I Loved Legal Ease. It was fun, fast and full of steam! Legal Ease is the first book in a series and I will be reading more for sure! :D

Jack is in a bind. His mother's will stipulates that if he is not married, he forfeits control of the company. His aunt is eager to take the company from him even though her son Chad doesn't want the job.

While Jack is in his office with his aunt and cousin, his secretary announces that his fiance has arrived. The only problem is, he doesn't have one and has never met the woman who enters his office. lol!

It just gets better from there. I won't tell you how Kelly found out about Jack's problem or why she would want to help him. Let me just say that the story is believable and the characters (for the most part) are lovable.

The plot had great characters, fun, a fake relationship, a mean and nasty aunt, mutual attraction and some steamy scenes, a stalker, danger, and some action.

I would recommend this to everyone who likes a great storyalong with their romance.

I received an ecopy of this book from Goddess Fish in exchange for my honest opinion. I thought it was fantastic! I am eager to read the next book Penalty Clause!

Could you fake a marriage with a handsome stranger?


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  1. +JMJ+

    Lori's channeling her knowledge of law into fiction reminds me of all the odd scenarios I think up and then ask a lawyer friend to analyse for me. LOL!

    But I confess I'd be much more interested in a book inspired by her experiences working with dogs! =)

    As for your question, Brenda . . . Does it even need to be asked? ;-) Seriously, if he were a decent person whom I could share a house with, and we both needed each other's help, I could do it. Whether or not a romance would also develop would be beyond me, though!

    1. I don't know if it needed to be asked but thank you for answering anyway! :-)

    2. Thank you for the comment! Book two, Penalty Clause, involves dogs a bit, but I plan to write a book down the road involving search and rescue dogs and their handlers. That one should be a ton of fun. And, you're right, much more exciting than law!

      ~~ Lori

  2. It would depend on what's going on in my life at the time, but from what I read above, I think I would seriously consider Jack Sutton. :)

    1. Jack was so much fun to write about! I think I could marry him in a heartbeat. Just don't tell my husband;)


  3. Oh this one seems quite funny and he is lucky he learned to hide his feeling because the shock would have caused even more trouble.^^

    I don't think i could fake marraige simply because for me it's something important, not a game.
    Now the idea of a limited marriage i'm not against it ( strange i know) because it something that was made during the middle age ( moyen age) you are married for a time ( ususally one or 2 year) with all what a marriage include but it was like a test, if it didn't work, if the persons don't stand to each other etc then it was cancelled ( and the bride receive all she entered the marriage with, no loose) if it work, then you could simply prolong it it was a contract simple i guess that i love the opportunity it offers ( instead of now when you marry but you aren't serious and divorce just after etc, at least with that kind of contract you know where you stand)

    1. and once again i forgot my email arf i really need to remember it if i want to be able to win once^^


      i really would be happy to try this story

    2. I am pretty certain that you too would really like this book. I'll keepmy fingers crossed for you. Good Luck!

    3. I know what you mean, Miki. I'm not sure I could do what Kelly did, but that's why she's my heroine! I get to act through her instead. It's one of the things I love about writing.


  4. Thank you for hosting and for the review! I love hearing feedback.


    1. You're welcome. I very much enjoyed your book and I'm looking forward to reading Penalty Clause soon. :-)

    2. Thank u! Can't wait to hear what you think.

  5. Thanks for the chance to win. I really enjoy these book blasts!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  6. I have been married and or dating the same person for so long I really don't remember what it is like to not be so nope don't think I could.

    I like reading these kinds of books and this book sounds like another great one.

    Thanks so much!
    mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

  7. Yes, I could fake a marriage with a handsome stranger. Sounds like fun.


  8. Hm.. possibly.. It would really depend on the chemistry. It doesnt matter how handsome he is if he's a jerk or something. But yea it could be fun. :)

    1. I've found I have a hard time writing about jerks. Some people say my characters are too nice. I occasionally set out to make the hero act like a jerk for a bit in the beginning until they come around but I never seem to succeed at that!!!


    2. Usually people wont read them. I know that I wont connect to a character if he's a jerk and it usually makes me stop reading it. I dont mind the ones who are like that at first where its like a front but seriously if he's like that the whole time how could you like him? :)

  9. Could I fake a marriage with a handsome stranger? A RICH handsome stranger? I don't know...but it IS fun to think about, isn't it? LOL.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  10. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!
    I don't know if I could fake a marriage with a handsome stranger but it would be fun!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  11. I love Lori's books. I think I could sure try to fake the marriage.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  12. I don't think I could fake a marriage with a stranger. But I do think I would enjoy reading this book. Thanks for sharing the excerpt and review.

  13. Thank you all for the great comments and thank you to Branda for hosting. What a great blog, Brenda!

    Debby, I'm so glad you've read the books and enjoyed them Look for my fan group over at if you want to keep in touch and see excerpts from upcoming books. Chad and Jennie are next!


    1. Thank you Lori! :D

      I'm glad to hear that Chad and Jennie are next. I'm sooo excited.