Beyond Justice by Cara Putman | Book Review by Loraine Nunley @lorainenunley

Synopsis of the book:

Hayden is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious DC law firm . . . If the case she’s just been handed doesn’t destroy her first.

Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain that follows when justice is not served. It’s why she became an attorney and why she’s so driven in her career. When she’s assigned a wrongful death case against the government, she isn’t sure if it’s the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there.

Further complicating matters is Andrew Wesley, her roommate’s distractingly attractive cousin. But Andrew’s father is a congressman, and Hayden’s currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?

The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to kill the case—or her. Logic and self-preservation indicate she should close the case. But how can she, when justice is still just beyond her reach?

My review:

I really enjoyed this story of intrigue and romance. The depth of feeling that the story brought to the issues of immigration and children was outstanding and relevant. I’ve never considered myself a fan of legal thrillers, but I love the way this author pulled me right into that world.

One of the things that I loved about this story was that Hayden and Andrew were regular people, not law enforcement or military. This story takes people, who don’t put their lives on the line for a living, and throws them into life threatening suspense.

The who and why in this story cried for me to turn the page. What had Hayden gotten herself involved in when she took the case? It was a puzzle I worked right along with her.

I liked that Hayden was a strong woman but vulnerable enough to lean on Andrew and compassionate for her clients. Andrew was a good fit for her and I liked the hidden career he had. Oh the irony. 😉

The pacing and balance of the romance with the suspense was very good. Just what I love about the genre.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

I liked the romance and really enjoyed the pacing of it. I wanted to keep turning the page but I didn’t feel bogged down by too much suspense.

What I didn’t like about this book:

There were a few times when the legal jargon went over my head but the puzzle of the story kept me interested.

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? Oh yes. Especially if, like me, you are looking for more romantic suspense not heavily entrenched in law enforcement or military. This is a great break from that mold but still a page turner. This is the first book in the series. I will definitely be reading more.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Cara Putman, author website

-Loraine Nunley

 

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