Whitney Gracia Williams’ Reasonable Doubt series of short novellas introduces us to sardonic and sexy lawyer Andrew Hamilton. Broken by treachery six years prior, Andrew spends his evenings in relentless trolling of dating sites for his newest sexual conquest. Oh, he is honest with them, you see, because he hates, as he puts it “fucking liars.” He tells them, “One dinner. One night. No repeats.” But after six years in his current location his dating pool of available one-night stands is drying up and he’s faced with a series of disappointments. Because a man like Andrew Hamilton only deserves hot women just the way he wants them. Right?
But even a rake like Andrew needs connection and for this he turns to an anonymous colleague he finds on a lawyer’s social network. Alyssa, supposedly a young lawyer, turns to Andrew for advice on her cases. And Andrew complies while at the same time cajoling her to meet with him for sex. Alyssa refuses while taunting him with his current sexual dry spell:
Subject: Desert Dick So, I’m emailing you right now because I just thought about how much pain you’re in currently… We haven’t talked about you getting laid in quite a while, and that concerns me. Greatly. Like, I’ve CRIED about your lack of pussy… I’m very sorry that so many women have sent you fraudulent pictures and given you a severe case of blue balls. I’m attaching the links to a top of the line lotion that I think you should invest in for the weeks to come. Your dick is in my prayers,
Williams, Whitney Gracia (2014-03-31). Reasonable Doubt (Kindle Locations 137-141). WGW. Kindle Edition.
Andrew considers Alyssa his only friend even though he never met her. Things heat up when Alyssa turns up for an interview at Andrew’s firm, and Andrew finds out that Alyssa is not exactly who she said she was.
These sexy interactions at the beginning of the tale are what draws you into the story. The dialogue is quick paced and downright funny. Andrew’s voice throughout, filled with raw language and his even more raw feelings, has you rooting for this rogue, even though in real life any sane woman would hate him on sight.
Alyssa, who we find out quickly is really named Aubrey, is the weaker character. She is not just innocent of how devastating a man like Andrew could be to younger woman, she turns out to be at the heal of her rich and controlling parents. They see Aubrey as the perfect accessory to their wealthy and successful life as lawyers in the same town Andrew practices in. To me, at least, the Aubrey character falls flat. She does not have the sense of entitlement that many rich kids have. This either belies Aubrey’s declaration of her parent’s poor parenting skills or the character’s authenticity. Aubrey also wallows in her anger over her parent’s lack of support of her dream of being a ballerina. What twenty-two year old really cries that mummy and daddy don’t show up for an audition? Something is wrong with Aubrey and it’s a lack of maturity, even for her age, that is grating.
When Andrew and Aubrey have sex, it is because neither one of them have the control one expects of two professionals in an office setting. It’s rough and quick, hitting both of them like a bolt of lightening, leaving both wondering what happened. As these two people tumble into their affair, neither one of them are prepared for the consequences of their compulsive attraction to each other or the complications of their individual lives.
Another thing that begs credulity in this story is Andrew’s attraction to this young, immature girl. Oh, she’s his type, and she’s drawn him in with sexy banter, but once they start up, she becomes very passive, until he pushes her too far. And then she’s just like any other pissed woman. Hardly the sort of woman you’d expect a self-assured and self-absorbed cocksman would go for.
As a read, both installments are hot, fun and don’t hurt the brain too much event though both installments leave on a cliffhanger. But here is where the shit gets thick. Despite having an advertised release date of late May, the third installment never hit the virtual shelves, leaving readers frustrated. As the months dragged on without word from the author or publisher comments on Amazon became increasingly strident.
Yeah. I will not be buying the third book. I guess I will just have to wonder forever what happened with these two because this waiting is completely ridiculous.
not cool whitney. we get that you want to make it good, but don’t just fall off the face of the earth for a month while claiming to love your fans…….maybe you love them but you sure don’t respect them. i’ve already forgotten the cliffhanger (was there one?) and many of the details. I know I can reread, but like y’all, I’ve got other stuff to read that is new
Ouch. Way to chill down your readers hot for your story.
Fortunately for Ms. Williams’ readers, a new release date of August 26, 2014 was published. Until then you can read an excerpt of the upcoming installment here.
All in all, fun. I wouldn’t turn away Andrew if he showed up at my door. And yeah, I’ll get the third book.
Reasonable Doubt 3 is now released. You can find the links for purchase on Ms. Williams’ website.
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