"strong legal procedural romance"
As a member of "The First Family of Texas", Michael First
seems to live the perfect life that everyone else covets.
He comes from a highly respected and wealthy family and has
been successful in business. His marriage is considered
not only stable, but the happily ever after that exists in
fairy tales only. In fact, Michael seems to be the
handsome prince who always succeeds in the fairy tales.
Michael's allegedly idyllic life abruptly ends when the
police charge him with killing his spouse. Michael hires
his high school girlfriend, attorney Lara Stovell to defend
him in court. As the media fries Michael as a fallen
angel, an attraction between the lawyer and her client
ignites. This is not only a big legal taboo, but also any
wrong doing could supply the extra power to the state,
known for capital punishment, to execute Michael.
Though readers will just have to accept the affluent
influential Michael selecting Lara as his dream team lawyer
with the choices he has (Cochran anyone?), fans will enjoy
this strong legal procedural romance. While the lead
couple's attraction intensifies, the suspense grows at the
same rate as the prosecution's case against the accused
fits like a glove. Though the legal thriller subplot is
cleverly designed as the prime theme, the romance boils to
a point that augments the main plot with ethical
questions. Lara is a fine protagonist as she argues that
her client is not guilty. However, Michael owns K. N.
Casper's novel as he battles guilt, a depressing feeling of
pending doom, and love as much as he tries to prove he is
innocent to his beloved and his family.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 23, 2002
Means and opportunitymaybe. Motive? No way!
Michael First seems to have everything a man could
wanta wife he adores; beautiful children he delights
in; loving parents and siblings who live close by the West
Texas ranch where he works.
Then fate turns his world upside down. Clare, his wife, is
killed in his carand when the police find that the
brakes were tampered with, they charge him with the crime.
As attorney Lara Stovall gathers evidence on his behalf,
she discovers some serious cracks in Michael's perfect
marriage. She discovers, too, a simmering attraction to
Michael, which started when she was his girlfriend in high
school, before he met and married Clare.
The possibility of years in prison, lingering grief and
guilt and doubtthat's a lot for any man and woman to
overcome. But if they can, Michael and Lara might have a
second chance at a first love...