Book & Author Details:
Stiff Drink by Blair Babylon
(Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet #1)
Publication date: March 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Genevieve is a lawyer, not a babysitter, and certainly not a dog trainer. She is just about to become a full barrister, a British litigating attorney, when her law mentor dies unexpectedly. She is shuffled off to another barrister, one who’s nothing at all like her kind and decent former mentor, and then she is assigned the office’s worst case: Arthur Finch-Hatten, six-feet and four-inches of ripped, loaded, hot English nobleman who is wasting his life and his inherited estate so audaciously that his younger brother is suing him for control of their family’s earldom. There is a darn good chance that Arthur will lose everything, even his crazed, badly behaved puppy.
Unless he shapes up.
Her new boss hasn’t been able to convince Arthur to mend his ways. His uncle’s lectures haven’t had any effect on his depraved debauchery and lavish lifestyle.
The only way for Genevieve to make partner is to win Arthur’s case, and the only way to win his case and save his earldom is to keep him from spending his days hungover in bed and his nights pouring Cristal on naked, drunk women before flying off in his private jumbo jet to the next party.
Arthur was enough to make any woman need a stiff drink.
Dear Reader, please take note – this is part 1 of 2. There is a cliff hanger. And it’s a big one. But good news! You don’t have to wait too long for book 2 – it is due out on 16th May.
Now, to the book!
I know that I am going to start this review in a weird place. Bear with me. I admit that sometimes, I get caught up on the details. I am the person who shouts at the telly when there is an inaccuracy. So, speaking as someone who spent the first 25 years of my working life in the British legal profession, I was concerned that my attention might be diverted by incorrect details in the legal background. Let me be clear, my attention didn’t wander – at all. For me, the author’s attention to the basics allowed me to concentrate on the story.
And, what a story. This book was delicious – extended literary foreplay if you will. The restraint and quasi tentative nature of the relationship between Gen and Arthur is maddening, but addictive.
Blair very cleverly brings the reader to a mini crescendo with this ending, whilst leaving the reader chasing the high of a satisfactory conclusion.
If there was any doubt, I loved it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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Blair Babylon is the nom de plume of an award-winning, USA Today-bestselling author who used to publish literary fiction. Because professional reviews of her other fiction usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex and too much interesting plot, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, erotic romance, plus wild, suspenseful thrillers, science fiction, and urban fantasy using the super-secret pen name Blair C. Babylon.