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5 stars for Barrett – Last Man Standing by @LucindaRace #romance #romanticsuspense #bookreview

Title: Barrett – Last Man Standing

Author: Lucinda Race

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Later in Life Romance, Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb:

Has the last man standing finally met his match?

Attorney Tallie Dorz has heard the rumors circulating through the halls of justice about the devastatingly handsome Judge Barrett Turner. As rumor has it, no woman has ever lasted longer than a couple of dates with this eligible bachelor. A chance meeting at a mutual friend’s house peaks her interest. With one long, simmering look from the enigmatic jurist, she’s captivated and wants to crack his cool facade and melt his heart.

Barrett Turner has it all; a reputation as a respected judge, money, and good looks. What he doesn’t have is someone to share his life with. He’s the last man standing among his group of close friends. A brief encounter with gorgeous woman Tallie Dorz changes all of that. The first time he sees her he’s captivated; the second time is during a meeting for a group of lawyers; and the third occurs when she appears before him in court. So much for the third time being the charm. There’s no way he would risk becoming involved with an attorney who handles family law. As captivating as she is, he won’t risk an obvious conflict of ethics.

Tallie helps another attorney by appearing, along with his client, in Judge Turner’s courtroom—her one and only appearance in family court before returning to her specialty of corporate law. Even though the judge with dark brown eyes scowled at her from the bench, she can’t help but wonder what it would be like to have him across the dinner table. Much to her surprise, Barrett calls her and asks her to have lunch, and she eagerly accepts.

When a case she’s working on puts a target on Tallie’s back, Barret realizes his feelings are more intense than just his usual fling. He vows to not let anything stop him from keeping her safe and, ultimately, winning her heart.

Can two career-minded professionals open their hearts to a lifetime of love?

My Review:

Being a judge comes easy for Barrett, but love? The jury is out until he meets Tallie. Barrett appears to be relishing the bachelor's life. As a judge, he has a successful career with plenty of money. But women don't last more than a fling. He hasn't met the woman who'll steal his heart yet. All that changes when he meets Tallie. She's fun, flirty, and a corporate attorney. She challenges him, captivates him, and sends his heart reeling. She brings out his protective side when she's attacked not once but twice. The more time he spends in her company, the stronger his feelings surge. Can he tell her he loves her or will she turn tail and run? Can the judge and the lawyer find a romance to last a lifetime?

Barrett is a riveting romantic suspense I couldn't put down. This is my first read of a new multi-author series and I didn't know what to expect. Sure, I knew it would have romance in it. But, in all honesty, I was simply blown away by the story. First off, I adored Judge Barrett. Having a hero be a judge is so original and not often seen in romance. Attorneys yes, but not a judge. I connected with both Barrett and Tallie. Both of these characters are workaholics and both love what they do. The sparks fly between these two right away. The romance flourishes over a short period of time but it's not instalove. Tallie is an independent woman and takes her time. Even during her attacks, she makes sure not to take advantage of Barrett's kindness. It's this kind of realism that makes Barrett such a wonderful romance. The suspense took me by surprise but it was so well-written, that I was hooked right away. If you're a fan of romantic suspense, pick up Barrett. If you're a romance reader, you've got to read Barrett. Another gem by Lucinda Race, you don't want to miss out. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars

Buy it Now:

Free to read on Kindle Unlimited!

Author Biography:

Award-winning and best-selling author Lucinda Race is a lifelong fan of romantic fiction. As a young girl, she spent hours reading romance novels and getting lost in the hope they represent. While her friends dreamed of becoming doctors and engineers, her dreams were to become a writer—a romance novelist.

As life twisted and turned, she found herself writing nonfiction but longed to turn to her true passion. After developing the storyline for The Loudon Series, it was time to start living her dream. Her fingers practically fly over computer keys she weaves stories about strong women and the men who love them. Lucinda lives with her two little dogs, a miniature long hair dachshund and a shitzu mix rescue, in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts. When she's not at her day job, she’s immersed in her fictional worlds. And if she’s not writing romance novels, she’s reading everything she can get her hands on.

Social Media Links:

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

1 Comment

Jan Sikes
Jan Sikes
Aug 23, 2022

A huge congratulations to Lucinda! This sounds like a steamy read!!

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