Law ManTitle:  Law Man
Series:  Dream Man #3
Author:  Kristen Ashley
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  December 11, 2012 (originally 1-2012)
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Owned, Paperback & Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

Love is just around the corner . . .

Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She’s a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there’s no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can’t fix, it’s Mitch who comes to her rescue.

Mitch has been eyeing his beautiful neighbor for a long time. He jumps at the chance to help her, and soon their formerly platonic relationship gets very hot and heavy. But when Mara gets a disturbing phone call from her cousin’s kids, she gets pulled back into the life she’s tried so hard to leave behind. Can the hot law man convince Mara to let go of her past-and build a future with him?

Read on for more about Law Man.

Mara has had a secret love crush on Mitch for a long time.  But that crush has always been long distanced because Mara is simply too shy to ever act on it.  Instead she lives in a world of ratings – she rates people on a scale of 0.5 to 10.5 needless to say Mitch tops the scales.  But Mara sees herself in the 2.5 range which translates to she’ll never be good enough to have the man of her dreams even look at her.  In that she has been wrong for a lot of years now, Mitch definitely looked at her and at her looking back at him.  He’s interested but has been hoping for some sign from Mara to move onward.  That sign was destiny as the usually safe, cautious Mara careened down their apartment complex’s stairway straight into him almost causing them to crash to the concrete pavement below.  She was absolutely frantic, she had to get to her young cousins now and rescue them once again from their sleazy, drug taking, drunk father who was sure to have his vodka, drugs and cigarettes next to him but not a scrap of food in the apartment for his kids.  For once Mara barely noticed that Mitch was there, basically in her arms – all she knew was the need to get away fast and take care of Billy and Billie.  Mitch saw her frantic determination and insisted on driving her to pick up the kids, no way was he allowing her to drive as distracted as she was at the moment.

That simple decision would change four (or more) lives.  Two adults and two children.  He didn’t know it just yet, but today was his first day with his new family – three people he would love and protect for the rest of his life.  He could stand behind Mara and let her do it all on her own, her way.  He’d always have her back but not like that.  He could have stood in front of her and done everything for her.  But then she wouldn’t have the satisfaction of being the one who makes that winning decision – or the one to tell some very nasty people exactly what they could do… well you get the idea.  Instead he made the choice to stand beside her in everything, from the very start.  Because that’s where they belonged side by side facing whatever life tossed at them – together.

Law Man gives us a very tender, and at times frustrating romance between to people who on the surface shouldn’t work – but they do, they really do.  The emotional pull in this story is fast, intense and enjoyable.  We get to root for the good guys and celebrate the bad guys eventual downfall.  Yet the journey to get to that point is fun, intense, sexy, tender and downright adorable at times.  We will also run into characters from the first two books, some a lot, some just a mention – but it’s always a plus for me to see other folks that I’ve come to care about in this series once more.

I would recommend Law Man to anyone who has believed that they just don’t measure up – there are lessons to be taken to heart in this story.  And of course as always, to anyone at all who enjoys a good romance, a bit of Alpha male action and a very good love story.  Indulge yourself in a group of people who will capture your heart for years to come.

(a slightly different version of this review appeared on my main review blog Keeper Bookshelf – both were written and owned by me)

Available in Paperback, Audio and for the Kindle