Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sample Reading #5: In the Barrister's Chamber by Tina Gabrielle

This is a new feature on my blog called Sample Reading. This is where I will talk about book samples that I've gotten online. I'll read the sample and will answer the very important question:

Will I buy it?

The Blurb:


Lady Evelyn Darlington's first love was the law. But since a woman scholar meets nothing but ridicule from men, she has given up and chosen a future husband. Randolph seems adequate for the task: to provide intelligent conversation and not annoy her too much. Of course, before they can be engaged, she'll have to do something about the murder charge hanging over his head. If only London's top barrister wasn't Jack Harding, object of all her unattainable girlhood fantasies...


Jack Harding remembers Evelyn well—but the idea that the gorgeous woman standing before him is little Evie, the professor's daughter, is incredible. He knows better than to enter a business relationship when he wants to pursue pleasure. Yet however desirable she is now, Evie is still Evie—stubborn, smart, and never willing to take no for an answer. Even though proving her betrothed's innocence might just cost her her own...
- copied from Tina Gabrielle's website

I got the sample from: Amazon, Kindle
# of Pages: First 23 pages of a 42-chapter book

My impressions:
It's been a while since I've read a good procedural story -- the last one I read was The White Swan Affair by Elyse Mady -- and it's rare to mix legal drama with historical romance but this is what Tina Gabrielle is doing with her Barrister series.

The story begins in a courtroom and our heroine is observing a trial. Lady Evelyn Darlington not really interested in the prosecution or the case but in the barrister handling the defense.

Jack Harding is one of the best defense lawyers in England and he has a full docket to prove it. When Evelyn Darlington approaches him and asks to engage his services, he's not certain he wants to. He remembers her as this young girl who hung around him and her father as he studied to be a barrister.

Jack strikes me as being very unsentimental -- and very practical. He doesn't become nostalgic when he meets Evelyn again but seems to want to refuse her as quickly as he can and then go back to his life and work.

But he is not completely unaffected by Evelyn -- and, from what's written about Evelyn, it seems she's always been attracted to Jack.

Just like old times, Evelyn thought. Jack Harding could charm the habit off a nun and cunningly argue the most complicated legal points while doing so.
- p. 3

What complicates matters between Evie and Jack is that the man in need of Jack's services is Evie's betrothed, accused of murder. For some strange reason, Evie doesn't want to let her father know that she has engaged Jack's services but Jack insists that they tell his former tutor.

The story takes a foreboding turn when Evie and Jack arrive at her house and they stumble upon intruders who have tied up her father and knocked out the butler. The library has been ransacked but nothing of value had been taken so, what could they have been after?

Price: $4.99 on Amazon for the Kindle edition, $6.99 for the print edition

Will I buy it? Definitely a TBR! This sample intrigued me so much that I went and read the sample for the second book in the series, In the Barrister's Bed -- and enjoyed it as well. (The second book's hero is a "former bastard" who has inherited his father's dukedom and is fighting with a widow over the ownership of a house.)

So, this is a series I will be picking up once I clear up some space in my TBR pile. ^_^


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