Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Originally released in 2010 through the now-closed Samhain Publishing, Nine-Tenths of the Law has been re-released through self-publication by author L.A. Witt. This is my first time reading the book, so I can't pinpoint what the revisions were, although the Witt does let readers know via the blurb that this new edition has an extended ending. It was that very blurb that had me taking notice of this title, and had me all curious as to how two men who were unknowingly involved with the same man would end up falling into bed--and for--one another.
While waiting for his boyfriend to return with their drinks, the last thing movie theater co-owner Zach Owens expects is for a stranger to sit across from him stating that Zach has something that belongs to him. Lo and behold, Zach quickly learns that his boyfriend of six months happens to be in a four-year relationship with lawyer Nathan Forrester. The deception may have victimized both of them, but Zach still wanted to make sure Nathan understood he never knew what was happening. One beer leads to one kiss, which leads to one night of very hot revenge sex.
But can an actual relationship be built upon the best sex either man has ever experienced, not to mention the fact that they shared a boyfriend? Still, they're willing to see where what they're feeling takes them. Nathan makes it known to Zach that trust is something that doesn't come easily to him, not with the track record of his exes. Zach wants to prove to Nathan that he's nothing like their ex or whoever else that broke Nathan's heart and trust. However, that's much easier said than done, and with a beginning like theirs, maybe they truly are destined to end.
I loved how the basic plot was different from a lot of other books I've read before. Zach and Nathan had a meet-cute unlike any other I've come across in the past, but that aside, there really was a connection that existed between them. I was afraid that all that would tie them together was their shared boyfriend and the steamy sex, but they did have other similarities, and readers do get to see their relationship developing. Of course, a good romance has angst and characters with issues and these two had one major issue that they so needed to conquer.
Can I just say how much I disliked Nathan and Zach's ex? He was a major jackass who was emotionally manipulative and I seriously wish karma had bitten him much harder and in a more painful place other than his butt in this book. Other than their ex and the whole trust issue, there isn't really much in terms of complications that goes on in the story. It's pretty fast-paced and Zach is easily likable, with Nathan coming in second though that ending had me grinning like mad because what he did was really adorable. Nine-Tenths of the Law gets four stars. ♥
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