Review: Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando (Conflict of Interest #4)


Note: This ARC was provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket (Pocket Star) in exchange for an honest review.

Leading the Witness is the fourth novel in the Conflict of Interest series from bestselling author Chantal Fernando. This is Hunter Brayze's story, Hunter being the family attorney with Bentley & Channing Law, and he's the best at what he does. As a favor to a friend of his, he takes on a new client who's in the middle of a divorce. The man appears intent on taking everything from his soon-to-be ex-wife, even the dog that he knows means a great deal to her. When they meet for mediation, Hunter is shocked to learn that the estranged wife in question is none other than Riley McMahon, owner of Riley's, the bar Hunter and friends are regulars at, and the same woman he's been attracted to from the moment he first met her. He finds himself torn between being at the top of his game as a divorce lawyer for Riley's husband while also wanting to make sure that Riley is protected from the man's machinations. Settling the case as soon as possible is a must for Hunter because now that he knows that Riley is no longer in a committed relationship, he's more than ready to pursue her and just like always, Hunter intends to win.

This legal romance presented an interesting dilemma that the main characters found themselves in. For a year, Hunter and Riley couldn't act on the attraction that they felt towards each other because Riley was a married woman. However, even when Riley is in the process of ending her marriage, there are more complications because Hunter happens to represent her soon-to-be ex in the divorce proceedings. There are certain ethical issues that prevent Hunter from laying claim over Riley, but there's no denying just how strong the connection is between the two. Maintaining that fine balance between Hunter's professional responsibilities as a lawyer and his personal desires when it came to Riley were part of what made this a good read. The author kept the story moving forward without needing to create additional drama when there was already enough issues between Hunter and Riley. Both the main characters had strong personalities but I liked that readers get to see their softer, more vulnerable side as their relationship flourishes. Leading the Witness scored well with me and that's why it receives four stars. ♥

Release Date: 17 April 2018

Date Read: 17 April 2018

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