Objection: Volume 1 in the Legal Affairs Serial Romance
One year ago, I graduated from law school and embarked on a career as a purveyor of high priced legal shenanigans. Six months ago, my boyfriend dumped me when I thought he might be proposing. Two weeks ago, I got drunk and joined a secret sex club.
Two days ago, I had a torrid one-night stand with a stranger. Today? Well, today I’m contemplating having an affair with my boss.
Matt Connover is all kinds of forbidden temptation wrapped up in a deliciously wicked package, and he’s made it clear… he’s only interested in sex. My name is McKayla Dawson but everyone calls me Mac. I work at the powerhouse firm of Connover & Crown, LLP, where the law has never felt so hot. But between you and me, I’m afraid my heart won’t survive these Legal Affairs.
Stipulation: Volume 2 in the Legal Affairs Serial Romance
I crossed a line with my boss and there’s no taking it back. Not that I’d want to. You see… Matt Connover? Well, he’s something else. Strong, magnetic, sexy as hell… but yeah, he’s still my boss. What am I doing? Why is he so irresistible to me? Maybe it’s because I finally saw a different side to him. I saw, for a brief moment, that Matt is vulnerable, possibly damaged. Is it wrong that it makes him even sexier in my opinion? I’m in deep and I don’t see any way out. I don’t want to find a way out. I want to find a way for both of us to stay involved in these Legal Affairs.
Violation: Volume 3 in the Legal Affairs Serial Romance
My life is in a tail-spin and I’m about ready to crash. I’ve cut Matt Connover out of my life… well, at least out of my bedroom.
But I still have to deal with him at work. I have Lorraine intent on raining hell and destruction down upon me, which at least provides a nice diversion from my miserable feelings over Matt. About the only good thing that has happened to me lately? Cal Carson asked me out… and I accepted. Matt’s not going to like that. Not one little bit. But that’s not my problem now, is it?
Mitigation: Volume 4 in the Legal Affairs Serial Romance
I’ve seen a new side to Matt Connover. He’s proven to me that there is something inside him other than icy control and masculine force. I’ve seen care… tenderness… even protectiveness. I’ve seen vulnerability. But Matt Connover’s issues run deep. I know Cal hurt him greatly, and he keeps himself protected because of that. I also sense there is something more to his pain that even I cannot comprehend.
Matt is struggling between what he knows and what he wants. I’m struggling with boundaries and how to protect my own fragile heart. This time I’m drawing a line in the sand and Matt can either step over to join me, or these Legal Affairs are finished forever.
Reparation: Volume 5 in the Legal Affairs Serial Romance
Matt Connover is like a new person. Caring, romantic and thoughtful. No worries though… he’s still sexy as hell. He has changed in every way that I have ever dreamed of, and he did it because he wants me. It’s like a fairy tale of sorts. Except… like with every fairy tale, there is a villain. One who threatens to disrupt the harmony we have created together. Is what we have strong enough to survive? I truly believe that perhaps I can find love within these Legal Affairs. I’m just not sure Matt believes it.
Affirmation: Volume 6 in the Legal Affairs Serial Romance
Things are off, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Some things, however, are the same. For example, the sex with Matt is just as nuclear and consistent as it always has been. Still… I feel like I’m holding onto Matt with my fingertips, like he’s on the verge of slipping away and I don’t know what to do. When I started these Legal Affairs, I had no way of knowing the depth of feeling that would become involved. I had no way of knowing this man could shatter my existence. I don’t want to be hurt, so I’m grasping hard and I can only hope that he wants me enough to hang on just as tight.
**Note: this review is for the series as a whole.**
I fully admit to loving Objection, the first installment of this series but after reading the other five installments, I found myself completely disillusioned. In the beginning I was much taken with Matt’s take-charge attitude and Mac’s total defense of herself in the face of Matt’s asshatery. Their sexual encounters are crazy hot but I quickly figured out that the sex is really all Matt and Mac have going for them. As we see in installment one, Matt has all kinds of issues with Mac and relationships outside of the bedroom. Matt is all about the physical and he has no problem reminding himself and Mac repeatedly and quite harshly that there is nothing to them beyond the sex. Though Mac is constantly hurt by these reminders and Matt’s general attitude toward her outside of the bedroom, she absolutely believes there is more to him and that she is the woman who can change him.
As the series wears on, Mac and Matt fall into a routine that involves Matt being an a**hole, Mac wanting more than just sex, Matt being an even bigger a**hole when Mac tries to talk to him and, Mac inevitably snapping the tether and severing all ties with Matt. True to form, Mac mopes and Matt treats absolutely everyone around him like crap when the two are no longer having sex. Every single time Mac finally gets to the point where she thinks she can go on without Matt and his orgasm-inducing awesomeness, Matt does something moderately nice and sucks her right back into his cruel and controlling world. Mac sees the moderately nice act as a sign of Matt changing and dives right back in all full of hope and enthusiasm. Very early on, Matt figures out that Mac is incapable of resisting him and he controls her through sex thus creating a toxic relationship that is no way equal or fair.
To be fair, there is a lot in Matt’s background that has caused him to behave the way he does and Bennett does a fine job of explaining that background. For me, both the explanation for Matt’s behavior and the change that eventually happens is quite simply too little and far, far too late. The things he says and does to Mac are cruel and beyond unkind and in many ways, inexcusable. Every person has a choice about how they treat others and Matt simply chooses incorrectly nearly every time he has an encounter with Mac. Worse, Mac allows it to happen, repeatedly.
The Bottom Line: Understand this, I have no problem with this author and will absolutely read more of her books. Furthermore, I cannot complain about the writing style or the editing of this series as both were quite fine and professionally managed. As a fan of character-driven reads, my complaint with this series lies solely with the characters. I just can’t root for Matt or in any way have any hope of happiness for him. At some point, even fictional characters have to stop blaming their past and blaming others for their deplorable behavior and start making better choices. I get that this happens in this series but not before I am completely turned off by Matt and hoping for bad and nasty things to happen to him. Worse is Mac, a capable and competent woman in her work life who allows Matt to treat her like a whore. For Mac, Matt is a drug and like an addict, Mac can’t shake her nasty and awful habit. Mac chases the next high always hoping it will turn out differently this time around. By the end of the read, I had very, very little respect for Mac and that made me both angry and sad. At the end of the day, this is a series that has become wildly popular and I in no way judge those who love it and have favorably reviewed it. As we are all entitled to our own opinion, I found the Legal Affairs series to be a series that just isn’t for me.
P.S. I always wonder what the hell is wrong with me when I fall in the minority on something like this 🙂