Also by this author: Dirty Ride (Wind Dragons MC, #3.5)
Approaching the Bench by Chantal Fernando
Series: Conflict of Interest, #3
Published by Gallery Books on February 19, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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A tenacious, resilient female judge must find a way to work with her carefree clerk as they find themselves in danger when a fugitive sets his sights on revenge in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando’s sexy and thrilling Conflict of Interest Series.
Trinity Williams, known as “Medusa” for her stony expressions and unyielding reputation, constantly has her guard up—how else is the youngest female judge in the country supposed to survive in such a male-dominated profession? She made the decision long ago that laughter and a carefree attitude have no business in a courtroom and achieving her professional goals is the only thing she has left. It’s just her luck that her new law clerk, Callum Hopkins, believes the exact opposite.
Callum Hopkins thinks that nothing should ever be too serious in life—why can’t he mix business with pleasure? When he first starts working for his hot new boss, they clash at every turn. He makes it his mission to get Judge Williams to see things his way for once.
But when Callum finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as an escaped convict comes after Trinity, he realizes it’s not all fun and games anymore. Now in witness protection together until the authorities can catch the fugitive, this unlikely pair must learn to trust one another and work together to stay alive. Far away from the courtroom, Trinity and Callum are suddenly free to stop butting heads, and stop fighting the growing attraction between them.
While I’ve enjoyed all the books in the Conflict of Interest Series, I think Approaching the Bench is my favorite. We get an older judge (who is actually young) and her sexy new law clerk who is brilliant, confident and easy going. Yeah, I’m liking this.
Trinity is the youngest judge in the state and she has worked hard to get there. Setting a precedent, she’s known for being hard core and no nonsense. Hardly anyone really knows the woman behind the robes. When Callum shows up, he’s starting to crack those walls she has up slowly but surely.
When a past case puts both Trinity and Callum’s lives in danger, they are forced to go into hiding and have to face their growing attraction to each other. Now that they have admitted it, will they be able to keep this up once they are safe and back in the real world?
I think my favorite part about this is knowing that Trinity isn’t as hard core as she really comes off to everyone else. There’s so much more to her and Callum is the one to bring it out of her. I’ve always loved when someone can warm up the Ice Queens. These two are so different from each other but in ways very similar. They are perfect for each other and I love all the jokes that Callum makes about their age difference. It’s light hearted and in good fun.
Approaching the Bench is a fun romance story where the hero will melt your heart and the heroine will grow on you more than you thought could happen. If you are looking for a little bit of danger but mostly fun, loving and sexy romance, then this is the book for you!