Shannel’s 5 Star Review of Defending Pacer by T. J Hamilton 

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Jul 20 2015

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Title: Defending Pacer
Author: TJ Hamilton
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 Release Date: July 20, 2015

Chelsea Tanner’s career as a defence lawyer is rapidly climbing. Her strong ethics and sharp wit in the courtroom has paved her way into becoming an associate of Sydney’s top law firm. She hasn’t lost a single case in her short but successful career. Law is her life, living and breathing it leaves little time for anything more. When a member from the infamous Legano Family is up on a murder charge, Chelsea finds more.

Pacer Fratelli is dark, hard and completely consumed by his new defence lawyer. Chelsea and Pacer’s worlds couldn’t be further apart but he wants more … and what Pacer wants, Pacer gets.

When bad love feels so good, just how far would you go to defend it?

Shannel’s Review

Chelsea Tanner is a barrister with her own set of balls. She’s tough, she’s never lost a case and she’s now staring down her opportunity to secure a partnership at her firm.

And his name is Paciano Fratelli.

On trial for murder, it’s no secret that Paciano (“Pacer”) has everything but clean hands. Associated with one of the biggest crime families in Sydney, Pacer needs Chelsea to keep him out of prison. But to the two of them, his trial isn’t the only obstacle they’ll face.

“It’s a wild feeling, laced with vulnerability. I never want her to know just how undone she makes me.”

It most of our coveted smut dramas, you have a good guy and a bad guy. But what happens when those lines get so hazy you don’t know who is good or bad anymore?

You get this hot little number.

It’s no secret that I hate when you can predict story lines (and their impending obstacles) from the get-go. Chelsea and Pacer kept me guessing to the very end (that ending though!!)

“But with her, it’s different. I want to love her. I need to lover her, and i’m going to love her.”

Here are my main reasons for loving this story:
It isn’t just her: I loved that Pacer was just as unraveled as Chelsea was. I don’t want to hear how torn apart she is about loving someone with a dark past, I want to know he’s just as confused by his sudden and fierce attraction to Chelsea.
Blurred lines between good and evil: Yes, Pacer is a known murderer. Yes, Chelsea works for the law. But despite the obvious, both of them have to deal with the good guy being bad, and a bad guy wanting to do the right thing.
Unpredictability: I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and boy did it! Never underestimate the power of a solid epilogue (and post-epilogue!)

“She does something to me—stirs a fire inside me, and I never handle fire very well.”

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to like this story as much as I did. I was prepared for something dark and twisted and what I got was so much more than a sketchy fairy tale.

You won’t be disappointed.

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Those damn leather gloves, I blame them.

I run my fingers through my hair to blow out at the wet strands that have stuck around my lips, and I grab my glass and gulp the remainder of my week old wine, before flopping back against the couch to collect my thoughts.

Seriously though, what the hell was that?

Pacer Fratelli is my client! A dangerous client. A client who I know is a murderer.

I can’t feel like this, but I do.

His smile flashes before my eyes again. Oh my god, would you just leave me the hell alone? I punch my fists down onto the chair, either side of me.

I strip down as I head to the shower, peeling off each layer like I’m shedding skin and discarding the clothes on the floor with an angry slap. My body is still abuzz with my post-assault, but at the same time, I am pissed off. These thoughts have no place in my mind. They can fuck right off.

A after a good talking to myself in the stream of the cold shower, I throw on my old university sweats, ready to see my night out in front of the coffee table … and all things Pacer Fratelli.

Dangerously hot, Pacer Fratelli.


Author Bio

TJ is a former cop, turned writer who uses her first-hand experience of working the city streets of inner city Sydney, to now write sexy stories of mystery and intrigue. Her head has been buried in crime since studying criminology at university over a decade ago, and she just can’t seem to shake her fascination with the macabre. TJ now lives a quiet life in the tropics with her handsome husband and kids where she writes a weekly column for her local newspaper, and spends her days re-living the action packed life she may have once had through her strong fictional characters.

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