T.B. Markinson and Miranda MacLeod did it again. Their latest release Devil’s Advocate is a very entertaining, humorous romance with an interesting background story. It’s a romance between a poor and a rich woman but the authors have the ability to weave in a second important theme. This time it’s about who to work for as a lawyer. Should one directly follow one’s dreams and try to right the wrongs? Or should one first make a name for oneself as a lawyer in a large firm and also represent clients who sometimes abuse their power, putting one’s ideals on the back burner?
There is a lot of back and forth between Ash and Caitlyn from the very beginning and clearly, there is a strong attraction between them which soon turns sizzling hot. But can they trust each other when they are competing for the only job a big law firm is offering that promises career advancement? They must find out the true colors of the woman they fell in love with. Neither of them is perfect and that’s what makes them approachable and endearing, though both can be bitchy. They both make mistakes and we all know that it’s not always easy to own up to them afterward (that’s not always my strong suit either). However, humor also plays a big role as it’s usual in books by these authors.
The secondary characters, especially the families of the mains, play an important part in the story and bring in a lot of life and depth. Neither of the mains had an easy past due to very different reasons but the more you learn about them, the better you understand them.
What made the story so exciting, besides the romance, was the backstory of how things work in a big law firm. Backstabbing, distrust, and fighting with all means for the next client. I guess swimming in a shark tank cannot be worse.
MacLeod and Markinson once again created strong women who must learn to accept their weaknesses, not only rethink principles and prejudices but also be able to change them. They have to stand up for themselves and others and fight. The authors’ storytelling is fluid, engaging, and character-driven, with MCs that are real and likable, which draws me in every time.
Another wonderful and entertaining romance. 4.5 stars.
ARC provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.