Sunday, March 15, 2020

The #Sexy #Nerd #Review...Sufficient Evidence...#Legal #Thriller

Garrett Goodlove hates liars. As a lawyer, he’s forced to deal with more than his fair share of cheats and con artists, but lately, he’s been getting fed up.

Goodlove suspects that his latest client, a jolly babushka by the name of Aksana Ivanova, is a grandmaster of deception. His law partner disagrees. But how can they be sure?

Soon after they get her weapons-possession charge dismissed on a technicality, the Redwood Point DA arrests her on a charge of first-degree murder. Apparently, the weapon found in the trunk of her car was used in an assassination.

Perhaps Ms. Ivanova isn’t who everyone thinks she is.

If Goodlove can’t figure out when she’s lying and when she’s telling the truth, he won’t be able to defend her.

Worse, he comes to fear that keeping her out of jail might not be such a good idea.

The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’
Ok, try as I might, I could not find anything to like about this book, storyline, characters, nothing! First off, I take legal thrillers very seriously, especially the legal aspect of the story. I’m not sure what ticked me off more, the fact that this story was so farfetched or the fact that the characters didn’t make any kind of sense to me. It was as if this story was written as a joke, and I’m not sure if that’s what the author was going for?
Garrett Goodlove was an attorney and not a very good one, in my opinion. He didn’t appear to take much seriously, that is, until Ms. Ivanova showed up to his office. She advised him she was arrested for having a gun in the trunk of her car. This much, the reader knows to be true, however, it’s how the search got started in the first place that came into question. Attorney Goodlove was charged with figuring out whether the police conducted an illegal search. As it would turn out, they did. The police claimed they couldn’t understand Russian and mistook something she said for “yes” when in fact she meant no. The judge made the right call by throwing it out. But that still didn’t explain how Goodlove’s client came to have this gun in her trunk?

Of course, she had a story to spin and Goodlove and his team weren’t a hundred percent sold on whether she was telling the truth or not. After all, dealing with shady clients was something Goodlove was accustomed to, and quite frankly, extremely sick of. When Ms. Ivanova’s gun’s ballistics shows up in another case which happened to be a murder, she goes back to Goodlove to seek his help with getting out of this jam. At this point in time, Goodlove is all but sure he doesn’t trust his client nor should he take her case. And the story moves from there.

Ooo-kay, as I stated at the beginning of my review, I tried to like this story, but there were too many issues with it. For one, the continuity was all over the place. One minute the characters are sitting in an office discussing something, and the next paragraph, Goodlove is being kidnapped and no one knows why? And when the readers learn what happens to Goodlove while kidnapped, it’s enough to scratch one’s head and go “huh?” None of what happened to him made any sense. I read it a few times to visualize what the character was going through and I could not make it make sense. I was so frustrated. The entire story frustrated me. I didn’t like the characters. They seemed silly and simple-minded. These are supposed to be lawyers? I just couldn’t buy what the author was selling with this story, but after having read his bio, perhaps therein lies where he got the idea to write this. 

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, this story was definitely not for me. I started to give it one star but decided to push ahead to three because, although I didn’t like it, the author managed to put forth a story. Even though I felt the story was so far out there. Everything about it kept rubbing me the wrong way, and one of the biggest issues was the way he described certain characters. I just didn’t feel it was something that a professional attorney would say. It felt forced as if the author had an ax to grind or hopping down from his soapbox. It felt personal in some of the insults with the interaction of characters. 

The bottom line, I didn’t like this book—period! The Sexy Nerd gives Sufficient Evidence three insufficient stars. Umm, this was my first time trying this author, and unfortunately, I think it will be my last. I wasn’t feeling this book by any means. Until next time, Nerds, keep it sexy!

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