Order of Protection by Lexi Blake

Order of Protection

Lexi Blake

When Win Hughes is charged with a crime, she must find help from a high-end defense attorney, who happens to be a former lover.

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A sexy and suspenseful new contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake where love and law entwine for a conviction of the heart.

To high-end defense attorney Henry Garrison, Win Hughes is a woman he met during one of the most trying times of his life. She's soft and warm, and he finds solace in their brief relationship. But Win has a secret. She's actually Taylor Winston-Hughes--born to one of the wealthiest families in the country, orphaned as a child by a tragic accident. Win moves in the wealthiest circles, but her lavish lifestyle hides her pain.

When her best friend is murdered in the midst of a glittering New York gala, Win's charged with the crime, and the only person in the world she wants to see is Henry.

Henry is shocked at the true identity of his lover, but he can't reject the case. This trial could take his new firm into the stratosphere. Still, he's not getting burned by Win again. And yet every turn brings them closer together.

As the case takes a wild turn and Win's entire life is upended, she must look to the people she's closest to in order to find a killer. And Henry must decide between making his case and saving the woman he loves...

Advance Galley Reviews

This is the first Lexi Blake novel I have read. It was a fast paced novel which I enjoy. I tend to bypass sex scenes in novels these days but I’m sure other readers enjoy them. They did not detract from my enjoying the novel. I will check out what other books she has written.

This is my Lexi Blake novel and it started a little slowly for me. The pace did pick up and there were even nice plot twists. The relationship between Win and Henry was nicely developed. All in all it was a nice, easy, enjoyable read. I was chosen to read an advance copy of this book as part of Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

I had not read anything by Lexi Blake before but didn't really enjoy this book. Don't think I'll be reading anything further from her .

This was an easy and enjoyable read, though I found parts of the suspense storyline a little predictable and unbelievable. This was my first book by Lexi Blake, and while this had its shortcomings, I'd read more from her. I liked the concept and it was entertaining. The end for me was just a little too wild and crazy, and it became harder to stick with the story.

I really liked this book. Great action filled plot, developed characters. Will read this author again!

I feel sort of lukewarm about this book. It kept my attention, for the most part, but it was overwritten in parts (especially the dialogue), the murder of Win's best friend is merely a plot device to throw her into Henry's life again, and the twists felt a little forced, like Blake was trying just a little too hard to surprise us.

I thought the concept of this novel was super interesting, I enjoyed the plot, and I adored the twist at the end. The characters just really lost it for me. However, I really struggled to accept Henry. He was SUCH a jerk, I just wanted to punch him multiple times. I don't get how he could act the way he did! How he could think the way he did! His reactions to the poor girl who wanted some semblance of privacy and had it turned upside down, and here Henry is making her feel like the most terrible person ever. I don't think so, buddy. SPOILERS: Bellamy was another problem for me. He was too hot and cold, and way too villain in the end. His complete lack of care at all for his dead son really didn't seem realistic, and especially that he murdered someone and kept his cool the entire time, and didn't clean the murder weapon?

This is the first time I’ve read this author. The who did it was predictable and even the why was easy to guess. Even so, I enjoyed the book and found it to be a fast read.

Order of Protection is the story of Henry and Win. They each have been deeply hurt by people and circumstances. Henry has become a little cynical and jaded, and, although that is an aspect of Win’s personality, it is something she definitely keeps in check. In addition to their romance, Win’s friend is murdered and she is arrested for the crime. Henry might be just a little too angst ridden and that part of the story does get a little monotonous. Overall though I enjoyed the book, thought the whodunit was a little predictable but really liked the “whydunnit”. This is the first book in a new series and I’m looking forward to the next book and hope it will be about either Henry’s friend David or Noah.

This is the first book I have read by this author, will definitely look at others! This was a fast paced story, difficult to put down, with a good mystery. Lots of twists and turns. The characters were well developed, I look forward to reading additional books in the series.

This was not the first book I have read by Lexi Blake, nor will it be the last. I was a bit worried at first about the direction the book was going in, and while I felt we got to know and learn a lot about Henry, I am not sure I ever truly got “his problem” but I loved his relationship with Win. Win and Henry are two characters that never should have fit. They are total epitome of opposites attract. But I loved how they complemented each other. I loved how Win just fit herself into Henry’s life. The twists and turns along the way kept me coming back wanting more. Great HEA.

Both Win and Henry have good reasons not to fully give themselves over to the strong feelings they have for each other, but the chemistry is undeniable and fate just keeps pushing them together. The slow moments between them are even better than the sexy times. You can see their connection developing as a natural thing. It's a solid read with good characters and a very good mystery moving the story. In fact, I was more interested in solving the whodunit and following along with the revelations that came up surrounding it than with the romance. Not that the romance is lacking, it's just that Blake created a case that actually kept me guessing and trying to figure out all the twists and turns. Definitely worth the read.

A quick read - pace picked up with the murder. Interesting facts about Win's life emerge as Henry works to clear her of the murder charge.

the story was a great read. I had a hard time getting into it at first and found the fact that Win kept mentioning how hot Henry was kind of annoying. but overall a good read. I may read more by this author.

I requested and received a guaranteed copy. I would love to be able to review this book, unfortunately, I'm having some technical issues, and I've unable to download it :(

This is the first book I've read by this author. The story was fine - Win was too perfect - to an extent, it's not like she's never had any suffering in her life, but I think she's a little too good to be true. Henry's angst was too much and super melodramatic. I have a feeling if you removed all of the repeated ideas/sentences in the monologues, the book would have a third of it removed. Overall, it was fine - I don't think read anything of hers in the future. Thanks for the advanced reader!

I’m a big fan of Lexi Blake and have followed her Masters and Mercenaries series faithfully. We’ve seen Henry Garrison a time or two in those stories, but Henry’s story has a character that’s all it’s own. The characters had good depth and great chemistry. I love when a book gets me emotionally invested in the characters and Order of Protection definitely did that! I loved Win’s courage and generous spirit. She was just what Henry needed. Fantastic couple. This story held my attention from page 1 and didn’t let go. IF there was a negative for me, it would be that the depth of Henry’s angst didn’t quite make sense for me. Although I totally understand him being shell shocked over the recent year’s events. Even so, this is now one of my favorite books from Lexi Blake.

The book was great. I love the fact the book was filled with characters I was already familiar with. The suspenseful parts of this book were written really well. I loved the enhancement of the main hero’s story. I like the way she weaves in the other characters backstory in this book as well. The romance and chemistry with these characters were great. This is another author who will always stay on top of my reading list.

Order of Protection was the first book I've read by Lexi Blake. It was a quick and light read that held my attention. The story good, but very predictable. But for me the characters weren't likeable even once they got out of their own heads. For most of the book, I was torn between wanting to throat punch Henry for being a stubborn neanderthal and rooting for him. In the end, everything worked out (as it should) and Henry and Win got the HEA they deserved.

I have been a fan of Lexi Blake's work for a long time. This is a pretty good story of two damaged people helping each other. And all the problems between the beginning and the HEA. No super explicit sex scenes, and totally vanilla. I only mention vanilla because of the Masters & Mercenaries series, which I am part-way through. I definitely would encourage romance fans to read this one. Also, this one was proofread and edited very well.

I want to thank Penguin Random House the publisher for an ARC from First to Read for my honest review. When it comes to fiction, I look for books that involve me completely —whether it’s because of the beautiful writing, the power of the story, or the characters, and in a perfect book it’s all three. I knew I’d just read a novel that mixed all the elements for a good drama, with a twist. The lead characters all had me engaged, they by no means weren't likeable but they were real. The Author has left me wanting more. I will look for this Authors books in the future.

Henry and Win have great chemistry in this story by Lexi Blake. This was the first book I have read by the author and found it to be an easy, quick read that held my attention. The story good though predictable. I always love a good romance with a happy ending.

Interesting read with intriguing mystery. Found both Henry and Win to be likeable characters with believable chemistry.


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