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 isn't my normal genre but I've learned I've heard great things about this author and she didn't let me down. The characters were well developed and likable. I was instantly drawn in by the wounded bad boy sexy attorney who was out on Martha Vinyard licking his wounds trying to make sense of what had just happened to his life, He has just been run through the wringer by an ugly divorce and that blindsided him. While he's out thinking one evening, he's spies a young woman who trips and falls and he goes to help her up, not knowing that he's about to be pulled into another emotional roller coaster ride. I loved this book but my book expired when I had about 50 more pages to go, I hope this is a series, I'll be following it for sure.

Fantastic story. Great characters that are interesting and a story progression that keeps you engaged. The characters were well written and will steal your heart as the story goes. Heated romance but with action and drama mixed in. Fun read!

Good read. Liked the characters and story flow. Give it 4 stars.

I've never read anything from Lexi Blake, but I was enjoyed this one. I'm sometimes wary of romance stories for a lot of reasons. This book definitely had its flaws but was a good read overall. When Henry first meets Win he has no idea who she is. He thinks she's a townie, like him, when she runs by his house on the beach. Things heat up right away between the two of them, which is one of the problems I had with the story. Henry is absolutely an alpha male and has a severe need to prove it since his marriage fell apart, very publically. The two come to an agreement and once their time is up, they don't have anymore contact. Until Win gets convicted of murder and she needs the Monster of Manhattan to represent her. Henry is furious when he finds out the truth and chaos sort of ensues from there. His need to prove himself and be the jerk AND the hero was a little annoying. I didn't really like Henry at all and, to be honest, I didn't feel like he deserved Win. She'd made a life for herself despite all of her hardships and was trying to make herself a better person. When everything hit the fan it was definitely a good story. I liked the twist a lot and was kind of glad that it all worked out the way it did. Win was a good character and deserved her happy ending. I'm interested to see how the rest of this series plays out.

Penguin First to Read ARC. First in a new series. Rating: 4 of 5. Henry Garrison is the Monster of Manhattan, a very successful criminal defense lawyer with many wins under his belt for his wealthy clients. Or at least he was before he married his first wife, Alicia Kingman, a mega star, who dragged him in the L.A. world. He didn't handle it well, and after a fall into alcoholism, he ran away. Back to the island that he grew up and runs into Win (Taylor Winton-Hughes). She's recovering, at her family's home, from an eating disorder after being in a reality TV show, where she almost died. Both of them are damaged and won't acknowledge that they've fallen in love. After their short time together, they go their separate ways, then Win is arrested for the murder of one of her former co-stars. There are many twists and turns, as well as, multiple subplots and cabals in this story. So definitely a page-turner and probably stay up late to finish the book. Will look for the next one in this series.

In Lexi Blake's Order of Protection, the first installment in the Courting Justice romantic suspense series, this novel would leave you breathless and hot and bothered. For Taylor Winston-Hughes, better known as Win to others, she led a privileged life and became a heiress. As a former reality TV star, she was tired of that life and sought refuge from a storm. And that's when she met Henry Garrison, known as the Monster of Manhattan, a defensive attorney to defended celebrities in trial. During that one stormy night, she needed him the most to help her keep her haunted nightmares at bay. The chemistry between them became instant. But things changed, when she was almost killed at a party, her best friend Brie was murdered, putting Win as the prime suspect on the hot seat. Henry didn't know about her reality show stardom and turned cold, when he had dealt with some issues of his own, like with his ex-wife and his alcoholism. While she stayed in his home for him to protect her from the onslaught of angry fans, his firm defended her to seek out the truth and the secrets that lied behind it, including who wanted to kill her multiple times. Then they would test their relationship and became seek a future of their own right to the bitter end. This was a gripping introduction to this hot and steamy new romantic suspense series from Lexi Blake. I did care for Win as she dealt with many hardships in her life and how she faced her eating disorder. I became proud of her for leaving the reality show lifestyle to start a safer life from her own. I did find Henry dashing and compelling as her lawyer and later her lover, when she made him melt like better and thaw those iciness in his veins. He no longer became a monster and took the bull by the proverbial reins. This two make a formidable couple to take NYC by storm. The locations were mesmerizing and memorable all around Manhattan from the beaches to the courthouse for the scenic settings. This would make you compel to read more of Win's story and become a fan with non-stop action, hot romance, intense drama and plenty of intrigue from start to finish.

I mostly enjoyed this book. It isn't exactly my favorite genre, but I definitely liked the writing and the plot.

I'm a huge Lexi Blake fan and what she does best is create believable characters that are real with real reactions and emotions. With Henry and Wim, we have a volitle mix of passion, anger, assumptions, and everything in between. Order of Protection is the first book in her new series and I will certainly be back for more from Lexi Blake.

Henry is known as the Monster of Manhattan-that is until his downfall. He escapes to his grandparents beach house to escape. While there is meets Win Hughes when she literally falls in front of him. Let the romance begin. Lexi Blake's first book in her new series is a well written romance filled with ups and downs. When Harry learns of Win's "career" will he allow that to get in the way of their relationship?? When Win needs him the most will he step up to the plate or will he be bogged down with the baggage of his previous life. Order of Protection is a fun, fast enjoyable read. I look forward to the next book in the series.

This is the first book by Lexi Blake that I have read and I really enjoyed it. Win and Henry were likeable characters who kept me interested in their story. The plot twists were well done and the suspense angle made for a fast read. I will read more books by this author, starting with the Masters and Mercenaries series.

Order of Protection by Lexi Blake was an amazing read. This book had mystery, suspense, & romance which made it a total hit for me. I thought the author created interesting characters & a intriguing. I look forward to reading more by Lexi Blake.

I liked the book. It was a good length. Both of the main characters Henry Garrison and Win Hughes are trying to escape their crazy normal life and fall in love. There is also a mystery or two that happens in the middle of it. I would definitely read another book by Lexi Blake.

This is the first book by Lexi Blake that I have read, and it will not be the last. This is a contemporary romance with a little mystery/suspense thrown in. The story moved quickly, and I enjoyed the exchanges between the characters. Both Henry and Win have some past baggage that interferes with their almost immediate connection. When they first meet, Henry isn't aware of Win's background (super wealthy heiress who had been on a reality show) and, when he finds out, he is upset because it represents a lifestyle he is trying to leave. That's where the story really begins... they have to unravel the tragedy that brought them together again and learn to trust each other. I enjoyed the journey and look forward to reading more Lexi Blake.

I've read Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries series and, for the most part, I've enjoyed them, so I was really looking forward to reading something outside of that series from the author. I was left, unfortunately, feeling on the fence about this one. At times, the story was slow, but at others and it was fast paced. I thought Henry's reaction to Win's true identity was a bit over the top and he made a bigger deal of it than was necessary. HIs reluctant reaction to helping her out also didn't help redeem him in my eyes. I liked Win and felt for her because she couldn't catch a break. The romance between the two of them was so-so. At times I felt the chemistry between the pair, and at other times it fell flat. Overall I liked the story, but I didn't love it. There was enough in it that I did like, so I would be willing to give other books in the series a try.

Order of Protection opens on the beach and as we meet our main characters, we also get a bit of backstory for each. Henry and Win are both fresh out of rehab - him for alcohol and her for anorexia, and they're both trying to get on with their lives. The scene of their first meeting is witty and fun and there seems to be some chemistry between this sexy older man and the attractive young woman he brings in out of the rain (literally). From what I read in the opening chapter, I expected a reasonably paced story. Instead, it slows down and a lot of the next several chapters are well, kind of boring, which led me to set this one aside several times. The book does pick up again at about the halfway mark and we begin to get some real suspense going on. The suspense side of the story was interesting and did keep me guessing, but by that time, I was disconnecting from the romance. Henry's reaction to Win's secret was way over the top, especially considering his past. If anyone should understand the need for anonymity, it should be Henry. Instead, his complaints become tedious. I did like Win's wit and attitude, but when Henry starts acting like a child, I didn't much care if this pair made it work or not. Plus we have the fact that neither of these people, fresh out of recovery, ever feel the need to get help when stress gets high. Even early in the book when Henry wants a drink, he runs instead of contacting a sponsor, friend, therapist, etc. To sum it up, this first Courting Justice novel left me straddling the fence. There were things I liked and things I didn't, and whether or not I'll continue on with the series remains to be seen.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the first book in a new series. This is the story of Win and Henry. They meet while she is running on the beach near his home. They agree to spend two weeks together, and then they go their separate ways. Then, Win ends up needing a lawyer and Henry comes to her rescue. She ends up moving into his apartment for her safety. There are a lot of twists and turns. There is a LOT of heat! If you like heat in your romance, a bit of intrigue, and great characters, then this book is for you!

Absolutely loved it. All the suspense and romance kept me turning the pages. Lies, betrayal and a touch of sarcasm made it perfect.

Received an ARC for an honest review. That was a really great read! I loved how Win and Henry came together, each going to the island to get away from the pull of every day life, and finding each other and a sense of comfort they didn't know they were missing. I loved the intrigue that built throughout the entire case, and while a few parts were a little predictable, Blake kept me on my toes until everything was figured out. I was a little worried that once Henry knew who Win really was, he was going to be a total ass and make me hate him. And he was an ass, but being able to see the story from both of their points of view allowed me to see why he was being mean. He didn't think he was worthy of her, but gosh darn it, Win was fighting tooth and nail for Henry. That said, there were a few times that he lashed out a little too hard at the people around him. It was good that we saw the good part of him first, otherwise, it would have been very hard to root for him to end up with Win. I appreciated the cast of characters that Blake put around these two, although I would have loved a little bit more, especially about Noah and David, Henry's partners in the law firm. They seem like they each have a lot going on. All in all a great read and I can't wait to see what comes next in the series.

I read this as I will meet Lexi Blake in September. This is romance with a touch of suspense, a smatter of humor, and some steam. It is total escapism. I always guess mysteries ahead of time but this kept me guessing. It would be a great beach read.

I really wanted to love this book - I like the Lexi Blake Lawless series, and Ruthless was my favorite of the ones I've read, so when I found out Ellie's attorney Henry Garrison was getting his own book, I was all in. I am not at all into "poor little right girl" stories, but I trusted Lexi Blake to write a good one. I think the biggest issue was the formatting. I read on my phone, and PDF just does not play nicely with it, so reading it was a misery. I'll definitely have to re-read the book when it's available after publication in a different format, and I'm sure I'll like it more then. As is though ... it's almost unfair of me to leave a review, but the way the "First to Read" system works, it's a necessity. I did like Win and how she stood up for herself. I did not love the age difference. Had they both been a few years older (or at least Win) I would've found it more believable. I get Win has been through "a lot" but ... I wasn't convinced - her eating disorder and stint on a "real housewives" type show wasn't convincing for me - but I appreciated that most of it was done in the timeline of the book. Due to the way I read the book I knew the real villain from the start, and I'm not sure if I would've jumped at other threads otherwise - definitely you can always expect a lot of twists and turns, and I loved Noah Lawless. Honestly I think I'm not excited to read his book now, although I'm definitely happy to see Trey Adams get his book - who doesn't love a linebacker turned lawyer? I also truly appreciated the point Lexi Blake was clear to make that Win and Henry had a sexual relationship prior to them forming an attorney-client relationship, thus satisfying the rules of professional responsibility. Not that Henry's reputation is sterling at this point, but that's a huge issue, and something so basic to address, so a true gold star there.

I must admit that I had fro force myself to keep reading this book. I'm not sure why that is, as from reading a synopsis, I would have thought it was my kind of book. It just did not keep my interest after I started it, and I read two or three other books in between it. I finally made myself finish it, and I will admit the plot picked up toward the end, but it became quite predictable before the truth was revealed. I was relieved to see that I was not the only advance reader who failed to connect with these characters. The book was just ok for me. It would work if one did not have many choices, but it clearly was not a book I could not put down. I also scanned over some of the sex scenes; not because I am a prude, but because, after a page or two, all of the explicit sex just gets boring if it does not further the story. This was the first book I have read written by Lexi Blake, and I doubt if I would choose any more by this author. In summary, it was not a terribly boring book; it was just ok to read if one has nothing else from which to choose. If I had purchased this book in a hard copy or even paperback form, it would be one I would have given away at a yard sale.

I was definitely drawn in by the premise, but from the start I struggled to connect with the story or really want to continue reading. This book seems to knock it out of the park for some and "meh" for others. I, unfortunately, fell in the latter category. The characters fail to make me care about them or their plights, and I didn't find the story particularly gripping even when it found its stride.

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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