“Trouble With The Law” by Becky McGraw (#11 Texas Trouble Series)

beckymCriminal defense attorney Veronica Winters always wondered what it would be like with sexy former detective Trace Rooks. Even though he’s an ex-convict now, because of her, she still wonders. Ronnie has always felt damned guilty for recommending a plea deal that sent an innocent man to jail. When she finds out he’s back in jail and a friend asks her to question him about the situation, Ronnie thinks she might finally have the opportunity to set things right with him. 

At the jail though, she finds a changed man she almost doesn’t recognize. The scars on the outside are nothing compared to the scars he bears inside. Instead of the charming, easy going man she represented four years prior, his attitude now is as hard as his body. But she finds out the new, edgier Trace Rooks turns her on even more than the man she knew before. 

Trace Rooks, would love nothing better than seeing the Shark Lady get her due for sending him to prison unjustly. He would make sure Ronnie Winters eventually got hers, but at the moment, he had other priorities. Like taking down his corrupt father. The man who had paid off the woman touted to be the best criminal defense attorney in the state to help send him to prison. 

When Ronnie shows up at the jail asking questions, Trace isn’t giving her anything except a hard time. He believes she’s there on his father’s behalf again, and there is no way in hell he is falling for her lines again. Trace was a man that learned for his mistakes, and trusting Ronnie Winters had been the biggest of his life. 

But when Ronnie doesn’t get the answers she wants from him, she starts digging around on her own. Trace knows that can get him killed or sent back to prison again. He decides that the best thing he can do is heed his grandfather’s advice to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. He isn’t sure which camp Ronnie Winters falls into yet, but he’s going to keep her close until he figures it out. 

Maybe he could get the answers he’d been looking for the last three years. If not, he could at least get his pound of flesh from the mouthy, leggy redhead every man in Texas was afraid of. Trace wasn’t afraid of Ronnie Winters, but he quickly finds out he isn’t immune to her either. When that leads to thinking he might just have misjudged the beautiful redhead before, and maybe there was more to her than met the eye, Trace knows he’s in deep trouble.

I received this book from the author, Becky McGraw, as part of a promotional tour.  I was asked for an honest review and so I shall deliver.

The Review

First off…that part of the promotional tour isn’t quite true. I received this book AFTER I read the excerpt that I had signed up to only post.  When I read the excerpt I HAD to know…does she give him the blow job?? So I asked Natalie, the tour host from Island Lovelies Book Club, if she’d get permission for me to read & review the book! lol  Let’s just say we all had a laugh over my bluntness and my reasons for wanting to read it! I’m so happy I was given the honor to read this book. It was flippin’ FANTASTIC!

I’ve never read any of Beck McGraw’s books.  This was my first, but it sure as hell won’t be my last! It also might be #11 in the Texas Trouble Series, but I don’t believe it matters where you start in this series. At least I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything.  I’ll still be going back to read the others though.  ANYHOO…let’s begin this review for real!

The book starts off with Ronnie visiting Trace in prison. A girl has gone missing and they think Trace may have killed her. At very least, they suspect he knows where she is.

Trace crossed his arms over his broad, heavily muscled chest, then leaned back in his chair. He just stared at her in a battle of wills. When she’d had enough, Veronica huffed a frustrated sigh. “I’m trying to help you here, Trace. Just give me the answers, so I can do that.”

“You want answers, Veronica?” Trace ground out, his eyes hard and dark. His arm shot across the table, and she flinched. He laughed and grabbed her pen then leaned back and dropped it under the table. Lowering his voice , he leaned forward again to growl, “Let me tell you what I want, then you decide if you still want those answers.” He drummed his fingers on the table.

Tingles of alarm coursed through Veronica traveling with the excitement already buzzing along her nerve endings. Something wasn’t right here . Trace Rooks wasn’t right. Three years in prison had warped him, changed him into a man she didn’t know. One who scared her a little. And that was saying a lot. Because men didn’t scare her —ever. She was the one who scared them.

Veronica stiffened her shoulders , and her spine to sit up straighter in her chair. She was The Shark Lady, the best damned criminal lawyer in Amarillo, and he better damn well remember who he was talking to.

Trace shoved his chair up under the table, and the sound grated through her . He slouched in the chair, and drummed his fingers on the table again. “What I want, Red, is for you to get under that table, and pick up that pen,” he drawled, his eyes glittering with purpose. The scar on his cheek deepened when his mouth twisted into a travesty of a smile . “While you’re under there, I want you to unzip my pants and suck my dick. If you do a good enough job of it, I’ll give you your answers.”

Oooh yeah…that’s the part. Well a taste of it. If you want to read the full excerpt check out this post: “Trouble With The Law” by Becky McGraw: Blog Tour. Now…the question I know you’re wondering is…Does she give him the blow job!!??  Well let’s recap, she’s with a sexy guy she has some serious wet dreams about, he’s smoking hot, a cowboy, a cop AND a bad boy, they’re in a prison with cameras, however under the table they wouldn’t see. She has to get her pen of course…and if he’s just laying out there for her to take just a little taste…..WHAT THE HELL WOULD YOU DO!!!????  Seriously…what would you do? or what would you WANT to do if you had the courage?(comment below).

Ok, *phew is it hot in here!?*, moving on…

Ronnie manages to get Trace released…however this is NOT a good thing. Because his father, Senator Leland Rooks, wants him dead and it was tough enough on the inside of prison walls, but out in the open, he’s a sitting duck for sure.

When Trace was sent to prison the first time, it was for killing his partner, Sean. Trace knew he was innocent, knew his father set him up. But Trace could never prove it.

Sean was shot and Trace was set up for the murder, conveniently after he had approached Leland with evidence of his involvement with some illegal shit.

When Ronnie told Trace to take a plea deal and it backfired, he thought Ronnie was in on the conspiracy…now he’s supposed to TRUST HER!!!???

Heading across the lobby toward the front door where he saw sunshine and freedom , Trace stopped in his tracks when Ronnie Winters stepped out of a side room and called his name. A harried looking Lieutenant stepped out behind her. Without a word, the man walked off, his back stiff.

Trace knew how the man felt . Every man who came into contact with her was either instantly intimidated or scared shitless . That’s why most men steered clear of her. Trace wanted to steer clear of her for another reason. He just didn’t have anything to say to Ronnie Winters. When she needed that damned backbone of hers to save his ass, she sold him out. Unforgivable.

“What the fuck do you want , Red?” Trace asked as he shoved open the front door and inhaled deeply of the clean air.

“I’d like to talk to you. I thought I could give you a ride to wherever you’re going,” she offered stepping outside and letting the door shut behind her.

“I have nothing to say to you, and I’d rather walk,” Trace grated as he walked down the steps.

She rushed behind him down the stairs. “I got you released.”

What did she want ? A fucking prize? “I’d say thanks, but it’s the least you owe me,” he replied sarcastically, but stopped as the implication of her words sunk into his brain. The FBI would have gotten him out if it was safe for him to be out.

“Fuck,” he said shoving a hand through his hair.

“What?” Ronnie asked, coming down the steps to stand beside him.

“What you did is probably get me killed.”

“Really? Why do you think that?” Ronnie asked walking beside him as he stalked across the parking lot.

“Quit following me, Ronnie,” he replied gruffly as he reached the sidewalk. “Slither back under whatever rock you crawled out from and leave me the hell alone.”

She grabbed his arm, and Trace spun around, his fists clenching and unclenching at his sides. If she didn’t leave him the hell alone, Trace was afraid he would go with his instinct to just strangle her. Then he would have real problems.

“Trace, I want to help you,” she persisted and his irritation grew. At the point that her voice and words almost felt like sandpaper rubbing against his brain, Trace turned to wait for the traffic to clear. “Help yourself, Red and stay the hell away from me,” he growled , then started across the street to the pay phone he saw beside a convenience store. He had to call Susan and tell her what had happened. They needed to regroup and fix this shit, before Leland found out.

If Ronnie and Leland weren’t in cahoots, she could have signed her own death warrant too by getting involved, because Leland would think they had double-crossed him and were working together. Leland knew exactly how he felt about Ronnie Winters, and would definitely get suspicious when he found out she had gotten him out of jail.

Is Ronnie friend or foe? How far will she go to prove Trace’s innocence and make sure Leland pays for his crimes? Or worse yet, how far will she go to make sure Trace never gets the chance to implicate anyone, including her, in this conspiracy? Ronnie values her career as a Lawyer above all else. She’s worked hard for the reputation as the Shark Lady. Will she live up to her name or will she show Trace a side of her nobody else knows about??  These questions can be answered in the book! (Yeah, I know…I’m horrible for not spilling details…but this book is one you DO NOT want to miss out on and I won’t deprive you of the enjoyment!♥)




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