- Title: Jude’s Law
- Author: Lori Foster
- Genre: Romance
- Why: Found it at work
- Rating: 3 Stars
Description: When it comes to love, he plays to win.
There’s only so much frustration a guy can handle before he gets a little nutty. For Jude Jamison, his frustration has a name—May Price. She’s everything the former Hollywood bad boy actor came to Stillbrook, Ohio, hoping to find: open, honest, lovable, and full of those luscious curves you don’t find on stick-figure starlets—curves May doesn’t seem to appreciate in herself. Every time Jude tries to get close to the skittish business woman, to take her in his arms, she thinks he’s joking. Joking? Joking does not involve lots of cold-shower therapy.
Time for new tactics. If May can’t respond to his sly compliments and sexy innuendos, he’ll just have to spell it out for her. Jude Jamison is going to lay down the law for May Price. And after that, she’ll have no delusions about just how much he wants her.
Review: I have now read two books by Lori Foster, and both of them feature a heroine who is on the plump side of fashionable. This could be sheer coincidence of course, but just like in Too Much Temptation the reader is constantly being reminded of this fact. Thus we have May Price, an art dealer in some small town somewhere. She wears badly fitting suits because, in her own head, she is too fat to wear anything that’ll show off her figure. Then on the other hand we have Jude Jamison, a former ring-fighting champion-turned-actor, who has fled to said small town to get away from the Hollywood madness, especially since he has just been cleared of murder, even though apparently few people believe that he didn’t do it. Jude likes May’s figure, and is determined to get his hands on it.
On the whole, as romances go, I wasn’t displeased with this book. There is attraction, there’s some decent sex, there’s the usual push and pull between our protagonists – everything you might want out of a light read. Where the book fell down for me – and in this it is no different from Too Much Temptation – is characterisation. Jude only seems to want May for her body, and any thoughts of how sweet and nice she is are only thrown in as an afterthought. May keeps harping on about how unattractive and fat she is, and for a whole book that gets very wearing. On top of that, May has a whiny, lazy, idiot brother with a chip on his shoulder the size of Canada, yet she constantly helps him out because hey, he’s her brother after all. Her parents are equally obnoxious, and personally I’d have cut all ties with the lot of them as soon as I’d hit eighteen. The fact that May hasn’t is probably meant to paint her as having a really big heart, but to me she came across as a pushover instead.
So on the whole this was an easy enough read with some pretty enjoyable bits, which were unfortunately balanced out by some rather annoying bits too.