Acts of Desperation by Emerson Shaw
**This highly anticipated debut novel was inspired by actual events.**
Sember is a strong-willed attorney who’s got it all: the budding career, the condo, and a marriage proposal right around the corner.
When her sister, Sarah, needs a new attorney, Sember is torn. She wants to help Sarah, but she is terrified her emotions could compromise the case. With so much at stake, failure isn't an option.
In walks Jax Alexander, a brilliant legal mind from New York who excites Sember’s body and mind. When he offers to take on Sarah’s case, he provides hope in a hopeless situation. Sember and Jax are thrust together as their passion ignites.
As a web of lies is exposed, Jax works tirelessly to reveal the truth behind Sarah’s case. But, he has a dark secret shadowing his past that threatens to destroy everything.
In the midst of so many lies, can Jax really be trusted? His secret could put Sarah’s case in jeopardy and could cost Sember her life. Will he risk it all to save them, or will he cut and run, leaving destruction in his wake?
Sometimes, desperate acts call for desperate measures.
Elizabeth - 5 Crowns
Oh my, I have so much I want to say about this book, its just been going round and round in my head since I finished it! The main basis of this story is deeply profound and seriously incredible..and the fact that it's based on true events gives me the shivers. The emotions it evoked were just so much more intense than normal, so palpable... just knowing that a SOAB like Anders actually exists!!! I just want to find him and smack him for what he put this beautiful family through - especially his own children.
And then the (*sigh*) hottie hottie (did I say hottie yet?) lawyer Jax...OMG what a knight in shining armor... and his Sember.... really loved that their story is just so real, and their personal struggles to find themselves and lead themselves to each other after so much tragedy made this book a sensational read. So please... just read it!
Kelly- 4 Crowns
Acts of Desperation is an intricate and deeply moving tale of one woman's fight for freedom from a manipulative, cheating husband and a sister who will stop at nothing to support her family, even if it means putting her own escalating problems on the sidelines.
This books describes itself as a romantic thriller but it is so much more than that. It is also a legal drama that follows two sisters as they cope with the aftermath of relationship breakdowns. Sarah is the older sister who is trying to protect her two boys from the gruelling process of divorce, but with a narcissistic lawyer Husband who knows every trick in the book, her journey is arduous and painful. She needs all the help she can get...
Sember is a successful lawyer trying to move on after the shock of catching her boyfriend of two years in a compromising position with a client, and re evaluates her life as she moves in with her best friend, Liz, in the hope to starting anew.
With Sarah going through hell she wants nothing more to help, but with being so emotionally invested her head has to rule over her heart, so she turns down the case to defend her Sister in court. It seems all is lost until Jax Alexander, Grandson of her boss, relocates from the New York office to Cincinnati. Immediately they form a connection, and when Jax learns of her Sister's predicament he is happy to help... the problem is Sember and Jax are undeniably attracted to one another which goes against Sember's number one rule: Never mix business with pleasure. Warring with the decision to dive in bed with the beautiful Jax, lines gradually begin to blur as they succumb to the inevitable. Jax is hiding something from his past and Sember knows that in order for them to have a future, they need to lay all cards on the table. But what came next was something neither could have possibly imagined.
From crazy, controlling Ex's partners to victims of revenge both Sarah and Sember have one hell of a story to tell that will evoke every myriad of emotion, so be prepared to work through them!
Sember is our voice as she retells not just her own story but the pivotal part she and Jax play in her Sister's. Inspired by true events, the notion that parts of this story actually happened makes me want to smack someone in the face, really hard!
But, alas, we are awarded with a hero. Jax is swoonworthy even though his past is shady. After what he made me feel while reading this book, I'd forgive him anything!
This is a great debut by Emerson Shaw that packs a punch in all the right places. Read it!