Friday, September 28, 2012

Review: Binding Arbitration by Elizabeth Marx

Title:  Binding Arbitration
Author:  Elizabeth Marx
Genre:  Chick Lit, Contemporary
Pages:  404
Published:  June 2012
Publisher:  Createspace
Source:  Via FMB Book Tours

Synopsis:

Through the corridors of the Windy City’s criminal courts, single mother Libby Tucker knows exactly how far she’ll go to save her cancer-stricken son’s life. The undefeated defense attorney is prepared to take her fight all the way to the majors.

Circumstances force Libby to plead her case at the cleats of celebrity baseball player Banford Aidan Palowski, the man who discarded her at their college graduation. Libby has worked her backside bare for everything she’s attained, while Aidan has been indulged since he slid through the birth canal and landed in a pile of Gold Coast money. But helping Libby and living up to his biological duty could jeopardize the only thing the jock worships: his baseball career.

If baseball imitates life, Aidan admits his appears to be silver-plated peanuts, until an unexpected confrontation with the most spectacular prize that’s ever poured from a caramel corn box blindsides him. When he learns about his son’s desperate need, it pricks open the wound he’s carried since he abandoned Libby and the child.

All Libby wants is a little anonymous DNA, but Aidan has a magical umpire in his head who knows Libby’s a fateball right to the heart. When a six-year-old sage and a hippy priestess step onto the field, there’s more to settle between Libby and Aidan than heartache, redemption, and forgiveness.

Elizabeth aka Libby is one of the best defense lawyers in Chicago.  Known for winning cases as well as her looks she has admiration of the entire law community.  Sadly her son Cass has Leukemia, and she needs a donor and has to connect his father – a man she hoped to never see again – Aiden “Band-Aid” Palowski.
Aiden is on top of his game, ready to sign a new contract and make millions.  Engaged to well to do socialite Vanessa – things are looking great for him.   Unfortunately things aren’t always what they appear.  Unhappy with his relationship with flighty spoiled Vanessa, he wants to end things and move on.  The star player isn’t as squeaky clean as the tabloids make him out to be!
I loved the interaction between Aiden and Libby.  They have incredible chemistry and their banter is fantastic!  The sexual tension between them sizzles and leaps off the page.  Aiden wants in his son’s life, but Libby isn’t sure how much she wants to let him in.  She’s worried she’ll get hurt as well as Cass!  I really liked how Aiden stepped up to the plate and tried to make things right!
Would I recommend this book?   Yes, it was a great read!  The story has everything from humor, drama, a bit of mystery and intrigue.  We have two very strong stubborn characters who are fighting to be on top!  Elizabeth Marx is a new author for me and I really enjoyed her writing style and the characters.  Would I read more by this author?  Most definitely!

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