Title: Small Claims
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Totally Bound
Pages/Word Count: Novella Length (22k Words)
At a Glance: This novella is a quick and easy read, offering a great variety of characters.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Judge Shawn Rosen is about to take on the toughest case of his life.
Small claims judge Shawn Rosen is comfortable in his career, but his personal life is another story. His twenty year relationship ended two years ago, but while he accepts the end, he hasn’t even started to move on. He lives a generic life.
Everything changes when Jody Jacobsen walks into his courtroom and Shawn is attracted to him. Following the case, they have a chance meeting which leads to a wild night. Waking up to cold sheets should have been a sign, but instead Shawn keeps coming back for more and eventually falls fast and hard—so hard he might be missing the clues that the commitment isn’t mutual.
There’s trouble when the case that brought them together could also tear them apart. Will Jody give in to his tendency to run, or will he finally be the man that Shawn deserves?
Review: Judge Shawn Rosen is about to hear his last case on a Friday afternoon. He’s ready for the weekend and to be away from the court, but still isn’t sure what to do with himself. Shawn and his partner of twenty years parted ways two years before, and Shawn is still trying to adjust to the change.
The court hearing is an interesting one. Mrs. Gioberti is suing a young man for loud and strange noises and men coming from his duplex. Unfortunately, she is more than just a nosy neighbor. Jody Jacobsen is a young and energetic man. He finds himself somewhat embarrassed when he has to clarify the activities going on in his duplex. After Judge Rosen listens to this case with much interest, he declares the case closed but gives fair warning to Mrs. Gioberti.
Judge Rosen finds himself at home, and his thoughts keep drifting to Jody. He realizes he hasn’t been interested in anyone like this in a long time. He is restless and decides to venture out to the Speakeasy. Once he gets in the club, watching all the twenty-somethings, it puts doubt in his mind. He knows he’s middle-aged, though in fairly good shape, but maybe this is not for him.—one drink for him and he’d leave. Then he sees a familiar blonde head, green eyes, and a gorgeous smile heading from the restroom…Jody Jacobsen.
Shawn and Jody enjoy themselves at the club, dancing, drinking and conversation. Shawn feels so good with Jody he asks him to go home with him. Jody agrees and follows Shawn home, where things get hot and heavy between them. Shawn wakes with his bed empty and is disappointed that Jody didn’t say goodbye or leave a note.
Poor Shawn, he just has so much to deal with! He has a blind date from hell, his step daughter Gabrielle has her own ideas about his life, and Monday morning gives him a surprising new temporary assistant. To top it off, Mrs. Gioberti is back, filing another crazy lawsuit, but Shawn is looking for just one important answer: will Jody be there for him?
Small Claims is a part of Totally Bound’s Sexy Snax line, and it’s exactly that: a Sexy Snak from Ethan Stone. This novella is a quick and easy read, offering a great variety of characters. Not to mention, Jody and Shawn are hot together!
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