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5 ‘Mitch Lawson, you OWN me’ stars
Law Man is the third book in the Dream Man series. It’s been a long time since I first read this book, but Detective Mitch Lawson was the first KA hero to completely steal my heart, and I loved rereading his and Mara’s story.
Mara has had a less-than-ideal life, but she escaped her toxic trailer trash family without looking back and has made a good life for herself, though her humble beginnings mean that she suffers from terribly low self esteem. The only contact she has with her past is via her deadbeat cousin, Bill, when she jumps in to care for his mostly neglected children, Billy and Billie (yes, really). Mara has been in love with Detective Mitch Lawson for years. He lives in her apartment building and she has watched him from afar, dreaming of what could be if only he wasn’t so far out of her league. But when Mara needs help fixing a leaky tap in her apartment, it’s Mitch who comes to her rescue, and to Mara’s stunned disbelief, he seems to be interested in her.
But just when things are starting to get interesting with the gorgeous Detective, Mara’s life takes a dramatic turn when Bill gets in real trouble and she ends up becoming the guardian of his children. Mitch is witness to all of this, and in typical KA Alpha fashion, he barges on into her life, helping her out with her situation and making it very clear that he is there to stay.
OMG, what can I say about the perfection that is Mitch Lawson? Totally alpha (though not quite as badass as the other boys in this series), he is a take-charge, say-it-like-it-is guy, and I absolutely LOVE him! He is upfront and honest with Mara from the very beginning. He doesn’t hide how he feels or what he wants, and he lets her know that he has her back unequivocally – proving that on multiple occasions. His protectiveness over her and the kids is absolutely beautiful!
“Mara, I’m keepin’ you safe. I’m keepin’ those kids safe and you don’t have a choice in that, sweetheart. That’s just the way it’s gonna be … “I was made to protect you and you were made in the way that it would always be worth it.”
But he has his work cut out for him. Mara’s self esteem issues, though understandable, are so freaking annoying! Her rating scale and her stupid insistence that she’s not good enough for Mitch goes on and on, and her belief that nothing is happening between them despite the fact that Mitch has made it impossible for her to think anything differently is supremely irritating! But Mitch is so awesome it counteracts all of Mara’s stupid. He’s gentle with her, but at the same time he doesn’t take any of her crap, he is alpha, but still totally swoony and he handles her brilliantly!
“I was right. Your head is right up your ass.”
“I’ll go gentle, baby,” he whispered against my lips. “I promise. You’ll always be safe with me.”
“Mitch,” I breathed.
His soulful eyes held mine captive as he repeated firmly, “Always.”
“Let’s see if I can tear that cocoon wide open and let my Mara fly.”
Mitch and Mara’s love story is so beautiful! Yes, they have their ups and downs (all due to Mara, grrrr), but there’s no doubt it’s all going to work out, it’s just a matter of sitting back and watching it happen. And when it does, it’s sweet, fun and passionate, and it has that feeling of ‘rightness’ it that KA does so incredibly well.
“You’re sweet, you’re beautiful and I will not forget until the day I die how beautiful it felt to slide inside you with you wrapped around me, see your eyes get wet and know straight in my gut that you felt how beautiful it was too.”
“Best thing that ever happened to me, that shredded washer,” he whispered.
“Too bad I didn’t know what a washer was or I would have shredded it myself,” I whispered back and he burst out laughing.”
And then there’s Billy and Billie. KA always writes kids and family stuff so well, and this book is a prime example of that. These two kids are absolutely adorable! They’ve been through hell, and watching Mara and Mitch take them in and give them what they’ve never had is so gorgeous to see! In particular, Mitch’s relationship with the kids develops beautifully, and I had tears in my eyes as he, once again, lays himself bare for them, holding nothing back and letting them know everything that he’s feeling.
“I didn’t fall in love with you all as a whole. I fell in love with each of you because of who you are. I don’t care about you because you come with Mara. I care about you because you’re a good kid. You’re smart. You’re loyal. And you love and look out for your sister and Mara. I know grown men who do not have a character as fine as yours. Those are the reasons I love you. There are different reasons I love Billie. And there are different reasons I love Mara. Today, what we had together was good. But the feelings I feel for you aren’t feelings I have to have in order to have Mara. They’re feelings you earned.”
As expected in this series, there is a mystery/danger storyline running through the story featuring Mara’s cousin’s involvement with the Russian Mob. And it gets dangerous enough to need Hawk, Brock, Tack, Lee and Luke to come in and help save the day. And holy swoon!!! Add to that quick glimpses of Mace and Vance, and I was in KA-fangirl heaven!
It’s all very exciting and beautifully romantic, and the story finishes with an epilogue that had me tearing up at the beauty of it all. This one is a definite favourite, and even after reading pretty much all of KA’s books since I first read this one, Mitch still holds a very special place in my heart.
5 fantastic stars.
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