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Perry Clark takes pride in her legal work for a needy nonprofit. When disaster strikes, leaving her unemployed and homeless, her sister Campbell comes to the rescue with a job offer. Perry accepts reluctantly—working for corporate clients is only temporary, right? But after Campbell assigns Grace, Perry’s childhood crush, as her mentor, Perry’s heart might be making longer Perry Clark takes pride in her legal work for a needy nonprofit. When disaster strikes, leaving her unemployed and homeless, her sister Campbell comes to the rescue with a job offer. Perry accepts reluctantly—working for corporate clients is only temporary, right? But after Campbell assigns Grace, Perry’s childhood crush, as her mentor, Perry’s heart might be making longer-term plans. Grace Maldonado remembers Perry Clark as her best friend’s sometimes annoying, often rebellious, little sister, so she isn’t prepared when she discovers Perry is now brilliant and gorgeous—though still bullheaded—and challenges her at every turn. When she isn’t arguing with Perry, Grace is fighting a growing attraction she can’t seem to ignore. Because not only is it wrong to fall in love with your best friend’s sister, Perry has no intention of sticking around.


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Perry Clark takes pride in her legal work for a needy nonprofit. When disaster strikes, leaving her unemployed and homeless, her sister Campbell comes to the rescue with a job offer. Perry accepts reluctantly—working for corporate clients is only temporary, right? But after Campbell assigns Grace, Perry’s childhood crush, as her mentor, Perry’s heart might be making longer Perry Clark takes pride in her legal work for a needy nonprofit. When disaster strikes, leaving her unemployed and homeless, her sister Campbell comes to the rescue with a job offer. Perry accepts reluctantly—working for corporate clients is only temporary, right? But after Campbell assigns Grace, Perry’s childhood crush, as her mentor, Perry’s heart might be making longer-term plans. Grace Maldonado remembers Perry Clark as her best friend’s sometimes annoying, often rebellious, little sister, so she isn’t prepared when she discovers Perry is now brilliant and gorgeous—though still bullheaded—and challenges her at every turn. When she isn’t arguing with Perry, Grace is fighting a growing attraction she can’t seem to ignore. Because not only is it wrong to fall in love with your best friend’s sister, Perry has no intention of sticking around.

30 review for Best Practice (A Legal Affairs Romance)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    'ARC provided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for an unbiased review' **'Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations..Plus never become self-satisfied with your storytelling..' The storyline dive right in from the first sentence in this 3rd installment of the 'A LEGAL AFFAIRS ROMANCE' series which then gave readers a taste of what was to come during it's progress. There are multiple moving parts in the storytelling: like few paragraph 'ARC provided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for an unbiased review' **'Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations..Plus never become self-satisfied with your storytelling..' The storyline dive right in from the first sentence in this 3rd installment of the 'A LEGAL AFFAIRS ROMANCE' series which then gave readers a taste of what was to come during it's progress. There are multiple moving parts in the storytelling: like few paragraph has this dark fable of the stringent laws many foreigners has to abide by in any dictatorship countries that evokes the absurdity and alienation of existence with any piercing intelligence and considerable anxiety -- then there's the brewing love story which involves Campbell's younger sister (Perry) and the last one in the group of best friends/lawyers (Grace) --- along with a few minor legal issues that sometimes appears befuddling to them as the storyline proceed. Because of Perry's adventurous lifestyle and job, working for Lawyers for Change across the globe -- which was a branch of NGO (Non-Governmental Organization), Ms.Taite shared a bit of the true nature and riskiness that Perry's job entails defending the defenseless plus she (Taite) even exposed the conflicts which arose with Perry, while living and working in the two very different worlds --- that of a rebellious sibling and that of a lawyer. There is this trait when it comes to any of Ms.Taite's books; detailed factual information pertaining to the justice and legal system, an abundance of believable characters and a charming love story. Well, even though i did enjoy maybe half of the book, some parts were way too monotonous and should have being omitted. For instance, their (Perry & Grace) back & forth thoughts, feelings and doubts as to whether they should be lovers or not, plus the issue of either staying or leaving. Overall, it might take interested readers thoroughly reading every quirky quote, interesting dialogue and that developing romance to unearth the outcome of their relationship and if there's support from friends and family.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rosi

    This is the third part of the trilogy, or so I think it will be, Legal Affairs Romances, because it is the third book in which one of the three partners of the law firm found her HEA. I think this third part has been the weakest, not because the protagonists are not interesting, gorgeous and all that, but somehow the thing has been too superficial and fast. But since I was entertained a lot and since I liked Perry the most, I can't give it a lower rating than I gave the previous two parts. Also a This is the third part of the trilogy, or so I think it will be, Legal Affairs Romances, because it is the third book in which one of the three partners of the law firm found her HEA. I think this third part has been the weakest, not because the protagonists are not interesting, gorgeous and all that, but somehow the thing has been too superficial and fast. But since I was entertained a lot and since I liked Perry the most, I can't give it a lower rating than I gave the previous two parts. Also add here that this is a story that can be read independently of the previous two, Practice Makes Perfect and Out of Practice, although if they are not read in order some things are spoiled, but the story itself is perfectly understandable. If you are regular readers of this author, like me, you will find here what characterizes her: characters related to justice, public order servants, lawyers or politicians mainly star in her stories. Without going into much detail, as I have already said, that this story lacks depth and some coherence. The common past or even the many differences between the two protagonists remain very much in the background, only focusing on the achievement of the final milestone, which is their pairing. And in this case, I don't remember it so much in the previous ones, I think the consummation was too short and late. But it was a story that, despite everything, can be recommended. An advanced reading copy has been sent to me by the publisher Bold Strokes Books through Netgalley for my honest review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jude in the Stars

    I think this could very well be my favourite book in this series. I liked the previous two well enough but, as I’ve written before, I missed the legal / court element that I enjoy so much in Carsen Taite’s novels. For some reason, I didn’t miss it as much here, either because I know not to expect it in this series or – and I think that’s the real explanation – because I really liked the energy between Grace and Perry. When her little sister Perry calls for help after having fled Crimea without he I think this could very well be my favourite book in this series. I liked the previous two well enough but, as I’ve written before, I missed the legal / court element that I enjoy so much in Carsen Taite’s novels. For some reason, I didn’t miss it as much here, either because I know not to expect it in this series or – and I think that’s the real explanation – because I really liked the energy between Grace and Perry. When her little sister Perry calls for help after having fled Crimea without her passport, Campbell Clark hopes to get her to come home to the U. S. and stay. Too busy with work and planning her wedding, she’s very relieved when her best friend and business partner Grace Maldonado offers to meet Perry in London with the papers she needs to get a new passport and try and convince her to give Austin a chance. Grace remembers Perry as a kid but soon finds out that she’s very much grown-up now. And charming and sexy. Perry’s childhood crush on her sister’s friend comes back in full force, even though the way they view the world and their work as lawyers – Grace in corporate law, Perry always on the side of the little guy – seems irreconcilable. Best Practice is a light and easy opposites-attract age-gap read. It’s well-paced and fun, not overly angsty, with just enough tension to be exciting. I received a copy from the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Best Practice by Carsen Taite is the third and I believe final book in the Legal Affairs series. The three books tell the stories of three best friends who have opened their own boutique law firm. This novel narrates the tale of the third law partner, Grace Maldonado and her best friend’s younger sister, Perry Clark. I will mention here that all three of these books can be read as stand-alone novels even though they share some of the same settings and characters. However, I always feel the best Best Practice by Carsen Taite is the third and I believe final book in the Legal Affairs series. The three books tell the stories of three best friends who have opened their own boutique law firm. This novel narrates the tale of the third law partner, Grace Maldonado and her best friend’s younger sister, Perry Clark. I will mention here that all three of these books can be read as stand-alone novels even though they share some of the same settings and characters. However, I always feel the best way to read a series is first book to last, and since all of these stories are really good, they are all worth reading. Of course the main setting of this novel has already been fleshed out in the first two books, but I liked how the author took us on a short trip to London, England so the two main characters can meet again under different and fresh circumstances. Both main characters, as well as the secondary characters are well developed and realistic. I admit, it took me a while to connect to Perry. I couldn’t understand why she reacted the way she did at first, until I learned more about her background and thoughts as I read the story. This is an age gap romance since Perry is several years younger than Grace. Ms. Taite did an excellent job using that trope to create conflict between the characters, both main and secondary. I had fun reading this story and watching the final law partner find her true love. If you like a delightful, romantic age-gap tale involving lawyers, you will like Best Practice. In fact, I believe you will like all three books in the Legal Affairs series. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    I have really enjoyed this series about a group of friends that start a small law practice together, thinking they would be able to set the rules and create a nice work/life balance. But starting any business is hard work and they have found themselves busier than ever. This is the 3rd book in then 'Legal Affairs' lineup. Grace Maldonado is the protagonist this time. She ends up volunteering to travel to another country to get Campbell's sister out of a jam. Grace remembers Perry as the younger I have really enjoyed this series about a group of friends that start a small law practice together, thinking they would be able to set the rules and create a nice work/life balance. But starting any business is hard work and they have found themselves busier than ever. This is the 3rd book in then 'Legal Affairs' lineup. Grace Maldonado is the protagonist this time. She ends up volunteering to travel to another country to get Campbell's sister out of a jam. Grace remembers Perry as the younger sister who was always trying to tag along with them. But it is hard for her to reconcile that little girl with the attractive and opinionated woman she confronts. I didn't click with this installment as much as I did with the others. To be honest, I didn't really like Perry all that much. She was way too holier than thou about all the usual things people try to preach to others who aren't interested. Just when I would think that Perry and Grace were getting closer, there was some stupid disagreement that would take me right out of it. It wasn't that cute type of argument that you feel like there is fire between the two characters. They were situations where I just felt like Grace should walk away and say good riddance. I did think the premise was interesting. I love forbidden romance. Getting involved with your best friend's little sister seems super taboo to me. Grace coming to terms with her attraction and feelings for Perry was entertaining. Overall, I liked it. I wish that I liked Perry more and I was a bit disappointed when things finally got revealed. I was hoping for something more climactic. I recommend this to people who like to read about romance, lawyers, opinionated women, travel, friend's little sisters you should stay away from, and crazy ladies on the street. I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gaby LezReviewBooks

    This is book three and final installment of the Legal Affairs Romance series by Carsen Taite that follows the lives of three lawyers friends who open a law practice together in Austin, Texas. ‘Best Practice’ features Grace Maldonado, the law practice office manager and Perry Clarke, her best friend’s younger sister, who is also a lawyer. While Grace and her friends are dedicated to corporate law, Perry defends political prisoners in third world countries. When Perry has to return urgently to the This is book three and final installment of the Legal Affairs Romance series by Carsen Taite that follows the lives of three lawyers friends who open a law practice together in Austin, Texas. ‘Best Practice’ features Grace Maldonado, the law practice office manager and Perry Clarke, her best friend’s younger sister, who is also a lawyer. While Grace and her friends are dedicated to corporate law, Perry defends political prisoners in third world countries. When Perry has to return urgently to the US after her life is threatened abroad, she reconnects with Grace, her childhood crush. Both women feel a mutual attraction but Perry is her best friend’s sister who intends to leave the US as soon as possible. Will they have a future together? Carsen Taite is a retired criminal attorney who likes to introduce her ample knowledge of the law in her books. For me, she is at her best when she writes legal thrillers or courtroom dramas. Even though this series presents three lawyers, the legal aspects of the stories are kept to a minimum while it focuses on the romance and friendship parts. ‘Best Practice’ is no exception. I wish that this series in general and this book, in particular, would have featured a more prominent legal plot that makes Ms. Taite’s books unique. Hopefully, the author will be back at writing legal thrillers in the near future. Having said that, this was my favourite in the series, possibly because the chemistry between the main characters was super hot. There’s something to be said about age-gap, opposites-attract, workplace romances, especially when there is a ‘forbidden element’ to it. In that sense, this book ticks all the boxes. Despite the reader won’t get any surprises, as the direction of the story is very clear from the beginning, it will satisfy the interest of romance fans. Even though it’s not essential to read the books in this series chronologically, I’d recommend it as you will find here spoilers of the other books. As a bonus, ‘Best Practice’ lets you catch up with the relationships featured in the previous books and ties a nice bow to wrap up the whole story. Overall, an entertaining and hot opposites-attract romance. 4 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heinerway

    What can I say? This was a really good, sweet read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    It’s time to read the third book in Carsens ‘Legal Affairs’, a series that follows the lives of three best friends. With each book we get to enjoy just how all three women meet and fall in love with their ‘soulmate’. This time it’s Grace Maldonado's turn but unlike the others she doesn’t fall for a stranger. No, she finds herself falling for someone who really is off limits. When Campbell asks her best friend Grace to help rescue her younger sister Perry what else could she do. Grace doesn’t ha It’s time to read the third book in Carsens ‘Legal Affairs’, a series that follows the lives of three best friends. With each book we get to enjoy just how all three women meet and fall in love with their ‘soulmate’. This time it’s Grace Maldonado's turn but unlike the others she doesn’t fall for a stranger. No, she finds herself falling for someone who really is off limits. When Campbell asks her best friend Grace to help rescue her younger sister Perry what else could she do. Grace doesn’t have to be in court for a couple of weeks so not only would she be helping Perry out of a tight spot she’d also have time to do a little sightseeing around London. She never expects to be attracted to the younger women, especially her BF’s baby sister. Perry Clark didn’t want to follow her older sister in a safe corporate job. She wanted to help people who are in need of some legal help and Perry couldn’t think of anything more rewarding as going into countries where it wasn’t easy to find a lawyer because of the oppressive governments where they lived. So when she has to escape to a safer location she loses her passport meaning she had to stay where she was. That’s why she called her sister. Little did she know the help she’d sent for her was none other than the women she’d had a crush on the years, Grace Maldonado. The question now is how Perry's big sister Campbell is going to handle the idea of her BF being with her little sister. Ms Carsen has a lot packed into this book. Besides the adventure Perry and Grace are having we also get to catch up with the three best friends who’d started their own law firm mainly to be close to each other. I think this could be the last book in this series but if Ms Carsen decides to write another one using these characters I’ll be very happy. ARC via NetGalley/ Bold Stroke Books

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Best Practice is a f/f romance between Perry, Campbell's younger sister and Campbell's best friend Grace. Perry always had a crus on Grace and Grace used to only think of her as her friend's little sister. However when Grace is trying to help her after Perry became unemployed and homeless, both women are going to find out how well they could be together as a couple. However Perry doesn't want to stick around and wants to go back to work. Campbell is about to get married and wants absolutely to h Best Practice is a f/f romance between Perry, Campbell's younger sister and Campbell's best friend Grace. Perry always had a crus on Grace and Grace used to only think of her as her friend's little sister. However when Grace is trying to help her after Perry became unemployed and homeless, both women are going to find out how well they could be together as a couple. However Perry doesn't want to stick around and wants to go back to work. Campbell is about to get married and wants absolutely to have her little sister with her. This book attracted me with that "younger sister" premise. Tell me the word crush and I'm intrigued. Overall, it was a cute and quick read that gave me a bit of obstacles for the FMCs to overcome and Perry's career wasn't the usual baker of pastry chef career that I found so many times in romances. It was refreshing to have a different perspective. The chemistry was there and I wish they wouldn't have spent so much time in the "we shouldn't" phase. (Thank you for letting me read and review an ARC via Netgalley)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Third book in the Legal Affairs series - we see the last of the trio, Grace, as she finds love. Book opens with Campbell's little sister, Perry, stuck in London without a passport. She had to flee from Crimea where she's working for an NGO, defending a government critic. In the rush, she left her papers and passport. Grace volunteered to go to London to help and convince Perry to come home to Austin. They have known each other for a long time. In fact, Grace was Perry's big childhood crush. I lo Third book in the Legal Affairs series - we see the last of the trio, Grace, as she finds love. Book opens with Campbell's little sister, Perry, stuck in London without a passport. She had to flee from Crimea where she's working for an NGO, defending a government critic. In the rush, she left her papers and passport. Grace volunteered to go to London to help and convince Perry to come home to Austin. They have known each other for a long time. In fact, Grace was Perry's big childhood crush. I love the relationships in this book. Campbell, who wants to have her peripatetic little sister close by, is trying to learn that Perry is now an adult who can make her own decisions. Grace unexpectedly is experiencing attraction to her best friend's sister. Perry is chafing that people still see her as a kid. She is also very socially conscious, having worked in poor and war- torn countries. And to her dismay, her childhood crush is still going strong. Of course, if one has read books 1 and 2, it's gratifying to see Campbell and Wynne preparing for their wedding. We also see more of Abby and Roxanne, of course. I wish though that the book is longer. I would have liked to see a longer road to Grace and Perry's resolution of their issues. But, this is still a wonderful romance book. It's a good addition to this adorable series. **Huge thanks to Bold Strokes Books for giving me an ARC in exchange for honest review!**

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn McBride

    Unlike all the other readers of this book, I started the Legal Affairs series with this novel. I will confess that I had a bit of a hard time connecting to the characters, likely because I jumped into the series at the end. *rolls eyes at self* But some of that was also due to the fact that I don't own a high-end luxury SUV or an expensive coffee machine. And you know, I'm not a lawyer. But I did connect with Perry. And every time someone referred to her as a kid, or young, or as Campbell's "kid Unlike all the other readers of this book, I started the Legal Affairs series with this novel. I will confess that I had a bit of a hard time connecting to the characters, likely because I jumped into the series at the end. *rolls eyes at self* But some of that was also due to the fact that I don't own a high-end luxury SUV or an expensive coffee machine. And you know, I'm not a lawyer. But I did connect with Perry. And every time someone referred to her as a kid, or young, or as Campbell's "kid sister" I wanted to slap them. I related very well to her frustration and chafing to get back to her own life. Yes, THAT I could relate to. So overall, I've learned to listen to others when they recommend "read the other books first!" If you're a fan of Carsen Tait, get this book. But read the other ones first!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tiff

    This one is the third and final installment of Taite's Legal Affairs series. This is a series I have thoroughly enjoyed and this third book was the one I was most excited. If you haven't read the previous two books, you are definitely going to want to start this series in order. I wouldn't recommend starting with this one. Perry Clark is the little sister to Campbell, and the is the rebel of the Clark family. She has chosen to spend her time abroad as a non-profit lawyer for Lawyers for Change. This one is the third and final installment of Taite's Legal Affairs series. This is a series I have thoroughly enjoyed and this third book was the one I was most excited. If you haven't read the previous two books, you are definitely going to want to start this series in order. I wouldn't recommend starting with this one. Perry Clark is the little sister to Campbell, and the is the rebel of the Clark family. She has chosen to spend her time abroad as a non-profit lawyer for Lawyers for Change. In the dead of night Perry and her co-workers must flee Crimea. The Crimean government is set to arrest them for helping a journalist who has been arrested for decrying the injustices the the country has inflicted upon its people. Perry in her hurry to leave, loses her passport and credentials and needs her sister's help to rectify the matter. Grace Maldonado is set to take her long awaited vacation. She's been working her tail off to get their new law firm up and running and its finally time to rest and relax. Right before she is set to go on her trip, Campbell drops the bomb about Perry being without a passport, money and illegally in London. Grace has the time so she rushes to save the day and grabs the fist flight across the Atlantic to help out the younger sister she still remembers fondly. Perry has always had a thing for Grace. She has been crushing on her since she was a teen. Unfortunately Grace has never seen her as anything but a kid. Perry's crush comes back in full force as soon as she meets up her sister's best friend. These two strong ladies have an amazing time enjoying London. The fun must end as they head back to Austin. Perry feels the force of longing for more with Grace, but also being labeled as the kid sister and Grace feels guilty for feeling more than she should for Campbell's sibling. I have liked all the books in the Legal Affairs series. As excited as I was for this one, I felt like it was missing something. More than anything this book needed some angst and longing. Give me more feels! There as so much potential here and it just needed a bit more. Don't get me wrong this is a good book, Carsen Taite always delivers. I just wanted a bit more to put this book from the good to great category.

  13. 5 out of 5

    XR

    I was really looking forward to the final book of A Legal Affairs Romance series and I was not disappointed. I think this was the best of the three.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pam Holzner

    very satisfying. check out all of the reviews folks have already written. if you like what they've said, you won't go wrong. nice to revisit the characters from the 1st 2 books but Taite didn't let them overwhelm the main characters here. very satisfying. check out all of the reviews folks have already written. if you like what they've said, you won't go wrong. nice to revisit the characters from the 1st 2 books but Taite didn't let them overwhelm the main characters here.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl S

    3 stars I love Carsen Taite. I think she is a very intelligent writer. And I usually like her stories but this one was too dry for me. The first half of the story was about Perry and her obsession for defending the weak in dangerous foreign countries. She had to flee the last country so fast she left most of her belongings, including her passport. She then waits in London for a replacement. Perry's older sister Campbell, and her 2 best friends Abby and Grace, have a law firm in Austin Texas. Grac 3 stars I love Carsen Taite. I think she is a very intelligent writer. And I usually like her stories but this one was too dry for me. The first half of the story was about Perry and her obsession for defending the weak in dangerous foreign countries. She had to flee the last country so fast she left most of her belongings, including her passport. She then waits in London for a replacement. Perry's older sister Campbell, and her 2 best friends Abby and Grace, have a law firm in Austin Texas. Grace volunteers to go save Perry and bring her home. Ok...most of this so far was boring. Now comes the romance part.. Perry is Cambells "younger" sister. So she used to follow the 3 best friends around when they were young. Perry has secretly always had a crush on Grace. When Grace sees Perry, she is amazed at how she has grown. Grace is very attracted to Perry. So they have a few days enjoying London. And then they return to Texas to wait for Perry's official passport so she can get back into her crusade for justice. Dry, dry,boring, boring. 50% into the book the romance somewhat starts while Perry works with Grace to pass the time while she waits for the passport. I didn't get the chemistry between Grace and Perry. Ok...The remainder of the story is, will Grace and Perry fall in love, if so how can it work when Perry wants to go and Grace must stay. Well...There is, of course, a remarkable resolution. This is book 3 of a 3 book series. Each book concentrated on a partner in the 3 women law firm. This one was about Grace. Unfortunately I didn't read the previous 2 books. Maybe I would appreciate this book better if I had. I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    This is the third book in Carsen Taite's Legal Affairs series, although this story is standalone, it's better to have read the other two books. The main characters from the previous books play a big role in this book, as they do across the series. Perry gets herself in a bind when she doesn't have her passport after fleeing from Crimea. She contacted her sister Campbell to get the documents she needs. One of Campbell's best friends and law partners offers to take the documents to London and to ge This is the third book in Carsen Taite's Legal Affairs series, although this story is standalone, it's better to have read the other two books. The main characters from the previous books play a big role in this book, as they do across the series. Perry gets herself in a bind when she doesn't have her passport after fleeing from Crimea. She contacted her sister Campbell to get the documents she needs. One of Campbell's best friends and law partners offers to take the documents to London and to get Perry to come home to Austin. Grace remembers Perry as her best friend's little sister who was always following them around, but Perry has grown up to be a very opinionated and strong young woman. Grace and Perry have a wonderful time in London. Perry was almost living her childhood fantasy with her childhood crush. But when real life happens back in Austin they will need to figure out what their next steps will be, if there are even combined steps and what it will mean for Grace's friendship with Campbell and Perry's free spirit. I like all the characters from the Legal Affairs series, but I have to admit they got a bit on my nerves in this book. I suspect it has to do with the story itself, I see so much potential in this story, but there is so little done with it. It feels like this book and the way the story develops, a romance unfolds, it's all too easy. The book is very low on angst, while it could have been a great addition to the book. A bit more tension here and there would have done this book really good. I did enjoy the read because I like the characters, but this story is extremely flat in my opinion. *ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Overall It was an ok book. I would have like a little more about that attraction between the MCs, that made them forget all their other issues, but it was fine. The thing that make me change my outlook on that relationship was the work stuff. And this is a spoiler so... (view spoiler)[ I coudn't let go of how Perry undermined Grace in front of her client. Her attitude got on my nerves pretty quickly, that "this could by a whole country food for a year and you work for the devil" stuff, but I was Overall It was an ok book. I would have like a little more about that attraction between the MCs, that made them forget all their other issues, but it was fine. The thing that make me change my outlook on that relationship was the work stuff. And this is a spoiler so... (view spoiler)[ I coudn't let go of how Perry undermined Grace in front of her client. Her attitude got on my nerves pretty quickly, that "this could by a whole country food for a year and you work for the devil" stuff, but I was guessing some kind of "I see your point of view, see mine" at some point, and both of them growing for it, but no. If a lawyer I work with would have pulled that? dissmising me and talking over me in front of a client of mine? I would have gone ballistic. It doesn't matter if what they where saying was right or wrong, you talk that stuff between coworkers, never in front of a client. (hide spoiler)] Then I couldn't get how they could be tearing each other clothes and thinking of being a couple. So after all that, their differences in the way they see life, that neither of them changed nor could see the other's point of view, that they never discussed how out of place that event was in the office, it turns out that they will be happily ever after? No, I couldn't.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy

    Nice cover. I enjoy being a Carsen Taite fan. She provides a solid story with entertaining and interesting characters. There is usually a case and some legal aspect with the good guys coming out on top. This read was different. It was not so much legal as it was friendship, relationship, and family. Not what I expected but it was a nice change. The third book in the series features Grace Maldonado and Perry Clark. Grace is friends with Campbell Clark and Abby Keane. They are lawyer friends that o Nice cover. I enjoy being a Carsen Taite fan. She provides a solid story with entertaining and interesting characters. There is usually a case and some legal aspect with the good guys coming out on top. This read was different. It was not so much legal as it was friendship, relationship, and family. Not what I expected but it was a nice change. The third book in the series features Grace Maldonado and Perry Clark. Grace is friends with Campbell Clark and Abby Keane. They are lawyer friends that open their own boutique legal firm. The firm is doing well. Campbell is engaged and getting married. Her younger sister, Perry, also a lawyer. Perry is not interested in practicing for profit. She travels around the world serving as a lawyer under challenging conditions. Campbell wants her to come home and settle in one place. Grace remembers Perry as Campbell's little sometimes annoying sister. Perry remembers Grace as the person she had a crush on. Campbell ask Grace to mentor/work with Perry (while she is in between cases) and feelings are slowly brought to the surface. There is some back and forth and friendship/family involvement but in general, this is a nice easy read with little angst. ARC provided by Bold Strokes Books, Inc. via NetGalley

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aleana Harris

    Campbell who is busy ask her best friend Grace and business partner to help Campbell sister Perry who had to flee with her colleagues in London after defending a government critic. Grace goes and help Perry issue a new passport because while fleeing she forgot to grab her passport. Perry always had a crush on Grace and Grace always saw her as her best friend kid sister but now she seeing the woman she become. While waiting on her passport she goes home and works at her sister law firm. Grace and Campbell who is busy ask her best friend Grace and business partner to help Campbell sister Perry who had to flee with her colleagues in London after defending a government critic. Grace goes and help Perry issue a new passport because while fleeing she forgot to grab her passport. Perry always had a crush on Grace and Grace always saw her as her best friend kid sister but now she seeing the woman she become. While waiting on her passport she goes home and works at her sister law firm. Grace and Perry grow closer. Here the thing the first two books in this series were better in developing the romance of each pairing then in this book. Grace and Perry chemistry was there but I don’t know it’s just lack that spark. Perry she works for Lawyers of Change which she traveled the world defending the defenseless but I don’t see that woman she came off judgmental and whiny that I was like where is this mature woman at. It’s ok read the other two books were better in the romance part but I did enjoy the legal sides of this story I just think Grace and Perry shoulda been flesh out more. I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Grfb

    * I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I literally couldn't wait to read this new installment of Legal Affairs (and I think it's the last one from these series) with Grace and Perry as the MCs. I was intrigued by Grace in the previous books and I couldn't wait to read about her more. Even though this book has weaknesses, it kept me interested and I finished it all in one evening. Perry, Campbell's adventurous little sister, left me somehow conflicted. One second I liked * I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I literally couldn't wait to read this new installment of Legal Affairs (and I think it's the last one from these series) with Grace and Perry as the MCs. I was intrigued by Grace in the previous books and I couldn't wait to read about her more. Even though this book has weaknesses, it kept me interested and I finished it all in one evening. Perry, Campbell's adventurous little sister, left me somehow conflicted. One second I liked her and the next not, plus her passive aggressive relationship with her sister was a little bit unsettling. And Campbell in this book lost many cool points as she was really invasive and annoying especially when it came to other people's relationships. The relationship between the two mains was believable and they had chemistry but I wish it was explored more. I like that Taite in this last series was more focused on the romantic and not the legal part of the story and I wish she continues with the same dynamic in her next works. I definitely recommend this book especially for those who are fans of this author like me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danni Mladenovic

    I'm a great fan of Carsen Taite's books, and I'm always eager to read the newest addition to her bibliography. It had been the case with this book as well. However, this has to be my least favourite Carsen Taite's book of all. Not that it wasn't good - on the contrary, when it comes to content and plot, you can always expect superb descriptions and details. But I had a problem with one of the characters - Perry. Her behaviour was quite irritating to me, all throughout the book - it was like she I'm a great fan of Carsen Taite's books, and I'm always eager to read the newest addition to her bibliography. It had been the case with this book as well. However, this has to be my least favourite Carsen Taite's book of all. Not that it wasn't good - on the contrary, when it comes to content and plot, you can always expect superb descriptions and details. But I had a problem with one of the characters - Perry. Her behaviour was quite irritating to me, all throughout the book - it was like she kept saying to everyone how adult and mature she was, but somehow always ending up failing in proving that. It might be just my biased feeling on it, but it's how I saw her through the book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heath

    3.5* rounded down I wanted to love this. I was all in after reading the blurb, but I think it fell short. I feel like it took too long to get started, and then we didn’t really see the MC’s spend much time together, and then it was over. I also didn’t really love Perry, her inner voice got old after awhile.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kady

    I had no idea this was part of a series. I don't think I missed much by having not read the others. It was a fine book, but not much happened. I had no idea this was part of a series. I don't think I missed much by having not read the others. It was a fine book, but not much happened.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The third book in the Legal Affairs series. These books were all good reads, but they just got better and better for me. I was very attached to this series and the characters. I really hope we get to revisit them in a future book. Start with the first in the series and read them in order. I highly recommend them all.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I have enjoyed this series to date and was excited for the third book looking forward to reading about Grace and Perry. I did find myself a little disappointed so much potential but just didn't hit the mark for me. I think the pace didn't work so much. It was too slow at the beginning where I just didn't feel the connection between the two. And then it just felt like it speed up super fast and then it ended. I did also struggled with Perry she just wasn't very likable. I felt she was very judgme I have enjoyed this series to date and was excited for the third book looking forward to reading about Grace and Perry. I did find myself a little disappointed so much potential but just didn't hit the mark for me. I think the pace didn't work so much. It was too slow at the beginning where I just didn't feel the connection between the two. And then it just felt like it speed up super fast and then it ended. I did also struggled with Perry she just wasn't very likable. I felt she was very judgmental or getting upset if she didn't get her way. I struggled to see why Grace would feel drawn to her except for her looks. It was one of the books where I enjoyed certain parts and then found myself frustrated at other times. I was given this book by NetGalley for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    The Red Reader

    Perry and Grace are a nice couple. I usually enjoy Taite legal affairs romances and was not disappointed with this one. It's not her best romance, but it is still valid your time. More than the romance per se I like how Taite brings on the plot about legal subjects. The also present thematic of running away as a manner of hiding from or finding yourself is a cliché, but who doesn't want to find your own self and love? Perry and Grace are a nice couple. I usually enjoy Taite legal affairs romances and was not disappointed with this one. It's not her best romance, but it is still valid your time. More than the romance per se I like how Taite brings on the plot about legal subjects. The also present thematic of running away as a manner of hiding from or finding yourself is a cliché, but who doesn't want to find your own self and love?

  27. 5 out of 5

    I can't read straight

    It has been a long time since I read a Carsen Taite’s book and I have to confess I missed on the other books of this series “A Legal Affairs Romance”. I wouldn’t say it’s mandatory to read the other stories in advance because the author fills perfectly the void left by missing information, but you can still sense there is a familiarity between characters coming from somewhere unknown to the new reader. So I would say the book managed to intrigue me to know how the other two partners of the firm It has been a long time since I read a Carsen Taite’s book and I have to confess I missed on the other books of this series “A Legal Affairs Romance”. I wouldn’t say it’s mandatory to read the other stories in advance because the author fills perfectly the void left by missing information, but you can still sense there is a familiarity between characters coming from somewhere unknown to the new reader. So I would say the book managed to intrigue me to know how the other two partners of the firm found their significant others. I am writing this premise because the story is about Grace Maldonado, the third partner of the all-female law firm in Austin. She is the last one still single and maybe the more uptight? (She would probably deny it. At first). She is sent to London in an attempt to retrieve her best friend’s little sister, Perry. Both lawyers but basically one for evil corporate and the other for pro-bono international causes. Perry comes back temporarily home and while waiting for bureaucracy to work its magic, get her passport and travel somewhere else, she invests her free time working for her sister's firm, helping no other than Grace. Did I mention that Grace was Perry’s high school crush? So what could go wrong, right? As one can imagine there are miles separating Grace and Perry’s personalities but blame it on the Big Ben, the British weather or the gin somehow their trip connects them and sparks a flame that surprises them both. Still being aware of their different positions Grace and Perry keeps on searching each other’s company and the author established the right balance to make their views understandable to one another. I hated Perry with every fibre of my being. There, I said it. It may be the ultimate proof that my youth ship has sailed but I hated her being so young and judgemental, her ungratefulness toward everything her sister tried to do for her, her unprofessionalism while helping Grace’s case. I hated her while founding her an extremely believable character so that’s why I found the ending rushed and unsatisfying. Every problem that seemed unsolvable a minute before just vanish into thin air, including Perry's issue of being in Austin (the job offer she gets in the end was pure science fiction ). The other thing that had me cut the vote was that usually, I found the author to perfectly mix up legal and romance but in Best Practice, the legal side of the story was quite forgotten in favour of the characters' interaction, and since I couldn’t stand half of the main couple you can understand why I think there was a missed opportunity.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    This is the third book in the Legal Affairs, although it is not necessary to read the first two, as each book is a standalone romance. Perry works for a legal non-profit and when she gets into trouble and has to flee a country without her passport she has to call on her sister Campbell for help. Grace offers to help out her childhood friend and law partner, Campbell, by offering to fly to Europe to help Perry out. Perry used to just be Campbell's little sister, but when Grace meets her in London This is the third book in the Legal Affairs, although it is not necessary to read the first two, as each book is a standalone romance. Perry works for a legal non-profit and when she gets into trouble and has to flee a country without her passport she has to call on her sister Campbell for help. Grace offers to help out her childhood friend and law partner, Campbell, by offering to fly to Europe to help Perry out. Perry used to just be Campbell's little sister, but when Grace meets her in London she meets an attractive, brilliant, and passionate young woman. Perry used to have a crush on her older sister's friend Grace, and when they meet face to face for the first time in years, she finds that that attraction hasn't gone away. Grace and Perry have very different trajectories in life, but their attraction puts them on a collision course that could change everything. This book was a breath of fresh air in this series - I loved Perry's character she was a very unique and passionate. I liked the contrast she made between Grace but also between Campbell, Abby, Willow and Roxane. It was refreshing. The chemistry between the two women was really good and then tension was fantastic. I love this group of friends and it was nice to experience the continuation of their stories in the background. (view spoiler)[However, I honestly don't know if this relationship can last long term because Perry just seems so different than Grace, her goals and dreams and passions. The way their situation wrapped up was a way for a happily ever to happen after but Perry's character falls apart in the long run if this is what she settles for. I feel like her real passion that makes her character so special would be compromised. But if I just focus on the book as it is and their relationship without thinking about the future then I can enjoy their chemistry and their relationship. I think no matter what happens in the future, Grace needed a relationship like this. I love the way she blossomed. And I think Perry too, even if this doesn't work out long term, being able to form healthy connections and relationships with her hometown and her siblings was special. (hide spoiler)] I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    I took the time to read the first book in the Legal Affairs series while hoping to get an ARC of Best Practice. It wasn't necessary as the book stands on its own. But it helped me enjoy the characters more knowing their backgrounds and how the three friends formed their own law firm. Perry Clark works for a non profit (think lawyers without borders) in Crimea and has to flea without her passport. Her sister Campbell asks her best friend and law partner Grace Maldonado to meet Perry in London. Gra I took the time to read the first book in the Legal Affairs series while hoping to get an ARC of Best Practice. It wasn't necessary as the book stands on its own. But it helped me enjoy the characters more knowing their backgrounds and how the three friends formed their own law firm. Perry Clark works for a non profit (think lawyers without borders) in Crimea and has to flea without her passport. Her sister Campbell asks her best friend and law partner Grace Maldonado to meet Perry in London. Grace with birth certificate and a contact at the embassy gets a temporary passport and brings Perry home to Austin. Perry starts working temporarily at the law firm waiting for her real passport and helps in assisting Grace on cases. Perry has had a crush on Grace since her teens yet Grace only thinks of her as Campbell's little sister. Working together there is sparks and attraction. There is also differences. Grace is the responsible one of her three friends. She likes security and growing the practice. Perry's work has her living in poor situations, fighting for the underdog, with no ties. I enjoyed this book more than the first. Both MC have depth and backgrounds that form their characters. There is more development of the romance (in a short two-week time period). This book is a romance with some legal elements (the first in the series felt the opposite to me). I read it in one evening and found myself smiling at the will they or won't they moments. The ending wrapped up nicely with a potentially HEA for the main characters and the wedding of Campbell. I wish there was another partner so the series could continue. Thank you to NetGalley, Bold Strokes Books and the author for an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    nutmeg

    “If you tumble out, I’m going with you.” Grace frowned. “I don’t find that particularly reassuring.” “Then how about we both stay safe? This is a book on an age gap romance between two characters who are part of a group of friends in a series by the same author. Impressions are quickly formed on Perry, a lawyer full of aspirations in serving those who have no voice and means to defend themselves. She lives life on the edge and does not care for material comforts and worldly possessions. The other m “If you tumble out, I’m going with you.” Grace frowned. “I don’t find that particularly reassuring.” “Then how about we both stay safe? This is a book on an age gap romance between two characters who are part of a group of friends in a series by the same author. Impressions are quickly formed on Perry, a lawyer full of aspirations in serving those who have no voice and means to defend themselves. She lives life on the edge and does not care for material comforts and worldly possessions. The other main character, Grace, the best friend of Perry’s sister is an established lawyer and part of the trio who owns and manages their own law firm. Stable in her career, Grace plays by the rules and is largely going with the flow in her life until she met Perry again. There was potential of a great love affair where readers could be treated to a storyline where opposites attract, a childhood crush materialising into something more, characters having to struggle with age gap insecurities and gaining the acceptance of their relationship within their group of friends. It all made for a great premise especially when one of the pair refuses to settle and the other does not drift. However, Perry was not easy to relate or connect with and for a large portion of the book i kept hoping to see her turn the corner and own up for her behaviour and actions. The passion between the characters does have its sizzle but the pairing did not seem to be able to last that attraction. I just reviewed Best Practice by Carsen Taite. #NetGalley

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