by Mary Lynn Baxter

May 2004
ISBN: 0-7783-2051-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Hallie Hunter’s day has been going pretty good. She’s just been informed that she might be made a partner in the law firm she works for. For as long as she can remember, her career has always been important to her, even more important than a family or children. Though there had been a time when she had considered getting married. That was two years ago and she isn’t going to think about that.

Or, she isn’t until she steps through the door of her office to find her past has come back to haunt her. Standing in front of her is Jackson Cole, her ex-fiancé and the only man she’s loved. She longs to kick him out and forget about him again, but he’s come to ask,or rather beg, for her help.

Jackson knows that he lost Hallie because of a friend. The same friend that he stands accused of murdering. He’s not sure if Hallie will be able to overlook that fact. All he knows is that he needs the best lawyer he can get and Hallie is the one. He’s never gotten over her. Even though their hearts broke when their engagement ended, Jackson believes she’s the only one who can help him survive this case.

As things start to look bad for Jackson, Hallie must make the decision, does she trust Jackson? Can she afford to risk her heart again and give him another chance? With her answer firmly in her heart, she sets out to prove his innocence.

The story is good. The characters could be interesting at times. Yet, they didn’t seem to have a lot of dimension to them. They felt flat. Also, at times, the pace seems to get bogged down with Hallie’s waffling about Jackson and her feelings for him. The villain and the climax seemed rather weak. To be honest, there wasn’t much tension, even between the two main characters.

Without You is an interesting story that could have used a little more character development and a little more suspense to make it into a great book.

Reviewed in June 2004 by Jenni.

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