With good looks, brains and charm, at just thirty-three he’s a partner in his grandfather’s prestigious law firm with an enviable success rate for winning even the most challenging criminal law cases. Then he agrees to represent Ian Johnson, a man accused of murdering his child.
Natalie Johnson is the mother of the little girl who was murdered by her father. A bitter custody battle has tipped her ex-husband over the edge. Overwrought with the knowledge she couldn’t keep her baby safe, Natalie takes comfort in the criminal charges laid against her ex. The police assure her he’ll be put away for life. It’s small recompense for the loss of her daughter, but it’s something…
Then she discovers her ex is being represented by none other than Blake Harton Junior and her world is turned upside down once again. Harton has a reputation for being a ruthless lawyer who will stop at nothing to win and he has the success record to prove it.
When Natalie comes face to face with Blake Harton Junior, she’s taken aback by his good humor and charm, not to mention his looks. If they’d met under different circumstances, she might even find him attractive… But there’s no hiding the fact he’s representing her murderous husband and the charismatic lawyer intends to do everything in his power to set her ex free…
How can she fall for a man who thinks it’s acceptable for a child murderer to go unpunished?
Chris Taylor grew up on a farm in north-west New South Wales, Australia. She always had a thirst for stories and recalls writing her first book at the ripe old age of eight. Always a lover of romance and happily-ever-afters, a career in criminal law sparked her interest in intrigue and suspense. For Chris to be able to combine romance with suspense in her books is a dream come true.Chris is married to Linden and is the mother of five children. If not behind her computer, you can find her doing the school run, taxiing children to swimming lessons, football, ballet and cricket. In her spare time, Chris loves to read her favorite authors who include Richard North Patterson, Sandra Brown, Kathleen E Woodiwiss and Jude Devereaux.
Colby Shearer has a successful, demanding career as a lawyer and crown prosecutor. By chance, he meets Monica at his younger sister’s wedding. Immediately drawn to her stunning beauty, they engage in a torrid fling. But then the holiday is over and they return to their separate lives. While Colby is keen to remain in contact, Monica blows him off. He’s confused and upset, but there is nothing he can do about it.
Monica returns to her previous life, thrilled in the knowledge that she’s pregnant. Determined to keep it a secret from Colby, she’s shocked and horrified when she runs into him outside the court room. Relieved that she’s only two months along and not showing, she then discovers he’s prosecuting her brother for murder and will be in their lives for weeks to come.
What will happen when he discovers her treachery? Will he demand to be part of her baby’s life? To exert his rights as a father? It’s her worst nightmare come true and the thought makes her sick – almost as sick as the realization her brother might be a murderer….
Through sheer hard work and determination, he’s managed to put his past behind him and is now a successful lawyer at Sydney Legal. The law firm has an enviable reputation and Ben prides himself for being willing to fight for people the world has given up on. When he discovers nursing students are graduating from Richmond University without the ability to properly read English, he doesn’t think twice about taking action, despite the enormity of the claim.
When Ben runs into an old flame who is now employed at his law firm, his world is turned on its end. Ben hasn’t seen Abby Brown since they were teenagers. She’s one of the few people who know about his past. They were young lovers with a dependence upon drugs and alcohol, living on the streets.
Concerned she might reveal his secret and struggling with an attraction to Abby he doesn’t seem able to control, Ben is determined to avoid her at all costs. He’s worked hard to secure his comfortable position at Sydney Legal. He refuses to allow anyone to jeopardize it.
In an effort to distract himself, Ben files a lawsuit against Richmond University. As far as he’s concerned, the college bigwigs are failing in their duty of care – to their nursing students who have paid handsomely for the privilege of their degree and to the patients who will ultimately receive their attention. An error made while reading a medication chart could prove fatal – in fact, it already has.
Then Ben discovers Abby’s brother is the head of the nursing department at Richmond University. Jeff Brown is directly in the path of Ben’s missile. Will he listen to Abby’s pleas for mercy on behalf of her brother, or will Ben do what he must and destroy the man’s career?
Will Abby ever forgive him if he does? Will he forgive himself if he doesn’t…?
Chinese-born Australian lawyer, Sally-Ann Li spent her childhood defending herself from false accusations based largely upon her race. Now an adult with a successful career in the highly reputable Sydney Legal law firm, she’s relieved to have put the trauma of her youth behind her.
Detective Constable James Shepherd loves his job and he’s good at it. He prides himself on playing fair, but he also likes to win. He has an enviable success record among the members of the City of Sydney homicide team and he wants to keep it that way. When a man is discovered brutally murdered in a dark city alley, James relishes the challenge of finding the person responsible and taking another bad guy off the streets.
Sally-Ann is shocked and aghast to discover her ex-brother-in-law has been murdered. She’s even more shocked when she realizes she is one of the prime suspects. When the good-looking detective questions her about the murder, she’s at once thrown back to the nightmare of her childhood. Underneath her veneer of confidence still lies the scared little girl who was repeatedly forced to bear the brunt of unjust accusations and the detective’s visit brings all of her insecurities to the fore.
Despite this, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the handsome detective and can’t help but wish they’d met in different circumstances, but the truth is, he’s determined to put her away for murder and she’s just as determined to prove her innocence…
When a nine-year-old girl fails to arrive home after climbing off the school bus, a community is galvanized into action. Daisy Green, a lawyer at Sydney Legal, has a daughter, Emma, who travels on the same bus. She’s beyond grateful her daughter is safe, but feels for the mother of the girl who has disappeared.
Christian Grayson is also a lawyer at Sydney Legal and he’s closer to the awful incident than anyone might think. His uncle is the bus driver and Christian is currently staying in his uncle’s house. Christian and Daisy bond over their combined efforts to find the missing girl.
Then Emma disappears on her way home from school and the community is put on high alert. Daisy is beyond herself with terror. What has happened to Emma and where is she? Daisy will have to rely on Christian to find out…
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Paul Hoang is Vice Principal at Sha Tin College, English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong. He writes for Business Review, published by Philip Allan. He is a member of the editorial board for IB Review, Philip Allan's flagship publication for the IB. Paul is the author of several publications including Economics for the IB Diploma Revision Guide (Hodder Education), IB Business Management, 3rd edn (IBID Press), IGCSE Business Studies for Edexcel (Anforme), and Cambridge IGCSE and O Level Economics (Hodder Education). He is an IB examiner and has over 10 years of experience as an IB Workshop Leader.
Chris Taylor is Extended Essay Coordinator at Sha Tin College - an international school and IB World School with over 1200 students. He teaches IB History and has examined the EE component of the Diploma for over 10 years. Chris authored Riding the Dragon (2013), a book that details his visits to every province in China and the culture, history and people in each of these. He is a regular contributing author of IB Review magazine, specialising in IB History and the Extended Essay. Having visited many countries, Chris is also a travel writer for the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's leading English language newspaper.