Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Without trust, common ground can get pretty shaky…
“I believe you have something of mine, Zach.”
The stranger’s accusation throws Zach Owens for a loop. He’s never seen this man in his life, and he’s not prepared when he finds out what they have in common—their boyfriend, Jake.
Make that ex-boyfriend. With the jerk out of the picture, Zach hurries after the stranger to apologize… which quickly leads to some sizzling hot revenge sex.
Despite starting on the wrong foot, Nathan Forrester can’t get enough of the sexy movie theater owner. Still, he’s jaded and distrustful—especially when Jake keeps materializing in Zach’s presence despite Zach insisting that relationship is over.
With a devious ex-boyfriend trying to sabotage their fledgling relationship, Zach and Nathan need to learn to trust each other, or they’ll both wind up with nothing.
This 61,000 word novel was previously published, and has been revised to include an extended ending.
This is not my first reading of Nine-Tenths of the Law by LA Witt. I read the original version back in 2010, pre Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words. Of course, the hook and premise of the novel got me then as it did now. How could it not? Two guys seeing the same cheating jerk? One confronting them with the words….:”procession is nine-tenths of the law”? Scrumptious and totally addicting! How could you not be pulled into their story? I remember enjoying it then (no reviews of mine that I can find) but yes thinking it was too short. Yay to LA Witt for revisiting this story and fixing that by making it longer but giving us a terrific Epilogue as well.
Witt gives us a dramatic situation and then lets us see the emotional reverberations that unfold for the two men so shaken by Jake’s infidelities to them both. For Nathan, Jake is just one more man to show him that relationships aren’t for him, that trust is impossible as is love. For Zach? Jake is a loser but life happens that way. And he meets Nathan which astonishes them both with the power of their attraction to each other and the fact that they actually like each other too.
I like that Witt builds up the relationship from a revenge jump in the sack. I also adored the theatre and Zach’s life. All that was missing was more of Nathan’s actually. But they were still two men working through their issues and trying to build an adult relationship. Kudos to the author here especially for the acknowledge that they may have moved too soon.
This is a great revised story. I loved it. The ending is perfect. I believed in it, Nathan and Zach and their future together. Thanks, LA Witt, for this. I really liked the story when I read it the first time around, I just adore it now and highly recommend it to all.
Cover art is great. Love the theatre that is so much a part of this story, and great characters. Plus, plus!
Published March 15th 2017 by Self-Published (first published May 11th 2010)
Original TitleNine-Tenths of the Law