The definition of precession is this: the slow movement of the axis of a spinning body around another axis due to a torque (such as gravitational influence) acting to change the direction of the first axis.
Now take that concept/definition and imagine the two axis’ of spinning bodies are two characters in a romance-legal thriller type novel. You see them slowly spinning around each other in an attempt to change direction. And there you have this debut novel by Abby Arrington.
Outskirts Press, 2009
The synopsis: Riley Morgan is in private practice in Florida. An old law school friend hands off a case to Riley that his corporate law firm can’t handle. The new client has been a musician for a few years and wants out of his contract with his management company. He’s in the beginning stages of a contest that sounds very similar to American Idol. He’s also very good looking; he has that rock-star charisma. The story revolves around this case and another case involving domestic abuse.
My thoughts on the book: It’s a good compelling story. Riley is smart, knowledgeable about law, knows how to strategize and negotiate for her clients, can handle herself in a conference room full of men, and has a passion for doing what is right for her clients. The role of Evan, the rock-star, was a little tricky. They are obviously attracted to each other but since they are lawyer-client they ethically can’t do anything about it. Evan is in a subservient role that makes him look weak. It didn’t quite work for me. But the story is really about Riley. She’s a strong character.
My main problem with this book was the introduction of a federal agent in the first chapter who doesn’t show up again for 200 pages. He’s there for a chapter or two, then he’s gone. Then he’s back again in the last chapter. For me the story could have been told without him. I have a hunch this is the beginning of a series of books staring Riley Morgan and include this federal agent.
Apart from the problems I just stated, it’s a good story. I liked thinking about the definition of the two spinning bodies as I was reading and trying to figure out if I was analyzing it right. There are definitely some tense moments in the book along with some good legal maneuvers to make it a worthwhile read.