Wednesday, March 15, 2017

REVIEW: "Legally Charming" by Lauren Smith (Contemporary Romance)

by Lauren Smith

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 13th 2017

Series: Ever After, #1
Standalone: Yes

Virgin and Player, Laws of Attraction
Description from Publisher:

Felicity Hart has one goal: Completing her masters in art. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan. She reluctantly agrees to attend a Halloween party with her best friend. After sneaking away from the party and falling asleep in an unoccupied room, she wakes to the sexiest pair of eyes she’s ever seen. Eyes that belong to the one man who could turn her well organized world upside down. When he flashes that wicked, panty-melting smile at her the vow to not fall in love seems impossible…


Jared Redmond used to be the ultimate bad boy. But now his legal career is taking off and the partners of his firm are trusting him with high-dollar real estate transactions. Jared’s king-size bed is empty. But when he arrives home on Halloween to find a princess sleeping in his bed – his all work and no play attitude goes out the window. There’s nothing he wants more than to explore the hidden desires of this mysterious beauty and show her just how much of a bad boy he really is by fulfilling her every fantasy.


Underneath the glitter of this fairy tale romance, Felicity and Jared might have found true love. But the mounting pressure of their real lives takes hold again and Jared and Felicity are pulled further and further apart. Can they find their fairy tale ending or will they be left with the dying embers of what could have been?

My Rating:
Heat Rating:

This is the book you read when you are looking for a romance that is an easy read and a happy ending. There were tropes gallore in this, from "virgin and player" to "insecure heroine who doesn't know she's attractive."

There is a bit of an unbelievable meet cute, where Felicity, our heroine, is sleeping in her friend's boyfriend's brother's bed because they thought he wouldn't be home and - surprise! - he comes home and is exhausted from his long hours as a Chicago lawyer and just wants to sleep. So he gives her some of his clothes and crawls into bed with her... in a platonic way, of course.

Immediately, these two start lusting after one another. But, of course, Felicity doesn't believe that anyone with six-pack abs who looks like Jared could be attracted to someone like her who is a size 12 (this is apparently a very important aspect of who she is, as her dress size - whether explicitly or more vaguely - is mentioned often by both Felicity and Jared. Make no mistake that Felicity has curves women with smaller dress sizes could never have).

Felicity is a grad student studying art history and aspires to work at LACMA (which is nowhere near Chicago), while Jared is the hard-working & driven lawyer who got a leg up by having an on-again/off-again relationship with the daughter of his firm's senior partner (and that partner expects something to come from that relationship).

Overall, this is definitely fitting of its series - Ever After - in that it definitely has elements of a fairytale.

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Lauren Smith
Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren, visit her at
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