Title: Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King
Author: Manning Wolfe
Published Date: February 18th 2016
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
MERIT BRIDGES, an attorney and widowed mother in Austin, Texas, works hard, drinks too much wine, and sleeps with younger men. When Merit goes after a shady corporation threatening her client, she encounters hired gun Boots King. His charge is simple, “Stop her!” Merit and her
team – including Betty, a mothering office manager with a bad-ass attitude – struggle to stay alive, while they navigate a labyrinth of legal issues, and prove once again that you don’t mess with a Texas lady lawyer.
Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King, Manning Wolfe’s debut novel, is a legal thriller set in the heart of Texas. Leading lady lawyer, Merit Bridges, takes on a corporation that is unethical and dishonest when signing up landowners for their billboard business.
I loved the protagonist, attorney Merit Bridges. She is smart, sassy, and strong. Merit is a widow and a single mom of a dyslexic, teenaged son. She uses wine and younger men to cope with her loneliness and stress. She has her issues, but does her very best to help those in need—especially women who just need a break.
In addition to the sleazy bad guys who engage in all sorts of felonious activities in order to make problems (AKA Merit Bridges) go away, the secondary characters are primarily Merit’s very capable staff. Betty, a motherly, take-charge office manager, Valentine, a law student who works as a legal assistant, and Albert “Ag” Malone, is Merit’s right-hand man, are a colorful team with whom I’d love to share an office.
For the most part, the plot is well paced. Manning Wolfe writes the legalese with the layperson in mind, but I could have done with a little less of it. The action scenes are dramatic and fast paced. The characters are developed and engaging. The storyline is mostly realistic, but as with all fiction, some suspension of disbelief is required. Since the bad guys are clearly identified at the start of the story, there is no real mystery, however there is plenty of suspense in this well-written, thrilling, legal caper.
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