I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE I CAN'T STAND IT! AS SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW, MY FIRST MM BOOK WAS COMPROMISED; UNIFORMITY #1 BY ETHAN STONE, I LOVE THIS AUTHOR, AND NOW I GET TO BRING YOU A SHORT STORY BY HIM THAT IS IN EARLY RELEASE AT TOTALLY BOUND! WOO HOO, I CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE THIS BOOK AND EVEN AN EXCERPT WITH YOU: HERE IS MY TAKE ON 'SMALL CLAIMS'
I LOVE THIS QUOTE FOR JODY! HERE IS MY REVIEW: Small Claims by: Ethan Stone reviewed by: Becky
Judge Shawn Rosen is about to take on the toughest case of his life.
Small claims judge Shawn Rosen is comfortable in his career, but his personal life is another story. His twenty year relationship ended two years ago, but while he accepts the end, he hasn’t even started to move on. He lives a generic life.
Everything changes when Jody Jacobsen walks into his courtroom and Shawn is attracted to him. Following the case, they have a chance meeting which leads to a wild night. Waking up to cold sheets should have been a sign, but instead Shawn keeps coming back for more and eventually falls fast and hard—so hard he might be missing the clues that the commitment isn’t mutual.
There’s trouble when the case that brought them together could also tear them apart. Will Jody give in to his tendency to run, or will he finally be the man that Shawn deserves?
I don't know about you, but I sure love a good short story that leaves me so satisfied it feels like I have just read a novel! This is what you will get here, the characters are so well thought out and executed that you will devour this book!
Judge Rosen is going through the motions of small claims court, and really his life after the end of a twenty year relationship. This all changes when he meets Jody in court, then bumps into him again. Shawn starts to think that this could be the start of something, even though all the signs are there that Jody isn't on the same page.
Jody doesn't believe he wants or needs a happy ever after, and when he sees that maybe Shawn could be the one to make him starts believing he balks. Then something happens to do with the court case Shawn handled before they knew each other, will Jody leave Shawn in the lurch, or will he see what was right in front of him all along?
Grab this one friends! It may be a short story, but it doesn't skimp on the content at all, and this author really knows how to give us a complete story in a small package! Thank you Ethan, for putting as much of your heart into your short stories as you do your novels!
the 5 judges gavel rating
HERE IS THE TOTALLY BOUND EARLY RELEASE BUY LINK: THE BOOK COMES OUT ON AMAZON NEXT MONTH, BUT YOU SHOULD READ IT NOW :)
Friday afternoon and only one more case to hear. The weekend was calling my name.
I was looking forward to not having to work, but there wasn’t anything I was excited about doing on my days off. At least work kept me busy. I could stay late in the office and go to sleep as soon as I got home. There wasn’t anyone there waiting for me, so it didn’t matter what time I got in.
There were things I could do at home, but nothing I really wanted to do.
Christ, I needed to get a life. What kind of life I wasn’t sure, but I supposed I should have one. That was one problem with ending a twenty-year relationship—it was hard to figure out what came next. At least I had a job. Without my career, I’d be even more lost.
The ringing phone pulled me out of my introspection.
The cheery sound of Gabrielle’s voice always made me smile. Just those two words made me feel a thousand times better.
“Hello, princess,” I replied. “How’s college?”
She groaned. “I have been so busy I’ve barely had time to pull my head out of the books.”
“You need to make time to relax so you don’t get too strung out.”
“That’s why I’m calling. Do you have any plans this weekend?”
I paused as if I had to check my social calendar. “Nope, I’m free.”
“Good. I’m leaving Seattle right now.”
“So you’ll be in Salem in just a couple hours?” I asked excitedly.
“Well…yeah, but I’m going to see Dad first.”
Of course she was. Gabrielle wasn’t technically my daughter, but I considered her one as I’d been in her life since she was two. My ex—Scott—was her biological father, from a teenage experimentation with a girl. Gabrielle’s mother had issues with drugs so Scott and I had maintained custody throughout the years.
My split with Scott had been hard on Gabrielle, even though she was in Seattle. I was still her Pops and she would always be my princess.
“When do I get to see you?” I asked.
“Saturday afternoon, probably. Is that okay?”
“Of course. Let me know if anything changes.”
“Can’t wait to see you, Pops. I miss you.”
There was a knock on my door and Dana, my bailiff, a tall, brunette woman, stuck her head in my office. “Five minutes, Judge Rosen.”
I nodded and Dana retreated.
“Okay, Gabrielle, I have to go now. See you tomorrow.”
I pulled my black robe over my T-shirt and jeans and straightened up as best I could. Even though the only cases I heard were small claims, I still had to appear official and judicial. Outside my office, I nodded at Dana to let her know I was ready to go.
“All rise for the Honorable Judge Shawn Rosen,” Dana ordered the people in the courtroom.
I entered and sat at my desk. The plaintiff and defendant were the only ones there and they stood at their respective podiums. That was usual, though sometimes family members attended. Some cases warranted the attention of the newspapers and reporters. This wasn’t one of those.
THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME FOR THIS LOOK AT SMALL CLAIMS! I KNOW YOU WILL ENJOY IT! IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST ETHAN STONE BOOK YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT! HERE IS THE LINK TO HIS AMAZON SEARCH RESULTS SO YOU CAN CHECK OUT HIS BOOKS!