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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allison Leotta Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Anna Curtis Series Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781400188802
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As a newly minted assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., Anna Curtis has already developed a thick skin to help her deal with the unsettling brutality she encounters daily with her overflowing stack of domestic violence cases. Yet when Laprea Johnson walks into Anna's life-battered by her boyfriend on the morning after Valentine's Day-there's something about this particular case that Anna can't quite shake, something that reminds the prosecutor of her own troubled past. At the trial, Laprea makes a last-minute reversal, lying on the witness stand to free her boyfriend. Shortly after he is freed, Anna is horrified to hear the news that Laprea's body has been found in a trash heap. Hastily assigned to prosecute the murder case alongside the handsome and intimidating chief homicide prosecutor, Jack Bailey, Anna finds herself trapped in a difficult situation when she discovers that her boyfriend, public defender Nick Wagner, plans to sit across from her in the courtroom representing Laprea's boyfriend and suspected murderer. Caught between seeking justice for Laprea and saving her personal life, Anna makes a series of choices that jeopardize her career, her relationships, and her very life as she uncovers the shocking truth behind the murder. Taking listeners on a thrilling ride through D.C.'s criminal justice system, from the back rooms of the U.S. attorney's office to the gritty streets of Anacostia, Law of Attraction is a gripping debut-sure to appeal to suspense and romance readers alike-from an exciting new talent. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A beautifully written and suspenseful debut, offering not only an inside look at crime and the courts in DC, but an exploration of the family dynamics that affect so much of who we are and what we do.”

    Barbara Delinsky, New York Times bestselling author of While My Sister Sleeps

  • With this riveting debut legal thriller, Leotta, a federal sex crimes prosecutor in Washington, DC, joins the big leagues with pros like Lisa Scottoline and Linda Fairstein. Library Journal Starred Review
  • “[A] racy legal thriller…tackling a still-taboo subject.”

    Washington Post

  • “This is a major debut, and Leotta is a female John Grisham.”

    Providence Journal

  • “With this riveting debut legal thriller, Leotta joins the big leagues with pros like Lisa Scottoline and Linda Fairstein. A vulnerable, tenacious heroine, surprising twists and turns, and equal parts romance and danger are a recipe for success. Readers will feverishly hope for a second book.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[A] solid suspense debut…Leotta, herself a DC sex crimes prosecutor, makes some smart observations about the conflicts legal eagles face in the pursuit of justice.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverlee | 2/14/2014

    " For me, a "thriller" is all about plot; this is a thriller! I enjoyed reading it a lot. Will it stick with me or change my life? No. But it was a good read with enough twists in the plot to keep it interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, good plot that kept moving. I was never bored, and enjoyed learning the details of the legal system as told by someone who really knows. It was a good who done it with just the right amount of romance. I definitely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/20/2014

    " Anna Curtis is an an assistant U.S. attorney working in Washington D.C. As a prosecutor with a strong sense of ethics, Anna is initially empowered and hopeful when she gets involved in the domestic abuse case of Laprea Johnson. Laprea has been beaten by her boyfriend D'marco for what she says is the last time, but when she recants her testimony during her trial, Anna is left angry and bewildered. Cowed by her experience in court, Anna is at first cold when the defendant's attorney, Nick Wagner, takes an interest in her. Though she and Nick have attended the same university, Anna doesn't know Nick personally and the only information she has about him is that he is attractive and he is representing Laprea's attacker. When Nick and Anna start a romance, things seem to be going very smoothly until the day there's another confrontation between D'marco and Laprea, and Laprea ends up dead. Anna of course feels responsible for Laprea's fate and immediately breaks things off with Nick, who she can't forgive for defending D'marco and eventually allowing him to regain the freedom to kill Leprea. Now Anna has been pulled into the investigation of Laprea's murder and been assigned to work with Jack Bailey, a tough criminal prosecutor who also works for the U.S. Attorney's office. But when Anna and Jack begin to uncover clues that may prove D'marco is innocent, the guilt begins to point in some very incongruous and unexpected places. Both fast paced and surprising, Allison Leotta delivers a unique crime thriller that will keep its readers guessing all the way to the very last page. I'm not a big reader of the crime thriller genre, and usually when approached for a review of one of these books, I have to decline. My problems stem from the fact that a lot of these books feel very homogenized. When I do end up getting invested in them, it seems like they have all the same story elements, character archetypes and twists that I have come to negatively associate with this particular genre. Rarely do I find something new and unexpected, and when I do venture out and read one of these books on my own, I rely heavily on the perceptions and opinions of other bloggers whom I respect. So I'll have to be honest when I say I wasn't expecting much of this book. Now, I didn't read a lot about it and knew only the barest information when I went into it. After an intense opening section, I began to plow right through its pages and wound up being excited that I had found something new and refreshing in this genre that I could really appreciate. I think Leotta ended up pulling off a one of a kind story within these pages, and it's one that earned my esteem. Anna Curtis was a wonderful protagonist. Though she has high standards and ideals, she's very human and has some self-esteem issues when it comes to her work. Part of my ability to bond with Anna came from the fact that she was so human, and that while she could be very tough, there was an underlying sensitivity and compassion in her that left her struggling at times. I wouldn't exactly call her troubled, but she was conflicted, and as the story moved forward, these conflicts come into play not only in her budding relationship with Nick, but in her protective instincts towards Laprea. She grew throughout this story, but a lot of the time it was uncomfortable growth spurred on by the situations she was caught up in. She never became so hard-boiled that she allowed the suffering of her client or the case itself to become something that she looked upon with jaded eyes, which I think is kind of rare. I think the thing I admired most about Anna was her persistence and her willingness to go to great lengths to find the justice that Laprea deserved, not matter what it cost her personally. I had a bit of a hard time with Anna's decision to start a relationship with Nick, and I think she did too. Caught up in a bevy of romantic feelings, I think Anna let her guard down and let Nick in hoping their relationship might be hidden from those who could make obvious waves for the couple. I didn't exactly like Nick, or trust him for that matter, and felt that although he treated Anna with a lot of respect and love that there was something utterly smarmy about him. I think he was a little ostentatious in his relationship with Anna, and truly never thought of the repercussions that dating her might result for them both. I was a little thrilled when things didn't work out for them, but Nick was very persistent and worked desperately to not let Anna slip through his fingers. That annoyed me. I wanted him to realize the kind of jeopardy he was putting her career into, but he never did, and it seemed like he turned a blind eye to a lot of rational and level-headed behavior. In some ways there were stark similarities between Nick and Anna's relationship and the relationship between Laprea and D'marco, but they weren't immediately obvious and it took some real cogitation to work out the ways in which the situations were similar and the ways in which they were different. The case between Laprea and D'marco was one that was fraught with intrigue and it seemed to be so clear for most of the book. There was never a doubt in my mind that D'marco had killed the woman, but in a stunning reversal, all that the reader knows to be true is flipped on its head and thrown out the window. The clues, motive and storyline said one thing, but as more and more is revealed, it's clear that D'marco is not what we first think he is. I thought Leotta did a great job with this reversal. She made D'marco just slimy and perverse enough to do something like this, and then revealed that there was more to this picture than met the eye. The relationship between Laprea and D'marco was something that was tense with emotion, regret and jealousy, and even when it was clear to me that D'marco was a horrible human being, it was also clear that there was no ultimate black and white where these two people were concerned. The conclusion of the book literally had me sitting rigid in my seat and ingesting the words compulsively, as darker figures than D'marco came tumbling out of the shadows and into the light. Though D'marco might have been capable of the murder, I questioned his innocence all the way throughout the story and came to conclude that he played a mighty part in this drama. With a fast paced plot and characters that are so recognizably flawed and human, Leotta had me in the palm of her hand throughout the whole story. Not only is this a suspense thriller, it also asks a lot of important questions about abuse and the role a victim plays when she consistently refuses to prosecute her attacker. It asks questions about the sticky ethical situations that those representing these cases can get into, and it had unexpected dashes of romance in all the right places. This would be a great read for a book group to discuss and disseminate, and I have to say that not only did I have a great time with it, it did a lot to eliminate my prejudices towards this genre in general. A highly suspenseful and original read. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/15/2014

    " Introducing young prosecutor, Anna Curtis. Placed in Washinton DC. Anna is the new Assistant US Attorney in DC. Tough story line about domestic violence cases but a Strong female charactet and THERE for her clients. Great legal thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/10/2014

    " I certainly was not blown away by this book. I found it an easy and interesting read but predictible. What I hoped for was more suspense, a truly baffling mystery and romance that was beliveable, not soapy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 12/28/2013

    " I liked this book a lot. It was very very good. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the main character. I like the legal aspect of this book and it took until the very end to figure out who done it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 11/3/2013

    " Pretty good debut crime thriller from 12 year Federal Prosecutor Allison Leotta. Set in Washington DC, the novel deals with domestic violence, the author's law speciality. Her second book Discretion has just been published July 3, 2012. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 11/1/2013

    " I loved this book. I thought I new the ending but I didn't and that's what I love about this book. I stayed up till the early morning just to finish, so thank you Allison Leotta for writing a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 10/20/2013

    " This was a fun book to read. It reads like an episode of Law and Order: SVU. It was a perfect way to wrap up my summer reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 10/13/2013

    " Lots of twists and turns in this book. Not usually the type I go for...but it definitely kept me interested! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 10/4/2013

    " A cut above a lot of the books in this genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 7/20/2013

    " Very interestign read and very enjoyable writing style. I couldn't put this book down and can't wait for the next installment in the series. The book gives a very good description into the legal world of domestic violence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb8coach Adams | 3/4/2013

    " this book was like law and order for me. well written, but an emotional train wreck where no one really wins in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Dille | 2/10/2013

    " Good book. WEll written and keeps you interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sarah | 9/4/2012

    " This book was a quick read. Entertaining and fun because I knew many of the places in DC where the author referenced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 9/4/2012

    " so so - have an interview lined up with her "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dale | 8/18/2012

    " Apparently I didn't read the same book as the jacket blurb writers. I found the characters tedious, the plot contrived, the suspense minimal and the one redeeming grace was that it was a very fast read due to a complete lack of any substance whatsoever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheri | 4/9/2012

    " I'm not a prude by any stretch, but I don't think graphic sex has any place in a well written novel. As for the rest of the book, I couldn't finish. There are too many other more interesting books waiting to be read. This one just didn't hold my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 3/15/2012

    " I found this book to be very enjoyable. It was a book I just could not put down. Looking forward to reading her other book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna Durbin | 11/19/2011

    " Just as I was about half way through this book I was thinking, "Ok, this is getting really predictable. I so know what's going to happen!" I almost put it down but I'm glad I didn't. The killer is not who you think it is and the motive is not why you think it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 9/28/2011

    " This book kept me up late and turning pages. It's the kind of novel where you keep telling yourself you know who did it, read a few more pages and then change you're mind because now you really know who did it! Can't wait to pick up more of her novels! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judith | 6/15/2011

    " It was a fun read because of the location but I thought the heroine was unbelievable and the ending just short of ludicrous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 4/8/2011

    " I always enjoy a good lawyer story, and this book was a good one. The characters are interesting, and the story has a real surprise at the end. Hope she writes more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 3/3/2011

    " I certainly was not blown away by this book. I found it an easy and interesting read but predictible. What I hoped for was more suspense, a truly baffling mystery and romance that was beliveable, not soapy.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sarah | 11/30/2010

    " This book was a quick read. Entertaining and fun because I knew many of the places in DC where the author referenced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 10/13/2010

    " so so - have an interview lined up with her "

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