Approaching the Bench by Chantal Fernando is one of those “perfect for bedtime” reads because it is short and sexy.
I found this story interesting given that Trinity, the heroine, is the one with the power and Callum is sort of her trainee at work for lack of a better word.
I enjoyed how Callum tries to get to know her at a personal level, and no matter what he does, Trinity’s walls don’t crumble. His attentive nature toward her had me melting for him, and I just loved his relationship with his brother and his dad.
Callum is this optimistic kind of guy, who will always find a way to make things work. Barriers don’t scare him. I think one of the qualities I enjoyed most is how he never doubts himself. He knows he’s attracted to Trinity, and doesn’t have a problem admitting it from the get-go.
I liked Trinity too, and I understood her dilemma about him being younger than her. Not by a lot but still. Personally, I stay away from romances where the heroine is older than the man. I don’t know what it is but I just can’t connect, therefore I don’t read those. With Approaching the Bench, I didn’t realize this was the scenario until I started reading it.
But then I thought Trinity’s and Callum’s age difference is just like Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky. She’s 6 years older than him, and you look at them and they’re madly in love.
Overall, this was a sexy read nicely wrapped up with an epilogue.
Approaching the Bench
A tenacious, resilient female judge must find a way to work with her carefree clerk as they find themselves in danger when a fugitive sets his sights on revenge in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando’s sexy and thrilling Conflict of Interest Series.
Trinity Williams, known as “Medusa” for her stony expressions and unyielding reputation, constantly has her guard up—how else is the youngest female judge in the country supposed to survive in such a male-dominated profession? She made the decision long ago that laughter and a carefree attitude have no business in a courtroom and achieving her professional goals is the only thing she has left. It’s just her luck that her new law clerk, Callum Hopkins, believes the exact opposite.
Callum Hopkins thinks that nothing should ever be too serious in life—why can’t he mix business with pleasure? When he first starts working for his hot new boss, they clash at every turn. He makes it his mission to get Judge Williams to see things his way for once.
But when Callum finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as an escaped convict comes after Trinity, he realizes it’s not all fun and games anymore. Now in witness protection together until the authorities can catch the fugitive, this unlikely pair must learn to trust one another and work together to stay alive. Far away from the courtroom, Trinity and Callum are suddenly free to stop butting heads, and stop fighting the growing attraction between them.
Evie is a certified PMP by day. Reading has been and always will be one of her favorite pastimes, but she also enjoys sharing her thoughts about other interests. A romantic at heart, she’s an eclectic music junkie and wine lover. Checking out nearby restaurants featured on the Food Network is a must, and HGTV is usually to blame for all the decorating and redecorating in her house. Travel is part of her life agenda, and the beach is her own personal space to dream and relax.