Romance Review | Vindicate by Beth Yarnall

OverviewCora. . . . I got my driver’s license on my sixteenth birthday so I could visit my brother in prison. Five and a half years later, he’s still locked up for a murder he didn’t commit and I’m still trying to find a way to set him free. Then I hear about Nash Security and Investigation, a private detective agency that helped exonerate a wrongfully convicted man after thirty-nine years in prison. The problem? They’ve already taken on the one pro-bono case they’ll accept this year.

Leo. . . . I’m this close to finishing law school—and never working another day at my dad’s P.I. office—when Cora Hollis walks through the door. She’s got a box of files, a handful of leads, and an independent streak a mile wide. She fascinates me and I can’t say no. Suddenly I’m volunteering to help her find a missing witness who could be the key to her brother’s case. But nothing is what it seems and giving in to the attraction between us could be more dangerous than finding the real murderer.

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Publishing Date: November 17, 2015
Stars: 4.5
My Review: Vindicate's overview is what made me really want to read this and I'm quite pleased with the story. The book involves a driven young woman (Cora) desperate to absolve her brother of a crime he didn't commit, a young man (Leo) who is biding his time until he can do what he actually wants, and the passion between the two neither saw coming. Without question, the book is a time draining demon because I swear I sat down to start it and didn't move until a few hours later when I was done with it. I give the story 4.5 unexpected love is the kind that can give you life stars.

Cora has done everything she could to help find a way to get her brother out of the prison sentence he has been serving for a crime he didn't commit. She has no real life outside of the constant research and working to live on her own. When she hears of a private investigation firm that takes on a pro-bono case, she figures this is her one shot. The fates may not be exactly in her favor since the firm has already taken on its one case for the year but the owner offers his son who is in training under him to her and the resources of the firm. It shouldn't be too hard until she realizes Leo is a charming, spoiled young man. 

Leo doesn't want any part of his father's business. He wants to become a district attorney. When Cora comes into his father's office he is more than a little intrigued, both by her physical appearance and her dire commitment. He can't help but want to help her figure this all out and is all in, dedicated to the case. He's warned by his father to keep his distance and himself but it gets harder and harder the more he learns about Cora. 

It's entertaining to see the two realize they have things in common while also learning they make a pretty damn incredible team. Where Cora failed, Leo seems to pull the information they need to succeed. The problem with cases like Cora's is that when too many rocks become overturned, the killer comes out of hiding to silence the noisemaker. Overall, the read had a little bit of everything including the fun part of romance where the two lovers banter, and banter is exactly what Leo and Cora do most of the time.