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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Catherine Lambert is an ambitious Parisian lawyer who dreams of making partner at her law firm, Edwards & White. When a position opens at the corporate headquarters in Manhattan, Catherine jumps at the opportunity to relocate and impress the big bosses. But when she arrives, nothing goes exactly according to her plan. It’s difficult for Catherine to know who she can trust; Anthony is all work and no play, and Bonnie terrifies Catherine. She finds a soul mate in her lovable assistant Rikash, but otherwise she feels rather lonely in Manhattan.

Though everything is going wrong with her career as one disaster after another occurs, Catherine’s love life takes an unexpected turn when she becomes involved with one of her firm’s biggest clients, Jeffrey Richardson. Catherine’s new relationship just may cost her everything she has worked her entire life to achieve.

Isabelle Lafléche’s J’adore New York is a juicy look at office politics in a prestigious New York law firm. For five years, Lafléche herself worked as a corporate attorney on Wall Street, giving her an expert account of what a lawyer’s daily work life entails. Poor Catherine never seems to have a moment to herself; everything is about collecting billable hours and bringing in new clients to the firm. There never seems to be any room for a full night’s sleep or a decent meal.

J’adore New York is what I would consider Chick Lit, but its focus is set more in Catherine’s work place rather than her social and love life. There is definitely enough romance and some sexual tension to satisfy readers who prefer romance, but I was easily caught up in the dramas at Catherine’s law firm and the relationships between the senior staff, lawyers hoping to make partner, and the secretaries.

The romantic elements of J’adore New York were a bit predictable, and the relationship she is in at the end of the book progressed just a bit too quickly for it to feel believable. J’adore New York ends almost too soon, but a sequel appears to be in the works. This is definitely one worth checking out if you want a more career focused Chick Lit.

Rating: 3.5/5

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by BookSparks PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.