Review By Sherry Perkins
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
“The courtroom was preternaturally quiet.”—Lucifer’s Litigator
Oh! I like this one already and only a few words in. “Lucifer’s Litigator” is not TJ Nichols’ first book; it shows. He sets the hook early and just keeps reeling you into the story.
“Lucifer’s Litigator” is a pithy story about love and regret. There are a few things that make it fun—Lucifer’s a bit of a different character than you might think but he’s still not above a little manipulation to get what he wants and what he wants is William McLeod.
Will is a contract lawyer, of a sort, who—incidentally—has one regret in life. That regret is Tom Langford, Will’s first love. Regret has a large role in “Lucifer’s Litigator,” and surprisingly, it is also the solution to the dilemma Will is faced with.
The story switches back and forth between Will’s past and present. It’s an effective storytelling device in this instance to expeditiously let you know the backstory and its consequences.
Another appealing element of Nichols’ writing is that he sets the rules straight away so you know what the problem is, how someone’s fate is decided and what freewill has to do with any of it. Plus, Tom is a smart guy. He figures out a good deal of what is going on in a supernatural world to which he’s had no previous exposure and is all in once he figures out what is at cost.
Nichols has written a fair number of books, eleven at least. Some are series stories, such as “Studies in Demonology,” and “Mytho.” There’s one called “Elf on the Beach,” I liked the sound of that! And I liked the covers of the books I did see (something I don’t usually comment on). But I suppose what I liked most was how Nichols’ describes his writing: evil gets vanquished and the hero always gets his man. I mean, really, who doesn’t like happily ever after?
“A 4-star review for a clever, quick beat-the-devil-at-his-own-game love story.”