Bernice Layton’s Mind Games is a well-written, thoughtful novel with fully developed characters and a plot full of twists and turns. She’s given the story the perfect title because it’s definitely a romantic thriller full of mind games.
The heroine, Layla Kennedy is working on developing her professional career as a paralegal with a major law firm but her personal life is fraught with issues related to her mental instability. When she has a one night stand with a sexy pirate after a Halloween party, she has no idea she’ll be crossing paths with him again a month later. Jordan Scott, the plaintiff’s counsel on a case involving medical malpractice, is floored when he spots his mysterious Cinderella on the defendant’s side of the courtroom. Despite his rumored reputation as a womanizer and “love-them-and-leave-them” brother, he hasn’t forgotten their night together and is eager to take her out on a proper date and explore this tempting chemistry between them.
Despite her reluctance to open herself up to a relationship, Layla succumbs to Jordan’s advances. Pretty soon Jordan and Layla are trapped in a well-staged blackmail scheme – choreographed mind games orchestrated by a jealous and racist colleague and an ex-girlfriend – that put their relationship and their lives in jeopardy. Compounding their issues are Layla’s guilt about her past and her uncertainty about whether Jordan can accept her mental disorder.
Mind Games is a contemporary suspense romance with great pacing, keeping this reader tuned-in and turned on. Even the secondary characters are interesting and fun to get to know. I was particularly swept away by Layla’s tenuous yet protective relationship with her sister, Kacy, and her tumultuous and strained relationship with their mother. The HEA was satisfying and not at all rushed. My mind was at peace!
-Reviewed by Angela