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The Lawyer (The Dalton Brothers #1)
Author: Marni Mann

Contents

 


Playlist

 

 

Chapter 1

 

Chapter 2

 

Chapter 3

 

Chapter 4

 

Chapter 5

 

Chapter 6

 

Chapter 7

 

Chapter 8

 

Chapter 9

 

Chapter 10

 

Chapter 11

 

Chapter 12

 

Chapter 13

 

Chapter 14

 

Chapter 15

 

Chapter 16

 

Chapter 17

 

Chapter 18

 

Chapter 19

 

Chapter 20

 

Chapter 21

 

Chapter 22

 

Chapter 23

 

Chapter 24

 

Chapter 25

 

Chapter 26

 

Chapter 27

 

Chapter 28

 

Chapter 29

 

Chapter 30

 

Chapter 31

 

Chapter 32

 

Chapter 33

 

Chapter 34

 

Chapter 35

 

Chapter 36

 

Chapter 37

 

Epilogue

 

 

Acknowledgments

 

Newsletter

 

Marni’s Midnighters

 

About the Author

 

Also by Marni Mann

 

The Billionaire

 

The Single Dad

 

Sneak Peek of Signed

 

 

Copyright © 2021 by Marni Mann

All rights reserved.

 

 

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Visit my website at: www.MarniSMann.com

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Editor: Jovana Shirley, Unforeseen Editing, www.unforeseenediting.com

Proofreaders: Judy Zweifel of Judy’s Proofreading, Kaitie Reister, and Chanpreet Singh

 

 

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No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system without the written permission of the author, except for the use of brief quotations in a book review.

 

 

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

 

 

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ISBN-13: 979-8467170336

 

 

To my Kimmi.

For holding me up, holding me together, and always holding my hand.

They don’t make besties like you.

 

 

Playlist

 

 

“Is There Somewhere”—Halsey

“Sun In Our Eyes” (Don Diablo Remix)—MØ, Diplo

“Bad Boy”—Tungevaag, Raaban, featuring Luana Kiara

“Promises”—Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, featuring Jessie Reyez

“In My Mind”—Dynoro, Gigi D’Agostino

“Bad at Love”—Halsey

“One Kiss”—Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa

“Mad Love”—Sean Paul, David Guetta, featuring Becky G

“Trampoline”—SHAED

 

 

One

 

 

Dominick

 

 

Los Angeles is fucking lit tonight. That was the only thought in my head as I stood twenty-seven stories up on the roof deck of the city’s newest and hottest high-rise hotel, overlooking our famous skyline. Jenner, my middle brother, was the attorney who had represented the closing, and everyone who was anyone had come out this evening to celebrate the grand opening.

Not only was this a huge win for Jenner, but for The Dalton Group as well—the law firm my parents had started over twenty years ago, where my brothers and I were now partners. We represented some of the largest-earning corporations and individuals in the world. In my case, concentrating solely on entertainment law, I was surrounded by many of my clients, this event like a mini version of the goddamn Oscars.

“Jenner has come a long way,” Brett Young, my best friend, said. He was next to me on the balcony, nodding toward my brother, who was schmoozing with the CEO of a massive online retailer. “I remember when we were in law school, that motherfucker still had zits all over his forehead. Now, instead of carrying textbooks, he’s got multimillion-dollar contracts in his hands, closing transactions like this one every day, from here to fucking Dubai.”

Brett pointed at Ford, my youngest brother. “And the baby in the family? Man, I definitely didn’t anticipate him being the first one in our group to father a child.” He smirked. “Certainly not before me or you.” His eyes caught mine. “I think you wake up every morning, hoping like hell that some woman doesn’t come banging on your door, asking for a paternity test.”

I laughed in agreement. “Isn’t that the fucking truth?”

Before Brett had met James Ryne, one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, he had lived the same lifestyle as me. Bachelor brothers was what we used to call ourselves. But now, they were engaged, and he was more whipped than a sub.

He clinked his glass against mine, and we downed what liquor was left. Immediately, a waitress appeared to hand us refills.

He held his scotch over the side of the railing, balancing the liquor in the air.

I did the same, sighing as I gazed at all the twinkling lights below. “It’s been a hell of a run for us so far, and we’re only getting started.”

When Brett and his buddies had opened The Agency—a firm of agents representing actors, athletes, and musicians—I had just passed the bar, and we would refer clients to one another. Now, all these years later, we sat in many of the same meetings, negotiating deals for the top earners in the business.

“You’ve got that right, my friend. Wait until I tell you about this new actress I just scouted and how much money she’s going to earn us …” His voice faded as he grabbed his phone and read the screen. “Fuck.”

“What’s wrong?”

Still staring at his cell, he said, “You know our client Naomi, who I cast for that reality TV show that’s filming in two weeks? Her manager just texted and said she’s in the hospital with two herniated discs in her neck and another three in her back.” He slowly glanced up at me. “Ski accident in Vail this morning.”

“Jesus, is she all right?”

“She’s going in for surgery tomorrow. She’ll be bedridden for the next nine to twelve weeks, which means she’ll miss all of filming.”

“That shit is painful. I hope she pulls through.” I took a drink. “I also know what that means for you—you have to find someone to replace her.”

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