Hey, guys! I brought for you a sneak peek into the head of Judge Lawson Daniels, the newest judge on the court, and find out a little about himself, how things have worked out since Christmas ended, and what meeting Alex for the first time was like. I hope you enjoy!
BEHIND THE SCENES: JUDGE LAWSON DANIELS
How did Alex react in your interview when you told him you were gay?
I tried my best to be open with everyone who interviewed. It was the first thing I said, and I asked every candidate if that was a problem. They all said no, but you could tell it made some people uncomfortable, and that made for some pretty intense interviews that day. Because of my anxiety, by the time Alex showed up for his interview, I was trying to pull my hair out.
Then he rolls and like a whirling dervish. I’m tired, he’s tired, and all I’m thinking is, please don’t let this guy be a jerk. And in walks this gorgeous, gorgeous man. And I can’t tell whether or not him working for me would be good or bad, because I’m not sure I can form a proper sentence around this guy.
Because of that, I blurt out that I’m gay the minute he sits down, and his eyes get real big. He says “oh, okay” and then goes into his portfolio and pulls out a resume, like it didn’t faze him at all. I ask if that’s a problem for him and he says “No. Is it a problem if I’m gay too?” I’m blown. My synapses misfire, and my mind is screaming at me to end this interview immediately because there is no way I can work with him knowing that. It never even crossed my mind.
So I start getting a little panicky, and it doesn’t even bother him. He got me a glass of water and just waited until I calmed down. And I knew right then that I was going to hire him. He could’ve had the lowest GPA in his graduating class, but he was going to work for me. There was no interview, We just talked for an hour and a half. It was, if I’m being honest, I the easiest decision I’ve ever made.
How have the other judges and staff treated you since the Christmas party?
I have to say I’ve been pretty lucky so far. I kept waiting for someone to say something, but it hasn’t happened. I’ve gotten some looks, but that’s all. I sometimes think I’m making too much of it, expecting the worst, but it’s also shown how amazing Alex and RJ, my bailiff, are. RJ won’t let anyone say anything, and he’s huge, so people are a little scared of him. If someone looks at me funny, RJ just stares at them until they back down. And his expression never changes. It’s fascinating. Alex acts like it’s perfectly normal for us to be dating, so he doesn’t let me get too far in my head.
You’re a pretty intense neat-freak, and Alex is not. Do you have any concerns about living together?
I’m trying not to think about it. I’m hoping that the differences in our “organizational levels” can be resolved by having the cleaning crew come in more often, but it’ll be very interesting to see how that goes. He’s at least learned at the office to put his piles of paper notes under his desk or in a drawer or somewhere where I can’t see them every day, so I don’t go nutty. It happened once, and I started filing the papers on his desk because they were driving me crazy. Apparently, Alex had been working on a memo, and when he came in the next day, he couldn’t find his research and had to start over. He was not pleased with me. Thankfully my home—gosh, it’s going to be our home, isn’t it?—has a lot of space, so while part of me thinks that he can just have his own room and be as messy as he wants, I’m pretty sure it’s going to filter everywhere. We’ll just have to cross that bridge when we come to it.
So, you totally lucked out with this clerk. What are you looking for in your next law clerk?
I’m not sure, but it’s definitely going to be an interesting experience. Alex has insisted that he be at every interview I do for my next clerk. He wants to be sure that whoever I hire understands my “unique needs,” as he likes to call them. I’m pretty sure that means he just wants to make sure whoever I hire isn’t good-looking, so he doesn’t have any competition. Which he doesn’t, because nobody can take his place.
Alex Corrigan is in love with his boss, Judge Lawson Daniels, and thinks those feelings are returned. That assumption is sorely tested two days before the court holiday party they’re organizing together, when the venue calls and cancels, followed by a snafu with the caterer. Alex could handle that, but after an intimate dinner followed by a decidedly unromantic e-mail, he’s left wondering about the future of his employment as well as his relationship with the debonair older man.
Law can’t wait to see his clerk again. But Alex is cold and distant in the light of day, and Law doesn’t understand. The party looms in the background, but Law’s excitement is turning to dread. On top of that, someone is sabotaging them, trying to get Alex fired and drive Law off the bench. If there’s any chance for a happy holiday for Alex and Law, they’ll have to find out who.
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Review by Roroblu’sMum
This is short, sweet and mostly very good, until the slightly eye-rollingly unbelievable reveal (which still didn’t spoil the tale for me).
This tale is well-written, short, sweet and believable if you’re prepared to discount the many ‘bad’ things that happen in such a short span. It’s about a couple of guys who are boss and assistant, and who have feelings for each other that neither has been able to voice or act on until circumstances mean that they start to have a personal ‘relationship’ instead of just a business one.
I bought the premise that created the new closeness between them, and I bought the ‘sabotage’ element, but, apologies, the reveal was kind of eye-rollingly unbelievable, especially as the culprit was seemingly allowed to walk away, unscathed to a great degree, without any legal or criminal repercussions – seriously, IRL, the cops would have been all over this.
Still, it didn’t spoil the tale for me, as the leads were great and I liked what they had, so I was prepared to suspend disbelief a little.
Meet Jayce Ellis
Jayce Ellis has three loves: her husband and her two turtles. Hubby loves her back. The turtles she’s not so sure about, but they do love their sports (Bay Area teams FTW!). She still hasn’t figured out why she lives in Northern Virginia, where there’s weather, instead of California, where she’s from, and where it’s just…pretty. Jayce spends her days divorcing happily-married couples (or so she’s been told), and her nights talking maniacally to herself. Thankfully the recorder catches her rumblings and magically turns them into words on a screen. Painting nails is way easier when you don’t actually have to type, and with well over 500 polishes to get through, there’s a lot of painting going on.
Notwithstanding her no-good, very bad, horrible day job, Jayce seriously believes that true love conquers all. Even Maleficent said it. Sure, she was having an epic Mean Girls moment at the time, but she still said it. And she’s right. The only thing Jayce loves more than writing about true love conquering all, is hearing from readers who feel the same way. Drop her a line; she’d love to hear from you.
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