Lawrence “Lawyer” Stewart, from Piper Huguley’s The Lawyer’s Luck, has everything a romance hero needs to confirm book boyfriend status. Should it please the court (or the readership) his qualifications can be summed up in the following five points:
1) He loves his work. Making it through the rigors of law school takes intelligence, dedication and drive. Doing all of the above without the benefit of the internet, energy drinks or a permanent place to live, that takes something extra. Doing all of the above as a man of color in the nineteenth century, that takes even more. Lawrence pursues his life’s calling from the back of a horse, as he rides circuit for his mentor, a judge who can no longer take on the arduous duty of being the law for a series of towns and settlements. He takes his responsibilities seriously, whether it’s conducting marriage ceremonies, settling disputes, leveling judgements, or tracking down the runaway horse he absolutely needs if he’s going to make his circuit in time to take his law exams.
2) He has a strong moral code. When Lawrence believes something, he believes it. He has a strong Christian faith that he relies upon, but does not push on others, and checks himself and his choices against that non-negotiable fact. Because of his belief that slavery is wrong, he risks his livelihood to help Realie, the enslaved woman who stole his horse in her own bid for freedom, he’s willing to put his own goals aside to ensure she gets what’s best for her. Though he has more than one opportunity for casual sex—both with Realie, and with another woman—that’s not for him, and his resolve remains firm. Everything he’s got is for his future wife, (because she’s getting it all; oh lucky, lucky Realie) and that’s not open for discussion.