Sustained by Emma Chase
Series: Legal Briefs #2
Also in this series: Appealed, Sidebarred
Publication Date: August 25th 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled series, returns with a brand new funny, romantic, sexy story!
A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.
When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.
Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.
Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy and Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.
Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.
And that—that, I know how to do.
OMG, this book.
This freaking book hit every one of my LOVE buttons. From the jaded hero to the overwhelmed heroine and the six orphans, I loved it all. Hell, even when Jake was being a butt head and Chelsea pushed everyone away, I loved it all. So freaking much.
So this is the second book in the Legal Briefs series by Emma Chase and it features Jake Becker, one of the four lawyer friends who is the womanizing bachelor. He’s all about the no feelings, wham bam thank you ma’am, one night stands. He has no desire to settle down and commit to one woman but then he gets a scare that has him stopping to re-think his one night stand stance. It makes more sense to get to know a woman before banging her so he’s going to take a page out of his friend’s books and woo a woman before bedding her. He can do this and if it’ll keep him from having an STD scare, he’s all for it. He’s not about repeating this latest scare.
When Jake meets Rory McQuaid, his life is forever changed and throughout a huge chunk of the book, it’s hard to know whether Jake thinks it’s a good change or a bad one but boy was it fun watching him fumble his way through the entire book.
I really enjoyed seeing Jake become closer and closer to each of the McQuaid kids. It started out as a way to get close to their gorgeous Aunt, Chelsea but you see his relationship with each kid solidify as the story progresses. These kids became important to him and I adored watching him fall for each and every single one of those kids. I loved seeing him go from HELL NO to NOT AGAIN to I’LL DO ANYTHING FOR THESE KIDS. The entire story just worked for me.
Jake was a straight up kind of guy who didn’t take shit from people. When we first met him in the last book, he was quiet and more reserved than the other guys in their little group. He opens up a lot in this book and I really liked his transformation. I loved him. I loved the way that he was with his friends, the way that he was with Chelsea (holy cow, they were hot together) and I adored the way that he was with the kids. When he sang One Direction to one of the little girls? I about melted into a puddle of lust. I loved his competitive nature at Mommy and Me, I loved the way that he had each of those kids back whenever someone was trying to bully them and I loved the way that he loved Chelsea.
Chelsea was a fantastic heroine. She was strong, independent and so freaking caring, it almost hurt to see her suffer alone. I loved when Jake became Chelsea’s champion. Helping her keep everything together, helping her grieve for her brother and sister in law and just being there for her. I loved it all. Chelsea had a wealth of love for these kids and to see her kicking ass day in and day out, putting the kids first through everything made me admire the hell out of her. She was good to those kids and she was good with Jake.
The romance was steamy, the characters came alive and one minute I was laughing my ass off then the next minute, I’m teary eyed and wanting to hold each of the kids close. I thought Emma Chase did a wonderful job of telling Jake and Chelsea’s story. It’s funny because I loved this book almost as much as I hated the first book. This was a great contemporary romance about two strangers falling in love amidst a giant crowd of kids. That last scene with Jake rallying the troops at Stanton and Sofia’s wedding? It about burst my heart with joy, I loved it so much. This book was damn good and I’ve already re-read three times. 🙂
Grade: 5 out of 5