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Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

Posted December 16, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Sustained by Emma ChaseReviewer: Rowena
Sustained by Emma Chase
Series: Legal Briefs #2
Also in this series: Appealed, Sidebarred

Publication Date: August 25th 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 304
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five-stars

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

five-stars


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Review: Overruled by Emma Chase

Posted December 14, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Review: Overruled by Emma ChaseReviewer: Rowena
Overruled by Emma Chase
Series: Legal Briefs #1
Also in this series: Appealed, Sidebarred

Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 288
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two-stars

As a DC defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing – with his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes – he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart and mother of his beloved ten-year old daughter. Jenny is getting married — to someone who isn’t him.

That's definitely not part of the plan.
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Sofia Santos is a city raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her "friend with mind-blowing benefits" begs for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him – to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi – to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves.

Her head tells her she's crazy...and her heart says something else entirely.

*WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK*

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This book, man.

I was looking forward to reading this because I wanted to read about lawyers falling in love but what I was expecting and what I got, were two different things. Ames warned me that this wasn’t a clean cut romance but I’m pretty easy to please so I didn’t think that it would be a big deal.

But then I started the book and….it was.

So the book starts with the hero, Stanton finding out that he got his girlfriend and love of his lifetime Jenny pregnant. The two of them are so young with bright plans ahead of them but with Jenny pregnant, she obviously can’t go to college but Stanton got into a good school and he was supposed to get a college degree and then make butt loads of money to take care of him and Jenny. How can he go through with that now? He wants to take a year off, be around when Jenny has the baby and figure things out from there but Jenny won’t let him do it. She won’t let Stanton walk away from their plan. So the new plan is for Jenny to stay behind, raise the baby with her parents and Stanton still goes away to college to get that degree to get a good job and take care of Jenny and the baby.

A reluctant Stanton agrees and goes away to college. Everything is going great until the time and distance start to become a thing. Then the plan changes to Stanton and Jenny being in an open relationship because St. Jenny doesn’t want to hold Stanton back from anything. She wants him to experience college and all it has to offer…until he bangs some other chick and Jenny realizes it hurts to have your boyfriend want someone else but before Stanton goes back to college, Jenny brings up the open relationship thing and it becomes a real thing between them.

While they’re apart, they can bang and hang with whoever they wanted but when Stanton was back in town, they were together and everyone was off limits. I didn’t understand that whole thing but when the book starts up again, it’s ten years later and Stanton is no longer in college anymore but he never went home either. He is a hot shot defense attorney in DC, making big bucks and sending money home to Jenny and their daughter Presley. He’s also banging one of his co-workers and their relationship is completely casual and he’s pretty content with his life.

Who wouldn’t be though? He’s got the freaking life. He’s got a great job, money in the bank, a loving girlfriend and daughter back home and he gets to live the bachelor life hundreds of miles away, banging anyone he wants. Everything is going great until he finds out that Jenny is getting married because guess what guys? Jenny isn’t the heroine of this book. His bang buddy from work, Sofia is.

Technically, Stanton never cheated but that didn’t stop me from thinking that he was a bit of a douche bag. I say that because when he finds out that Jenny is getting married, his first instinct is go back home and try to win her back. That would be fine and dandy if he didn’t drag his bang buddy from work with him. Why did he do that? Because he can’t win Jenny back without Sofia. Sofia will keep him focused and will help him do whatever it takes to win Jenny back.

[insert eye roll emoji here]

Of course Sofia goes with him and OF COURSE Sofia’s in love with Stanton but Stanton is so focused on what HE wants that he doesn’t see it. Sofia is so in love with Stanton that she can’t refuse him in his time of need and the angst from that alone could have made me melt but the way that Stanton went about it turned my stomach.

You see, when Stanton and Sofia get to Mississippi, Stanton immediately starts up trying to sabotage Jenny’s relationship and wedding. Each day, Stanton throws wrenches in Jenny’s plans and each night his plans fail, he returns home to…Sofia and they bang his failures away only for Stanton to wake up the next morning and try, try again with Jenny.

So for a huge chunk of the book, Stanton wants Jenny all the while he’s still banging Sofia and that’s gross. That shit got real old, real fast and the more they did it, the more pissed off I got at the both of them. Throughout the entire book, Stanton put Jenny first. It would have been understandable had he put Presley first, but no. It was Jenny first and foremost in his mind and that really pissed me off because even when he realizes that he loves Sofia and not Jenny, he didn’t put Sofia first. He stayed in Mississippi and attended Jenny’s wedding and then two days later, he went after Sofia.

Don’t even get me started on Sofia. I wanted to strangle her every time she caved to Stanton’s seductions. I wanted to strangle her even more when she didn’t make Stanton grovel a bit more at the end and him being pissed off at her for letting him get away with all of the shit she let him get away with did not make up for all of the shitty things he did to her.

I could see the potential in Stanton and knew that deep down, he wasn’t a bad guy but holy cow did that good guy do a whole bunch of shitty things that made me want to nut punch him. Sofia was great too but I wanted to smack some damn sense into her for far too long and then the wrap up at the end did little to appease the rage that consumed me throughout the book.

When I finally finished the book, I was glad to be done with it because I could finally move on to the book that I wanted to read all along. Sustained. It was the premise for that book that brought this book to my attention and I really loved the other characters in this book. From Presley to Stanton’s family to Jake and Brent, I loved them all and looked forward to getting to know Jake and Brent better in their books so while this book didn’t work for me, the promise of the other books did.

Grade: 1.5 out of 5

two-stars


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