Thursday, September 10, 2015

Review: SUSTAINED (LEGAL BRIEFS, #2) by Emma Chase

Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub. Date: August 25, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: E-ARC

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 & 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.

Adorable kids. Sexy hero. Sweet yet string heroine. A hot as hell slow burn love story. I adored Sustained with a passion. That's saying something considering I loathed the first book. I didn't give a lick about Stanton or Sofia. But this story on the other hand, I could get enough. Jake and Chelsea as individuals were awesome and together I think they were a force to be not to be reckoned with. Jake, the bad boy lawyer, and Chelsea, the sweet who who had to up and move when her brother and his wife died. Leaving her to be the sole protector of six children all ranging from babies to teenagers.

At first, I didn't know what to expect. When I was asked to review, I was hesitant seeing as the first book was such a major letdown. But it's Emma Chase, and why the hell wouldn't I give her second chance. I'm so glad I did too. I feel like I like this book just as much as her debut novel, Tangled, which I devoured in one sitting. The other books after were good but in my opinion, never quite reaching the Tangled category. Well, I'm glad to say Tangled was knocked off its pedestal. Sustained has taken to icing on the cake, the cherry on top. I want to crawl in the book and live there.

The book is filled with Chase's signature wit that make everyone fall in love with her simple and easy writing style. I, myself, laughed out loud more than a few times. I loved the exchanges and dialogue between Jake and the kids. It's amazing to see someone gain something he never knew he wanted. Plus the kids gained something that was lost; and while it will never quite fill that hole that was left when they lost their parents, maybe it will help with the healing process. Men who love and take care of children, is just so simply sexy. Mainly Jake. One, these aren't his kids. He doesn't OWE them anything - but he fell in love with them. Resulting in him being an amazing father figure in their lives.

Overall, if you're looking for a light-hearted yet deep read about what it means to have family, this is the book for you. Don't be turned off that it has kids in it, I promise you won't regret it. It's THAT good. It doesn't hurt that Jake is a hottie with tats and when he pulls the lawyer card on people, yeah so hot! I loved this so much and I hope you do too!

 *Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the Author:
 By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

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