SUSTAINED by EMMA CHASE

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Title: Sustained

Series: The Legal Briefs Series #2

Author: Emma Chase

Release date: 25th August, 2015

Publisher: Gallery Books

Sold by: Simon and Schuster

 

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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.

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Reviewed by Rachel McEwan & Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

 

Jake ~ ”Sorry, Cinderella, but the clock struck twelve. The coach has turned into a pumpkin and it’s time to collect your glass slipper. I never pretended to be Prince Charming.”

The above quote just epitomises this book! Once again Emma Chase is at her very best in delivering yet another outstanding read with her witty and sarcastic prose. We both read this book in one sitting. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t recommend reading it in bed as the liability of causing disturbance by laughing out loud or weeping over emotionally despairing moments is highly likely. This author’s storytelling techniques have always attracted us with her boundless humour, well-developed characters and hot steamy scenes. We definitely were not disappointed and there is no doubt whatsoever that this is one-clicking material.

Oh my! Jake Becker. The ultimate up-and-coming bad boy lawyer in town had our tongues hanging out and left our ovaries in a tail spin! He is everything a woman with an eye on nabbing him should stay well clear of. Love ’em and ‘leave ’em, no questions asked and not interested in TMI is him down to a tee. Not only is he ambitiously driven with the hope of becoming a senior partner in the law firm where he works, but he is also outspoken, and totally loyal to his best friends who work there too. But is it really what he wants? Yes, he finds the job challenging and he’s the best at what he does. He’s the successful man he is because someone took an interest in him and kept him out of jail. We did find this ladies’ man a tad over the top with his orderly life, so after the receiving unsavoury news which is nothing less than a sign to change his ways, he decides to do something about it. At thirty, Jake has never dated; has had no inclination to do so up until now and has no idea how to go about it either. Considering his lack of experience in the wining and dining department, it isn’t surprising that things aren’t working out well. However, an unfortunate run-in with a young lad will unexpectedly turn his life upside down.

Jake ~ I’m not hindered by time suckers like family, girlfriends, marriage and kids – the ultimate third rail for any career-driven adult.

What Jake doesn’t need in his life is complication, he has no time for it. Well, does life have a surprise for him! In steps the beautiful Chelsea who has just experienced grief on the grandest of scales. Our hearts went out to this young woman who had to give up studying to become a surrogate parent to six absolutely beguiling and feisty kids. She adores them with all her being but at times, problems arise which need a strong hand and even more loving. These kids that made us laugh and cry, are suffering a loss Chelsea is trying her hardest to fill. They won us over instantly and it won’t be long before Jake’s sharp comebacks and just reasoning gains their respect. Well, that and little help from his mate, Stanton. Yes, we got more Stanton! But we’ll come back to him later.

Jake ~ ”What can I say ? When God was passing out dick, he gave me extra.”

He wasn’t exactly thrown into this seemingly disorganised household; he had a choice and although it went against his grain, he fancies Chelsea like he has never fancied a woman before. Is he in over his head or is Chelsea and the kids just what he needs?

She’s so damn naïve she can’t see what’s coming and nooo, more tears were shed by us yet again. This book made us laugh, cry and scream and that could just be the one chapter! Jake letting the side down was like taking an ice cold shower in Siberia and we could have punched him in the face with our Kindles.

Chelsea ~ “You know, Jake. I always knew you were capable of being an arsehole, when you wanted to be. But I never, ever, thought you’d be a coward.’”

Ok let’s talk Stanton! We adored Stanton in the first book in this series, ‘Overruled’ and we get to catch up with him again together with Jake’s other friends Sophia and Brent. When the chips were down, they really came into their own and gave Jake the kick up the arse he needed! Like true friends, they stepped in when Jake’s world has been turned on its head and he’s taken out of his comfort zone. The secondary characters are fabulous but the ones that steal the show are the kids, and there are six of them so be prepared to be dazzled! The banter between the adults and kids in this story is nothing short of brilliant and had us laughing out loud at their escapades.

We’ve found it so very hard not to mention all the superlative and humorous scenes in this book so not to spoil it for you because there are so many! The epilogue though is something else… wow, we adored it and saw it play out in our minds as it was that good! We understand that Brent’s book is next and we cannot wait! What more can we say other than Bravo Emma Chase, you have done it again!

 

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overruled4_nBy day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small 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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