[570]: Overruled by Emma Chase

Gallery Books | Paperback, 259 pp.
Series: The Legal Briefs, book #1
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 2 out of 5 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.

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.

What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.

It is really unfortunate that I had such an awful time reading this. I like legal drama/comedy. Sadly, the law aspect in the plot was marginal to say the least. But that’s not why I didn’t enjoy this one at all.

Friends with benefits, Sofia and Stanton has quite a good set up. In the courtroom, they are virtually unstoppable. They are fiery, and fully committed to winning their cases. In the bedroom, their drive to one-up each other retain the intensity that fuel their partnership. When Stanton receives a wedding invitation from his childhood sweetheart (and mother of his daughter), he concocts a plan to stop the wedding. His bright idea was to bring Sofia along in the hopes his ex will see exactly what she’s missing out on.

My major beef with this book is rooted in the fact that Stanton and Sofia are not the type of characters I could empathize with. Simply put, Stanton is a jerk and Sofia is a doormat. He wanted his cake and  eat it, too. He doesn’t want his ex to marry, but he doesn’t want Sofia left to her defences to fight off the advances of other males within a 5-foot radius. I didn’t like him at all. He was a spoiled, entitled man who considers himself a gift. All I really want to do was punch his junk. That’s how adverse my reaction was to this man.

Don’t think I’m forgetting about Sofia. My God, woman. The days of catering to a man’s whim over yours ended about several decades ago. Did you not get that memo? Where were you when the feminist revolution was on the rise? Gah. I’ve never been thus inclined to shake a woman. Yes, this book brought some violent (and virulent) tendencies out of me; and yes, I realize that I shouldn’t be taking this seriously. But when you staunchly believe in something, you would not be able to stop yourself from reacting. Much like I can’t help but feel how stupid Sofia was through most of this book.  The ending didn’t do anything to salve my annoyance, unfortunately. It was too little, too late at that point.

I was told the second book is way better than this one. I’m clinging to that hope. On a side note, can we talk about how tediously long that summary was?


  • A shame you didn’t enjoy this one Joy, it’s hard when you don’t connect to the characters.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Haha…sorry you didn’t like it, but your review made me smile. I haven’t read this series yet, but my co-blogger loves it.

  • This sounds like the type of book that would have me banging my head on my desk… it sounds just ugh! There is no way I can ever sympathise with a woman like that. And that guy…no no no! Yes, that summary was dreadful, basically gave away the entire book, no real need to read it at all. My sympathies for you enduring this book. xD

  • This sounds really bad! I did read Tangled by Emma Chase and I really liked that one-the guy was a jerk kinda as well, but certainly came off better than this one-and learned his lesson as well 🙂 Sorry this was so bad!

  • RO

    Yikes! Save me from Jerks in a novel! (lol) As always, totally love your review. Hugs…Ro

  • Okay. Ugh. This book sounds so, so bad, lol 🙂 I’m sorry you didn’t like it much sweetie : not for me 😀 Thank you for sharing your awesome thoughts about it. <3

  • He sounds like a complete a-hole haha!

  • “All I wanted to do was punch his junk” Haha! Sorry this one was a bust. I only read one book by this author, and I think I wound up not finishing it. Great review!

  • Adriana C

    I haven´t heard of this book before and I don´t think that I´m going to read it soon.
    Thanks for your review.

  • kindlemom1

    I’ve been meaning to try this author but maybe not with this book. I’m not sure the legal aspect would have appealed to me anyways but I do want to try something of her’s at some point. Sorry this wasn’t a fantastic read for you.

  • You argued you case like a pro. *bangs gavel*

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I am pretty sure I would absolutely despise these two, him for being such a self-centered bastard and her for letting him get away with it. It’s like anti-feminist feast, this book. I think I’ll pass.

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I really hate romances which feature irritating characters and love stories that just don’t move me. I’m sorry to see this didn’t work out but I definitely read a legal romance series that wasn’t bad recently. Something about Capital Confessions or Scandals? I’ll look up the name and get back to you on it! Anyhow, lovely review and thanks for warning me away from this one, Joy!

  • Ack, sorry this one turned out to be so rubbish for you! When I am reading I really have to like the characters to be able to enjoy a book. And if the characters aren’t really in keeping with what you stand for and sort of go against those basic ideals I can see how it can be hard to like them. I don’t like the sound of this one myself either :/

  • This one definitely isn’t your kind of book. I liked it but it’s not my favorite Emma Chase. BUUUTT definitely try book 2!! It’s so much better and the characters are much more likeable. I PROMISE.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    *snort* Never a good sign when you want to punch the hero of the romance in the junk Joy! I think I would struggle with Stanton as well, characters like him that string a woman along because he doesn’t necessarily want her but he definitely doesn’t want anyone else to want her make me stabby. Grrrrr.

  • Aw, phooey. This sounds like My Best Friends Wedding, which I love. But I’m not sure I could relate to those characters either…

  • Jazmen

    Well that’s unfortunate. Especially since I put this on hold at the library and I picked up the second book. I really hope I like these more…because I loves Tangled. Sorry this didn’t work.

  • I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you Joy 🙁 I enjoyed Tangled and I was excited for this one, especially since I enjoy lawyer characters. But damn, they would annoy the heck out of me too! Punch his junk. Ha!

  • Booooo . . . just b/c it’s fiction doesn’t mean the characters get to suck. Better luck next time :/

  • She would annoy me too much

  • Yikes, that sucks. I haven’t read this one yet, only Sustained, and I loved them as a couple in that one. It’ll be interesting to see them in their own book, because I believe it takes place about 3 years earlier. Hopefully you like Sustained more.

  • Melliane

    Ah yes really complicated to have 2 characters like that. They would have annoyed me as well…