[573]: Sustained by Emma Chase

22926485 Sustained by Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs, #2
Gallery Books | Paperback, 267 pp.
August 25th, 2015
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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.

I have read and re-read this book at least 3 times already. And every single re-read feels like the first time. All the joys, all the laughter, all the heart-wrenching moments this book put me through felt like what having left over cold pizza tastes like the next day: even better than the first time. This book is so much better than its predecessor. Heck, miles removed from Overruled.


The story introduces us to Chelsea McQuaid and her brood of nieces and nephews. She inherited them when their parents died in a car accident. She’s a twenty-three year old single woman who’s had to shed her doting auntie role in exchange for the mother figure/guardian for the kids. It wasn’t fun.  She’s had to forgo her former life for the kids’ sake.  And most of time, the household is in utter chaos.


Enter Jake Becker. Jake is a ruthless defence attorney who has quite a reputation for being cold and merciless. Slowly but surely, Chelsea and the kids wormed their way into his heart. In such a short time, Jake finds himself carting the kids around to dentist appointments, One Direction concert, and minding the entire brood when they all got sick at the same time.  He didn’t sign up for the kind of responsibilities Chelsea has. And he doesn’t think he’s the kind of man Chelsea deserves, anyway. But once he’s had a glimpse of Chelsea’s life, he can’t help but feel the need to protect them like a family man should. He just needs to realize that he’s already slipped into the father role without even batting an eye.


It’s so easy to fall in love with Jake, Chelsea and the kids. Their chaotic life was fun to watch. They had me laughing and crying – and sometimes, all at the same time. If the first book had me infuriated with Sofia and Stanton, Sustained more than made up for their shortcomings. Chelsea and Jake was a lovely couple. They easily fell into the role of parenthood like it was no big. There was a lot of laughter, tears, bickering and most of all, love. But let’s not forget that this book is also sexy as sin. Jake is a big bear of a man to Chelsea’s petite adorableness. Oh but this woman is strong, selfless and brave!  Sustained rightfully deserves all the 5-star ratings it’s been getting. It took me through a whole slew of emotions, most of which was utter joy.

  • Well this sounds wonderful! So you have to read book 1? Because I would rather jump in with this one. Great review!

  • Aw, YAY 😀 I’m so thrilled that you have read and loved this book so many times already. That is the best feeling, isn’t it? 😀 Sounds like an interesting book. <3 Thank you for sharing Joy 🙂

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Ooh, 5 Star romance reads are hard to come by so I am definitely going to be checking this out! Thanks for introducing this one to me, Joy! 🙂

  • Melliane

    One day U’ll really have to try one for her books, everyone is loving them and I’m so late!

  • I’ve heard rave reviews for this! It sounds so good. Glad you enjoyed!

  • Just the synopsis sounds way more interesting the Overruled! This book sounds like fun and 5 stars from you?! I’m sold!

  • Jazmen

    I’m posting my review for this one tomorrow and I pretty much feel exactly the same way. Loved the crazy family!

  • At least you enjoyed this one. I remember the first book wasn’t such a huge hit with you.

    • Random but Braine, you so pretty in this pic! 😀

  • Now this sounds like the kind of new adult book I could love. I actually really like the sound of this one and how both adults had to get over let’s say “themselves” and become a better person for the kids – and hopefully are a better person after that. My kind of read!

  • Maybe this is the Chase I should read

  • I’m so glad the 2nd installment was a winner! 🙂 Need to read this series soon.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    WHY HAVE I NOT STARTED THIS YET JOY?!!!!!! I bought it based on a glowing review from Nick and every review I’ve read since has been 5 stars. MUST READ IMMEDIATELY. Yes to a knight in tarnished armor. Yessssssssssss:)

  • kindlemom1

    Okay that settles it, I must make time for this author before the year is over! Wonderful review!

  • HELL YES!!!
    I’m so so happy you loved this one, but I knew you would! 😉 This really was one of the best books I’ve ever read this year. It made me feel so much too. And OMG JAKE AND THOSE KIDS. Especially the little “hi” girl. Melted me.
    I can’t wait to read the next book. Here’s hoping it will be just as good as this one!

  • Good to hear it had the emotions for you!

  • I’m so glad you love it. I was a little worried when I saw your dislike for Overruled, but really, who could possibly dislike Jake and the gang? lol. I hope the next book is good too. I’m already crushing on Brent.

  • I have seen this book everywhere and although it has amazing reviews I’m still on the fence with this one. Hmm..maybe I should just jump in without thinking?