[659]: Appealed by Emma Chase

22926494 Appealed by Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs, #3
Gallery Books | January 19th, 2016
Adult Fiction | Romance | Erotica
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate – and prized – parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.

Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.

And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell.

She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore – she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.

But things aren’t exactly working out that way.

Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.

Sustained used to be my favourite Legal Briefs book, but I think that title has been usurped by Appealed. At times, it wasn’t as enjoyable as I would like, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that there’s just a bit more substance in this story. It’s those moments when I want to kill high school Brent and his posse that made it all the more remarkable. And that time when his douchebaggery was magnified when he flat out gave Kennedy an ultimatum. Like, dude. What the hell were you thinking? As if ultimatums ever work in the history of relationships. Above all, I like seeing glimpses of the group as they live their lives. But what I would like even more is to see how they are living now with kiddies in tow.

As usual, Emma Chase delivered a hilarious romance between two characters oozing with out of this world attractiveness and wit to back it up. The instant attraction wasn’t a surprise because they had a history together. And it was tender, but more often tumultuous. Your heart will go out for the young Kennedy who have loved Brent and whose heart was broken many times over by the pettiness and actions of others. Brent was – for the most part – a less than innocent bystander through it all, though. He failed to protect Kennedy then, which led to her hatred. Sadly, the comeuppance wasn’t as enjoyable because it was very brief. Sort of a delayed gratification, too. But, oh, was it fun to watch them spar in and out of the courtroom!

I recently found out that this is the last book in the series. I’m sad. It seems like I just found this series so I’m not willing to let go of the books  just yet. Emma Chase gave us a series that is wholly addictive and fun. Her characters are witty and hilarious. Navigating through all the idiosyncrasies of each characters’ relationships had been a hoot. Moreover, I enjoyed that the books were told mostly from the guys’ points of view. I like seeing them live through their self-inflicted heart injuries. Idiots.

  • Yay for loving this book sweetie 😀 But aw, I’m sorry it was the last one in the series. But yay for having liked the whole series 🙂 Not for me, but looking cute. <3 Thank you for sharing about it 🙂

  • Haha, idiots indeed! I like the idea of them being opposing attorneys as well :).

  • Aww it’s always sad to discover its the last book in a series you’ve ended up greatly enjoying. But I am glad you could enjoy it while you read it, and it seems like this one managed to combine a heated romance and also the aspect of it being a legal novel well!

  • Although, Sustained is still my favorite I did totally enjoy this one. The audio was fabulous! I couldn’t finish the first book in the series, though. Glad to hear you loved it too, Joy! There is an epilogue sort of novella after this one that shows these couples way in the future. It was a perfect ending. 🙂

  • I love when characters already have a sort of tension between them and the witty humor sounds great too!

  • Ha, you know I love the hate-turns-to love opposite sides of the courtroom kind of thing! These sound rather fun, glad you enjoyed!

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I haven’t even heard of this series, but you make it sound so good. I need my romances with actual substance, and not just a series of tropes. And I love that they are so funny. I think I need to read at least one of these.

  • Melliane

    I haven’t read a book by the author but I heard a lot of great things about her work so I confess that I’m curious

  • Hilarious romance? That’s my favourite kind! The enemies of youth/lovers as grown ups trope is one of my favourites. Glad you enjoyed this one so much!

  • Idiots. LOL!! Oh I like a good comeuppance and that sounds like it is the downfall of the story (but not much of one since you still have one). So much fun can be had in those in fiction. 🙂

  • What is she sitting on *tries to look*

  • Sounds like a great read – I love it when the more I think about a book, the more I like it!


  • kindlemom1

    Okay this sounds like a must. Wonderful review Joy!

  • I’m so glad you loved this one, Joy! I love that we get the guy’s POV mainly too because it’s just so fun being inside their heads! And gaah yes I loved those high school flashbacks too. Now, I really want to re-read this one. 🙂
    Great review!

  • Well now I am confused. I don’t know where I got the idea that this one wasn’t as good as sustained-which I loved. I may have to break down and read this one after all!

  • Ahhh! I need to read this and the first one. I’m thinking soon. Very soon.