[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.
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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.

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[621]: Twisted by Emma Chase

17977710 Gallery Books | March 25th, 2014
Series: Tangled, #2
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
GOODREADS | CHAPTERS | AMAZON


There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself – and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice, the most important of my life. Drew already made his –in fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville. Alone. Well, sort of alone….

What I’ve come to realize is that old habits die hard and sometimes you have to go back to where you began, before you can move ahead.

TWISTED picks up two years after Tangled’s end, and is told from Kate’s POV.


So here we are back for more. This time, through Kate’s point of view. This isn’t a rehashing of what had happened in Tangled, but a continuation of their story. I’m not going to lie, if it wasn’t for the eventual resolution of their story, I would be leaving a scathing review. But since I was able to take more good than bad, I decided to give it a middle grade.

Once again, we’re treated to the hilarity of Drew’s twisted view of the world and life in general. The sex is hotter than ever and even more adventurous. They can’t get enough of each other and Drew seems to be showing signs that he’s really changing his ways. So why then do we find Kate broken hearted at the beginning of the story? Well, you’d have to read it, of course.

THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE

Gah. I saw it from a mile away. I saw the minute that these two used miscommunication as a conflict device to perpetrate angst. Kate, what was so hard about saying, hold up, hold up. What the fuck are you talking about? No. You need to listen to me first before you go and hire a stripper to purposely hurt my feelings. Did you not learn your lesson from the first book?

 And Drew. Your mistrust is so unfounded. Kate was not the one who had different girls every night before you guys met. She was the one who was in a relationship for years. She wasn’t the type to cheat, you dumbass! How in the world did one plus one equal to Kate cheating? Without even due consideration to the type of person Kate is, you went and fucked it all up again. Sighhhhhhhhh. I swear if it wasn’t for your hotness, you’d have been minced meat by now.

IN RETROSPECT

These two had their own shares of immaturity and foolishness, but such is the reality of a relationship that had a stormy beginning and was patched up by office furniture to begin with (don’t ask). I can’t really blame them for that because we’re all mad when it comes to love. I did say they made up for it in the end. And that’s the best thing about Emma Chase’s stories. She paints flawed characters in a light that we can all – unfortunately – relate and see.

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[619]: Tangled by Emma Chase

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Last week, I had the brilliant idea to jump start my Spring cleaning early. When I set that plan into motion, I knew I need some mindless fun to listen to while I tackle the job. I decided to check out the first book to Emma Chase’s Tangled series. Four audiobooks later, my walls are freshly painted, my pantry is now organized, and my foyer is sporting a new look. Besides the inconvenience of laughing mid-stroke (painting. Painting, guys) while I was doing corners and edges, I had such a great time listening to all four books. They’re not perfect but highly entertaining, nonetheless.

All the books are told in first person narrative which worked splendidly well because we get a perfect sense of the person speaking. Drew, for one,  was such a candid speaker. Being in his head will either make you laugh like a hyena or swear he’s the most stupid man in the world. In any case, he was fun all through and through.

Tangled, #1: The Drew and Katherine Show

This book started off with Drew practically on his death bed with the flu. He then takes the reader on an introspective journey as to why he is the way he is. He is, for all intents and purposes, your cookie-cutter successful man in New York City who has the lay of the land and ladies falling at his feet. He lives by a set of rules which includes not sleeping with anyone at work. When he met Katherine at a bar, he was freshly er, blown. So you can just imagine the kind of playa Drew is. He has no scruples, to be honest. But he’s about to meet his comeuppance when he sets his sights to Kate.

GOD’S GIFT TO WOMEN

Ughhhhhh. As much as I hate this stereotype, there is a small part of me who can’t get enough. Drew is such a male specimen, but he is the worst. And I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t think there is one woman on this Earth who is powerful enough to change him. Don’t get me wrong he’s not all that bad at times. He’s such a softie when it comes to his niece. His interactions with her are too adorable for words. I also like his relationship with his sister, his parents, and his friends. But he’s such a dog when it comes to the women unfortunate enough to cross his path.  Then Kate came along and ruined all the fun. He thought it was going to be easy. He thought his charms were enough to win her over. So he chased her. And when he caught her, it was a supernova event.

WHEN THINGS WENT SOUTH

Being the idiot that he is, he went and fucked up his relationship with Kate. I’m not gonna go into specifics, but just know that he’s a dumbass. So then he tries to win her back by annoying the living shit out of her. When all else failed – and this is when I went, huh? – he hired someone to redecorate his home office to win her back. Duuude. I love me some ergonomic chairs and all, but let me tell you, that’s not going to win you back my affection. I mean, are you for real?! Anyway, I thought it was stupid. Lol.

IN RETROSPECT

But hey, don’t let that stop you from reading this book (and checking out this series). Like I mentioned above, this is all good fun. It’s hilarious, crass, and holy Hannah is it ever hawt. Read it for the laughs. Read it for the sex. Whatever your motivations are, don’t read it because you’re looking to nourish your intellect.  Ha.

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[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.

FULL HOUSE

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.

A KNIGHT IN TARNISHED ARMOUR

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.

VERDICT

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.

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