[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.

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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.


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.

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