Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book Spotlight: Review and Giveaway for Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase

 Emma Chase, whose super-sexy and smartly funny Tangled series made her a bestselling sensation, returns with the second installment of the Legal Briefs series—where high-powered attorneys compete
for the upper hand in the courtroom . . . and in the bedroom.
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 and 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.


★★★★★ stars

 I flat out loved this book. It had everything I look for in a story. I loved the characters, the story, and the way it made me laugh, swoon, and cry. It's perfect. I can't believe I'm saying this especially considering the way I love Tangled, but Sustained may have just replaced it as my favorite Emma Chase book. It's certainly unforgettable.

Jake Becker is a driven man. He's set on becoming partner and nothing is going to stop him. He's not one for attachments other than those to his friends. Women don't compute longer than it takes for him to get them and himself off. He's an honest manwhore. So when he meets Chelsea incidentally and suddenly things are topsy turvy.

I loved Jake and being in his head. He's hilarious. I loved how he was with all of the McQuaids in particular the younger ones. I loved seeing him change his perspective towards his future. I understood his battles between what he thought he should do and what he needed. Jake wasn't an easy man. He might be a complete shark in the courtroom and do whatever needed to win, but he wasn't heartless. 

Chelsea McQuaid is something else. I adored her. She's so determined to do right by her brother, the way he did right by her. I felt her pain and understood her fears. She was alone, but she was trying her best to deal with her grief and that of her nieces and nephews. She needs help, in fact all the little ones need help and it seems like Jake found his way into their lives at just the right time.

There's this special alchemy between Chelsea and Jake. They spark and flare, but can't stay away from each other. While neither are paragons of virtue, both are dealing with their changing realities and learning from the mistakes they make. I loved watching them be happy as much as I did watching them make up after a fight or disagreement. Jake and Chelsea are real and easy to relate to, especially when they're messing up. 

I loved how much I laughed while reading this story. It's not just Jake's dry tone of voice, but also the kids. They had me in stitches. I also loved how easy it was to connect to all of them. I read this book in a couple of hours because I couldn't bear to put it down. In fact I devoured the first quarter of the book in thirty minutes. The pages just flew by as I fell for Jake, Chelsea, and the kids. I loved seeing Stanton, Sofia, and Brent again. Emma Chase has done a magnificent job with Sustained. I foresee myself doing numerous re-reads of this book. My words are inadequate but the book speaks for itself. You must give it a try if you like soulful, moving, romantic comedies. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honnst review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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About the Author
emma chase
By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she toils away the hours bringing her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.
Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.



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