Series: The Legal Briefs #3
Author: Emma Chase
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 19, 2016
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Related Books: Baby, It's Cold Outside Anthology, Overruled, Sustained
About Appealed: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.
APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.
We all know I love friends becoming lovers, girls/boys next door included, and this was an interesting twist on that. While Kennedy and Brent were friends at one point, they sure aren’t when they get together in the book. Childhood friends who grew apart in a painful way means lots of hurt that hasn’t been addressed, because the relationship ended when it happened.
So I think this type of story has more of a backstory than most “friends with benefits”-type books that I liked watching play out.
And I related to Kennedy’s side of that backstory so hard. I was that kid who kind of got left behind by her friends for greener pastures in the form of a more popular crowd. It happened over and over again, actually, in high school. It’s really painful when a friendship or flirtationship kind of fades away instead of ending with a big fight or specific event, because you’re just left feeling ignored and insignificant.
As for Brent, he was the first guy in this series I didn’t want to slap most of the time. Overruled and Sustained both had a lot of the hero being woefully and adorably clueless. Brent was woefully and adorably sharp, planning ahead, and figuring out how to really win over Kennedy.
And the later books in a “friend group” series (ya know what I mean – when each book focuses on a different couple in the group) are always my favorite. The further you get into one of these series, the more in love with and invested you are in the supporting characters, as well as the main ones, since you’ve already read their stories. So seeing the rest of the group “post-HEA” is always awesome.
I don’t always love when books are entirely from the male’s POV, but Emma Chase never makes me mind it. And why would I, when this book still had hilarity and heatness, with a good dose of sarcasm and pining?
About Emma Chase
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Tangles, Twisted, Tamed, and Tied. She lives in a small town in rural New Jersey with her husband and children. Follow Emma on Twitter and Facebook, or visit her at www.emmachase.net.