Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Author: Emma Chase
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 25, 2015
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Related Books: Baby, It's Cold Outside Anthology, Overruled, Appealed
About Sustained: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.
This book is what I would call very okay. Bordering on great. It was hilarious, but I didn’t love the characters.
So I guess my “thing” with this series is going to be wanting to slap the guys upside the head, and loving them anyways.
In Overruled, Stanton was the definition of wanting to have your cake and eat it, too. I mean, the guys in the Tangled series were pretty stupid, too, as are most guys (and girls) in romantic comedies. It’s why we love them. But the guys in the Tangled books were more adorably clueless than sneaky toddler. Like, “come on, you really think you can get away with that?”
And Jake kind of had the same outlook as Stanton: I can come and go as I please and everything will stay the same, waiting for me.
But Jake was hilarious with the kids – I love when kids are observed as adults. When the commentary about them is just dry and all, “these miniature humans are weird as fuck.” Because, yes, they are. And they’re also hilarious, but that’s because of the weirdness.
So yeah, the kids were a huge plus in this book.
Chelsea was actually kind of a weak point for me. I didn’t dislike her by any means, but she didn’t stand out at all to me. She’s just “romantic comedy heroine.” A few days after finishing the book, and a lot of non-essential specifics about her character are already forgotten.
Finally, like in Overruled, I still loved the “supporting cast.” Even more, actually. And I’m going to love the supporting cast more with each book because I love when you really know them. So as each couple has their turn in the spotlight and then goes back to the ensemble, the ensemble gets a little better for me. 🙂
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.