Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Release Day Review ~ Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase

Book Description:
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.

Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“A knight in tarnished armour is still a knight.”

This book was all about Jake Becker, Chelsea and six amazing kids, if ever there was a feel good book, then this was it, it ticked so many boxes. One thing that Emma Chase never fails to deliver is a spot on male POV and she totally nailed Jake, along with the inner monologues the witty banter this character came to life in a huge way and you couldn’t help but love him. He made you want to love him.

Jake was the epitome of a single man, just the thought of commitment brought him out in hives, he didn’t date, didn’t do relationships just had a long line of one nighters to satisfy the itch. He threw himself into his work and that is what kept him going, he lived and breathed his job, he was exceptionally talented, highly motivated and highly successful. He had it all...or did he?

“All a man has is his word. That he says what he means and does what he says.”

I fell in love with Jake at the onset; I always knew there was something else hidden beneath his cocky façade and Emma Chase really brought it to the forefront in this book. He was such a kind hearted person, he would do anything for anyone and he had the biggest shoulders for everyone else’s burdens. But it took a crafty little pick pocket to finally knock him on his ass, not the pick pocket himself but the lads legal guardian, Chelsea.

Chelsea was a sinking ship, my heart went out to her right from the start, I mean I have three kids that drive me nuts at times but this young girl took on her six nieces and nephews. She was literally thrown into the deep end after a tragedy struck the family and she needed help desperately. Chelsea was a beautiful character both inside and out, she was selfless, admirable and downright freakin adorable. I just wanted to jump into the kindle and give her the biggest hugs. You couldn’t help but be taken in by her plight and Jake was no different.

“I want. I want her – this fearless, stunning woman. And I want the kids. Those perfect, awful, amazing children – whom she loves with every inch of her soul. I want them to be mine. Mine to hold, mine to protect and teach. Their joy, their laughter, their love. I want to come home to it, bask in it, be the reason for it. But even more than that, I want to deserve them. To be worthy.”

This book had me in tears, both of laughter, sadness and happiness; such are the emotions that Emma Chase weaves effortlessly throughout this book. The Emma Chase sense of humour is prevalent throughout and that is what makes this book such an enjoyable and complete read. Not only do you have the romance and the angst but it is beautifully balanced with a good old belly laugh and that is exactly what you needed while reading.

“Because apparently One Direction’s superpower is instant friendship. Someone should ship them to the Middle East so they can get to work on that Israel-Palestine thing.”

To see the change in Becker throughout this book had my heart in knots and my eyes full of tears but full of admiration, he was such a beautiful man both inside and out, even if he doesn’t realise it at first. This was a huge journey and learning curve for Jake Becker and he took it all in his stride, he really does wear his heart on his sleeve for us all to see and doesn’t care who belittles him for it. Chelsea owns him now along with those six adorable, stinking cute kids who seamlessly weaved their way into my affections.

“She’s fourteen. It’s a tough age...She’ll be human again...eventually.”

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it was perfect and I cannot wait for more from this series.

Buy Links:

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Luxlub
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1Jj4F6r


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