Tuesday 25 August 2015

Review - Sustained by Emma Chase

Title: Sustained
Series: Legal Briefs #2
Author: Emma Chase
Release Date: August 25, 2015

Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled series, returns with a brand new funny, romantic, sexy story!

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 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. 

A hot lawyer. A great woman with six kids. A dog named Cousin It. Grief. Laughter. Sadness. Mistakes. A great ending. Sustained is an awesome story filled with awesome things. You won’t want to stop reading it. 

Jake Becker has been living the bachelor life for a while and he’s 30 years old. When he gets some not-so-great news, he realizes he should start dating and getting to know girls before he sleeps with them. His buddy, Brent helps him get a date, and he realizes dating isn’t so bad. When he meets Chelsea, he makes it his mission to try to have something with her; the only thing is, she comes with some big baggage—six kids. 

Jake’s main focus has been on his career in being a lawyer. When Chelsea and the kids start to take his attention away from that, he’s okay with it…until he isn’t anymore. Jake doubts his abilities to be what Chelsea needs. Will he be able to overcome his fears so he can have the family he deserves? 

I really enjoyed this book. It is told in only Jake’s POV. I’m pretty used to dual POV, so this was something different for me. It was an interesting approach. Jake was a really good guy, whether he believed that about himself or not. He was so great with the kids. Six kids are a handful, but he managed to take care of them just fine. 

Chelsea and Jake have their ups and downs with the kids, having to deal with the social worker, and with Jake’s doubts and fears. It was great to see Brent, Stanton, and Sofia again and to see how they were always there for each other. 

I think that some people might be put off from this book because a lot of it involves the kids, but let’s face it, there is six of them, so they are going to be a big part of it. There is still romance and time for Chelsea and Jake to be together, but not as much as they would be without the kids. I really like books like this and thought it was great. I like the family dynamic and how Jake and Chelsea were always there for the kids and would do anything for them. 

This was another great book by Emma Chase. I very much enjoy the Legal Briefs series and can’t wait to read about Brent in his book, which is next. 
~ Review by Leah

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 bringing her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. Writing has always been her passion, and the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, was nothing less than a dream come true.

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