Sidebarred (Emma Chase)

There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless — in and out of the courtroom.

Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure — a family man. And he’s pretty damn good at it.

Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay of jail, and keep his wife happy — but it finally feels like he’s got it together again….

So, of course something has to screw it all up. It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.

And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.


I loved everything about this little novella, and I’m beyond happy that it exists. Jake and Chelsea and their 6 kids are my favorite part of this series, so I was so happy to have a chance to see them all again and see how they end up.

Again, this one is told only through Jake’s POV, and that worked perfectly in my opinion.

The conflict could have been handled a bit better, I honestly sided with Chelsea there and I thought she relented too easily. But I also saw Jake’s point of view, and my heart broke a little for seeing them fighting. I want them happy all the time.

I just wanted MORE. I wanted more time with the kids. I wanted more of their family time and fights and shenanigans. I just wanted more of the Becker-McQuaid gang, because they’re AWESOME!! Also… now I want a book for each kid… I’m not asking much, right?

Appealed (Emma Chase)

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 Louboutins.

When Kennedy looks at Brent, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school in order to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell for her.

But she’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore–she’s a Washington, DC, prosecutor with a long winning streak. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case, and Kennedy thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.

But things aren’t exactly working out the way she planned. Brent has his sights set on Kennedy, and every fiery exchange only makes him want her more–and makes her wonder if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. In the end, they may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.


This is the third book of the Legal Briefs series, so by now, I knew and loved most of the characters, and I think that’s a major reason of why I liked this book so much.

Again, this book is told in single male POV, and I really loved Brent’s voice, but on this case, I think I would have benefited of a few glimpses into Kennedy’s POV, because she wasn’t easy to read, and a bit broken, and lots interesting, and I kind of wanted to know a bit more about her. Still, Brent and Kennedy have known each other since they were children, so Brent does a wonderful job in letting us know Kennedy, at least the Kennedy that HE knows.

I loved both main characters. Brent has been a delight to read since book 1, he’s cocky and unafraid of showing his true feelings, and I really appreciated that. He loved with all his heart and he was all in. And he grows up so much. Kennedy does too, because she’s so marred from what happened in the past, that she has to learn to trust Brent again, and I really enjoyed reading her progress. She’s tough as nails though.

This is a second chance romance and a friends to lovers romance, and I love both those tropes, so I’m happy. Their romance was all kinds of hot, and based on so much more that first met the eye.

Also really liked the plot, I wasn’t expecting all that happened, but I liked the way it was handled, and how the whole gang had such a big role in putting things back on track.

Overall, another amazing book from Emma Chase. I want to read everything she has written now…

Have you read this one? What are your thoughts?

Overruled | Sustained

Sustained (Emma Chase)

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.


Last month I read Overruled and really liked it, but I LOVED Sustained!

I’m gonna keep this review short and on point. This book is adorable and amazing and sweet and funny and amazing 😀 . The writing is once again incredible, with the added bonus that this book is told exclusively through Jake’s POV. You guys know how much I love a male-POV only book, and Jake was the perfect guy to carry this one.

I loved the characters. Jake is beyond amazing, even when he’s slightly stupid a bit clueless. The way he loves Chelsea and those kids is spectacular, and reading about his character development was great. Chelsea was a great character on her own, and such an amazing girl, I really liked how she faces everything in her life. She was strong and beautiful, and just wow.

The romance made this book for me. The romance and the kids. I have to be honest, I love romances with kids involved, because they have so much more at stake. And this one had a total of 6 amazing and beautiful and challenging kids. The McQuaid gang was great. I loved how each of them had their own personalities and quirks, and I fell in love with each and everyone one of them at the same time as Jake, eheh.

I loved every second of this book. So much so that I picked up book 3 right after, and the last novella right after that. I just couldn’t get enough of this group. Especially of Jake, Chelsea and their kids.

Have you guys read this one? What are your thoughts???

Overruled (Emma Chase)

As a DC defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing – with his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes – he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart and mother of his beloved ten-year old daughter. Jenny is getting married — to someone who isn’t him.

That’s definitely not part of the plan.

***

Sofia Santos is a city raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her “friend with mind-blowing benefits” begs for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him – to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi – to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves.

Her head tells her she’s crazy…and her heart says something else entirely.

***

What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.


I’ve been meaning to start this series for a long long time, and I’m so glad I finally had some time for it and read Overruled.

This book felt completely different from the Royally series by Emma Chase, but I loved the writing all the same. And she completely sucked me into this story, and made me fall in love with the characters.

But I do think I should have read the blurb, because I had no clue what was going to happen right from the start. And once I started reading, I was a bit worried about the triangle quality of the story. But I was happy that even though in theory Stanton was trying to get his first love back, this story never felt like a triangle to me.

I had a few moments when I wanted to slap Stanton in the face though, because he was kind of clueless and lots blind. Jenny, I wanted to slap a few times too, because she put Stanton in a tough situation. They had their arrangement, and even though it was stupid as hell, they were both in it together, until they weren’t and she forgot to actually say so to a few key people… like her boyfriend or the father of her child. Either way…

I did like the guy a lot, especially his moments with his little girl. He was an amazing dad, even if somewhat absent at times.

I did love Sofia! That girl was amazing 😀 ! I loved how strong and determined she was, and that even though she was hurting like hell, she was still supporting her best friend and wishing the best for him. Good thing that the best for him was the same as the best for her.

The chemistry between these two? EXPLOSIVE! I’m so glad that when the book started they were already well acquainted with each other, because it made their relationship and their interactions that much better, by how well they knew each other.

Overall, I loved this book. I loved the romance and the connections between the characters. And I’m so excited for the next couple of books, because I loved their little gang. I can’t wait to see that group grow 😀 .

Have you guys read The Legal Briefs?
What are your thoughts on Overruled?

August TBR

I did very well with my TBR for last month, and I finished most books there, except for one, that I did start. So, I hope I do as well this month… as I plan to read:

  1. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn
  3. Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland
  4. Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon
  5. Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4; Winston Brothers #0.5) by Penny Reid
  6. Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid
  7. Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid
  8. Beard in Waiting (Winston Brothers #3.5) by Penny Reid
  9. Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers #4) by Penny Reid
  10. Overruled (The Legal Briefs #1) by Emma Chase
  11. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello
  12. A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) by Linda Kage
  13. Heartfall by J.B. McGee

Have you guys read any of these books? What are your thoughts?