REVIEW – Sustained (The Legal Briefs, #2) by Emma Chase

*****FOUR STARS*****

Something inside me crumbles, under the weight of all the things 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.




Emma Chase has another hit series on her hands!! I absolutely LOVED the “Tangled” series and this one got off to a fabulous start with Overruled. I know some people had issues with book one but that one knocked my socks off!!

We met Jake Becker in book one. He was Stanton’s roommate and co-worker at the same law firm. Jake is a bonafide ladies man. He doesn’t date. He only has casual sex and usually it’s never more than two times with the same woman. Once the sex is over with, he can’t get away fast enough from the women that he brings home. Until he gets the scare of his life from one of his one night stands. He realizes that casual sex is like playing Russian Roulette, and that maybe he needs to start dating and being a little more particular about who he picks for sexual partners.

Chelsea McQuaid is a young woman who finds herself suddenly the sole guardian of her six young nieces and nephews. Her brother and sister-in-law were recently killed in a fatal car accident. One of her nephews, Rory, is acting out and becoming a bit of a juvenile delinquent. He tries unsuccessfully to pick pocket Jake. When Jake sees a bit of himself in the kid, he decides not to press charges but to bring him home to his parents. Instead he comes face to face with Chelsea and he is instantly attracted to her.

So you can pretty much guess he is going to form a bond with all the children and vice versa. That there will be many cute moments between Jake and the kids. One of my faves, was when he sings a One Direction song to young Rosaleen to help her sleep. Also I swooned a bit during the scenes between Jake and his mentor, Judge Atticus Faulkner, who is suffering from advanced Alzheimers. Yes, Jake was pretty perfect for most of the story.

I think I didn’t fall madly in love with this one because of the heroine. I didn’t hate her at all. She just wasn’t that special in my opinion. She seemed to be a very dull character. I didn’t feel like she was really into Jake or had any fire within her until I got to about the 75% mark in the story. Then I was thinking this book might turn out to be a five star read after all. But, then she went back to being a bit flat for me again. This lady needed a little more spunk. I didn’t think she was good enough for Jake.

The story ends perfectly for our couple and for some familiar friends from book one! I also loved that we get the prologue and first chapter of Appealed, Brent’s story, at the end of this book. I am so very anxious to get to Brent. I have a feeling it’s going to be amazing!!!

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