Sustained by Emma Chase

October 12, 2015 Review 2 ★★★★

Sustained by Emma ChaseSustained by Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Published by Gallery Books on 25th August 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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. 


Reviewed by Kelly

*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a review*

You know what I love about reading a book by a new-to-me author for the first time? I love it when the book is so good that you just have to read more from them, when it’s so good that you’re sucked in and don’t want to stop. And then when you do finish reading, you kick yourself for not reading that author’s work sooner. That was me with Sustained.

Sustained was sexy, romantic, sweet, funny and just a little bit hot! OK, I lie, it was a lot hot, and that hotness came in the form of Jake Becker! I haven’t read Overruled, the first book in the Legal Briefs series, but I hear that Jake is a bit of a manwhore in that book – kind of how he starts off in Sustained, until he contracts an STD from one of his many one night stands and has to take a break from his constant cycle of bang ‘em and leave ‘em.

At the end of his enforced abstinence, Jake meets Chelsea, and he has Rory, Chelsea’s almost-ten-year-old nephew, to thank for that introduction. See, it’s while Jake’s escorting Rory home after Rory mugged Jake that they meet.

Chelsea has recently become guardian to her six nieces and nephews after the deaths of her brother and his wife. She’s had to drop everything, including college, to care for the kids. She’s out of her depth but is committed to being the one who raises them.

Jake is instantly in lust with Chelsea. And he’s instantly smitten with the six kids. Before he knows it, he’s playing happy families with Chelsea and the kids. But without the commitment. Because Jake Becker doesn’t do commitment. He can’t and he won’t. And that leads to problems…

I loved Jake! I loved how I got to see his soft side, his caring family guy side. It was a complete contrast to how he started off at the beginning of the book. He came across as a hot, constantly horny, need-to-get-laid kind of guy at the start and I really enjoyed seeing his vulnerable side. He was also hilarious with his quick-witted observations and I found myself laughing out loud so many times. Oh, and let’s not forget that I wanted to give him a good shake at times, but I still loved him!

I want to be like Chelsea when I grow up! She was so strong. She had this horrendous thing happen to her family and she dropped everything and everyone to deal with it. I really admired that about her. There was just no question about her stepping up and being responsible, despite how inexperienced she was.

I adored the kids! As a mother of three boys who are constantly on the go, often bickering, and always in need of something, I really connected with these kids. And they made me cry! I had tears streaming down my face at one point in the book! Totally unexpected but it really tugged at my heart to read what they were going through.

I know I’m an Emma Chase newbie who’s probably preaching to the converted here, but you should definitely add ‘read the Legal Briefs series’ to your to do list! I’m about to do things a little backwards and go pick up Overruled right about now!

About Emma Chase

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

2 Responses to “Sustained by Emma Chase”

  1. Rowena

    Awesome review! I’ve been looking forward to reading this series, and this book for what seems like forever. I need to get through my review pile first but then I’m cracking this book up! It sounds like my kind of fun. Thanks!
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    • Kelly

      Thanks, Rowena! I loved it! I’ve just finished reading the first one in this series (I read them out of order!) and I loved that one too. Now I just need to hold on a little longer for book three, Appealed.

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