Series: The Legal Briefs #3
Published by Gallery Books on 19th January 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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The New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled books returns with the third romance in the Legal Briefs series, a collection of sexy novels about first crushes, second chances, and the final verdict of the heart.
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.
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a review*
The third book in The Legal Briefs series featured Brent and the girl next door, Kennedy. They used to be best friends until they abruptly ended that friendship 14 years ago. After being MIA, Kennedy came back to town and happened to be a prosecutor on the case Brent was the opposing attorney. They go toe to toe and sparks definitely flew between the two of them.
After reading Overruled and Sustained, I had high hopes for Appealed and it was met for the most part. Appealed did have a little more humor than the other books. Brent being a comic book nerd was pretty awesome. I’m not big into reading comic books but I do love comic book shows and movies and reading the various references was awesome. It made me like Brent more. He was definitely the most carefree out of him, Jake, Sofia, and Stanton. Though he did have some caveman tendencies and at times I thought it was a little uncharacteristic of him based on what we knew about him from the other books but considering we don’t get too much of him in the other books I was willing to accept it.
Kennedy was great. I loved her woman on a mission attitude. She had her own arc in the book but I felt like it wasn’t highlighted much since the book was all from Brett’s POV. I really wish I could have seen more of her growth and her ability to overcome the past more. Also, I’m not big on flashbacks but I felt like this book could have used them. It did have one that explained why things didn’t work out with them but I would have enjoyed more to better explain their relationship in the past and why they should have been together. Because in the present they spent most of the time having sex so I know why they physically should be together but understanding more the emotional side would have been nice.
Besides not getting to see more of them when they were younger I had an issue with the ending or I guess I should say the resolution to the last case. I didn’t find it believable and the way it was resolved seemed like it would cause more issues to arise from it but that could just be me. Also, I found the extended epilogue and the first chapter to be unnecessary. The first chapter didn’t really set up much and didn’t make me interested to get to that point. The payoff also wasn’t that great because when I did get to that point I was underwhelmed to say the least. The extended epilogue some people may enjoy but I didn’t think it added anything and I would have been fine without it.
Other than that though I still enjoyed it despite having a few issues with it and I look forward to Emma Chase’s next book.