Book Review ✭ Sustained by Emma Chase


Title: Sustained
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Legal Briefs, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Gallery
Pages: 304
Format: eARC & paperback
Source: Publisher via NetGalley (eARC) / (Paperback) XOXO After Dark
 

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.


Sustained is book two in the Legal Briefs series and a fabulous follow-up to Overruled.
While I didn’t like Overruled one-hundred percent, Jake’s story really made up for it.

Jake Becker is notorious for his dedication to his job and keeping his relationships to one night stands. Unexpectedly, one of those one night stands shows up and tells him something that puts his current lifestyle into perspective.

Jake has always had his career as a defense attorney as his focus, and suddenly Chelsea and her kids are moving in to the claim his world. 
I found it adorable that he never really realizes that he’s dropping everything to tend to Chelsea and company until the very end. It isn’t until later on in the book that he acknowledges it and begins to worry that his life is changing and remolding around them.

Jake was so different around Chelsea and the kids. It was so easy to see the difference from Jake at the start of the book and Jake after meeting Chelsea. He was a better person and his kind heart shined through.

Chelsea had a lot to deal with as far as raising her six nieces and nephews, but I thought she handled everything well. Fortunately, Jake managed to surprise me every time with how supportive and helpful he was to all of them.
Jake and Chelsea are a great example of two individuals that are better people because of each other. They work well together romantically and as a parental unit.

There was heartbreaking loss that wasn’t necessarily the focus of the story, but it certainly made it’s presence known and grasped at my heart strings. It’s also what propelled Jake toward Chelsea.

The true heart of this story was family, which in this case doesn’t limit to just blood relatives. The children in this book are a huge part of the story, which to me made for a beautiful and heart-warming novel. The family dynamic really sold me.
That’s not to say that this story is all about the kids, simply that they are the core of it. From that, stems other amazing story aspects that are just as powerful and enjoyable to read.

Another nice attribute was the inclusion of Jake’s friends. We got more from the friends in this book which I loved because it showed another kind of family. There was a strong unit of support that included Stanton, Sofia, and Brent. For Jake, those three people are his family unit and his constant in his life. 

This story was told solely from Jake’s point of view which I found refreshing considering most romance novels tend to present dual POV’s. In this case, Jake’s view is what the reader is going to be craving for the most. His head is the one we want to get inside of and learn why he does and says certain things.

I enjoyed Sustained immensely, and I hope the next book in the series will surpass my expectations, as well. We were able to see a bit more of Brent which I think did well to create a platform for his book, Appealed.


Sustained is a sweet blend of familial love and romantic love between two people who never had imagined it’d fit in their lives. I have no doubt you won’t be able to put this book down!

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.
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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.

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 Christian Louboutins.

Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.

And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
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When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell. 

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

But things aren’t exactly working out that way. 

Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court. 

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small 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.
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