Book Review ✭ Appealed by Emma Chase

Title: Appealed
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Legal Briefs, #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Gallery
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: XOXO After Dark


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.
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.

This books was addictive! The kind you end up reading straight through, because you get so caught up in the characters and their story you just can’t find the strength to put it down. 

Brent was a ray of sunshine for me when I first started this series. He came off as a sweet, funny guy and I wanted to see him find his match and live happily ever after. If I thought he was funny before, he really takes the cake in this book. He had me laughing out loud often throughout. And when I wasn’t laughing, I was swooning. Hard.
Once again, Chase knocks it out of the park with the male POV.

Once upon a time, Brent and Kennedy were total opposites, but still managed to form a friendship in high school.
A misunderstanding pushed them apart, and said friendship crumbled in an instant, ceasing to exist. 
Years later, Kennedy walks back into Brent’s life. More specifically, into the same court room, ready to go up against Brent in their most recent case.

I loved that these two already had an in-depth past. The flashbacks were such strong ways to give the reader that history in order to
see what Brent and Kennedy were like then.
It made their fiery chemistry make sense. The tension was understandable. My goodness their tension was insane.

This pair were written spectacularly. Kennedy’s intelligence and sassiness made her a strong, well-rounded heroine to read. Again Brent’s personality and determination was sexy.
Oh boy was Brent determined to get Kennedy. She was a tough cookie to crack, but that potent charm that Brent effortlessly exuded was no match for her.

The heartwarming prologues that finished this book were the perfect cherries on top.

This second chance romance was a beautiful ending to this much loved series. I can’t wait to see what Emma Chase brings us next.

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.

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.


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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