WHY I READ IT
Very few write in the male POV like Emma Chase and I love getting lost in their heads.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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.
If you’re a fan of friends/enemies to lovers stories, then Appealed is for you. I LOVED the previous book in this series of standalones, Sustained, and really didn’t think that Brent and Kennedy had it in them to top, or even compete with Jake and Chelsea. I should never have doubted Emma Chase.
Brent and Kennedy grew up together which gives of plenty of back story, but we didn’t have to spend a lot of time in the past. Sometimes, a book can get bogged down by flashbacks, completely taking you out of the present story. That was not the case in Appealed. We discovered Brent and Kennedy’s past when their shared their stories and feelings with each other. This helped the story to flow and maintain the pacing.
Brent is the perfect leading man. He comes from an obscene amount of money, but is in no way pretentious or obnoxious. Instead, under that cocky demeanor is a vulnerable man who doesn’t realize that he’s been looking for something he lost years ago. He’s smart, funny, and a terrific friend. I really enjoyed getting the continuing stories from Stanton and Sophia, and Jake and Chelsea. The friendship and business partnership is vital to the composition of these characters and I was pleased to see that continue to develop. Some of the books best scenes are when the gang is all together.
Kennedy is just how I like my leading ladies. Strong and confident, but in no way a b**ch. Years ago, she felt wronged by Brent (rightfully so…stupid boys) and has been using that to fuel her future. She’s come out of her shell, and has become a no-nonsense prosecutor. Every snarky interaction she had with Brent, she gave back, just as good as she got. The banter was the perfect foreplay to set up their inevitable reunion.
Appealed is told entirely from Brent’s POV, but thanks to Chase’s brilliant writing, we don’t lose out on any of Kennedy’s thoughts or feelings. Kennedy is tired of holding back and let’s it all hang out, so we miss nothing. We understand all of her motives, and even sympathize with her. I think I highlighted more passages in this book than I didn’t. It would be impossible to pick a favorite scene or line…they are all just too good. This was the perfect way to close out the series.