Sustained by Emma Chase – Jenn’s Review

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Emma Chase writes the some of the best male POV’s I have read and after reading the first book in the series, Overruled, I needed Jake’s story.


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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 and 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.

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Even before the latest book in Emma Chase’s Legal Brief’s series was released, I was dying to get my hands on it. It had all my favorite components; kids, especially those being raised by someone other than their parents, friends who have some seriously witty banter, and an author who is a master at the male POV. Add all this together, and you get another 5 star read from Emma Chase.

Jake is a single guy, delighting in his status as powerhouse defense attorney, working with his best friends, and enjoying his nights with a different girls. Something is missing in Jake’s life, and he doesn’t know what it is, until it crashes into him; literally.

When Jake finds himself, a confessed bachelor with no plans of settling down, knee deep in diapers, homework and vomit, he doesn’t know what to think, but I loved how seamlessly Jake fit himself into the McQuaid’s lives. The kids were terrific. Each one had their own unique personality, which made them stand out. They were never just lumped together as “the kids.” They made outstanding secondary characters and drove the story. Jake’s reactions to them were spot on, and at times, had me a bit choked up.

Jake and Chelsea might have been attracted to each other from the start, but the slow burn of their relationship brought honesty and depth to the story. I loved the glances across the room, or the whispered words when the kids weren’t underfoot. Jake had never tried monogamy, but Chelsea made him want more, and he was willing to go there. Sometimes, the demons from your past are stronger than you think. Jake make not always make the best decisions for himself and those he loves.

Stanton, Sofia and Brent ( I need his story NOW), once again, are the perfect complement to the story. The build Jake up when he needs to confidence and kick his a** when he is being a stubborn jerk. The scenes with them all together were some of my favorites from the book.

The writing, as I have come to expect from Emma Chase, is excellent. You would be hard-pressed to find an author who has command of the male POV the way Emma does. The way she gets in their heads is impressive. The story flows beautifully. There are no down times, or moments that dragged. You will feel each high and low right along with the characters. Once I finished, I wanted to forget I even read it, start from the beginning, and savor it again for the first time. Sustained is one of the best books of 2015.


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