Book Review: Overruled by Emma Chase

May 1, 2015 Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★★½

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Overruled by Emma ChaseTitle: Overruled by Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs #1
Published by: Gallery Books on April 28, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: The Publisher
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
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four-half-stars

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.
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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.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also in this series: Sustained, Appealed
Also by this author: Twisted, Tamed, Tied, Sustained, Appealed

One Line: Chase has yet another winner on her hands! I couldn’t put this book down!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

That’s it! Emma Chase has solidified herself as one of my favorite authors. No questions asked. If you thought her Tangled series was hilariously awesome, you’ll get a kick out of Overruled. I was hooked from the first page, with Stanton sparking my interest as to how his relationship with his ex-girlfriend grew into what it was, and I was left pleasantly smiling after flipping the last. You’ve got quite a different situation here as Stanton chases his dream to become a hot-shot lawyer, which he eventually is, living the life of a careless playboy, all while still committing himself emotionally to his high school sweetheart and mother of his child. How does this all work?! Well, Chase takes us on one hilarious, sweet, often frustrating, yet insanely entertaining ride to find out.

Stanton’s story and his way of thinking was very different than what I’m used to and even though I didn’t agree with it at times, his mindset was just so innocent and good-natured, you can’t help but love the guy regardless. In all honest, I’m more of a “black and white” kind of thinker and I could never really wrap my head around couples who are serious about each other, and who have a child involved, having an open relationship. Add that with long-distance and it just doesn’t make sense to me. It can’t work! I’d sooner cut ties, especially if you’re going to see other people, and not create such a mess where feelings and emotions could get hurt. However, Emma did an excellent job at showing readers just how complicated relationships can be and that not everything is cut and dry. Stanton’s relationship with his ex, Jenny, was anything but normal, it was all he knew of love. She’s the one he always thought he was supposed to be with. His end game once he achieved his goals in life. And then you have his relationship with Sofia, which was so passionate and really, they just made sense. You could easily see how they just fit together perfectly. They understood each other on another level and their chemistry was insanely hot. I loved how Emma points out that what you think you want and what you actually want may not always be the same thing.

So, how does a guy who gives his body so carelessly to one girl and his heart to another still make my list of book boyfriends? Well, like I said, it was really his mindset that got to me. He was never a bad guy with devious intentions, or even the naive playboy who tries to sleep his way through a city for the fun of it, quite the opposite. He was just doing what he thought was natural, all while envisioning a future with the supposed love of his life. You couldn’t find a guy who cared more for his family or was more dedicated to his first love. Yes, there were moments where I wanted to punch some sense into Stanton and glare at him incredulously because he just could not be this clueless! But, despite his playboy ways or his take on love and sex, Jenny and his daughter were always in his life in a very significant way, and their situation just worked! What would’ve initially turned me away from a story like this, Chase was able handle with flair and she made me see things with more of an open mind.

I loved Sofia so much, even more so than Stanton. She’s a strong-willed, determined lady who can hold her own with the “big boys”. She’s very ambitious and caring with a bit of snark and attitude mixed in. I loved that from beginning to end, she’s all about achieving her goals in regards to her career, and she knows she deserves only the best, in love and in life. She was also open about what she wanted sexually and was never ashamed of it. She was fierce all around and I greatly appreciated Chase creating a character like her. At first, I thought she was crazy to let Stanton sort of use her like he did while trying to win his ex back, but she didn’t even know how much she truly cared about him until it really mattered, so she never let it get to her. She stayed true to herself in the end though, and that’s what I another thing respected about her.

Overruled was filled with touching moments, sinfully delicious sexy times, and hilarious inner monologues with plenty of Southern antics to keep you breezing through the pages – I couldn’t stop reading. It was definitely a different kind of romance read and one some might be hesitant to try at first, given the circumstances, but I assure you, you don’t want to miss this book. Chase charms readers with her irresistible characters and delightfully absorbing writing style, as usual. Oh, and I loved the glimpse we get of the next book at the end. Both Jake and Brent seem like very intriguing characters that I am eagerly looking forward to reading all about.

About Emma Chase

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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