Book Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

August 24, 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: Sustained by Emma ChaseTitle: Sustained by Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Published by: Gallery Books on August 25, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Pages: 272
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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 & 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.

I received this book for free from NetGalley 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: Overruled, Appealed
Also by this author: Twisted, Tamed, Tied, Overruled, Appealed

One Line: Now this is how you do a romance book with kids in it!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

I’ve had really bad luck with romance books that feature kids in it lately. Sometimes that plot tool is done right, sometimes it isn’t. In this case, Emma does it right. As if I had any doubt. Poor Chelsea is thrusted into the life of raising six kids, ranging from 14 to less than one. There were plenty of emotional, heartfelt scenes, but also plenty of downright hilarious ones with this gang of comical characters.

Jake is one of those guys who doesn’t know how much of a good guy he is. He was dealt a bad hand growing up and because of that he think he can’t possibly be good. But he is. Sure, he’s a player, but he’s nothing if not honest and I respected how he put it all out there, whether or not the women he slept with appreciated it or not. Honestly, I don’t know what women who have one-night stands expect, but Jake is definitely not a jerk for not wanting more. Until he meets Chelsea. I love that moment when the main characters meet for the first time and the spark is there. I loved the progression and growth that Jake went through as he became more involved with this family. It was sweet watching him form a relationship with each member of the McQuaid family.

The only thing that bugged me was this one thing with Chelsea at first. There was this scene involving her friends that really annoyed me. It was irresponsible of her and I didn’t like it at all. Plus, the way she treated Jake in that instance was so wrong and it kind of didn’t fit with how she was before and after the incident. It’s a small thing in the scheme of everything else that happened between them, but that was definitely something I could’ve done without. Aside from that, I liked Chelsea. I felt for the girl, dealing with the loss of her brother and sister-in-law who practically raised her is hard enough, but to take on SIX kids, changing your whole life like that, has got to be rough. That’s part of the reason I didn’t whole-heartedly fault her for actions during that incident. She also put up with a lot of Jake’s crap when he went through his moods while he was trying to figure out whether he wanted this life with them or not.

Emma never fails to win me over with her charming characters and her talent for an entertaining story. Equal parts feel-good and scorching-hot, Sustained is yet another winner in her Legal Briefs series and you’d be crazy not to pick this one up. I seriously cannot wait for Brent’s story.

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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2 Responses to “Book Review: Sustained by Emma Chase”

  1. Emily

    This sounds like a really sweet romance. I add way too many to my TBR but I think this one is going on it as well. Its refreshing to see a blog that posts about other genres than just YA as well.

    • Vi

      I love all of Emma’s books and I highly rec her if you’re looking for a good romance novel. Thanks for stopping by!

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