Author: Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Published by: Gallery Books
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
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 get you off. 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 am knee deep in a damn compost pit.
Ladies and gentlemen, court is now in session.
I’ve read a couple of the books in Emma Chase’s Tangled series and loved them, so I knew to expect a good time with Sustained. And it was! I absolutely adored it. Now, I plan to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this book is a must-read.
Let’s take a look at the evidence.
Exhibit A: The plot – Chelsea is 26 and recently became the guardian of her six nieces and nephews after their parents suddenly died. Jake enters their lives and … okay, yes, there are plenty of books and movies with similar plots, but I’ll be damned if Sustained was one of … hmm … no, I’d say the best one I’ve experienced. I feel like a big part of the reason is because it was told from Jake’s POV. We always get the focal on the woman who inherits the children, but this is a man that has no ties to the family and gets thrust into the chaos. It’s definitely a neat twist.
Exhibit B: Jake and Chelsea – Emma Chase kicks ass at writing from the male perspective, and Jake is no exception. Jake is one intimidating defense attorney. He’s huge and tatted, but they’re hidden under his suit … excuse me while I stick my head in the freezer to cool off. Anyway, the guy has priorities, and that’s his work. So it was a whole lot of fun seeing this sexy bad boy so far out of his element. Chelsea is a wonderful character too, so great with the kids and handles Jake really well. They make a pretty damn good team.
Exhibit C: Romance/chemistry – A romance when there are always six kids around? Who has time for that? Ahh, but Jake and Chelsea find time to nurture the yummy chemistry they have. And it’s some good stuff!
Exhibit D: The kids – All six of them, ages ranging from baby to fourteen! It makes my head hurt just thinking about it. They certainly have the ability to drive someone crazy, but are they ever entertaining! I honestly didn’t expect to get attached to any of them, like they’d mostly be props in the background. Nope. I adored each and every one. They easily wormed their way into my heart just as they did Jake’s. It was very amusing watching how Jake dealt with them, and the bond he formed with them is completely heart melting.
Exhibit E: The secondary characters – I’m excluding the kids from this, since they’re their own crazy system. There are a few others that stood out, including Stanton, Sofia, and Brent. This little group of Jake’s friends are like family to him, and they know how to push his buttons in all the fun ways. I’m looking forward to reading their books.
Exhibit F: It’s just flat out cute and funny!
As you can see, I loved Sustained. Immensely! Even though my case is basically hearsay, it’s the truth! So read it!
Court is adjourned.