Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Mini Reviews: The Legal Briefs Series

Title:  Overruled
Series:  The Legal Briefs Series #1
Author:  Emma Chase
Genre:  New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher:  Gallery Books
Publication Date:  April 28, 2015
Source:  Bought

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.
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.

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Mini Review:  While this book is marked as both New Adult and Adult, just a warning, I'd say it leans toward the more mature side than anything else.  Even still, this book was awesome.  I read it all in one day; I just couldn't put it down.  What really shined in it was the characters.  Sofia and Stanton were amazing and the chemistry between them sizzled on the page.  I loved the fact that they were friends and partners and had an established relationship.  I was a bit frustrated by Stanton at times, though.  I hated the fact that he continued to have a relationship with Sofia while chasing after Jenny.  He was so dense at times, not realizing how his words and actions affected those around him.  Overall, though, it was a great book!

Four Teapots

Title:  Sustained
Series:  The Legal Briefs Series #2 
Author:  Emma Chase 
Genre:  New Adult, Romance, Contemporary 
Publisher:  Gallery Books 
Publication Date:  August 25, 2015 
Source:  Bought

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.

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Mini Review:  This was actually the first book I read in this series and it's the one that initially made me fall in love with it.  I just completely adore Jake, Chelsea, and the kids.  My favorite part of the book was reading about the interactions as them all as a family, which is really surprising.  Normally, kids in books tend to either feel too forced or just kind of annoying.  Not these ones.  They were fun and worked as a way to add more depth to Chelsea and Jake's relationship, as well as the relationship between them and the kids.  Another thing I really enjoyed was the legal processes.  It was so exciting and heart wrenching at times.  This book is one that I can easily see myself going back to reread many times in the future, it loved it!

Five Teapots 

Title:  Appealed 
Series:  The Legal Briefs Series #3
Author:  Emma Chase 
Genre:  New Adult, Romance, Contemporary 
Publisher:  Gallery Books 
Publication Date:  January 19, 2016 
Source:  Bought

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 Christian Louboutins.
Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.
And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell. 
She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore - she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own. 
But things aren’t exactly working out that way. 
Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.  

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Mini Review:  While I still really enjoyed reading this book, it was probably my least favorite out of all the others in the series.  It had the trademark amazing characters that seem to be consistent in all the Emma Chase novels and it was so awesome seeing the couples from the last two books make appearances in this one.  I love being able to check up on old characters and it was wonderful seeing them again.  I also adored the epilogue of this novel.  By far my favorite part of the whole thing.  Even still, the rest of the book was just as fun and entertaining as the last ones, I just found it a bit harder to jump in to these characters' lives than the other two couples. 

Four Teapots 

1 comment:

  1. I skipped book one and read Sustained. Loved it so cute. I've yet to read Appealed but I hope to soon!


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