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Review: Sustained by Emma Chase {+Giveaway!}

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Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2)
   by: Emma Chase

Publication Date: Aug. 25, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC received via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 272 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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 really love Emma Chase's books. I seriously cannot get enough of them. They make me swoon, make me laugh, and even make me cry at times. Sustained is no exception. I absolutely loved Chelsea, Jake, and all of Chelsea's nieces and nephews. They were so much fun to spend time with and it was fun to watch Jake get wrapped up in their lives and start falling for all of them.
 
Jake is not the relationship guy, having preferred to focus on his career and success. Having gotten into some trouble when he was younger, he appreciates having a mentor who took him under his wing and saw past the rougher edges. With his background, it's no surprise he takes to Rory, Chelsea's nephew, and feels sympathetic to the kid's plight. When he sets eyes on Chelsea and how she's the sole provider for her 6 nieces and nephews, he can't help but admire her or stop thinking about her. Fate brings the two back together and soon, Jake finds himself wanting to spend more time with her.
 
I really liked how Jake and Chelsea's relationship progressed and while Jake thought he didn't want a relationship, everything he said and did completely contradicted that. He has become an important part of Chelsea's and those kids' lives and he had accepted his role as a parental figure along with Chelsea. The two balanced one another out so well. So, I felt the conflict between the two at the end was a bit unnecessary. Sure, Jake had a freak out moment, which I understood, but I felt the story could have worked even without that little hiccup.
 
Jake is a pretty great narrator and I loved being in his head. Like Emma's past male narrators, he is quite funny himself and there were definitely a few laugh out loud moments for me. Emma is just so witty and clever with her dialogue. She captures male voice so very well and it's just refreshing to read.
 
I really enjoyed seeing Stanton, Sofia, and Brent again. They are such a good team, so I loved what they did in the end. It was so fitting and I'm really looking forward to seeing all of them in Brent's book as well.
 
Overall, I really loved this one. I loved Jake and Chelsea together and watching their romance develop amidst the highs and lows of taking care of kids. I also enjoyed getting to know Chelsea's nieces and nephews and watching them interact with Jake. He is so good for them and I loved how he went to bat for them every time they needed him. It's definitely one of those stories that just make you feel good when it's all said and done and I'm sad that it had to end!
 
 

 
Giveaway Rules:
 
-Must be 18 years of age to enter.

-Giveaway is US/CAN only.

-Giveaway will run 8/25-8/31

-Winners will be contacted via email and then will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.
 

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20 comments

  1. I cant wait to make time to read her books! I have heard nothing but great things and this one sounds good, too. Great review!

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    1. I love her books Teresa! She's definitely a favorite!

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  2. Review twins!
    I loved this book so much too. I loved Jake and Chelsea but I secretly loved Jake and the kids more. I agree about that minor hiccup they faced. I wanted to smack Jake but I also knew where he was coming from. I loved everything else about the book though and I'm really glad you did as well! :)
    Great review, Jess!

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    1. YAY! *hugs* I'm so glad we both enjoyed this one!!!

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  3. I haven't read any of her books but it sounds good based on your review :)

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    1. Thanks! I hope you get to read one soon! Her books are alot of fun!

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  4. I loved the Tangled series and Overruled. I am so excited for this release, thanks for the post! =D

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  5. I have read every book by Emma and absolutely love them! :)

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  6. I just read Nick's review and saw your comment about you two being reviewing buddies, so I wanted to check out your thoughts! Gosh all the high ratings! I have not read a single Emma Chase book, is this a good place to start? I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Jess!

    Also I think I will enter your giveaway, so, thank you!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Alyssa, I think this would be a good place to start? I love her books. They are so funny and I love how realistic the MC's are! She hits the male POV SO WELL. They are kind of crude, but damn they are hilarious.

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  7. I'm in the midst of a reading hiatus but I hope to read this one soon! I think I'll like it. :) It sounds like classic Emma Chase and very romantic. Lovely review!

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    1. Aw I hope you do! I think you will too! It's pretty cute! And I loved the kids.

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  8. I have read Tangled! I can't wait to finish the rest of the series! :)

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  9. I loved this book so freaking hard! I enjoyed the first book in the series, but not nearly as much as this one. There was just something special about Jake and Chelsea. It's already on my "must reread soon" list. I do need to go back and read her first series though. One of these days...

    Great review, lady!

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  10. Yes, I have read Tangled and Tamed and loved them both. I can't wait to read Brent's story too. Carol

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  11. yay I am so happy you loved this one too! xo great review lady!

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