Legal Briefs Book Two
Can be read as a standalone
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 and 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.
Sexy and totally addictive! Sustained is written in the unique Emma Chase style that I love! Ms. Chase “returns to her roots” in this super-sexy and funny story with lots of heart. Ms. Chase really nails the male POV in SUSTAINED and she had me laughing out loud at Jake’s inner monologue. He’s a player, never letting his one-night stands stay past their first cup of morning coffee, and acting quite happy about the way his life is arranged.
“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.”
Until Chelsea and her brood of six come crashing into his well-structured life, Jake never dreamed he’d be remotely interested in a relationship, let alone a ready-made family of six. Now I am not usually a fan of kids in my romance books. I have two big ones and let’s just say I prefer a little escapism in my reading. But Ms. Chase makes the kids here such an integral part of the story that they were a delight to experience. There’s no ridiculous babble or baby-talk but there are some tough scenes about raising teens, bullying and even just trying to find a moment alone with your significant other in the middle of chaos.
But SUSTAINED is at its best when Jake does the talking (or thinking!). Before he meets Chelsea, really all he wants is a warm body and some meaningless sex. A brief dry spell at the beginning of the story led to some of my favorite quotes:
“…You and Hanna are going to be monogamous for a while.”
My eyes squint, ’cause I have no idea what he’s saying.
He waves his palm. “Hanna Hand.”
Emma Chase writes some of best male POV’s I have ever read. I absolutely loved how Jake evolved in this book from a callous playboy to a guy who realizes what’s important in life. This book is expertly written, with a beautiful story, tons of steam and witty, fast-paced dialogue. Highly recommended!!
She frowns back. “And you sound like you don’t respect philosophy very much.”
“All philosophical questions can be answered with one concise statement.”
Chelsea refills her glass. “Which is?”
“‘Who gives a fuck?’”
She laughs, and it’s an amazing sound.