Author: Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Release Date: August 25, 2015
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 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.
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, and defend her…and the kids.
And that—that, I know how to do.
Emma Chase has written another addictive and entertaining novel with Sustained. I was immediately captivated by Jake’s intelligence, charm, and take-charge attitude. Everything about him had me swooning for this no-attachments playboy. He meets his match in Chelsea, the chaos to his control and the spontaneous to his scheduled. She’s got a lot on her plate and no time for herself while Jake lives and breathes for his career goals and self-satisfaction. Needless to say things get messy when these two are thrown together, the friction between them causing sparks to fly. Emma Chase doesn’t hesitate to heat things up with an immediate and powerful chemistry that had me deeply invested in this couple. As always, Emma knows how to make me laugh, displaying her impressive gift for subtle humor, social relevancy, and witty dialogue. I was completely smitten with Jake and Chelsea’s unruly, unpredictable, and chaotic relationship.
“I never realized that the downside of getting to know a woman before I screw her is the possibility that I might not want to screw her after I know her. That a personality could have such a devastating effect on desirability. It’s depressing. My whole worldview is blown to bits.”
I’m not going to lie; one of the best parts of this book was watching Jake lose it. Seeing his carefully controlled life be blown to pieces by Chelsea and her nieces and nephews was hilarious and seriously satisfying. From the circumstances behind their initial meeting, I knew Jake was in for a complete unraveling of the person he thought he was. I love how Emma Chase broke him down revealing his upbringing and his path to success while exposing a deeply loyal and incredibly loving man who was capable of so much more than he’d ever imagined. His growth as a character was truly beautiful and added an emotional significance to Sustained that served as a great balance to the humor. Don’t even get me started on the hotness factor here. Emma Chase knows how to write a BBF and Jake was no exception. His dirty mind and appreciation for beautiful women upped the steam factor in this one.
“She’s a pretty girl, even tired and grieving. But there’s a fire in her, a fierceness, that will serve her well when she’s grown. I’ve seen it in women I’ve worked with – women like Sofia. One day, Riley McQuaid will be a force to be reckoned with.”
Chelsea was someone I could definitely relate to. Emma Chase wrote this character to be entirely genuine and it made me love her that much more. Unexpectedly saddled with an enormous amount of responsibility, she struggles and it’s messy. She screws up, laughs at herself, yells, curses the universe, cries, and loves with everything she has. I felt this character all the way through. She was real, raw, and undeniably tangible and that allowed me to connect with her on an emotional level. Emma Chase developed her strength and determination over time, eventually resulting in a confidence that made her a force to be reckoned with. Beauty, intelligence, quick wit, a good sense of humor, and the capacity to love unconditionally rounded out this character perfectly.
“All a man has is his word. That he says what he means and does what he says.”
Sustained is well written, entertaining, hot, engaging, and surprisingly sweet. The pace of the story was consistently appropriate, giving Sustained a fluidity that made this a one-sitting read for me. Things moved quickly in times of chaos and slowed down when important information needed to be heard, creating a feeling of being immersed in Jake and Chelsea’s story. The connection Emma Chase has created between our main characters is magnetic, while the connection between the couple and the children was absolutely enchanting. Sustained kept me on my toes with the surprise twists and turns of the story, familiar faces, and moments of drama. Emma made me laugh and worry and fume, stuck on an emotional rollercoaster I never wanted to get off of. Emma Chase has expertly capture the humor and heart of this story, making this one book you will definitely want to dive into!
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Don’t miss the rest of The Legal Briefs Series:
Overruled (The Legal Briefs #1)
Appealed (The Legal Briefs #3)