by Emma Chase Series: The Legal Briefs #1 Also in this series: Sustained, Appealed, Sidebarred Published
by Gallery Books
on April 28th, 2015 Pages:
272 Genres: Contemporary Goodreads AMZ US B&N IndieBound
A Washington, 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, the 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 her 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.
I was provided a review copy by Gallery Books, NetGalley; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
Hilariously sexy, Emma Chase does it again with Overruled, book #1 of the Legal Briefs series!
There are those authors that you know you can go to and be guaranteed a fun ride, and Emma Chase is one of those. I love her humor and the way she writes romance and the male POV!! There are few female authors who have mastered the telling of the male point of view, and when it is done with humor, it makes it even more of joy to read. That’s what Ms. Chase does with her men, they are believable, sexy and hilariously funny.
At 17, the star football player for Sunshine, Mississippi’s high school football team, Stanton Shaw knew he had his future planned out. He would leave his small town and head out to New York and study Law where the only girl he’s ever loved – Jenny, would visit him once a month. Only, everything changed in an instant, when those two lines showed and the monthly visits from his sweetheart wouldn’t be so easy with a baby in tow.
Seven months later, The valedictorian and his homecoming queen gave birth to their beautiful baby girl, Presley. Jenny stayed at her parent’s house, and two months later, Stanton Shaw moved to Columbia, University, in New York.
Stanton’s relationship with his daughter was incredibly heartwarming and touching. I could hear him singing “You are my sunshine” to her. He was a great father, even at a distance. I loved this about him.
Oh, college days, drinking games and – DREW EVANS! briefly, but DREW! *sigh* This is where Stanton learns to become a man (whore) … and when he returns back to great ole Sunshine, he is the ever respectful, loving “boyfriend”. The reason, Jenny. Yes, she decided they needed to have an “open” relationship since they were both so far away and needed to explore and essentially, make sure they were right for each other. This worked perfectly fine for Stanton. He just didn’t like the idea of anyone touching her. Especially marrying her. So when he finds out she is getting married, he takes his best friend – friends with benefits – Sophia, back home with him – purely as moral support *cough* RIGHT *cough* – to convince Jenny to break off the marriage.
This is told in dual POV. That of Stanton and Sophia. Sophia is equally as funny, smart and sexy. As a defense attorney, she has worked hard to make it in a male-dominated profession, one where promotions and professional opportunities are an afterthought for women. So a career complication such as a relationship with Stanton isn’t anything she needs.
“Don’t want that type of complication. My career is right where it’s supposed to be—the fast track—and come hell or high water, or orgasms that make me forget my social security number, that’s where it’s going to stay.”
Therein lies the problem. Anyone who is having orgasms that make you forget your social security number cannot possibly get away unscathed. Unfortunately, Stanton is a mess of what if’s, how it should be’s, and walking through his days with blinders on. The question is, who will be the one to unravel him, Jenny or Sophia?