Sustained by Emma Chase (The Legal Briefs #2)

Sustained by Emma ChaseAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Gallery

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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 don’t think I’ve laughed this hard reading a book…well….since the last time I read an Emma Chase book! Sustained was literally, laugh out loud funny from beginning to end. Emma Chase definitely knows how to write a book from the male POV and make it something everyone can relate to.

Jake has everything all figured out in his highly structured life. Make partner at the law firm, hang out with his equally structured friends/colleagues, keep women at arms length (after sex of course) and have absolutely no messy obligations. Until Chelsea and her six nieces and nephews come crashing messily into his life. Now he’s participating in Mommy and Me classes and bailing various children out of kid jail. Not what he envisioned his life to include. Ever.

Chelsea dropped everything after the death of her brother to come take care of his children, but she’s in way over her head. When the hunky Jake brings one of her delinquent nephews home after a failed pickpocket attempt she’s instantly attracted to him.  His knight in shining armor routine is routinely saving her ass even if he’s disgruntled each time her shows up.

The more time he spends with Chelsea and the kids, the more attached he becomes and that quickly becomes a problem for his well structured, everything has its place, life.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Jake was such an excellent hero. He was a complete douche in the beginning who evolved into an excellent male specimen by the end. The male POV is something that has to be done quite right in order to make it believable and not once did this one stray from its track. He was hilariously real and even when he was being a total asshole, he did it in a way that made me chuckle. Yet taking on that kind of family takes a real man and Jake was exactly that. Even when he thought he wasn’t. He was a father to those kids (all of whom were freaking adorable btw) when that’s what they needed most…and it was just heartwarming to experience.

Chelsea was excellent as well because of all the responsibility she eagerly took on without a second thought. She dropped her entire life to step in and raise the only family she had left. No help. No reservations. She just did it. She was real and she grieved but she took everything in stride. She handled Jake and his “mood” just as easily as she handled the kids. Each of the kids brought a little something different to the story. Their unique personalities added another hilarious level to the entire book as Jake and Chelsea tried to navigate the infamous milestones. The baby. The toddler. The preteen girl and boys. The teen. They are all represented in all their glory. And it was awesomely wonderful.

I didn’t read book one of this series so I can honestly say it’s not needed to enjoy the book. Having said that, I’m certainly going to go back and read it and I’m also counting down the days till I can get my hands on book three!

I give Sustained by Emma Chase 5 stars!

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