Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate – and prized – parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.
Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.
And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell.
She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore – she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.
But things aren’t exactly working out that way.
Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.
Appealed was the absolute best book I’ve read in a very long time. This is what romance is about. It’s funny. It’s quirky. It’s emotional. It’s perfection.
Writing from the male POV is something not everyone can pull off. I’ve read some seriously bad POVs in my time but Emma Chase does it with ease. Her hero’s are alpha, they are conflicted, they are downright fucking hilarious and they are always, ALWAYS, the center of the book.
Brent has always thought of himself as a bachelor for life. Even when all his best friends are settling down and starting families, he’s thinking about vacations and one night stands. When he finds out the prosecutor he’ll be facing off with in court is a blast from the past, he’s struck dumb by the changes that have occurred in Kennedy. Gone is the girl he once loved and in her place is a confident prosecutor determined to take him down.
Kennedy wants nothing to do with the man who broke her heart as a teenager. She doesn’t care how hard he’s trying to win her back now, she’s going to best him in court like she never could as the younger version of herself. Their attraction is still just as potent and it threatens to bring their case to a stand still so they find a better solution. Steam up the sheets after work, and play by the rules from 9 to 5.
Of course Brent makes a few missteps along the way but the road to this relationship had been paved for years, they just had to travel it. Kennedy is stubborn and really wants to win the case and in doing so she becomes something that she had always despised. The way these two helped each other get passed issues they didn’t even know they had was simply awesome reading. I loved the fact that Brent was an amputee and how that just drove him to be better, stronger, more. He never once used it as an excuse not to do or become something. In fact losing his leg probably made him even stronger. Kennedy never pitied him either and instead she too pushed him to do more (even as a teenager). What limitations he did have he made up for in creative (and very hot) ways.
The ending, you guys, OMG the ending…well the last chapter and the epilogue, I was in tears. It was so sickeningly perfect that I just had tears running down my cheeks in twin streams. It was that good. Brent, he’s just so, ugh PERFECT, and I loved it. I loved him. The way he was willing to risk everything for Kennedy was just something that touched me. It touched me in my happy place (my heart people, get your minds out of the gutter). Then came the epilogue. I can’t even.. Just go read this series…or just read this book because it can be read as a standalone. Epically done Ms Chase, epically done.
I give Appealed by Emma Chase 5 stars!