Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2)
by Emma Chase
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've been a fan of Emma Chase's since Tangled came out a few years ago. When it comes to romance novels, the male POV is my absolute favorite, and Ms. Chase does not disappoint when it comes to that. Unfortunately, the first book in her new series wasn't my cuppa, but I knew that I had to get my hands on a copy of Sustained as soon as possible.
So what's it all about? Jake first meets Chelsea when he's bringing her nephew home after the kid steals his wallet. Jake's attracted to Chelsea from the get-go but once he learns that she's the guardian of her six nieces and nephews? He knows he should walk ago since he's not the type that enjoys complications and she's got complicated written all over her.
Of course, there's just something about Chelsea and the kids that brings out Jake's protectiveness and slowly and surely they work their way into his life. It was great watching Jake with the kids. He definitely isn't the typical father figure, but he figures out how to help in his own way that's completely endearing.
Unfortunately, since the kids are such a huge part of the story, I had a hard time connecting with the romance. I guess I just never really felt the love between Jake and Chelsea... Did I feel that they cared for each other? Absolutely! And the lust and sexual tension was palpable... But in the end I had a hard time really believing that that lust turned into something more. Especially towards the end during the requisite break up.
Sustained had the humor and lightheartedness that I've come to expect from Emma Chase's work but there were also some heartbreaking moments that brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion. Overall, while this wasn't everything I was hoping it was going to be, it was still a great read and definitely a must read for fans of Emma Chase.
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Sustained in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.