Series: The Legal Briefs #1
Published by Gallery Books on April 28th, 2015
Genres: Romantic Comedy
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Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs series!
A Washington, DC, defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They donÔÇÖt call him the Jury Charmer for nothingÔÇöwith his southern drawl, disarming smile, and captivating green eyes, heÔÇÖs a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him, and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.
StantonÔÇÖs 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 marriedÔÇöto someone who isnÔÇÖt 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 doesnÔÇÖt 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.
Overruled by Emma Chase is the first book in her new series ÔÇ£Legal BriefsÔÇØ. And itÔÇÖs very different from what I expected. When I started reading, I caught myself constantly comparing the book to the ÔÇ£TangledÔÇØ series and the main characters to Drew and Kate.
It took me a while to stop doing that and allowing myself to immerse in this quite different story as well as give Stanton and Sofia a chance. But it was more than worth it.
At the heart of it, Overruled is a sweet, passionate romance. ItÔÇÖs a story about letting go of the past and allowing yourself to take a step in a new direction.
Just like the reader needs to do.
And sometimes when you let go, the rewards are bigger than you could ever imagine. But the way there can be a rocky road full of detours, bumps and stop-signs.
ThatÔÇÖs exactly what itÔÇÖs like for Stanton and Sofia, two defense lawyers in DC who work great togetherÔÇöboth in the courtroom and in bed.
Friends with benefitsÔÇöat least thatÔÇÖs what they agree to, since Stanton is hung up on Jenny, the mother of his child and Sofia is focused on her career.
When Jenny announces her upcoming wedding to a guy that isnÔÇÖt Stanton, he vows to change her mind and takes Sofia along for the trip to Mississippi.
Between lingering memories and a sense of obligation, as well as promises of a new and better future, their time in Mississippi is nothing less than crazy, wild, emotional and eye-opening. But does the clarity come too late?
When it comes to the characters, IÔÇÖm not sure where I stand.
DonÔÇÖt get me wrong, Stanton is not only hot, but funny, charming and in his own way trying to do the right thing. Even if that thing drove me up the wall and made me eager to kick him in the nuts. But that might just be me and my dislike or rather my hate for love triangles.
And this is a big one in its own way.
Granted, he tries to do the right by both women and itÔÇÖs hard to be mad at him for long, but sweet Mother of God, was he a fool at times. A sexy, smart and sweet oneÔÇöbut still a fool.
And honestly, so was Sofia to some degree, playing wing-man for Stanton to win back Jenny. Even before she was aware of her feelings, thatÔÇÖs an odd thing to do when youÔÇÖre screwing the guys six ways to Sunday.
But other than that, sheÔÇÖs a strong and intelligent woman. Same amounts witty and sexy. SheÔÇÖs feminine, yet has a more male attitude which made her extremely likeable. With Sofia, there was no cattiness or weird emotional BS.
Neither was it the case with Jenny. Though her logic is flawed at times, sheÔÇÖs a down to earth gal who speaks her mind and stands up for herself, not letting anyone force her into something she doesnÔÇÖt want. She has a fairly good grasp on her own emotions, as well as on the emotions of those around her.
All characters had many good and bad traits and it was impossible to just love or hate them. Just like in real life, they made mistakes and tried to learn from them. So though some of their actions bothered me (yes, Stanton, IÔÇÖm looking at you), I didnÔÇÖt dislike them.
The writing in Overruled is as always with Emma Chase superb. ItÔÇÖs witty, sexy and funnyÔÇömixing all elements together into one fantastic read.
4 letting-go-of-the-past stars.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted on TBE)