Sunday, April 26, 2015

Eliza's Review: Overruled (The Legal Briefs,#1) by Emma Chase

Title: Overruled
Series: Legal Briefs, #1
Author: Emma Chase
Release date: 28th April, 2015
Rating: 4 "darlin" stars
Cliffhanger: No

Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled Series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs Series. 

As a 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 and 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 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.

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How I do love a male POV from Emma Chase. On this occasion we are treated to the Stanton Shaw experience. Stanton is a Washington, DC, defense attorney; ambitious and hella sexy country boy at heart. But don't think Stanton steals the show, oh no. We have Sofia flying the flag for the females. Sofia is Stanton's fellow colleague; plain talking litigator with high ambitions and respected friend, with added benefits.

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Their dynamic and chemistry were off the charts and this would be a straight forward set up, say oh; if not for the fact that Stanton hadn't just received word his high school sweetheart and mother of his ten year old daughter, Jenny is getting married. Enlisting the help of level headed Sofia, they head to Mississippi on a mission to win Jenny back.

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At face value it's a bizarre situation to say the least. Why would Sofia continue on with their arrangement given Stanton's intentions? Why the heck couldn't Stanton see Sofia's feelings were more than platonic? Luckily my frustrations quickly melted away and it was so easy to fall into the wonderful mess of it all.

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Overruled was a great reading experience. It was funny, sweet and steamy! Let's talk about the steam people! This was HOT! This country come city boy has skills. We are also treated to a cameo from Drew, which is always a good thing but Emma Chase does such a great job with building Stanton's character that it's an added bonus rather than a distraction.

My interest in this series is far from brief and I'm more than looking forward to my next court date.

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