Series: The Legal Briefs #1
Published by Gallery Books
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Sustained
Also by this author: Holy Frigging Matrimony: A Tangled Series Short Story, Twisted, Tamed, Sustained
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 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, the 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 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.
“Sex with Stanton is exhilarating; working beside him is a privilege. But loving him…that just hurts.”
I am not the type of reader to shy away from complicated and flawed heroes. Those are usually my favorites. Give me a jerk with a heart of gold and I will be swooning (and cursing) the whole way through. So when I found out that the newest Emma Chase(creator of the one and only Drew Evans from the Tangled series) hero was going to be a hot shot Southern boy with a wicked mouth, you can best bet that I was immediately smitten. Sadly, I had a reality check pretty early on.
“Young love is strong. First love is powerful. But what you don’t know when you’re young – what you can’t know – is how long life actually is. And the only dependable thing about it, besides death and taxes, is change.“
I’m kind of bummed that Stanton ended up being just a meh hero to me. I mean I was almost in tears within the first couple chapters of Overruled. The situation and emotions between Stanton and his high school sweetheart, Jenny, really cut me to the quick. I felt that fear and the pain and it left me in a really vulnerable position as a reader that I was looking forward to moving on from and growing. So it was a bit of a disappointment to see where they started as a couple to where they ended up. No matter how it was reiterated that they both did this for his career, he was still an active dad, etc. it just left me feeling so bad for Jenny, their daughter Presley. It felt that they got the shortest end of the stick. Well, that is until you meet Sofia. Sofia and Stanton basically love each other. It’s obviously even if Stanton is oblivious to it, so when he finally decides to man up and go after Jenny, Sofia is left having to hear plans about him “getting his girl” etc. It just felt dirty to root for him. He basically has had it good since forever so the little emotional journey he goes on in Overruled feels weak in comparison to how the women in his life have faired.
“You’re so stubborn – you’re so stuck on what you think is supposed to be there, that you’re missin’ what’s right in front of you.”
Despite how I felt towards Stanton throughout the majority of the story, I am happy to report that by the end I felt he redeemed himself enough (in my eyes) to be a likable hero. He is obviously not my favorite but I did enjoy many parts of this story as a whole. It was witty, sexy, and really had me feeling for these people. I am even more excited for the next two books in the Legal Briefs series to come out. I can only bet that it will get better from here!