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 received a copy of this story for an honest review.
Emma Chase continues her journey into the wild romantic exploits of talented lawyers who are used to ruling in and out of the courtroom with Sustained (Legal Briefs #2). I’m going to confess that I was not a huge fan of Overruled (Legal Briefs #1) so I was a little tepid about jumping into Sustained (Legal Briefs #2). I’m happy to report that Sustained is an engaging romance from start to finish, full of humor, heat, and heart.
High profile defense attorney Jake Becker is used to defending people... just usually those that can pay top dollar. When a stolen wallet lands Jake on the steps of the home of Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews, he instantly knows the twenty-six year old hottie is in over her head. But can a spark of attraction and flash of sympathy be enough to get a one night stand legend to change his ways and take a risk on something real?
What I Loved: Jake Becker and Chelsea McQuaid give Drew Evans and Kate Brooks (The Tangled Series leads) a run for the best characters Emma Chase has ever created. Jake and Chelsea lept off of the page and I fell for them HARD. Neither character is perfect but they’re perfect together. Chase also does a great job of balancing a fairly large cast of characters (Chelsea’s six nieces and nephews, Jake’s friends and coworkers) and giving each a distinct and realistic voice.
What I Didn’t Love: There’s not a lot that I didn’t love about Sustained, just a few slightly repetitive scenes of will they or won’t they, but overall a solid story.
“Criminal defense really isn’t so different from proctology. In both fields, it’s one asshole after another. This line of work isn’t for the faint of heart – you have to have a strong stomach. And my stomach is steel.”
“A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.”
“Forget looking at yourself in the mirror – I just want to know, how do you live in your skin?”
“I love every part of you, even the parts you were afraid to show me. And even though you’re kind of an idiot sometimes, I’m going to love you forever.”
Sustained can be read as a standalone, so if you haven’t read Overruled you can still enjoy one heck of a good story without feeling lost. I loved Sustained and recommend it without reservation.