Posted May 2, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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Legal Briefs
Emma Chase
Gallery Books

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.

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.”

Where to start? This book was not what I was expecting at all! I will never tire from Emma Chase’s writing. I went into this book expecting a “Tangled” feeling. This is not what I got. It was still hilarious and had some great movie and music references, but it was more. Deeper. And we even had an appearance from the great Drew Evans. Who could ask for anything more, really? But then it got better. Way better. You see, this book wasn’t about the law or about being a bad boy bachelor. It was about commitment, trust and the natural evolution of relationships.

I fell in love with Stanton within the first few paragraphs. His warmth and kindness was apparent from the beginning. He endeavored to do right by everyone around him and it destroyed him to let others down. Stanton had two worlds and he kept them carefully separated. He truly believed that all would continue that way forever. Poor Stanton never thought anything would change. Bless his heart… He really was a nice guy. Confused, but nice.

We all know what happens when we play with matches-but I will not get burned. I’m like…the hand that passes through the flame of the candle without getting burned. I’m fireproof.”

Sofia thought that her situation was working for her as well. She had everything just as she thought she liked it. Perfect job? Check. Great friends/colleagues? Check. Heart-stopping sex-with-benefits partner? Check. And of course, she really believed her arrangement with Stanton was perfect. Clean. Lines drawn. No muss no fuss. As the reader, of course, you understand that these two are crazy about each other. Sofia prided herself on being a tough no-nonsense woman and I think she felt that slipping away at times. Looking back though, I think that these are the moments that challenge us to be more. And Sofia did just that.

Sex with Stanton is exhilarating; working beside him is a privilege. But loving him…that just hurts.”

Despite this, I promise that the book is not a drawn our series of near misses and “Arg! Why can’t they just get together?!” moments. There is a real story here and both Stanton and Sofia grow a great deal as it unfolds. I did feel sorry for both at them at times, but I was always entertained. And changing the setting from the big city to the countryside made enduring the heartache that much easier.

The balance of humor and drama was perfect in this book. The pace of the story kept me riding on waves of varying emotions. It wasn’t heavy, but I was invested in the characters well-being. I had to finish this book once I started it. It was that good.

I know this series will be a winner because I was instantly connected to the other men from the law firm. These guys are not a huge part of the story, but they stood out. They stole the moment whenever they appeared. I cannot wait to read Sustained (The Legal Briefs Series Book 2)!

Doing what Emma Chase does best, this trip through the male psyche is not to be missed!

5 stars and a mint julep!!!

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