Book 1, The Legal Briefs Series
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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 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.
Hated the main character from the beginning - Stanton. He was spoiled and it was all about him and he never grew up. Save your money, don't bother with this book.
Review: The Legal Briefs #1: Overruled
Overruled by Emma Chase is the first book in her new Legal Briefs series. A beautifully twisted tale of first love, friends, family, and overlooked opportunities.
At first I was excited to read this book - Emma Chase is a go-to author for me. I enjoyed the snark of Drew and gang and wanted more. Then I started reading and I wasn't sure how to peg Stanton. The tale is told in dual POV's with flashbacks to Stanton's past with Jenny scattered throughout the story. He was charming but he was a bit of a manwhore. I mean, poor Jenny seemed to be left pining away in the country for the hot shot criminal defense attorney to find time to come home. But then I got past the surface of the story and realized that the meat of the story was in Stanton and Sofia's slow realization of their feelings. Of Stanton accepting that the path he thought was forged for him and Jenny is NOT the path he's meant to take.
The journey of this realization is the meat of this amazingly juicy story. You'll laugh, you'll cry.
Fast paced with lots of laughs!
I've been looking forward to Emma Chase's new series for sometime. Her writing is witty, funny, and yet still has the emotional pull I'm always looking. I was hoping to fall in love with these new characters they way I did with those from her Tangled series and I did. And I've got to say this story really reminded me of "My Best Friend's Wedding," an iconic movie, but with a bunch of twists to make it a different story.
I will admit to being torn about my feelings about Stanton and Sofia. I liked them for the most part but there were moments when I wanted to grab them by the shoulders and shake them because I didn't understand the logic behind their actions. For some successful hotshot lawyers they sure did a lot of thinking with their body parts as opposed to using logic when it came to making decisions about their personal lives. Of course I'm making them sound horrible and they weren't. They were just trying to figure out what it was they needed as opposed to wanted. It was very obvious from the beginning they gave off lots of sparks whenever they got close to one another. I was definitely fanning myself in some of the scenes the two of them were in together.
I've got to say though, I understood Stanton's shock at what was happening at home. He'd always thought things would stay the same and when they didn't it took him a while to adjust to the new reality. I've also got to say how much I loved Stanton and Jenny's families. Stanton and Jenny both have crazy siblings, but it's clear that they love each other. And Jenny's Nana is just wonderful! She's kooky yet strong. I also loved Presley, Stanton and Jenny's daughter. She's seriously smart, adorable, and wise beyond her years. I loved seeing her and Stanton with each other. I also loved meeting Stanton's friends and there was a particular friend who made me squeal with happiness when he made an appearance.
Emma Chase has written another great story. There are lots of laughs, emotions, and realizations that happen over the course of this book. It's fast paced story and the pages just flew by. I'm really looking forward to seeing Brent and Jake possibly finding their happily ever afters. I'm already looking forward to more shenanigans, laughter, and tears!