Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review | SUSTAINED by Emma Chase

Sustained by Emma Chase
Contemporary Adult Romance Published August 25, 2015
Gallery Books
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

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.

My Thoughts...

This is going to be a really quick, short review.  Mostly because I had most of my review written a couple days ago and my computer did an update and restarted and for some reason blogger didn't auto-save while I was writing it and I lost it all.  I don't know what happened, but I wasn't too happy about it!!

This is the 2nd book of what I assume will be a trilogy and while I did really like the first book I think this one was even better.  This book centers around Jake Becker who is a defense attorney who wins no matter what.  Many of his clients are guilty, but it's his job to exonerate them and he's very good at his job.  He's out one day and literally runs into a young boy who happens to pick his pocket.  He chases the boy down and when he takes him home me meets Chelsea.  This girl has her hands full with her 6 nieces and nephews who range in age from less than 1 year old to 14 or 15.  I have 3 kids and I can barely manage to stay sane most days, I can't even imagine what life is like for a 24 year old taking care of 6 children she didn't give birth to.

Jake doesn't "do" kids other than the time he spends around Stanton's daughter Presley, but he's drawn into this makeshift family and becomes the only person Chelsea can rely on when things get tough.  They fall in love as they learn to change how they view how life is versus how they thought it would be.

This book is sort of unique in that it's told all from Jake's perspective through a first person narrative.  Emma Chase did this in her Tangled series and it's done really well.  I think she captured that again in this book.  In the first book of this series she did alternating POV's and that was nice, but I think this one was spot on with just Jake's POV.  The pacing was great and the character development was excellent.  If you don't like books that have kids then this may not be your "cup of tea", but some of the most heart wrenching and poignant moments take place with the kids as the focus.

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

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