Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

Posted March 7, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 14 Comments

Review: Sustained by Emma ChaseSustained
by Emma Chase
Series: Legal Briefs #2
Published by Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books on August 25th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:First Person
Pages: 267
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

Sustained is the second book in the Legal Briefs series and the first book that I read for the 2017 Totally Doable Reading Challenge. It’s a book that I read for the first time in 2015 and gave 5 stars to. I was really surprised with how much I liked this book when I first read it because I hated the first book in the Legal Briefs series, Overruled, a lot. Like, a lot a lot. Stanton and Sofia drove me up the wall but Jake and Chelsea? Absolutely loved them.

Jake Becker is a defense attorney who just had an STD scare so he’s trying something new. He’s vetting his sleeping partners. Ha! He’s going to try dating girls before sleeping with them because he’s not trying to have another scare. He doesn’t understand it but with the help of his friends, he’s going to give it a shot. He’s got a date lined up and he’s anxious to get started. He’s appalled that his friends actually date the women that they sleep with because who the hell does that? Apparently, everyone but him. At the rate that he’s going, he won’t get laid for at least two more weeks and he’s not about that life.

Before his timeline can start he meets young Rory McQuaid who successfully picks his pocket but Jake isn’t about to let a young kid get the best of him so he gives chase and catches the little shit. When Jake takes him home to meet with his parents and rat his bad ass out, Jake meets Chelsea and the rest of Rory’s siblings and his life is never the same again.

Chelsea McQuaid is 26 years old and is raising her brother’s six kids on her own. She’s much too busy for a relationship but Jake Becker sneaks up on her in ways she wasn’t prepared for but isn’t exactly against. Sure, she’s got no time for sexy times with her Mom responsibilities overtaking her life but she’s all the kids have and they’re the priority but with Jake becoming more and more of a fixture in their lives, she’s thinking that they’ll be alright.

Of course, things aren’t as easy as she wants them to be but love is worth the trouble, right? Right. Chelsea and Jake were fantastic characters with a story that I eat up every single time that I read it. I read this book two years ago and it was a 5 star read then and this year, it’s a 5 star read still. I completely adored every single child and watching Jake fall for not only Chelsea but every single kid melted me at every turn. From Riley all the way down to Ronan, I was in love. I loved that Jake had a distinct relationship with every single kid. I loved seeing him with the girls just as much as I loved seeing him with the girls and my heart broke in two when things get hard for the family, Rory ran to Jake. I was a puddle of emotions by then.

Chelsea was a fantastic heroine. So strong and sure in the choices she made. From leaving school to jumping into being a Mom to her nieces and nephews, she sat on her own grief to be strong for the kids and my heart went out to her with every passing page. She was caring and she was loving and she was hot too so that was a plus. 🙂

There isn’t a thing that I didn’t love about this book and I understand that it makes this review a freaking fangirl review but it can’t be helped…I’m a total fangirl for Jake and Chelsea. This book man, it’s so damn good. If you haven’t read it for yourself, do yourself a favor and fix that because this book isn’t to be missed!

My Rating

5 out of 5


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14 responses to “Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

    • Rowena

      Thanks Grace, this was the best book in the series. So much goodness between the romance and the kids!

    • Rowena

      I cannot stand the first book and my book club chose to read that book for this month’s discussion. I’m not at all happy about having to re-read it to prepare. Gah.

  1. I read this last year and I loved everything about it so you go with your fangirl review. I mean, I am not a fan of kids in romance usually because they often feel like they’ve just been put in to create a barrier between the couple in the obstacle to their happily ever after but this didn’t feel like that. I just, ugh, there are words for my flail-y love of it and now I want to reread. I seriously need to read more Emma Chase.

    • Rowena

      Hey Becky! I vote for a re-read. You should re-read Sidebarred, too. So good! I thought Chase did a great job of making the kids more than just props to move the romance along.

  2. OMG, you HAVE to listen to this one on audiobook! It’s one of my favorites and the guy that narrates this sounds so freaking hot and it’s just so good and funny. I despise kids in books so I thought I would hate this since there are 6 damn kids, but this was just such a fun book.

    • Rowena

      Hmm, putting it on my audiobook listen list. Yes, I have a list of books I want to listen to and this will definitely go on there.

  3. oh I so agree, this book was fabulous and my favorite from the series. I had my issues with book one, actually I couldn’t stand the characters especially the hero. But this couple they were amazing together.

    • Rowena

      Yess!!! I couldn’t stand the hero in that book too. I was so angry reading that book. He was heaps better in the other books though.

  4. This one is my favorite book by Emma Chase. I remember reading it the first time and being completely enamored by it. This is one I need to re-read too. There’s just something about Jake with all those kids that turned me melty! Chelsea was fantastic too. I loved how selfless she was.
    I’m so glad this re-read was just as good as the first time around! 🙂

    • Rowena

      This is my favorite Emma Chase book, too. I hope your reread holds up for you better than The Hating Game did. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will. Happy reading, Nick!

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