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Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

Posted March 7, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 15 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
Pages: 267
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Goodreads
five-stars
Reading Challenges: The Totally Doable 2017 RBLB Reading Challenge

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

five-stars

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My Review of Someone Like You by Lauren Layne…

Posted December 16, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

…went live this morning on my book blog, Book Binge.

Someone Like You by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #3
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 228
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo

Lauren Layne’s bestselling Oxford Series continues with the poignant, heartwarming story of New York’s most eligible bachelor, Lincoln Mathis, a man who’s living a lie—until his dream woman takes away the pain.

Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

Check out my review here:

SOMEONE LIKE YOU BY LAUREN LAYNE

Happy Friday!

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Review: Me Before You

Posted August 11, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 8 Comments

Me Before You
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer
Director: Thea Sharrock
Release Date: June 3, 2016
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 110 minutes
Movie Type: Drama, Romance

Young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.

Last year, my book club read this book for a discussion and I was not okay after finishing the book. I had so many things to gripe about when discussing the book. Mostly, this book made me sad and it depressed the hell out of me and I ugly cried through most of the story so when we heard that the book was being turned into a movie, we were all adamant about not wanting to watch it. We’re a bunch of romantics and we need that happily ever after and the ending for this book? I can’t even talk about it.

So weeks passed after our discussion and news about the movie starting pouring onto our FB feeds and on the blogs that I read every day. I heard that Khaleesi was cast as Lou Clark and Finnick from the Hunger Games was cast as Will freaking Traynor. Enough time had passed that I forgot about how depressing the book was that I messaged the movie trailer to my book club friends and asked, “Who’s in?”

Of course everyone was in because hello? Khaleesi and Finnick together on screen? We’re so there for that, only we couldn’t get our schedules to line up properly to go and see the movie together that I ended up seeing it for the first time with my daughter and all of her friends (my nieces and nephew). What’s funny is that we took my nephew along with us to see the movie because he wanted to spend some time with us before leaving to play football at Louisville and we took him to see this movie. Ha! He was the only guy with us and he’s this big hulking football player and he was sitting in the back of the theater with us while we ugly cried our way through this movie.

There was a lot of ugly crying going on too.

Enough time had passed that I didn’t remember all of the details from the book but the big things that I did remember made it onto the movie and I ate it all up.

So Louisa Clark is a quirky young woman who just lost her job at the town cafe when it closes down and she’s in the market for a new job. Her father just got laid off so she starts to feel a bit of pressure to find a new job to help her family stay afloat. She lands a job as a caretaker for a paralyzed banker named Will Traynor and her nerves and sparkling personality are sorely tested with each passing day of her new job. Will is a complete bore and she starts to dread going to work but eventually, things start to turn around for her when her and Will strike up an unexpected friendship. It’s not a perfect friendship but Will is completely different from anyone she’s ever met (not just because he’s rich) and she’s charmed with what she’s starting to learn about him.

Will has a big secret that he doesn’t talk about and when Lou finds out about it, she’s heartbroken. She doesn’t know how to help him or change his mind but that doesn’t stop her from trying.

I really enjoyed Emelia Clarke as Lou. She brought Lou’s sparkling personality and cheerful disposition to life so wonderfully that I was thoroughly charmed with Lou’s character all over again. I loved seeing the bumble be tights and the look of pure bliss on Lou’s face when she got them.

Sam Claflin as Will Traynor was another fantastic casting. I really liked his surly temperament and loved the way that his feelings for Lou changed and grew. I loved seeing his feelings for her grow. It was one thing to see the change come over him while reading the book but seeing it on the big screen was just great.

There wasn’t a thing that I didn’t like about this movie (hell, I was even okay in the end). The acting, the humor, the scenery, the music. It all completely worked for me that I went and saw it again two more times in the theater.

So while this movie had me looking like this throughout most of it:


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I ended up feeling like this afterward because that ending scene with Lou? I loved it:


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Grade: 5 out of 5

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