Review: Overruled by Emma Chase

Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled Series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs Series. 

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.

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My Review:
If there is one thing that I absolutely love about Emma Chase, it's the way she writes the male POV. Overruled starts in Stanton's POV after he has the shock of a lifetime and finds out he got his high school sweetheart Jenny pregnant. He wants to do the right thing and give up his dreams of college to help her raise their daughter, but she refuses. We get glimpses into the next few years of what their long distance relationship looks like. Basically they agreed (or more like Jenny insisted) they have an open relationship, but when they're together, they're together.

“In third grade I thought I loved her - by sixth grade, I was sure of it” 

Fast forward ten years and we get Stanton who has made a name for himself as a hotshot defense attorney from DC. Enter Sofia, who works with Stanton and they have an agreement. Basically no strings attached sex that they both seem fine with. Until the day that Stanton gets an invitation to Jenny's wedding. A wedding he feels the need to stop at all costs. See, while they've had an open relationship for the past 10 years, Stanton has always imagined that he and Jenny would eventually get married. They have a daughter and have loved each other since they were kids, makes sense, right? Wrong. 

Stanton decides he needs to get down to Mississippi and stop the wedding at all costs. And while he has these grand plans to get Jenny back, he asks Sofia to com with him. Why? Because the thought of her with someone else just doesn't sit right with him. Sofia agrees but isn't so gung-ho about helping Stanton get another woman. 

Enter me realizing that Stanton isn't perfect. WHAT. I know his accent would make me forgive him a thousand times, but by the time he got to Mississippi his selfish side really came out. He wanted his cake and he wanted to eat it too. He was realizing his feelings were getting stronger for Sofia, but he was still actively trying to get Jenny back. Sofia was a pleasant surprise. She was such a strong character who was also trying to deal with her growing feelings for Stanton, while he was going after another girl. I don't know how she did it, I would have thrown something at someone.

"What if I told you I had to have you again? Feel you clamping down around me so hard I see heaven. That I can't stand the thought of not fucking those hot, breathy sounds out of you, until you scream my name? Would you let us do that one more time, even if it's the last?"

One thing that I really loved was the side characters! Jenny's grandma? Amazing. Stanton's brother? Freaking awesome. I was so sad by the end of this book because I didn't want it to end. Emma created a story that you won't forget. I can't wait for the next book, Sustained, which by the blurb sounds so. damn. good.

* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About Emma:
By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

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