Review: Sustained by Emma Chase


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.



How to Chaperone a One Direction Concert (Without Killing Someone)
by Jake Becker

1. They sell beer at the concession stand. Drink it responsibly, but definitely drink it. It’s the only thing that gets you through the night.
2. Don’t be that guy acting like he’s having a good time. It won’t make you look “cool” - just @$#!$# creepy.
3. Be ready to catch. Whether it’s because of hyperventilating or the simple sight of One Direction, some girl in your vicinity is going to pass the hell out.
4. Make sure you have extra memory on your phone – because apparently when their phones are filled to capacity with pictures – Hara-kiri will then commence.
5. Earplugs.
6. Earplugs.
7. Earplugs.
8. Park far, far away because then you’ll actually be able to get out of the parking lot when the concert is over. And you’ll risk less damage to your car - these are teenage girl drivers we’re talking about here.
9. Remind yourself that your parents probably couldn’t stand the music you listened to as a kid either. This proves that karma is real and that she is, in fact, a bitch.


My Review:
Where do I even start? Sustained was fantastic. The Legal Briefs is fast becoming one of my favorite series. This book is all in Jake's POV and let me just say, Emma Chase writes male POV like no other. Absolutely hilarious and most likely exactly what a man is thinking.

We met Jake in Overruled, he works as a defense attorney in the same office as Statnton, Sofia and Brent (who gets his story told next). Jake gets a shock in his office when a girl, whose name he can't quite remember, lets him know that along with a break-up, her boyfriend left her with an STD. Yikes.  After Jake gets all his tests done he puts himself on a little self-imposed "dating" regime.. 

“So…what’s the typical schedule with the whole dating thing? How long before one gets to the actual fucking?”
“Three dates,” they all answer simultaneously.
My eyebrows raise. “Three dates? Seriously? Are you guys, like…more religious than I ever knew?”

He gets his wallet stolen by a kid named Rory, and when he takes him home instead of calling the police, he meets Chelsea McQuaid. Chelsea is aunt-turned guardian to six, six nieces and nephews after her brother and his wife were killed in a car crash. Each of the kids has their own unique personality that makes you fall in love with them. 

“I want her – this fearless, stunning woman. And I want the kids. Those perfect, awful, amazing children – whom she loves with every inch of her soul. I want them to be mine. Mine to hold, mine to protect and teach. Their joy, their laughter, their love. I want to come home to it, bask in it, be the reason for it.But even more than that, I want to deserve them.” 

Sustained was everything I was hoping for. It was a quick read. I laughed out loud more times than I could count. It hit me right in the feels. I daresay I liked this one even more than Overruled and I absolutely can't wait to see what Emma comes up with for Appealed. 

"You’ve got this whole knight-in-shining-armor vibe going on.”
I shake my head. “My armor was tarnished a long time ago, Brent.”
“A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.”

*I was provided an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


About Emma Chase:
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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