Overruled by Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
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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.
Soooooooo this book. If I’m honest, I didn’t love it at first. I tried to go into it with an open mind, but I had a rough time with Stanton’s character and the way he left his home, Jenna and their daughter. I mean, I got it. It’s what she wanted for them, too. In fact, she pushed him to go. Regardless, something felt wrong about it. The open relationship? NOT my favorite thing. In time, however, I let it go. I realized there were better people out there for both Jenna and Stanton. That’s not to say I didn’t get frustrated with this book at times though.
The one person I was never unsure of was Sofia. I loved her from the start. I liked her backstory and how driven she was. Granted, I thought she was out of her mind messing with Stanton when she knew his heart belonged to someone else, but I also understood. She and Stanton had tons of chemistry and a very real connection, but I still thought she was playing with fire. More than anything, I just didn’t want to see her get hurt, but I also knew that was inevitable.
Stanton definitely grew on me in time. While admittedly I didn’t appreciate his “have my cake and eat it too” attitude when it came to Jenna and Sofia, he was a good guy. Sure, he was flawed. Who isn’t? But his heart was good and that’s what mattered most. I liked how his character grew over the course of this book. By the end, I was totally on his side and singing his praises. I just had to stop trying to make him something else and enjoy him for what he was, if that makes sense.
While this book begins in DC, which I love – even if I raised my eyebrows a couple times at the mention of places that don’t really exist – the best parts of the books take place back in Stanton’s home town of Sunshine, Mississippi. While I personally thought Sofia was out of her mind for agreeing to go with him, I applaud her for being a friend… even if she had to push her feelings aside to try to help him. Watching them grow closer together while in his small town home made me smile. Of course, it wasn’t all fun and games. There was some angst, drama and communication issues, but that’s life, right?
I read most of this book in print, but did listen to a few chapters of the audiobook. I really liked both of the narrators. If I hadn’t been so impatient to finish the story, I would’ve really enjoyed listening to the rest of it in audio format. Jason Carpenter and Charlotte Penfield did a great job bringing Stanton and Sofia to life. Whether you prefer to read it or have it read to you, Overruled is a great read – even if it did take a little time to grow on me.
Despite a rocky start, I damn near loved this book by the end. I loved how everything came together. I felt the feels. I even cried a few tears. We were introduced to some wonderful secondary characters and I’m definitely looking forward to them getting their own books. I’m already anxiously awaiting the second book in the series!