Sustained by Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: eARC, 272 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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 get you off. 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 am knee deep in a damn compost pit.
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, and defend her…and the kids.
And that—that, I know how to do.
Oh, my heart. It might not ever be the same after this book. I need a new word to describe how much I loved it because “love” simply isn’t strong enough.
I fell head over heels in love with Jake Becker in this book. I wasn’t expecting to either. In Overruled, he was crass and a playboy and those things don’t always do it for me. He’s still crass and all male in this book, but my god, the transformation he makes. It makes my heart beat faster and reduces me to a pile of mush just thinking about it. He starts off as a man content to do his job as a powerful defense lawyer and sleep his way through the female population of DC, one one-night stand at a time, having no one rely on him. Things begin to change slowly when he first meets Chelsea. So slowly, in fact, that he doesn’t even notice at first.
I loved Chelsea. It takes a special woman to leave everything behind to raise someone else’s children. Granted, they were her brother’s kids and the only family she had left, but it’s still not easy. She was the perfect combination of strong and vulnerable and I loved her from the very start. I was a little nervous as things progressed between her and Jake because I wasn’t sure he was ready for something real with her. The old Jake wasn’t. This new one that was emerging? He just has to get out of his own head long enough to believe he’s worthy of a woman like her and the things she offers.
I can’t review this book without mentioning the McQuaid kids. Oh how my heart ached for these kids as they processed the tragic loss of their parents and their new reality. Each of them was so full of personality and, one by one, they melted my heart right along with Jake’s. (And, really, I’m not a “kid person.”) But these kids? You couldn’t NOT love them.
THIS BOOK. THE FEELS. I can’t even. It wasn’t even grand gestures that did it for me. It was the 1,000 small moments throughout the book that got to me. I was all kinds of emotional reading Sustained. I lost track of how many times I teared up and how many times I felt tears trickling down my face. But don’t get me wrong, they weren’t sad tears. (Ok, maybe a couple times…) They were the sweet tears of happiness as you watch a character come into his own and realize he’s more than his past. MY GOD. It was brilliant and beautiful and there aren’t enough stars or words to make you understand how much I loved it. I could keep talking about it, but I won’t. Just add it to your TBR, pre-order it and, if you’re lucky enough to have an ARC, READ IT RIGHT NOW.
Sustained is, in my opinion, Emma’s best book to date. It’s easily one of my favorites of 2015 so far and I expect it’ll be on my best of the best list of all of 2015. I wouldn’t change one single thing about it. It was absolute perfection. I can’t wait for Brent’s story in Appealed. Is it January yet?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.