I’m so in love with Emma Chase’s books, it’s ridiculous.
I received an early copy for review via NetGalley.
When I first started reading Emma Chase’s books, I was shocked at how well she can write male characters. I’m starting to get used to it.
Appealed is the third and from what I understand, final book in The Legal Briefs series. Please make sure you read the first two (Overruled and Sustained) before you read this one. Stanton and Jake already have their happily ever after, and mind you, they’ve got their hands full as is clearly obvious reading Brent’s story, but he deserves his, as well.
And so Emma Chase is obliging.
Brent Mason is 1/3 of a trio of friends who are partners in a law firm along with Sophia, Stanton’s wife and their co-worker from when they all worked as prosecutors.
Brent has lost his leg in a car accident when he was a child, but that has never held him back from going after what he wanted. He’s handsome and determined, he’s also filthy rich and while goodhearted and fun, he is a man-whore.
The story greets us with Brent and Kennedy having a blowout about… something. Then we’re taken back a little and get to learn what’s what. And it’s a joyous ride, let me tell you.
When Brent sees Kennedy Randolph at his mother’s party and doesn’t recognize her as his best friend (and neighbor) growing up, he’s in for the surprise of his life at both how vastly she changed and at the fact that she is the prosecutor in his case. Brent doesn’t understands why Kennedy disappeared right after high-school and why she’s so hostile towards him now, but he soon finds out.
Kennedy’s hostility towards Brent is justified and so painful when we learn her reasoning, and it was also the catalyst for her complete change in persona and looks.
Brent’s current client is a teenage boy who’s accused of siphoning people’s life savings when he hacked into a bank. He learns quickly the rumors about Kennedy are nothing compared to how she is in court – which both challenges him and turns him on.
Brent and Kennedy’s pseudo-second chance is evolving just as you’d expect from Emma Chase – with the best banter EVER:
After the waitress goes on her merry way, the blond viper stares at me, her mouth an adorable – annoyed – bow.
“Maybe I wanted the veggie burger. I could be a vegetarian now.”
I grimace. “Are you?”
“Then kindly cease the bitching.” I lean back in my chair, legs open, getting comfortable – debating how to begin.
One of my favorite characters in this story is a very minor one – Harrison, Brent’s butler. Yup. He’s got one:
“Would you like me to prepare dinner for you and Miss Randolph before I go?” Harrison asks.
I step into the kitchen and wave him off. “No. I want to do it myself.”
“Very good, then.”
As Harrison continues toward the stairs, I call, “There’s just one small thing. How do I turn this stove on?”
Brent and Kennedy’s mothers are friends and have a key role in getting the two together. When conniving mothers are involved – you can bet the plotting is weird and hysterically amusing.
Getting serious for a second; I loved how Chase took such a common teenage situation, a horrible one that scars many adolescents, and drove the repercussions straight to the reader’s heart. I felt so much anger on Kennedy’s behalf, and so much sadness on Brent’s behalf, that the story just sucked me in.
And if you know Chase’s writing style, you know that she has the unique ability to get her points across while still keeping things light, fun, emotional and a hella sexy. This is why I loved the story so damn much. That’s why I always love her books so damn much.
Grab The Legal Briefs books and enjoy good writing, exceptional male pov writing and sexy times so sexy, they make you want to fall in love over and over again.
I’m giving Appealed 5 stars!
When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate – and prized – parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.
Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.
And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell.
She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore
– she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.
But things aren’t exactly working out that way.
Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.
APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.
By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural 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.