by Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A Washington, 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, the 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 her 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.
I absolutely adored the Tangled series and Drew Evans, so I was a tad nervous going into Overruled the first novel in Emma Chase’s new Legal Briefs series. Ultimately, I ended up falling for these characters as Chase made me shake my head, laugh aloud and swoon when Stanton finally figured it all out.
Coffee dates with Overruled
- First date: We meet a young Jenny and Stanton who have been friends forever and have fallen in love. She is a high school cheerleader, he the captain of the football team. Cue the song A Little Ditty About Jack and Diane by John Cougar Melloncamp. They end up in trouble and Stanton wants to marry her. Jenny wants him to go to college and then they will begin their lives together. Ten years later while he visits regularly the two have never married. She didn’t want to move to DC but in the back of Stanton’s mind one day they will. Stanton is now a defense attorney in Washington D.C. and quite good at it. Men want to be him and woman want his green eyes, southern drawl and yummy abs. He and Jenny have an arrangement allowing the other to date. To his credit, he is upfront about his girl and daughter back home. Now I will admit I was convinced Stanton was an ass and Jenny was an idiot. Seriously, who does this? Sofia Santos is a litigator at the same firm as Stanton and shares a friend with benefits relationship with him outside of the courtroom. I liked Sofia immediately. She is level headed, gorgeous and an executive who is confident enough to see the benefits of a friend like Stanton.
- Second date: Wow the chemistry between Stanton and Sofia is off the charts. I think my fingers were burned a little while holding this book. Ooo, and a certain character from Tangled makes an appearance. (Thank you Emma, le sigh) After receiving an invitation in the mail for Jenny’s upcoming nuptials Stanton has a meltdown. This scene made me giggle:snort. I felt bad, but dude how could you not see this coming? Sofia and their friend Brent try to coach him, but oh lord Stanton is losing it. He decides he is going home to stop the wedding. He ends up begging Sofia to go with him and seeing this city girl in the country was fun. Jenny and her family are wonderful. Wait until you meet Nana. (Passes a bottle of whiskey to Nana) She is hilarious, wise and the first time I met her I laughed until tears formed in the corner of my eyes. Things are about to get crazy and while I am one hundred percent sure I know exactly how this is all going to play out I have a feeling the ride there will be a hoot.
- Third date: Where is Leroy Jethro Gibbs, commander from the TV Show NCIS? The man needs to slap a few heads. Stanton needs a few smacks in the head and Sofia needs one too. Interaction between Stanton and Jenny’s new man was hilarious. My final date with Overruled was fantastic. It was filled with humor, stupidity, sweetness, and win-me-over moments. I couldn’t set the book down and laughed so much my sides hurt. Chase also threw in a little turbulence and an ah-ha moment. I loved how Chase wrapped it all up, redeemed our sexy, lunk-head and made me smile like a fool.
Caffeinated thoughts about my dates with Overruled: Emma Chase won me over, and I cannot wait to continue this series. The characters were successful, smart and completely dumb when it came to love. I love the how Chase allowed them to grow while weaving in humor, wicked banter, hot wicked sex and tender moments. She gave the tale depth with secondary characters and family. I would date them again.