Author: Emma Chase
tl;dr recommendation: Sustained is laugh out loud funny and warmed my heart. I have no complaints to file about this legal romance!
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.
Emma tells us in her acknowledgments that she felt this story come together perfectly, that she loves it immensely and that she knew it was awesome when it was finished.You won’t hear me objecting – she’s totally fucking right.
SUSTAINED just works. Chelsea is pretty much the the best human being on the planet. She’s taken over the responsibility of raising her late brother & his wife’s SIX children after they pass away in a tragic accident. Each of those kids has a personality, and we learn allllll about them. I LOVED IT.
Jake actually enters the picture because of one of those kids and his propensity for acting out. Jake doesn’t do kids. He doesn’t do complicated. Jake just does women – lots of them. Until he finds out that there may be consequences for his desire to spread his love throughout DC.
When Jake starts helping Chelsea with the kids – way more than anyone ever asks him to – he’s like a fish out of water. It’s completely comical, hysterical and adorable. Jake’s inability to stay away may have something to do with Chelsea, whose eyes seem to pierce right through every wall he’s built. My heart clenched at the sweet moments and my pussy clenched at the sexy ones. There’s an incredible build up between Jake & Chelsea that explodes in some serious passion that will have you gasping for breath.
While the legal stuff isn’t all totally accurate (sorry. I know. plot. tell me to shut up) I could easily look past any flaws. The story is exceptional: romantic, sexy, hilarious & emotional. Sustained is laugh out loud funny and warmed my heart. I have no complaints to file about this legal romance! 4.5 stars!
[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]