Author: Emma Chase
Publisher: Gallery Books
Synopsis: Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled Series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs Series.
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.
My Thoughts…2/5 stars
Let me just start off with this review that I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo disappointed!
I loved Emma Chase’s Tangled series and was really looking forward to this book because I thought it would be in the same element. Funny, sexy, and filled with lots and lots of love! What I got?
Sexy but not quite funny and definitely not love I felt in the pages. It just wasn’t adding up right. And you know why?
Well, that’s because our fellow hero Stanton is a fucking prick. Emma Chase wrote this book with the intention of making a character torn between two loves but she catastrophically failed by creating a story that features a womanizer instead of a conflicted lover. Stanton believes he is meant to be with his childhood sweetheart Jenny but he can’t stop having wild sex with his fellow colleague Sophia. Does this even make any sense?
Where’s the sense of monogamy? Where is your commitment and faithfulness Stanton? And to top it all off, Stanton doesn’t even want to marry Jenny in the end until he’s old and his career died down. It’s either you man up and marry Jenny now because you’re so uptight about her marrying someone else other than you or you get your shit together and sort out your emotions! Because let me tell you, you can’t have your cake and eat it too!
The whole story was just a wild roller coaster that only went downhill and never picked back up. When I thought the conflict was finally resolved between Sophia and Stanton, stupidity and unbelievable actions hit you square in the face. Stanton staggers, stutters, and misses his declaration of love because he’s so consumed by satisfying his dick rather rather than taking a few minutes to tell her how he feels after she does.
Final suggestion? Read it if you have an open mind but I would play it safe and skip it.