Author: Emma Chase
Publisher: Gallery Books
Synopsis: 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.
My thoughts… 4/5 stars
This is the first time for me to like the second book in a series better than the first one. Usually, authors tend to go really strong for the first one, start losing their speed for the second, and the third one, nobody ever reads.
However, Sustained was a solid 4 stars. I wasn’t too sure if I would like this type of story since it involved our heroine dealing with 6 children after her brother and sister-in-law passes away but it was fairly entertaining to see our hero step in.
Jake isn’t a family man. He doesn’t believe in the whole marriage and family thing because he thinks he won’t be a good father. Yet, he’s drawn into Chelsea’s life, rolls up his sleeves, and takes care of children that don’t belong to him. Is this swoon worthy or what? And the children are adorable. They’re unsure of him at first because he gives the asshole impression he normally gives to everyone to them but the children quickly wear him down till he’s putty in their hands.
I really enjoyed this book because there were so many tender moments between Chelsea and Jake. It also broke my heart a lot when Jake forced himself to step away because he was scared. Their relationship was so strong from the start and to see it wither away from the hurtful things Jake said to Chelsea? I was crying more than the baby.
I say give this a read and skip the first one!