The bit on the back…
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 came across this book on Amazon and downloaded and started this book straight away. I have been a fan of Emma’s ever since I read the Tangled series. Drew and Kate totally pulled me into their story and Emma’s writing captivated me. I was rather keen to get stuck into this.
The story is about two main characters Stanton and Sofia but it is definitely more weighted to Stanton’s side of the story. It’s Stanton who we meet first back in his high school and college days where we even get a short visit from Drew (cue lots of fangirling). Stanton’s situation is quite unique. He became a father at a young age but was encouraged to pursue his dreams basically earning himself a relationship hall pass until he’s ready to settle down. As I said – unique.
I loved Stanton right from the start; I will not dance around that fact. He is such a cheeky, arrogant, sexy guy with a tonne of swagger to go with it. I love all of those attributes but also on the other hand he’s caring and loving and that’s apparent in his relationship with his daughter. All round he seems like a genuinely great guy. He’s just a little out of touch with how women really work compared to his perception of how they work. This little flaw is pretty apparent in the way he thinks before he speaks or acts – especially when it comes to Sofia and Jenny’s feelings. He is completely and utterly oblivious to everything other than the 10 year old plan that he has in his head. That, I would say, is his only failing. The two sides of his character – manwhore v good family man – made Stanton an interesting character to read about and one who I was easily drawn to.
Sofia is a go getter just like Stanton and I admired this quality in her. I also couldn’t fault her for giving as good as she got when it came to her relationship with Stanton. I liked that she was in this relationship for herself, for her own benefit but couldn’t help thinking that she was fooling herself slightly because let’s face it when does life ever work out like that?
The story is dual POV and I think it worked well here because Stanton is really, really absorbed in his family dilemma that he is blind to what’s happening beyond that in his friendship with Sofia. Sofia fills that gap with her side of the story and that’s where you can see the story between the characters progressing. I thought it was pretty obvious where the story was heading and to be fair most of the secondary characters seemed to know more than Stanton too but that could be down to the fact that he just didn’t want to let go of something he thought he wanted.
I cannot wait to read the rest of this series starting with Sustained which is out later this year. I would definitely recommend this for fans of Samantha Young, Christina Lauren and Sawyer Bennett.