Monday, 19 October 2015

Review of Sustained by Emma Chase

The bit on the back…

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 and 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.

I pre-ordered this book as soon as I turned the last page in the first novel in the series – Overruled. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read of Emma’s since I first read Tangled so I was looking forward to starting this.

Honestly, in the beginning I really didn’t like Jake all that much which was pretty hard going because I usually love Emma’s leading men. I felt like I could have punched him half of the time and when he eventually met Chelsea I was sort of at war with myself between wanting them to get together and not thinking Jake was good enough for her. I think it’s partly due to the story being wholly from Jake’s POV because he is such a guy at times. But, as they say, it takes the love of a good woman!
The story focuses mainly on Jake’s relationship with Chelsea and her family.

Chelsea has had a lot of responsibility thrust upon her all in one go and is trying to juggle the needs of six very different children all at once. I loved Chelsea’s no nonsense attitude and the way she just stepped up to be a new mother for her nieces and nephews. She’s generous, kind of heart and the kind of girl you would want to be friends with. The story is told completely from Jake’s point of view so we never get to see her thoughts about Jake whereas her thoughts and feelings towards her family are very apparent and it really made me want things to work out for her.

Jake’s character goes through quite a transformation throughout this book especially as he identifies with one of Chelsea’s nephews. The chemistry between the characters is off the charts and as Jake starts to do more of the “right thing” I started to come round to the idea that he was the man for Chelsea. Jake’s determined and goes after what he wants, thankfully that turned into going after what was best for Chelsea and her family.

I enjoyed catching up with Stanton and Sofia in this novel and learning more about the next main character in the series too, which I can’t wait to read!

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