Sidebarred (The Legal Briefs, #3.5) by Emma Chase
Publisher: Gallery Books, Simon and Schuster
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: e-ARC

Join Jake & Chelsea, Stanton & Sofia, Brent & Kennedy as they navigate the hilarious and heartwarming hurdles of love, life and the law in this final addition to the Legal Briefs Series. There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless—in and out of the courtroom. Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure—a family man. And he’s pretty damn good at it. Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay of jail, and keep his wife happy—but it finally feels like he’s got it together again….So, of course something has to screw it all up. It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.

And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.

**Note:  This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the publisher but that did not in any way influence this review!!

If you follow my reviews then you know that I’ve only read one book in this series so far (I blame my crazy TBR and the fact that I over-commit myself).  So, you may be wondering why I’d read a novella about one of the couples who’s book I’ve yet to explore.  The answer is easy.  I really enjoy Emma Chase’s writing and I’ll take any opportunity to get back into this world…even for a short while!  And, even though I haven’t read their book, I met Jake and Chelsea when I read and loved Appealed.  So, whether this makes any sense or not (yes, I’m trying to justify my crazy decisions), I already felt invested in their happiness and in the workings of their crazy family!  So I jumped right in and boy am I happy I did!

I have to admit that it’s rare that I give a novella more than 3 stars.  After all, they’re so short and usually I don’t feel quite satisfied at the end.  This did not happen here!  Ms. Chase has a way of giving you so much depth that you don’t feel like you’ve read a novella at all.  I felt like I knew Jake and Chelsea, like I understood their challenges, and like I was a member of the family.  Their adventures with the kids and their carefully planned intimate moments had me smiling and my heart melting.

There were so many feels here!  The real-life struggles of running a large family, the conflicts of balancing job and marriage and kids, the need for romance, and the desire to be everything to everyone were all felt here.  This book had humor, drama, angst and romance!  Told from Jake’s POV (which I loved), this story let me into his thoughts about his love for Chelsea, his protective feelings for the kids, and his friendships with the other characters.  In these very few pages I fell in love with him!  And, through him, I fell in love with all of them!

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Before I run the risk of making this review longer than the book, I’ll just say this…you should definitely read these books.  I, myself, am going to do my best to carve out time to get started on the ones I still need to read as soon as possible.  Consider this…if Ms. Chase can get me so invested in these characters in just 100 pages, imagine what she can do with a full novel.  You definitely don’t want to miss this series!!


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