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.
This book is a roller coaster for the heart and mind. The characters will challenge you to be open to their views of the world and to understand their feelings. You may not always agree with their thinking but you will definitely understand where they’re coming from. This is so much more than just a romance.
For me, Stanton and Sofia were perfect for each other…but their road to happiness was a somewhat frustrating one. And, for this, I blame Stanton Shaw…sexy, swoony, frustrating, Stanton Shaw. He’s convinced himself that his life will turn out a certain way and has trouble seeing the evidence that things have changed – even though it’s right in front of him. He was a complicated man who took me along for a crazy ride as the story progressed. First I loved sweet Stanton with his innocent heart and need to do the right thing. Then I was frustrated by clueless Stanton who didn’t understand his impact on those around him. After that, I was enamored with sexy, ambitious Stanton who had the world at his feet. But, pushy Stanton who wanted to make people do things his way made me mad. Finally, the Stanton who figured out that love always wins out and that best laid plans can change…well, he had me wrapped around his little finger. And so you see why I say this is an emotional roller coaster.
Of course, I should also tell you that I absolutely loved Sofia. She was a smart, successful woman who had a big heart, and she might just be one of my favorite Emma Chase female leads. Love was not what she thought she wanted, not what she was looking for but, together, she and Stanton had explosive chemistry that really could not be denied. Their story was swoony, hot, sweet, and filled with emotion.
I love Emma Chase and her ability to write sexy male leads and steamy romances that capture you completely. I’ve loved every book in this series (even though I read them completely out of order), and it’s difficult for me to select one favorite over another. I’ll just say that Sofia and Stanton are a wonderful part of this family. If you haven’t read these books do yourself a favor and start now…trust me, your heart will thank you for it!
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