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Sustained (Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase #BookReview #GTBA15



Author: Emma Chase
Title: Sustained
Series: Legal Briefs
Book #: 2
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books (Simon and Schuster)
Length: 305 pages
Heat level: High
Review copy provided by: Publisher, in exchange for honest review
Reviewer recap: When Chelsea McQuaid's brother and his wife die in a sudden accident, the twenty-something college student drops everything to become their legal guardian and single parent. Enter Jake Becker, high-powered defense attorney in Washington D.C. and reluctant helper-outer for the clan's many sudden legal needs. Jake is a man who avoids entanglements like Chelsea and her brood of energetic children, but he can't seem to stay away and she doesn't seem to want him to. This story had me laughing in fits and tearing up just as easily. Jake wears author Emma Chase's blunt humor with easy, appealing style and Chelsea is the most relatable parental heroine I've ever read. I loved every second of this book!
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Razor-sharp humor, heart-breaking circumstances, set-the-pages-on-fire heat!


I can't wait for the next one. Seriously, I need it yesterday!

Bottom Line

Sustained is a massive win for Emma Chase, and I sincerely hope there are many more stories to come from this family and friend grouping as the kids all start to come of age. Sustained is a brilliant and satisfying read, and a GraveTells 2015 Editor’s Choice award winner!

Posted January 3, 2016 by

Full Review

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Author Emma Chase’s signature style is an addicting mashup of wit, sarcasm, and self-confidence, with a dash of exasperation tossed in for a little extra spice. On her male characters, this equates to fearlessly sexy leading men women just can’t say no to and readers fight over to claim as their next book boyfriend. It gives her female leads an organic connection right to the heart of readers as they simultaneously want to be both the heroine and her best friend. This straightforward, balls-out style of characterization is bloody brilliant. It’s one of the reasons I adored Tangled so much (GraveTells Editor’s Choice award winner in 2013) and it bodes exceptionally well for the Sustained series as well.

Sustained is everything I expected and more. In the author’s foreword, Ms. Chase notes that she felt she really “stuck the landing” with this story, and I couldn’t agree more. Sustained has heart, humor, and passion, all supporting a strong central theme of family and doing the right thing. Jake has the sort of self-assurance and poise I’d practically kill to possess, and Chelsea’s endless well of patience, kindness, and self-sacrifice could make even a saint feel like a slacker. The kids are beautifully (and realistically) penned, so much so that I’d even be willing to spend time with this family, and a kids person I definitely am not.

Sustained is a massive win for Emma Chase, and I sincerely hope there are many more stories to come from this family and friend grouping as the kids all start to come of age. Sustained is a brilliant and satisfying read!

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GraveTells 2015 Editor's Choice Award - Sustained by Emma Chase


Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


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