Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Narrator: Sebastian York
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 08-25-15
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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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 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 get you off. 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, and the emergency room and am knee deep in a damn compost pit.
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 and defend her - and the kids.
And that - that I know how to do.
Confession, I had an egalley via Netgalley to read but I got behind on my reading and when I saw Sebastian York was the narrator I bought the audio of Sustained. I. Had. To.
While I enjoyed the first book in the series, I wasn’t wow’d by Overruled. But with Sustained, The Legal Briefs series has hit the sweet spot with the second installment.
Fans of Drew Evans in Chase’s Tangled series are going to LOVE Jake. Much like Drew, Jack throws women away like used tissues. He doesn’t do repeats or relationships. He’s always honest and up front with them.
“I’m going for a run. There’s coffee in the pot and cab money on the front table. You don’t need to be here when I get back.”
Plump lips – that were delightfully stretched around my cock last night – now from an unhappy pout. “You don’t have to be an asshole.”
I shrug. “I don’t have to be . . . it’s just easier that way.”
Warning! Do not listen to Sustained while eating pudding! I’ve not laughed so hard while listening to a book in a while and I almost snorted butterscotch pudding through my nose twice.
It’s like that fat-suit Gwyneth Paltrow movie a few years back. Now she’s hot . . . now she’s not.
“And then I said, that’s above my pay grade!”
Oh go. Please, stop talking.
I try to block it out. To focus on the important things – like the round fullness of her tits straining against her beige sweater. […]
And there’s spinach in her teeth. Or arugula, maybe.
My dick hangs his head.
Now you might think that scene makes Jake sound like an ass, well he is. But to hear Sebastian York deliver those cocky, asshole lines is pure perfection. Jake is one of those characters that we hate to love and love to hate. And York is a master at voicing those kind of characters. If a voice could have a swagger, Sebastian has the biggest swagger due to the huge balls he has. LOL Well maybe not his balls but some of the characters he voices like Jake in Sustained. He also pulls over the kid voices well too. He’s female voices aren’t the best but he’s voice is so deep that you can’t really expect him to get it high enough for a great female voice and that’s ok because he’s Sebastian FREAKING York.
Jake’s life changes after he takes his 9 year old mugger home and means the kid’s guardian, Chelsea. She’s beautiful, warm and funny. And of course Jake can’t think of nothing but getting into her panties. But when he meets all six of Chelsea’s nieces and nephews, Jake’s plans are sidelined.
Jake takes an interest in Rory (his mugger), he sees himself in the 9 year old. Jake was punk when he was younger and with a judge takes him under his wing Jake straightens his life out and becomes the successful lawyer he is today.
We get to see that Jake has a heart under his man-whoring ways. Every Sunday he visited the judge that was like a father to him in the nursing home even though most of the time the judge doesn’t remember who Jake is. So you see Jake might be an asshole, but he has a good heart and Chelsea and her bunch of kiddos worms their way into his heart and Jake becomes the family man he never wanted to be.
Sustained has it all, laughs, sexy times, sad times and feel good moments. All romance readers will enjoy Chelsea and Jake’s HEA. Highly recommend Sustained by Emma Chase on audio! And fans of Christina Lauren and Alice Clayton will love Emma Chase. Sustained can be read as a stand alone even though the first couple shows up you won’t feel lost.
Jonetta and Jennifer’s Q&A with Emma Chase.
Jonetta: Drew Evans (Tangled) was such a delicious character. Was there a “role model” in your head as you were crafting him?
Emma: Growing up I had a terrific group of really funny, blunt guy friends – a little bit of each of them went into Drew. He’s my very own foul-mouthed Frankenstein.
Jonetta: Stanton Shaw is the main character in the first book of your new series (Legal Briefs). What should we know about him and how does he differ from Drew?
Emma: Stanton is a smart, wickedly charming southern man, with good values, and a deep, fierce love for his ten-year-old daughter. Like Drew, Stanton is funny, occasionally selfish, and has blind confidence in his own opinions. Unlike Drew, Stanton is patient, mature (most of the time), and being a father, he is able to put his daughter and others before himself.
Jonetta: Stanton also faces some conflicts with an ex (Jenny) and a friend with benefits (Sofia). Are we looking at a love triangle?
Emma: No, definitely no love triangle. Don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say it’s a bit of an unconventional plot – but there is no cheating, no “evil ex” or “other woman.” Everyone in Overruled knows the deal and is pretty honest about their feelings – at least once they figure out what they’re feeling themselves.
Jennifer: In your Tangled series you interwove characters into the stories. Will we see more of Stanton and Sofia in Sustained?
Emma: Sustained can 100% be read as a standalone. But the characters are interwoven so Sofia, Stanton and Brent too, have quite a bit of funny page time.
Jennifer: How does Jake different from Stanton?
Emma: Jake is more serious, rougher around the edges and more protective than Stanton. He’s also loyal, passionate and caring – but Jake’s outer shell is a lot harder than Stanton’s, so it takes some time before those qualities are shown.
Jennifer: What else are you working on besides the Legal Briefs series? (You know because you’re not busy enough LOL)
Emma: Ha! Currently working on edits for Appealed, which comes in January 2016. After that, I have files and files of ideas for new standalones as well as some to revisit the Tangled Series characters. And I may add a novella to the Legal Briefs series, because these characters just don’t want to let me go yet.
Jonetta: Jake is described as not liking complications. Given those brought by his love interest, how does he “evolve”?
Emma: Not by choice, lol. One of my favorite parts of the story is that, it’s not an “insta-love” but more of an “insta-attraction” between Jake & Chelsea. After their initial meeting, what keeps him coming back is his own moral code – his inability to not help Chelsea when the kids get into trouble. That says a lot about Jake’s character as the hero and also gives their love story a more organic, natural feel. Eventually, he’s forced to realize that the kind of complications Chelsea and the kids come with, really aren’t so bad.
Jonetta: Is Jake the more sensitive of all the male characters you’ve written to date?
Emma: Ha! No. Although I guess it depends on how “sensitive” is interpreted. Jake is very astute – very aware and observant. Similar to Drew Evans, he’s very good at reading between the lines. What makes him great as a character is, he wants to be selfish – he wants to not care. But he does care, so much.
Jonetta: What can you share about Chelsea? Does she hold her own in her relationship with Jake?
Emma: Absolutely. Chelsea has a quiet resilience and a loving, unselfish nature. Emotionally, she’s actually stronger than Jake. One of my favorite parts in the story is when she tell him he doesn’t owe her anything. I love that she recognizes that. That she doesn’t try to hold on to him or chase him, as we sometimes see from heroines in romance novels. If he wants her, she’s available – but she makes it clear he’s going to have to man-up and come to her, not the other way around.