Overruled (The Legal Briefs #1)
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: 28 April 2015
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.
It's been a little while since I read a book from Emma Chase but all the reasons I love her books came flooding back when I started reading Overruled.
Let's start with our leading man, shall we. Nobody can quite write a guy like Emma Chase. Stanton can really work the whole charming Southern gentleman thing, and damn does it suit him. Stanton has a complicated history with the mother of his child, Jenny, and when he learns that she's marrying someone else, his caveman instincts kind of take over a bit. Gone is the cool-headed defense attorney, and Stanton can't bear the idea of someone marrying 'his girl'. I loved that Stanton's so dedicated to trying to be a good father to Presley (his daughter) and I loved the scenes with these two. Stanton was kind of great, but his stubbornness means he's completely blind to his feelings towards Sofia (his work colleague/friend with benefits) and is determined to win Jenny back despite that ship sailing a long time ago. Men.
Sofia was pretty awesome. She's happy with her relationship with Stanton, they have regular hot and wildly satisfying sex whilst not having to deal with any messy feelings. Sofia was brought up to chase after her goals with a fierce determination and that's exactly what she does. I loved how successful she was and that it wasn't intimidating to the guys she works with. Unfortunately Sofia starts to realise that feelings for Stanton have crept up on her when she wasn't paying attention but she doesn't want to make their friendship awkward so she hides it as best as she can.
I loved Stanton and Sofia's chemistry and I think if they hadn't have been so great together my feelings for this book might have been completely different. Let's face it, Stanton does act like a complete idiot for large sections of the story and if I hadn't have liked him so much I would have probably been infuriated with him.
Overall, this is a fun and sexy read, with plenty of laugh out loud moments. It's nice length to sit and read in one sitting as well. I can't wait to read Jake and Brent's stories next!
*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!