(The Legal Briefs #1)
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: April 28, 2015
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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.
Emma Chase once again managed to crack me up with her hilarious, sexy, and witty characters and her delicious writing style. Buuuut I wasn’t fully invested for most of the story. Maybe because Stanton was too much of a jerk and insensitive all throughout the book?
So the story is all about two lawyers Stanton Shaw and Sofia Santos. Stanton is a man from a town in Mississippi called Sunshine so basically we can expect some sexy Southern drawl going on. He’s the High School golden boy. A football star, honor student, and a guy girls wanted to have and boys wanted to be. His life changed when his childhood sweetheart, Jenny, got pregnant of his child. They raised their baby together but when he got to College to study law, they both agreed to have an open relationship. Ten years later, he’s already a successful lawyer with a glorious career and a fantastic fuck buddy named Sofia who’s also a lawyer. Everything was going well and smooth, until he was notified that Jenny is going to get married to someone else.
This book was light but there was also enough angst to keep the story emotionally-driven. I especially loved Sofia’s character. She’s a nice person. No dramas and no annoying traits. We could be friends! I just didn’t like Stanton that much. Alright, I initially swooned over him because he’s too hot and who doesn’t love hot and smart guys? But I just hated how he handled some situations here. He was supposed to let Jenny go because aren’t they already wasting so much time fooling themselves and believing that they could create a future together when basically, they’re on the opposite sides in all aspects in life? And to think that Stanton was having so much fun fooling around women while Jenny was waiting for him to propose? Ugh.
Anyways, this was still an enjoyable read thanks to the author’s engaging writing that was filled with humor. I loved the law concept and how the story also focused on the life of the rural area. I also loved the family aspect. It was nice getting to know the people around Sunshine. I’ve heard that the next book (Jake’s story) is so much better, so I’m going to read it next! 🙂 Wish me luck!
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