Throwback Thursday: The Legal Briefs series by Emma Chase

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.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 "omne trium perfectum" STARS

DAMN that was GOOD!!

I loved every single word and moment of this read!!

This story is about criminal defense attorney, Stanton Shaw and his colleague/“friend with benefits,” Sofia Santos.

Ms. Chase says it best in setting up this tale:

“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-Nana?

Yes, it’s all that hilarity and more!! At the core, this is a tale of love...

“Young love is strong. First love is powerful.”

It’s hard to fight nostalgia and some of your most memorable and gratifying firsts. Moments in your life that have shaped you and what you believe, want and what drives you. This book takes you on that journey and explores many facets of love’s bounty and how without our conscious knowledge, relationships can morph in and out of love and also into different kinds of love.

I’d like to interrupt this regularly scheduled review to thank Ms. Chase for the few cameo appearances and references to Drew Evans... “is like no one I’ve ever known. It’s as if there’s a spotlight on him that never dims…”


There’s a connection between Drew and Stanton (which I won’t spoil) that also explains why Stanton has some of Drew’s traits (or really, any man’s traits). For instance,as much as I loved Stanton, there were moments where I seriously wanted to…

This tale could have gotten real ugly and gone down some predictable paths filled with rage, jealousy and angst but it didn’t. Thank you, Emma! And while there were laughs and levity, there was also a maturity about it even with how whacked the situation was. And yes, there were some sad and bittersweet moments but overall, a fun, sexy and sassy read.

I’d highly recommend this book. For those first time readers of Ms. Chase, this will give you a flavour for how witty, entertaining and gifted this writer is with her original stories, so hot, sexy and memorable heros and take-no-prisoner heroines. And to all you Drew Evans lovers out there, you MUST READ THIS BOOK!

Thank you, Emma. MUAH!
***An advance reading copy was generously provided by Emma Chase in exchange for an honest review.

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, Jake Becker, 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 turn you on. 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 & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal's office.

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, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.”

Emma Chase is a rare and gifted breed of author that has the natural knack of mixing hilarity with a little bit of angst and a whole lot of hot and sexy to perfection!

Sustained, the second book in her Legal Briefs series was Perfect really. fucking. was.

Jake Becker is a criminal defense attorney and likes things organized his way - neat and easy. He's Mr. No Strings, definitely a playboy and has no shame in admitting it.

“A woman’s mind and personality don’t turn me on. It’s her other parts that hold my attention.”

He gets a wake up call when a past one night stand tells him he may have a STD and he has to get tested. Jake in discussion with Stanton, Sofia and Brent considers dating so he’s getting regular sex from one partner rather than many.

“I wonder if the pussy is better if you actually know the girl’s name.”

Then one day, Jake's life gets real complicated and messy when he meets Chelsea McQuaid, recent guardian to her 6 nieces and nephews.

Chelsea's smart, funny, beautiful and has a huge, caring heart. Even with all the chaos around them, Jake and Chelsea just click. I loved how Emma let Jake and Chelsea’s relationship gradually grow as she took us through their natural progression from friends to lovers.

Chelsea and Jake were so real and had my tummy a flutter with all the great feels yet there was also a fragility to their relationship. Jake still had so much to work out and Chelsea's life had dramatically shifted to a place where she doesn't have time for games and uncertainty.

And Jake with the kids was simply adorable. He’s honest, says it like it is but he’s also caring, protective and has their best interest at heart. Oh man, Jake...

“I want her – this fearless, stunning woman. And I want the kids. Those perfect, awful, amazing children – whom she loves with every inch of her soul. I want them to be mine. Mine to hold, mine to protect and teach. Their joy, their laughter, their love. I want to come home to it, bask in it, be the reason for it.”

I highly recommend this book and this series! Absolute tingles of joy, laughs and all over feel good read! Just writing this review makes me want to read it again.

Emma, thanks for another fantastic read! Simply the best! I'm so hooked on these sexy, hot lawyers and really looking forward to Brent's!

***An advance reading copy was generously provided by Emma Chase in exchange for an honest review.

When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate - and prized - parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.

Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them. 

And now he has his sights set on Kennedy. 

When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell.

She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore - she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own. 

But things aren’t exactly working out that way. 

Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court. 

APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 "Randy Randolph" STARS

This is Brent’s story, the last in the funny foursome of Emma Chase’s Legal Briefs series. As I’ve said before, Emma is definitely my go-to for a hilarious romantic escapade that’s bound to bring me to tears with laughter, cause butterflies in my tummy and my heart rate to uptick with the sexy times.

This is a second chance story of Brent Mason and his neighbour and also childhood friend, Kennedy Randolph. These two had a meaningful friendship and a brief romantic encounter when younger that ended abruptly with confusion for both parties as to what they thought went down.

Now years later, they find themselves face-to-face on different sides of a case and Kennedy is out for blood. Gone is the girl Brent remembers and in her place is a woman scorned.

Although, Brent sees through her venom and slowly breaks down her barriers.

The sparring and banter between these two was hilarious.

“What’d you do to your face?” she asks, folding her arms.
I touch my chin. “I grew a beard.”“Well ungrow it. It looks like a vagina from a 1970s porn film.”

This was definitely one of those great love-hate relationships and when Kennedy and Brent were on, they were damn good!

“The ride is the only thing that makes the fall worth it.”

I also enjoyed the presence of the entire gang from this series…Jake’s my absolute fave and loved seeing how he’s dealing with teenagers and being a father…

And Emma, thank you for that awesome epilogue. It was absolutely perfect and totally had me grinning from ear to ear. No better way to end!

***ARC generously provided by Emma Chase in exchange for an honest review.***

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