Emma Chase, New York Times best-selling author of the Tangled series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs series!
A Washington, 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 is going according to that plan.
Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart, the mother of his beloved 10-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 her 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.
©2015 Emma Chase (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
A lovely, light, easygoing romantic read. Must say that as much as as I loved Stanton he is very much an egotistic, selfish, male chauvinist pig, who at times I wanted to punch. His childhood sweetheart, Jenny, who is also the mother of his daughter, Presley, lives hundreds of miles away in Mississippi. Stanton meanwhile, living in DC has a beautiful friend with benefits agreement with co-worker Sophia. Life's perfect, or so he thinks, until it isn't. When he receives a wedding invite to Jenny's wedding, he takes Sophia back to Mississippi with him to try and convince Jenny that she should be with him. Stanton so can't see the wood for the trees and here ensues a story of love, lost and found. Some funny moments. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
I enjoy listening to chick lit and romance novels, business, self improvement, fiction novels
I highly recommend this book. The narrator is the best of its kind.
Buy it and you will not regret it
"Odd Woman Out"
I guess I will be the odd person out as I didn't like the story line. Stanton was a total fail as a father and completely clueless where Sofia was concerned. I just didn't buy into the main 2 characters and how Stanton was heading home to convince Jenny not to marry another man while he brings is FWB and continues to have sex with her while trying to win Jenny back. It left a bad taste in my mouth. And I would have liked to see Sofia have more backbone and not let Stanton treat her so poorly.
"Couldn't even finish"
The storyline was so ridiculous! I couldn't finish! I mean if you have a friends with benefits relationship that's one thing but what woman in her right mind would go with a man while he tries to convince his baby mama not to marry another man and continues to have sex with him! How little do you have to think of yourself. I wish I could get my money back!
"I want to want to finish it...but arghh!"
Absolutely - love EC, and JC and CP did a great job narrating. Distinct voices, correct emotions, all good.
If Jason Carpenter or Charlotte Penfield are narrating, I know I won't need to listen to a preview - they're awesome.
Stanton seemed like such a stand-up guy in the beginning, then just seemed to disintegrate as a decent person. Emma Chase did such a good job building his character that I couldn't get past disliking him - fictional or not! :-) I had a hard time with the "she's mine...oh wait, you can't look at her, either." A selfish man wanting it all. Additionally, it's tough to get far enough into a book and not feel like there's a lead female character. All said, I'll probably cool down and give the finish a second chance.
"This is no "love" story. Disappointed :("
Let me start by saying that I LOVED LOVED Emma Chase's Tangled series. So, I had high hopes for this new series. I STRUGGLED to finish this book. There is no way to tell you what's wrong with this book without spoilers, so if you don't spoilers stop reading now...
Stanton has had a 10 year "open" relationship with his high school sweetheart, Jenny. All the while Stanton is enjoying a bachelor lifestyle in NYC. For the 6 months before the book opens, he has had a FWB relationship with Sofia. Jenny decides to end the cycle and get married sending Stanton into a tailspin to stop her. He asks Sofia to go with him to get Jenny back. There is just so much wrong with that sentence that I can't even explain it. First, if you are going to try to win someone back, perhaps you should stop sleeping with your FWB while you are doing that. And Sofia... seriously... for being a bad ass attorney, she is quite the doormat when it comes to Stanton. The only person I was cheering for in this story was Jenny, as she was the one smart enough to try to get out of this situation.
Fingers crossed that the next book in the series brings us back to characters that have at least some redeeming qualities.
"I don't like females as doormats."
I like EC books but this one was disappointing. The sex scenes were great & so were the narrators. I just felt the story was degrading for Sophia's character.
"Just couldn't finish it"
I tried to like it but it was better to drive to silence then keep listening to this book and learn more about the characters in it.
"Self Absorbed Jerk"
Although Overruled was incredibly well written, Stainton was undoubtably the most self absorbed male character ever conceived who wasn't intentionally cruel. No, Stainton just believed the whole world revolved around his needs and desires, like a bratty toddler.
After Stainton knocked up his high school girlfriend Jenny, he went off to college and law school, leaving all the child care responsibilities to others. Regardless, Stainton expected Jenny to spread her legs anytime he came home for a visit, while he screwed his way through the rest of the country for more than 11 years.
Stainton had been involved with co-worker Sophie for 6 months when Jenny announced that she was getting married. Stainton rushed home to stop the wedding, dragging Sophie along for support and encouragement. He REALLY believed that Jenny should waste the rest of her life waiting for his occasional visits, raising their daughter alone.
Before meeting Stainton, Sophie was probably an interesting, independent woman (smart, funny & compassionate). However, Sophie allowed Stainton to be the "star" at work and the boss in the bedroom, lavishing him with attention and loyalty without expecting anything in return. For an intelligent, professional woman, Sophie's total lack of self respect was incredibly sad and pathetic.
I was disappointed that Emma Chase created such weak, boring female characters and glamorized a self absorbed, immature male jerk, suggesting that women don't deserve to be loved, admired and adored.
"Not worth the read"
I wanted to like the protagonist Stanton Shaw, but in the end I just found him frustratingly dense. He has absolutely no emotional IQ. He is a spoiled stubborn self centered male. Sophia is likable but I yearned for her to stand up for herself.
By the end I found myself yelling at the characters. In all it was not worth the read.
Once the 10 years later came up it went down hill. To start there is very little mention of Jenny. There's just Sophie, which made me dislike her right away. She seemed like a home wrecker even though it wasn't really her fault. But later on I realize that Stanton has just turned into a selfish jerk. What happened to the sweet boy who wanted to marry his high school sweet heart? Apparently he disappeared. It made it impossible for me to root for the character's happy ending.
The idea that Stanton brings his hump buddy home to win back his old girl makes him look like an even bigger a$$. Especially since he's only taking her to make sure Sophie doesn't hump anyone else, very selfish. Plus he still wants her to give him some. In what world does this make sense?
"Hero and heroine made me mad"
Stanton and Sofia had a friends with benefits thing going on. But when Stanton found out that his first love and the mother of his daughter, Jenny, was getting married he decided to go back home and win her back. With Sofia in tow as his sort of wingman. For most of the novel, I wanted to choke Stanton. He frustrated me because he was adamant in winning back Jenny who he loves but he still wanted/expected sex with Sofia. ARGH!!!
And Sofia. For a supposed smart, strong woman, she didn't come across as "strong" most of the time. She instead comes across as a push over when it comes to Stanton and his magic penis. Ugh.
I listened to the audiobook instead of reading this one and I wasn't a fan of the narrators. Both of them, Jason Carpenter for Stanton and Charlotte Penfield for Sofia, came off robotic at times and there wasn't much emotion, and Carpenter's Southern accent came on and off. I also disliked that when there's singing parts, it wasn't sung but recited. I listened to other audiobooks before where narrators went the extra mile and sang. I don't know, I guess I was underwhelmed by the narration.
So, I'm giving this a 3/5 for the story and the narration--either was bad, but I was left wanting more.
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