Monday, April 25, 2016

Release Blitz #review: Sidebarred (The Legal Briefs #3.5) by Emma Chase


There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless—in and out of the courtroom.

Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure—a family man. And he’s pretty damn good at it.

Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay of jail, and keep his wife happy—but it finally feels like he’s got it together again....

So, of course something has to screw it all up. It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.

And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.

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To say that Emma Chase hit it out of the park with this sweet novella is a understatement. This was absolute perfection.

It's not lie that Sustained was my favorite book of this series. Jake was a bit of a tough cookie in the courtroom and out of it, but behind that hard exterior was a man who cared deeply for the mentor who saved him in his younger years, a man who little by little fell in love with a beautiful woman who gave up life as she knew it in order to raise her orphan nieces and nephews. From this first book we also learned that those kids got under Jake's skin and changed his future forever.

In Sidebarred Emma show us what's going on with Jake, Chelsea and the kids two years after they became an official family. It is delightful to see that the big tough guy goes from holding his wife after a failed pregnancy test, to reassuring one of his kids that he will never stop loving them, to defending his wife with all he has, and let's not forget the sex talk (laugh out loud hilarity.)

Jake and Chelsea's relationship is the one of the most beautiful descriptions of what a couple should strive to be like, and it feels one hundred percent real. The way they tag team with the kids, well, let's just say that a few people I know could learn a thing or two from them. But the most important thing is the love and devotion Jake shows for the kids without forgetting to cherish his wife every day.

The book is in Jake's POV and it's sweet, loving, and she also give us a glimpse at the lives of Stanton and Sofia and Brent and Kennedy. And the icing on this little gem, it has one of the best epilogues I'll ever read. What a fantastic way to end this series!

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