Book Review & Giveaway – Sustained by Emma Chase

Book Review & Giveaway – Sustained by Emma Chase
Book Review & Giveaway – Sustained by Emma ChaseSustained by Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Published by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Narrated by: Sebastian York
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
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Rating: three-starsthree-starsthree-stars

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.

Book Review:

Sustained was such an absolute delight to read! I picked it up with the intention of just getting a quarter of the way through it before heading to bed. Before I knew, I was halfway in and couldn’t put it down. I finished the whole book in one sitting, which I rarely do.

From beginning to end, Sustained had me giggling and smiling with just the right amount of sexy and sweet. Sustained is my favorite Emma Chase book since Tangled!

Jake Becker is a connoisseur of one-night stands. He has them down to a science. He sounds like a jerk, right? He kind of was. But after he is pick-pocketed by a punk almost ten-year-old, he starts to change his tune. He drops the kid off at home and discovers that he is actually one of six children whose mother and father recently died in a car crash. Their aunt, Chelsea, is their legal guardian and at twenty-six, she dropped out of college to care for her nieces and nephews.

I loved how he didn’t really have any intention of forming a bond with the kids, only to try to mack on Chelsea. But before he knew it, he started to feel protective of them. He wanted to take care of them and Chelsea and it kind of melted my heart a little bit.

Kids in books are typically not my thing, but I came to adore all six of the kids in this book. Becker didn’t really know how to handle himself around the kids and it was so freaking hilarious.

I’ve been arrested—spent time in lockup with genuinely dangerous guys. I’ve been in street fights without rules where no one was coming to break it up—and I’ve won. I’ve conquered the insurmountable challenge of earning a law degree and dealing with self-centered jackasses who are my clients without committing aggravated assault.
It’s a diaper. How hard could it be?
I carry Ronan to his room, lay him on the pad on his dresser, and look him in the eyes, “Work with me buddy, okay?”
Then, with one hand on his chest so he doesn’t roll away, I Google it.

One of the things I liked about this book was that the author really focused on building the relationship between Chelsea and Jake. I felt everything.While Jake wanted Chelsea in that way becoming attached wasn’t really his cup of tea. I always like it when the romance just sneaks up on the main characters.

There was also actual depth to Jake’s character that really endeared me to him. He spends his weekends visiting his mentor at a nursing who was once a judge and now has Alzheimer’s disease. He really looked up to him and was a great male role model and inspiration to Jake as a kid, being that he didn’t have a father growing up.

“And he was my hero.
Everything I wanted to be. Everything my real father never was.”

All in all, this book was just really freaking fun to read and I will probably read it again. I giggled through so much of the book, what with a dog named Cousin It and the toddler, Regan, Jake calls “One Word” because she only says “Hi.” It was really heartwarming with some sexy times and I think you should read it!

Sustained by Emma Chase


* I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

3 stars


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Audiobook Review – Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Audiobook Review – Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
Audiobook Review – Things We Know By Heart by Jessi KirbyThings We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
Published by Harper Teen, HarperCollins
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Narrated by: Amanda Wallace
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 309
Format: Audiobook
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Rating: two-starstwo-stars

Quinn Sullivan lost the love of her life when her boyfriend, Trent, died in an accident their junior year. In an attempt to get closure, she reached out to the recipients of his donated organs. Though some answered her letters, the one Quinn feels matters most - the person who received Trent's heart - has been silent.

Nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas has spent the last several years in and out of hospitals, waiting for a heart transplant. Now that he's finally received a new heart, Colton is regaining strength, and he's walking away from his bedridden past with no intention of looking back. He doesn't want to know about the person who had to die so he could live. He wants only to move forward.

But Quinn can't let it go. Venturing outside the system to find Colton, Quinn takes a risk in hopes of finally laying her memories to rest. But what begins as an innocent conversation quickly becomes an attraction - and to make matters worse, Colton has no idea how they're connected. His zest for life pulls Quinn from her months of sorrow but leaves her torn between honesty and utter betrayal. Because no matter how hard she's falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she's lost.

Book Review

What drew me into Things We Know by Heart was the summary: A girl searches for the donated heart of dead boyfriend and then falls in love with the recipient. It’s a charming concept but overall I thought this book lacked the depth I was hoping for and was just okay.

Quinn Sullivan’s boyfriend, Trent, died in a tragic accident and donated his organs. After his death, Quinn stopped living and put her plans to go to college on hold. She remained stuck in a constant state of mourning and focused all her energy on reaching out to the recipients of Trent’s organs. But the one person she was most excited to meet never wrote written her back: the boy who got Trent’s heart. Colton Thomas.

Quinn has followed Colton’s sister’s blog with the latest updates on Colton’s heart transplant. After months of not hearing back, Quinn decides to take matters into her own hands and finds out where Colton lived. This leads her to Colton who lives in a nearby town. The two become friends, while Quinn keeps her identity and intentions a secret.

Colton didn’t want his heart condition to define him. He didn’t want Quinn to see him as someone weak, which is why he never discussed his problems. The romance between Quinn and Colton built really slowly, which I liked. Quinn’s feelings towards Colton grow and so does the enormous amount of guilt she has for lying to him. There was a definite reluctance on Quinn’s part to fall for Colton due to the fact that she was lying to him by omission. I liked that even though she knew the beginning of their relationship didn’t happen so organically she still fell for him.

This was a charming love story but I didn’t really feel completely emotionally invested in the characters or the plot. This story had a great hook: grieving girlfriend falls in love with the boy who receives her dead boyfriend’s heart (and he has no idea). But I didn’t really feel like much was done with the hook and overall the story and the characters just felt really generic to me. Everything was really predictable, which predictability alone doesn’t bother me. But predictability combined with stock characters and generic plot does. The characters didn’t feel real to me and felt flat. I would have loved for there to be more meat and more depth to this story.

2 stars

* I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby


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