Book Review: Overruled by Emma Chase

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Title: Overruled (Legal Briefs #1)
Author: Emma Chase
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Length: 272 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

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.
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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.
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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.

Grace Review

In the first book of this author’s new series, we meet the sweet southern boy, Stanton, who has a life plan with his girl, Jenny.  But life throws them a curve-ball, and the two react in the strangest of ways.

Fast forward 11 or so years later. Stanton still has his plan.  In his head, Jenny is still his girl.  Even though the live in completely different states, and see other people.  But have no worries, it’s all just casual. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight, that’s how it always starts.

Although the L word is only used by towards one person in the beginning, this story is clearly a love triangle.  Just not the typical one.
Stanton loves Jenny.
Jenny has a past with Stanton, but no longer loves him in that way.
Sofia has a friends with benefits relationship with Stanton, but its obvious, it means more to both of them then they admit.

Throughout the story, I really didn’t know what to think of Stanton.  He’s got all the qualities of the perfect BBF, except one.  His heart wasn’t were I wanted it to be.  And as you read the story, you sense his heart might not actually be where he things it is, he’s just so focused on “the plan” that he can’t see what’s right in front of him.

Stanton and Sofia are seriously hot together. This quote alone says is all:
I grip my dick firmly, pumping slow, then trace the tip over Sofia’s lips, spreading the moisture already there across them.
I look into those eyes, eyes a man could drown in if he’s not careful – and I tell her, “Open.”

5 alarm fire, H-O-T!!!  Yowza!

While I wasn’t sure what I thought about Stanton, I loved Sofia.  I’ll admit, I didn’t quite understand how she could do the “friends with benefits” thing without getting attached.  She so bravely supported Stanton’s quest to get back the “love of his life”, not herself.  At first I didn’t understand how she could distance herself, but little by little, she lets the emotion peak out, and it only made my heart break for her.

“We’re friends who fuck – that’s nothing like what me and Jenn are.”

Ouch, Stanton!

Sofia remained strong and not a whiny annoying heroine, even as she broke down, so I couldn’t fault her in any way.

As for Jenny, like Sofia, I wanted to hate her.  But it really was just impossible to do.  I could totally understand her reasoning for moving on.  How she convinces Stanton to do the same, was a bit unexpected, but I like how she pointed out all of the obvious signs he had been ignoring all along.

“You’re so stubborn – you’re so stuck on what you think is supposed to be, that you’re missin’ what’s right in front of you.”

While this book doesn’t have the laugh a sentence humor than the Tangled series did, there are still funny moments, usually from the cast of secondary characters.
Nana and her gun – She never did like “that boy” Stanton, but she offers much needed advice to him at the oddest of times.

Drew Evans – Yes, you’ll be happy to know that he makes a solid cameo in this book, as Stanton’s former frat brother.

Carter – Stanton’s hippie brother, also adds some levity with his preaching for love and forgiveness, at the most awkward moments.

Overall, this was an entertaining read. The love triangle was a bit odd and unexpected, as two people come to realize that there careful laid plains where blown up when their hearts opened up to the idea of love.  I’m really looking forward to the next two books in the series, which feature Jake and Brent, who work in DC with Stanton and Sofia.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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