Appealed by Emma Chase
Published by Gallery Books on January 19, 2016
Genres: Adult Fiction, comedy, Contemporary Romance, Humor, New Adult, Romance
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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.
If I want a well written story with lovable characters, intriguing plots, layered with witty banter, and laugh out loud moments, Emma Chase is who I run to. Appealed, I’m happy to say, is all of those things. Brent and Kennedy’s story is deep in a way I wasn’t expecting. Having already met Brent in the previous Legal Briefs books, I had this expectation that this book would be based around his prosthetic leg. Honestly I have no idea why I thought this. Bad, bad assumption because Appealed is actually not focused on what Brent’s physically missing. It’s focused more on what he’s emotionally missing.
I’ve said this before and it’s still true, Emma Chase has the best leading men. I’m secretly hoping that ALL Emma Chase books are written in the male pov from here on out. There’s just something magical that happens when she brings these men to life on paper. Brent Mason is no exception and he has a long history with his childhood friend Kennedy.
When Brent, a self proclaimed bachelor, sees Kennedy for the first time in several years, he’s overjoyed. Cause according to him she’s smoking hot. But it quickly dissolves into so much more when Kennedy makes it clear she’s not interested. Not only does she turn him down but she’s a lawyer too and arguing against him in his next case. The sexual tension, oh my word, the sexual tension…it’s was so much fun to read. I was picturing this courtroom version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. It was funny, hot and a little scary, but it was Brent’s pov that made it so much better.
Underneath all of that though is a story about Brent and Kennedy’s relationship while in high school. And for me I thought the ball was dropped just a tad. For as juicy as the sexual tension was it wasn’t enough for me to hold up the grudge. The angst was only floating on the surface. I just wished it dug a little deeper.
Appealed is a great story and it was easy to get lost in it. I loved seeing Stanton, Sofia, Jake and Chelsea, again. It was like a homecoming when they all had a bbq together. I had many laugh out loud moments. It reminded me of Friends with kids LOL. I’m sorry to see this series end.
I especially loved the extended epilogue. It was bittersweet and I won’t lie, I cried. This is such a great series to read. You definitely won’t be disappointed.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*