Published by Gallery Books on April 28, 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Humor, New Adult, Romance
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Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled Series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs Series.
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.
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.
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.
I never intended to give up Drew Evans. No matter what Emma Chase wrote, he was and always would be my favorite male protagonist. Leave it to Emma to want to further her writing career by writing another series. A series I might add that I jumped all over as soon as I saw it on goodreads! It felt like cheating. How could I ever stray from the Tangled series? Would I like this new guy Stanton Shaw? Could Emma lure me into the story with sexy lawyers, humor, and a potential love triangle? Would the other characters be just as charismatic? I had expectations so high she couldn’t possibly meet them. I had set her up for failure and I was determined to read Overruled and hate it. It would be her fault after all. She’s the one who made me *ahem* read the Tangled series. She was the one who created THE Drew Evans. So any and all fall out is on Emma Chase.
So with much trepidation and heart palpitations, I started Overruled. I should say I started and finished Overruled in one sitting. I opened the book (kindle) blocked out the tv, the kids, the husband. Ignored the messages on my phone, the complaints of hungry children and the eventual snoring of before mentioned husband. I survived on only water and possibly a plate of dinner that eventually was shoved in front of my face. My cheeks hurt from smiling, my heart happy from laughter, my eyes slightly teary from a few poignant scenes, and my brain totally and completely perplexed. I loved Stanton and I loved Overruled. Wait! What? Are you serious? After all that? Yea I know. I’m still scratching my head over it. Do not misunderstand me though, Drew is still my number one. Only now I see Stanton and all his cuteness elbowing Drew maybe even shoving him a bit. I can see them smiling smugly at one another right now.
I’m always blabbing on the Facebook about my love for Drew Evans and Emma Chase. I’m that fan girl. It’s a love hate relationship I have with myself. I don’t want to label my self a fan girl and yet I do when it comes to Drew and Emma. I’m sure my followers get tired of my posts about what a great, fantastic, amazing writer Emma is. She’s written one series and you would think it included the Bible. She can do no wrong in my book. She doesn’t know this (I don’t think) but she should have been very worried allowing me to read Overruled. This was a do or die situation! Did you know that Emma? Did you feel that pressure to impress? 🙂
Color me impressed. Emma Chase is a genius. She’s still great, fantastic and amazing. She met all of my expecations and then some. She wrote a very clever story. One with depth I wasn’t really expecting. She challenged me to understand, to keep reading despite the unusual story line. I was nervous about plot. Several times I questioned what Emma was thinking. No way would readers understand. No way would they accept the direction of these characters. Who wouldn’t love a guy with dreams and aspirations? Stanton was young and in love with Jenny. They had a baby on the way and he was off to college. Together they would raise this baby and Stanton would come back able and ready to properly raise a family with his childhood sweetheart. Jenny was on board, encouraging Stanton to go. Before you get all twisted about what this means, don’t. Jenny and Stanton have a plan. There are no secrets and no expectations. Their relationship is open. There are no obligatory ties of fidelity. Both are available to move on if they choose. But the end result would be that they came back together to be a family. They had a goal.
But we all know what happens when life gets in the way. One obstacle turns into two and when you want to be a lawyer there are lots and lots of career goals to meet before you can truly settle down. Which is really where this story begins. Emma does a great job of setting the story up by the unconventional telling of Stanton and Jenny’s story. So when we catch up some ten years later with Stanton in DC and Jenny raising their daughter in Mississippi you know immediately that things haven’t gone according to plan. At least in my head!
Sofia Santos is not the other woman. She is Stanton’s co-worker, peer, friend, and relaxation specialist. LOL in other words his friend with benefits. Some may say that Stanton is a pig or even a dog maybe a scoundrel or a rake? But lets remember a few key facts; one his fraternity “big brother” is none other than the love of my life, Drew Evans. That right there spells trouble. Two, he’s in an open relationship with Jenny. Who are we to judge? Three, Sofia is fully aware of all of this and is not looking for a long term commitment from anyone. Sofia is incredibly beautiful and equally intelligent. She’s strong and independent. I liked her immediately.
When Stanton gets Jenny’s wedding invite in the mail, the man loses his mind. All of the sudden he ups and leaves heading home to change her mind. Oh and he takes Sofia with him because come on what man goes home to win back the love of his life without taking his side piece with him for back up? LOL this has Drew Evans written all over it! But it’s not Drew, it’s Stanton. Poor confused, sweet, blind, sexy, Stanton. He’s selfish and honestly when it comes to relationships he’s naive and immature. There were times when I was angered by his actions. What man thinks he can take his booty call to help him convince his high school sweetheart to marry him instead? Was he crazy? Or was he just confused about the feelings the boy who left was and the man he came back as. We don’t always realized that whats right for us is often in front of us. Sometimes we need hard, in your face, lessons to open our eyes.
The story is fantastic, it’s heart warming, hilarious, infuriating, poignant, and sweet. Pretty sure I loved every single character Emma created. All of them different, charismatic, and lovable. Everyone played a part, and I found myself invested in quite a few of them. Would love to see their stories in future books.
I honestly can’t wait to see where this series goes. Emma Chase challenges you as the reader to look past the hilarity and absurdness of her characters personalities and recognize the beautiful story of family, friendship, and love with this unconventional family. Emma never fails to captivate the reader. This is the perfect summer read and I dare you not to fall for Stanton Shaw.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*