Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blog Tour: Overruled (The Legal Briefs Series) by Emma Chase

A Washington, 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, the 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 her 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.






Overruled is the first book in Emma Chase's Legal Briefs Series and is every bit as aggravating and entertaining as her other novels. Emma Chase knows how to create heroes that readers will despise at first but fall in love with by the end of the story. First came Drew Evans in her Tangled Series. He was a jerk at first but found his way into my good graces as his story unfolded. Overruled introduces us to Stanton Shaw, defense attorney and royal dick. 

I loathed Stanton Shaw. He's a fraternity brother of Drew Evans and we follow his journey from fresh out of high school to adulthood. Stanton started out as a fiercely loyal boyfriend who was working for the sole purpose of bettering his loved ones' futures. I adored him. Enter Drew Evans. A few words of wisdom: NEVER and I mean NEVER take advice from Drew freaking Evans unless you want to ruin your life. Literally. Can you tell I was frustrated? Let's just say adult Stanton and teenage Stanton are quite different.

Overruled made me feel a lot of things. Pity for Jenny. Hatred for Sophia and Stanton. Anxiety over what paths the story would take. I wanted to slap sense into every character and send them all to therapy. I ached and fretted and had to put this story down several times to compose my anger towards Stanton. 

Journeys are a funny thing. One second you can want to set the main character on fire and suddenly events unfold and insight into that character is laid out before you, molding your impressions and changing your view of Stanton Shaw. Before I knew it, I was rooting for Stanton. Wanting him to get the girl and find happiness. Despite his less than admirable decisions toward women, one thing holds true about him. Stanton Shaw is a phenomenal father and that alone makes him one of the most desirable heroes around. 

Prepare yourself for a roller coaster. Emma Chase toyed with my emotions and forced me to reevaluate my first impressions about every character in this story. Her writing is so fantastic it has the power to make your feelings about a character fluctuate from one extreme to the other. I am not shy about my absolute disgust for Stanton in the beginning, but I was surprised to find my heart melting for Shaw by the end. Emma Chase absolutely killed it and once again proved her brilliance and mastery of the male point of view. 

I was super excited to read Overruled. I love Emma Chase's work and I knew she wouldn't disappoint. She didn't by the way. Emma knows how to write a male character that you will love and loathe at the same time all while making him witty with one liners that you can help but laugh at. 

Overruled is the story of Stanton Shaw and his journey to win back his one true love. I can see where a lot of people will loathe Stanton. I on the other hand for some reason loved him. Did he make mistakes? Hell. Yes. He is a man, did we expect anything else? Here are the reasons I loved Stanton: Sexy, Smart, Successful, and Southern. You can't beat those four S's. That man has a sexy side mixed with southern charm that will make you full on swoon. To top it off we get a little surprise in the beginning of the book. Let's just say his frat bother is someone you will recognize and someone we all love. I loved how Emma tied that in to this book. 

This is the story of Stanton and Jenny, oh and Sofia. No, it's not a triangle. I mean technically it is but not in the sense that you're thinking. Jenny is Stanton's first love and the mother of his extremely cute daughter. Sofia is his friend with benefit and also his co-woker.  Stanton always thought that Jenny would be there for him. That she would be his end all, after he got done being a big shot lawyer in the big city and sleeping his way through it. Little did he know that Jenny wasn't going to wait around on him.  

I loved the back and forth of the Stanton/Jenny/Sofia triangle-ish. I wanted to smack Stanton for wanting his cake and eating it too all the while totally getting his thought process. He is an ass at times? Of course, again, he's a man. Men are stupid and don't think things through. 

I enjoyed the female leads in this book. Jenny the strong southern woman who stands up for what she believes is right. Sofia, the strong city girl that could win any argument you put in front of her. I understood both sides of the card and where each one was coming from. Never did I dislike either character. 

All in all I loved this book. It flowed well, had great characters, and plenty of laugh out loud moments that Emma is well known for. I am excited for what is to come in this series. I can't wait to dive into Jake's book all the while getting a glimpse back into Stanton's life.

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true. 

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