Series: The Legal Briefs #3.5
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on April 24th 2016
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Join Jake & Chelsea, Stanton & Sofia, Brent & Kennedy as they navigate the hilarious and heartwarming hurdles of love, life and the law in this final addition to the Legal Briefs Series.
There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless—in and out of the courtroom.
Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure—a family man. And he’s pretty damn good at it.
Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay of jail, and keep his wife happy—but it finally feels like he’s got it together again....So, of course something has to screw it all up.
It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.
And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.
If Romantic Comedy were a land of monarchy, Emma Chase would be firmly seated on the throne. I fell in love with her Tangled series, and Drew Evans became my ultimate book boyfriend. Then along came the Legal Briefs series. The entire series is charming, but I crowned Sustained my Favorite Romantic Comedy of All-Time and—almost impossibly—Drew had to step aside because he proved to be no competition for Jake Becker. Jake, Chelsea, and the six McQuaid nieces and nephews completely stole my heart. Basically, what I’m getting at is if you haven’t read this series, you’re seriously missing out.
Anywho… Sustained is a standalone within the series, and it wouldn’t be a Rom-Com if it didn’t have a happily ever after ending. End of. Fortunately for readers, Emma Chase decided that Jake Becker had a bit more story to tell from his point of view, and thus we’ve been gifted with this follow-up novella. I’m happy to say that Sidebarred did not disappoint.
Jake and Chelsea have been married for two years, and Jake has adapted to his role as the patriarch of the McQuaid brood exactly as I expected—with patience, keen intuition, a whole lot of love, and an abundance of humor. He is still that tattooed reformed bad boy who can win a fist fight, make your toes curl in bed, take down a criminal in a court of law, and braid hair like a boss. It was so enjoyable to see the many ways the kids have grown up and changed, while maintaining their distinct, wonderful personalities. Jake and Chelsea are stronger than ever—even if they have to carefully orchestrate alone time to keep their love life alive.
I’m so glad Stanton, Sophia, Brent, and Kennedy make a return as well because the story wouldn’t have felt complete without catching up on their lives. Sidebarred is a delight from beginning to end, and I felt emotional reading it. I had tears in my eyes throughout—if not from laughing, then from the many heartfelt moments. As a surprise bonus, a deleted scene from Appealed is included.
Thanks, Ms. Chase, for the journey. These characters will stay with me for a long time.
**NOTE: Sidebarred is not a standalone and should not be read without at least reading Sustained first.
Recommended for fans of:
Male POV stories
The Legal Briefs series
**Advanced Reader Copy received in exchange for an honest review.**