by Emma Chase
Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled series, returns with the second installment of the Legal Briefs series!
A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.
When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.
Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will get you off. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.
Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and am knee deep in a damn compost pit.
Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, and defend her…and the kids.
And that—that, I know how to do.
Court is finally in session and Jake Becker is your man.
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**I received and ARC via NetGalley for an honest review.**
I absolutely loved that this book is told entirely from Jake Beckers POV and what an awesome perspective it was. Even though we don't get any of Chelsea's POV I fell in love with her all the same.
She is one amazingly strong and wonderful person. At twenty six she becomes the legal guardians of her six nieces and nephews. As a mother of three I can only imagine the trouble with double. She handles it so well and she is so great with the kids. I loved everything about her and her relationship with the children. She really won me over with her personality and the way she interacted with both the kids and Jake.
When we first met Jake you can tell he is lying the ultimate bachelor life...bachelor pad...anonymous hookups...sexy...honest even if it hurts...and in no way about to make any woman believe he is capable of "more". That is until he has an unexpected visitor, a barley memorable hookup that makes him look at things a bit differently. I loved those couple of agonizing weeks for him because he definitely got the meaning of "reap what you sow". After he decides to turn over a new leaf he runs into someone that is going to inevitably change his outlook. I really loved that pocket picking incident and the fact that Jake saw himself. From there things start to progress pretty quickly.
Jakes life begins to change for the better. His world is no longer that of single man always looking for a hookup but it consists of becoming part of the McQuaid family even if he is a little slow on the take. I loved every moment of him changing and becoming attached to the McQuaid kids and their aunt. I didn't care for how he kept trying to pull away because it was so much more than pulling away from Chelsea...the kids also felt left behind. But I did admire him staying apart of their lives even if he was trying to be "just friends" with Chelsea.
I really enjoyed this authors writing style and the flow of this story. I liked the character development and the way she made me fall in love with all of the kids as well as Jake and Chelsea. I loved and of the emotional tension and sexual tension in this storyline and boy was the sexual tension so delicious. Overall I really enjoyed this book.