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on April 28th 2015
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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
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Claudia’s Review: 5 stars
This is my first Emma Chase books and what a great book to start with, this is exactly my kind of reading, it has everything I love, it has an amazing plot, excellent dialogue, it’s funny, sexy and steamy.
Stanton Shaw, I fell for him immediately (well I always do) he’s the perfect boyfriend a girl can have, he’s charm, well educated, a family guy, sexy, cocky, gorgeous and gorgeous and gorgeous.
He’s a lawyer, he has everything he’s dreamed of including a beautiful daughter and the love of his life….back there in Mississippi.
“And Stanton… he’s even more overwhelming. Brilliant, hardworkin’, handsome, and fucks like a beast.”
Sofia Santos, she’s a too damn sexy lawyer, she’s very professional, she knows what she wants in her life and for her life. Everything she has achieved, she has earn it. And she doesn’t need any complications on her life. That’s why being “friends with benefits” with Stanton suits for her very well. No strings attached of course.
“We all know what happens when we play with matches – but I will not get burned. I’m like… the hand that passes through the flame of the candle without getting burned. I’m fireproof.”
What will happen when they realize that there is more on what they have?
I love Sofia and Stanton as a couple, they’re extremely hot and every encounter that they have is full of lust, desire and sexyness.
I highly recommend this amazing book, this is a stand alone and I’m waiting for more Emma’s books and more about this series.
Vivian’s Review: 5 stars
This is the quote I immediately thought of when I finished Overruled. “When you love something, set it free; if it comes back, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was.” (Author unknown).
This is a story about a boy and a girl who are each other’s first loves and they believe they will end up together, but sometimes what you believe isn’t always what life has planned for you.
This was my first Emma Chase book! I have heard such great things about her, so when I was offered an arc in our blog, I just had to read it. I will be completely honest, I didn’t read the synopsis beforehand, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect. About 15% into Overruled, I thought I had an idea of where the story was going, but I was WAY WRONG.
Jenny Monroe and Stanton Shaw were high school sweethearts from Sunshine, Mississippi. They appear to be destined to end up together and they both truly believed that. After a life altering moment their senior year, Stanton and Jenny have to adjust their plans. Jenny insists that Stanton goes off to college in New York, as planned, and she will stay behind in Mississippi waiting for him. “Young love is strong. First love is powerful. But what you don’t know when you’re young—what you can’t know – is how long life actually is. And the only dependable thing about it, besides death and taxes, is change.” –Stanton. Over the years, without even realizing it, they both begin to drift and grow apart. Now 10 years later, their relationship has become… different…quieter. What started out as “fireworks” appears to be more of an echo now.
***New York Life***
10 yrs later, Stanton is now a successful lawyer in New York. Jenny works at a hospital back in Mississippi. Stanton and Jenny had both agreed a long time ago, that it would be best with the distance, to have an open relationship and see others, but in the end, they would come back to each other. So over the years, Stanton has built quite a reputation and does only the “friends with benefits” thing. Sofia Santos is a co-counselor of his and his current “curvy Brazilian flavor of the month”. Sofia knows about Stanton and Jenny and is ok with it. She doesn’t want distractions…just someone to fulfill her insatiable needs…and Stanton does that *smirk* 😉 Since they both know there is no future for both of them as a couple, why is that when Stanton finds out Jenny is all of a sudden engaged to get married, he insists that Sofia accompany him to Mississippi to win Jenny back with his charm and why does Sofia say yes to this ridiculous idea? “You can be my resource—my wingman?” –Stanton. What could possibly go wrong?
Much like Stanton Shaw, I caught myself completely consumed with the idea that he and Jenny were meant to be together! I was heartbroken the first time he was “with” someone else and then I was even more devastated when 10 YEARS WENT BY and they were still in separate states and they were still seeing other people. This did not sit well with me…I wanted them to be together! I wanted him to finish college, become a lawyer and bring Jenny out to New York or move back to Mississppi to be with her. I was so angry at Stanton for leaving Jenny behind (even though she told him to…due to their circumstances—I’m not going to elaborate on what that “circumstance” is bc I don’t want to spoil anything).
When Sofia Santos entered the book, I honestly didn’t give her the time of day. (I actually kinda skimmed over their scenes together and had to go back and reread them!) She knew Stanton and Jenny’s story and knew the plan was for Stanton to eventually be with Jenny. What kind of woman is ok with that? Stanton was “physically” with Sofia, but not emotionally…emotionally he was with Jenny…or so he thought. But as the story unfolded more and more, my heart softened towards Sofia and I began to root for her and Stanton! (this is when I went back and reread their scenes;) ) I realized that she genuinely went into their “relationship” with no intentions of falling for him or stealing him away from Jenny. “I don’t need that kind of distraction. Don’t want that type of complication.” –Sofia. She just honestly wanted to reap the benefits of being in an open relationship with no strings. “What we have—what he and I do together—is fun. Physical and convenient.” –Sofia.
Reading about how oblivious Stanton is to his developing feelings for Sofia is heartbreaking. I honestly wasn’t too happy with Stanton most of the book. I wanted to bop him over the head and get him to notice what was right in front of him! Throughout the whole book, he is so fixated on convincing Jenny that they are meant to be together, that he doesn’t even realize that they are completely different people now and genuinely love each other, but aren’t in love with each other. “It’s an echo. Of who we were, the promises we made, the passion we had. But an echo’s not real—you can’t build a life on it. It’s just a memory of a sound.”– Jenny. Once Stanton realizes that he’s chasing after a love that ended a long time ago…for the both of them…it’s as if a light switch is flipped. “I am a man in love. Just not a man in love with Jenny Monroe.” –Stanton. Is there a way for him to redeem himself and win over the woman he really loves or is it too late?
This is a story about a first love, but not all first loves are meant to be. Sometimes being the last love is the one that conquers all.
My feelings about the characters:
Stanton Shaw is the complete package: he is a sexy business man who knows how to wear a suit and rule a court room, but he also is a born and raised country boy who knows how to ride a horse;) “There’s just somethin’ about a man from Mississippi. Damn southern charm is in the DNA—they don’t even have to work at it.” – Jenny. As a reader, that is the best of both worlds! He is a dirty talker who knows his way around a woman’s body. He’s very intelligent, wealthy, determined and charming. The complete package!
Sofia Santos is this sassy, beautiful, independently powerful woman who knows what she wants and takes it. She was a really fun character to get to know. I loved the playfulness that she brought to a book that is more dominated by male characters.
Jenny Monroe…I loved her character as well. I’m sure some wouldn’t agree with me, but I found her to a refreshing character to read and she seemed to be wiser in certain aspects than her peers. She was strong enough to recognize what she and Stanton’s relationship had become and was true to her feelings.
Angy’s review: 5++ stars
There’s a Latin phrase-omne trium perfectum-that means everything that comes in three is perfect.
MORE STANTON PLEASE
Emma gave me Drew Evans and now, she has given me Stanton Shaw. Thank you so much! I love Emma’s writing style, it’s funny, sexy and for me, it’s perfect. I totally love Overruled. It has an interesting plot, romantic, funny, sexy, Oh. My. God. The. Sexy. Moments, awesome characters and of course, the best ending ever.
I only had to read the first chapter to fall in love with Stanton – and his beautiful green eyes -. And just like I wanted to kick Drew’s ass sometimes during the Tangled Series, I wanted to kick Stanton’s ass – that delicious ass *day dreaming* -, but I love him anyway. He’s the charmer, he could get anything with that smile of his, and combined with his words, that’s why he is one of the best defense attorneys in DC.
I love everything about Sofia. She’s strong, confident, smart and an amazing friend. And she knows what she wants in and out of bed. I loved reading her chapters, her perspective of the story was the anchor of the story, because we could see how “blind” Stanton was about how he was feeling and acting.
Stanton and Sofia were THE BOMB together! I love reading their conversations, how much fun they had together. They both could count on each other, they were great friends and also worked perfectly together. And the sex, OMG, it was the best. Their chemistry was undeniable. She loved when he was all bossy in bed, that was exactly what she wanted and he gave it to her. She also loved his dirty mouth – and me too, did I say I want Stanton for myself?, God, that man *drooling* -. Stanton loved having her body, loved making love to her, loved how much she wanted him, as much as she wanted her. And here is when I say Stanton was so blind *OMG ugh* because he got easily lost in her, when they were kissing, when they were making love, or even when they were just having a simple conversation, and HE DIDN’T SEE IT! UGH! But… Thank God, and Emma, he saw it, felt it and then he had to fight for it, I loved what he did, and how Sofia reacted at his actions and words. *sigh*
I loved their friends, Brent and Jake. I can’t wait for their books. I already have a dream cast for Brent *sigh*. I also liked Stanton’s family. His siblings were great. I’d love to know more about his sister, she looks like quite a character.
I want more, more, more of Stanton and Sofia. I love their story. Is it much to ask as many books of them as we had of Drew and Kate? Pretty please!!!