Emma Chase
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Gallery Threshold, Pocket Books
Release Date
April 2015
Book 1 of Legal Briefs
Contemporary Romance, Lawyer/FBI Romance


Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs series!

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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
May 02, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
182 people found the following review helpful
4.5 "Different Shades of Love" Stars! Wow, can Emma Chase write! Somehow she managed to take an untenable situation, a four-way love triangle, and made it work. Witty, heart stirring, comical and immensely entertaining, OVERRULED is a book to be savored one word at a time.

Perhaps what I loved the best is how this book captures how we can feel love for different people in our lives, particularly when they have played an important role in our past, even if we are no longer "in love" with them. Ms. Chase cleverly pens this an "echo" of love, a reflection of past passion/promises that is "not real--you can't build a life on it." At the same time, I have to say there were a few times, that I just wanted to shake the heroine and hero, as the echo seemed to drown out the real music of their love. But I guess that is truly the real sign of a good book. One that can get a rise out of you, whether good or heart wrenching, particularly when those coerced feelings ultimately end on a high.

Growing up, there was only one girl Stanton had eyes for--Jenny. They practically grew up together in his small hometown in Mississippi. And when in high school, he the star quarterback and she the head cheerleader became high school sweethearts, no one batted an eyelash. Stanton, however, had a dream. He forewent a football scholarship at Ole Miss to attend Columbia, his first step on his way to becoming a hot shot defense attorney.

Jenny, however, never had plans of leaving Mississippi; and when an unexpected pregnancy in their senior year nearly derailed Stanton's plans, it was Jenny who convinced Stanton to pursue his dreams. They determined that she would stay home, go to nursing school, and raise their daughter, while Stanton focused on building his career so that he could provide for their future. Additionally, while she would wait for him, she was adamant that they have an open relationship until their reunion.

Flash forward ten years later. Stanton is living his dream in DC. He's well on his way to becoming a partner, has a fantastic friends-with-benefits relationship with his fellow associate, Sofia Santos (who is also on the partnership fast track, and way too busy working on her career to ever have time for more in a relationship), and his daughter and Jenny are happily living in Mississippi. He financially supports them and continues to visit from time to time when his grueling work schedule allows. For those few days a year, he can come home, all is like it ever was with Jenny. They are right on schedule on the plan. One day they will eventually be together.

Then Stanton gets a wedding invitation to none other than Jenny's wedding! Say what? Incredulous he packs his bags, but not before convincing Sofia, his trustworthy friend and amazing co-worker, again "with benefits", to come with him. After all, Sofia is always the one he strategizes with about cases, and he's about the argue the biggest case of his life: convincing Jenny not to get married, and, if need be, marry him instead.

As you can imagine, the fireworks begin to explode as Stanton arrives in his home town with his "friend" Sofia in tow. All the while as Stanton steps up his game to convince Jenny to become a runaway bride, the passion and understanding of the true importance of his "relationship" with Sofia begins to ignite. Will Stanton realize the true extent of his feelings for Sofia before its too late?

Sometimes it's the most obvious things that we refuse to see when it comes to love. OVERRULED proves this adage in spades. I can't wait to read more of The Legal Briefs series!
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Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Sep 06, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
118 people found the following review helpful
Emma Chase is a new author for me, but she won't be for long after checking out this FABULOUS read!!

Washington, D.C. Defense attorney Stanton Shaw and his co-counsel Sophia Santos have a good thing going. They make one hell of a team in the courtroom and the bedroom, their no strings attached, friends with benefits status working perfectly for their crazy busy lifestyles. It's the ideal scenario, until Jenny, the only woman he's ever loved and the mother of his daughter Presley, informs him that she's getting married.

His world suddenly off its axis, Stanton is desperate to make Jenny see reason. He begs, borrows and steals to get Sophia to come to Mississippi with him to convince Jenny that she's making a mistake, and Sophia, against her better judgement but helpless to resist his charm, agrees. While there, she watches Stanton make an epic fool of himself over a woman determined to marry another man, and she can't help but wish Stanton would realize that he has the perfect woman right in front of him. But they're friends first, and she'll support him no matter what…so what if her heart gets crushed along the way? She knew the score from the beginning.

OVERRULED was sooooo good y'al!! The first book in the Legal Briefs Series is filled with serious heat, humor, heart and family, and written in such a way that they all blended together seamlessly to create something really special. Stanton and Sophia have the kind of chemistry that could burn down the lab, and they're absolutely explosive when they get down and dirty. The raw and über erotic sex and wicked dirty talk left me drooling!! But my heart broke for Sophia over and over again, as even though she tried to stay strong and keep Stanton solely in the FWB zone, she still grew deeper feelings for him. Stanton was beyond clueless, and this may be the best book line ever, showing just how blind Stanton was to what was right in front of him:

"Exactly. We're friends who fuck - that's nothing like what me and Jenn are."

The breath is knocked from my lungs - but he doesn't notice. I want to punch him in his stupid boy mouth, so he can't say any more stupid words.

I wanted to punch him too, what a moron!! He has this perfect friend and partner in work and bed willing to go to bat for him and he's holding on to some teenage dream of first love that ended romantically years ago. GAAH! And as much as I wanted to hate that first love Jenny, she was pretty awesome. A total firecracker, but a genuinely sweet girl who wanted her best friend and baby daddy to be happy. Bonus: the book is well edited and had a spectacular cover. This, my friends, is how writing should be done.

Bottom Line: Seriously, put OVERRULED on the top of your TBR list immediately. It was sexy, funny, sweet, raunchy and loving all rolled up into one delicious read. I can't wait for more from Ms. Chase!
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