Review: Ruined (Ruined #1) by Amy Tintera

Title: Ruined
Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher/Year: Harpercollins 4/4/17
Length:   243 Pages
Series:  Ruined #1

Overview

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war; her parents were killed and her sister was kidnapped. Even though Em is only a useless Ruined—completely lacking any magic—she is determined to get revenge.

Her plan is simple: She will infiltrate the enemy’s kingdom, posing as the crown prince’s betrothed. She will lead an ambush. She will kill the king and everything he holds dear, including his son.

The closer Em gets to the prince, though, the more she questions her mission. Her rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

My Thoughts

The summary doesn’t do the story justice, but luckily it was more than enough to get me sucked into this new series.  Em, she’s the heir to the throne in Ruina, the kingdom of the Ruins, a people who have some type of power to control just about anything.  And because of those powers, they are feared.  Em’s parent’s had been murdered, along with much of the royal family and she’s now out for vengence.  She’s created this plan with a bunch of others both in her kingdom and across the warriors of Olso to avenge her parent’s death, and to get power back some how.  Em also wants to find her sister Olivia who was captured when her family was killed.

So…the plan was developed for Em to kill Mary, an heir of another kingdom and take her place to wed Prince Cas, who’s family was behind the order to kill her family.  Mary’s role in all this is that in order to wed Cas, she was ordered to kill Em’s family, Her own parents were murdered, so it seems to be going around.

Once Em infiltrates the castle, we see her role expanding.  Feelings that she never knew were possible were developing for Cas, making it that much harder since the end goal was that she was going to kill him to so that she could save her sister and overthrow the ruling family.

Throughout this story we have an interesting mix of relationships forming and developing.  There’s Em and Damian, one of the men from her home who’s in love with her, yet she’s not sure that she can reciprocate. He’s the acknowledged ruler of Ruina since Olivia has disappeared, and Em’s lack of powers makes her not worthy. Damian’s captured, and then things go all pear shaped.

Then there’s Cas – someone that you want to hate, yet a man who’s showing that he’s got different opinions than that of his family, and you want to think that he can be on the side of good.  He and Em have a roller coaster of sorts and where we see things go makes you wonder if there’s too much against them.

Then there are the sub stories.  Galo and his friend, Olivia, Aren…Iria.  All in all,lots of great stuff to take us through out.  Ms Tintera does a fantastic job of creating this world where power is the ultimate goal, either in magical power or assumed authority, and there’s really no clear sense of who’s going to make it out of the story alive and who will be in control.

Cas’s mother and cousin seem to have their own objectives, while the warriors from Olso make things tough.  It’s definitely a battle to the death and too many die at the end of book 1 to really make us feel like there’s going to be much left afterwards.  The cliff that we’re left at towards the end though is one that makes me really excited to see what’s coming next.  So on that note – i hope that you guys give this one a chance and i can’t wait until book 2.  Enjoy!

Review: Wicked Grind (Stark World #1) by J Kenner

Title: Wicked Grind
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 7/11/17
Length:   320 Pages
Series:  Stark World #1

Overview

Sometimes it feels so damn good to be bad

Photographer Wyatt Royce’s career is on the verge of exploding. All he needs is one perfect model to be the centerpiece of his sexy, controversial show. Find her, and Wyatt is sure to have a winner.

Then Kelsey Draper walks in. Stunning. Vibrant. And far too fragile for a project like this. Wyatt should know—after all, he remembers only too well how their relationship ended all those years ago.

Desperate for cash and frustrated with her good girl persona, Kelsey sets her sights on Wyatt’s show. But only the show. Because she knows too well that Wyatt Royce is a danger to her heart.

But when Wyatt agrees to give her the job only if he has complete control—on camera and in his bed—Kelsey can’t help but wonder if she’s in too deep. Because how can a good girl like her ever be enough for a man like Wyatt?

My Thoughts

So it says that it’s a stand alone novel, but while this story is, it’s also tied to the greater series which is nice.  I mean, we’ve spent so much time over the course of the full series with Wyatt to know that he’s close to Nikki, and Damien, so it’s great to get his story as well.

Then there’s Kelsey, the girl who got away, but who also ran and she’s fighting her own demons.  She’s grown up now sure, but she’s still at the mercy of her family – the ideas that her father embedded in her head while she was growing up, and the reprocussions of something that happened 12 years prior that she’s trying to make right.

The way that our amazing author writes this story is a series of present day scenes with a bit of history from 12 years ago peppered in.  There’s something nice here about getting the back story in the way that we do, without getting all the details of the ‘right after’ since that’s something that i think we need to see the present day characters puzzle out.

This is such a sweet story – Wyatt deserves to have all the successes in the world, especially since he’s trying to create his own reputation, not live off that of his famous grandmother.  He’s about to step over that threshold, yet he needs his muse – and lucky for him, she pops into his studio, subbing in for her friend.

There’s nostalgia here, amazing romance and chemistry that overcomes everything, heat that’s leaping off the pages, and self doubt that makes you wonder if they are strong enough now to even be who they want.

I’m so glad that we get glimpses now into the lives of some of the supporting cast of the main series – they are so amazing and really help important roles when they were introduced before that it’s only fair that we get it in a full story now.  I can’t wait to see Lyle’s story since i believe that’s next.  Enjoy!

Review: Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court #2) by Richelle Mead

Title: Midnight Jewel
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher/Year: Penguin Young Readers 6/27/17
Length:   416 Pages
Series:  The Glittering Court #2

Overview

he Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling author Richelle Mead.

Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls. She is a war refugee, cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where she has learned to fight against the many injustices around her. For some, the Glittering Court offers a chance at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it’s simply a means to an end. In the new world, she plans to earn off her marriage contract price, and finally be free.

Mira pitches herself as an asset to one of the passengers on board the ship: the sardonic and aloof Grant Elliot, whom she’s discovered is a spy for the prestigious McGraw Agency—and her ticket to buying her freedom. His cover blown, Grant has little choice but to take her on. Mira applies herself by day, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity. By night, she dons a mask and slips into the city, fighting injustice and corruption on her own terms—and impressing Grant with her extraordinary abilities and insights into a brewing rebellion. But the rebellion isn’t all they’re fighting…

Neither of them can ignore the attraction burning between them—an attraction so powerful, it threatens to unravel everything Mira’s worked so hard for. With freedom finally within her grasp, can Mira risk it all for love?

My Thoughts

After getting to see the full depth of Adelaide’s story in the first book, you knew that the story we would see for Mira would be amazing.  She was such a mystery and we got glimpses of the interesting life she led while in the court – so it’s definitely no disappointment to see what happens in this story that’s focused on her.

The summary above gives us a good idea of what we’re going to get, but there’s so much more.  We recalled from the first book how the journey from one land to another ended in catastrophe, and i have to admit that i didn’t remember all the sad and troubling details since it’s been a while since i read book 1, so it was a nice surprise to me to recall it all.

On the ship, when we had a different perspective during book 1, we get to see how Mira really lived her days there. We still met Mr Elliot, but his role was completely different here, seeing as how the attention that we saw put on Adelaide before turned into something much more devious with Mira.

Then once we got to the house, and the season started, where we saw Adelaide being pursued by so many people, we saw Mria’s different approach to it all, knowing that she was there in Adoria to find her brother and get him released from his contract and hopefully get herself out of a contract.  Where the story gets even more complex is seeing that all the times we knew that Mira snuck out of the house before, it was really because she  was an ‘asset’ in a spy network, and that she also ended up working double time for Tom Shortsleeves, who’s essentially like Robin Hood.

you can imagine how things are kept moving at a fast pace especially since Mira’s got so much motivating her that others don’t.  She’s given an out of her contract through a pairing with an elderly gentlemen and to see how that friendship grows and what the resolution there is towards the end makes you want to have faith that not everyone is motivated by money or ‘mad’.

Then there’s Grant – there’s clearly a connection between them, and it reminds me of how kids are when they have a crush but act as though they hate each other.  There’s so much animosity between them that you wonder what’s going to be the point that makes a change and forces a turning point in their relationship .

There’s more death, angst, coming back from the dead, killing, attempted killing and bits of romance peppered into this story that make it a must read.  Ms Mead does a great job of giving us two very different and dynamic installments to the series since these characters and their motives are quite different and it makes it that much more enjoyable.  Now what we need is Tamsin’s story since she’s really the one that got under the radar and under my skin.  I feel like there’s so much more to get from what she went through that it’ll make that next story so amazing.  Enjoy!

Review: Tied (Tangled #4) by Emma Chase

Title: Tied
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 10/7/14
Length:   169 Pages
Series:  Tangled #4

Overview

In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better.

The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of…my final test.

I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you’ve heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?

My Thoughts

Well this sweet series seems to be coming to an end – although there are so many more characters that we could have gotten stories for.  Oh well.  Anyway – it’s the moment of truth, when Drew and Kate are going to get married, and you know that it can’t go off without a hitch – it just wouldn’t be them.  So here we are, going to Vegas for the joint Bach/Lette parties and well – things get crazy.

If it wasn’t a sign when the flight attendant hits on Drew right in front of Kate,and then she appears at the casino not really willing to take no for an answer.  Then there’s the struggle with Drew dealing with Billy and his lust for Kate – and we see Billy getting laid out by a bunch of guys after he hits on one of their girls.

Then there are the female shenanigans – led by Dee of course.  The threat of a male masseuse, and the Goddess party – and don’t forget the dance at the strip club for Kate.  So all in all, it’s going to get exciting and you can’t wait to see what will happen next.

It’s a sweet end to the story though – you know that there are the best of intentions for this couple, Drew truly is a changed man, but when he’s faced with all the prodding and temptation around him, is he going to be man enough to avoid?  Well, there is a huge chunk of his night that he forgets because of a bottle of Pandora at the strip club, meaning that when he wakes up and a brunette that’s NOT kate is in his shower and Kate is no where to be seen, well, things get exciting.

There’s a marriage, an almost divorce, and a life of change coming for these folks and i think that there’s no better way to send off this series than how we get it wrapped up.  Ms Chase gives us the conclusion that we all wanted for this couple and now i’m off to find something else to entertain me!  Enjoy!

Review: Tamed (Tangled #3) by Emma Chase

Title: Tamed
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 7/15/14
Length:   272 Pages
Series:  Tangled #3

Overview

In the third unforgettable book by New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase, Matthew Fisher—the best friend of Drew Evans from Tangled and Twisted—wants to settle down, but he’ll have to overcome the mistrust of the vividly unique Dee Dee Warren. Includes a bonus short story, Holy Frigging Matrimony!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: girl meets player, they fall in love, player changes his ways.

It’s a good story. But it’s not our story. Ours is a lot more colorful.

When I met Dee, I knew right away that she was special. When she met me, she thought I was anything but special—I was exactly like every other guy who’d screwed her over and let her down. It took some time to convince her otherwise, but it turns out I can make a convincing argument when sex is at stake.

You might know where this story’s headed. But the best part isn’t where we ended up.

It’s how we got there.

My Thoughts

So, we’re back with this group of friends, getting to see how Matthew and Dee’s romance started and blossomed, crashed and burned, and then started up again.  The interesting thing about this series though, is that in book 2, we got several spoilers about this story, so it’s like it was a bit anticlimactic at times since we knew exactly what was going to happen. (although it’s not like we couldn’t figure it out).

Any way – we get to learn a bit more about Matthew, wingman to Drew, and son of one of the partners of the banking firm that they work for.  It’s nice to see that he’s human – while he’s definitely a guys guy – all about the easy hook-up and ot a lasting relationship, he’s got a really sensitive side, especially when it comes to Mckenzie – just like everyone seems to have with this child.

So when Dee walks into his life – well she’s exciting and challenging and different and that means that all his rules are thrown to the wayside.

Dee on the other hand, a wild child, best friend to Kate, and cousin to Billy (Kate’s BF at this point in this story), and well she’s definitely not what she appears to be.  She’s incredibly smart, but likes to have her own personality and throw people off her scent.  she’s also been burned way too many times in the past from men so she’s incredibly guarded and makes it really tough for Matthew to break through.

So what starts as an intense physical thing turns into so much more, which neither are prepared to deal with and that makes things interesting.  They push each other away at every turn and even when Matthew tries his hand at romance, he comes up empty.  The question really becomes not ‘when will they get together for real’, but instead what will it take to make Dee open her eyes that matthew is the one, and will matthew be able to handle it at that point.

So, on that note, we get yet another light and fluffy story from Emma Chase, and don’t take that to be a negative.  it’s the perfect summer reading book while i was laying out on my lawn yesterday getting a tan.  I think there’s another book in this series so i’m going to go and track it down.  enjoy!

Review: Twisted (Tangled #2) by Emma chase

Title: Twisted
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 3/25/14
Length:   191 Pages
Series:  Tangled #2

Overview

When spontaneous and carefree meets cautious and responsible, falling in love can get just a little Twisted

There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. A planner. Cautious. Then I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself. He made it easy to leap with him.

Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after? So did I. But life is about choices, and Drew already made his. In fact, he tried to decide for the both of us—but you know that’s not my style. So I came back to Greenville, to spend some time alone . . . sort of.

Because old habits die hard, and sometimes you have to go back to where you began before you can move ahead again.

My Thoughts

Well we knew that happily ever after wasn’t going to last and that’s exactly what we get in this second book of the series.  It’s from Kate’s POV whereas the first was from Drew’s so we get to see a much more emotional side to things.  This story line is full of misunderstandings, misinformation and a clear bit of confusion on where things stand all around.  We’ve jumped 2 years into the future and things are getting interesting.

So, like the first book, we start at a moment in time – present day, but are forced back a series of weeks in order to truly understand what’s going on in the story.  Kate’s found herself back at home with her mom because of something significant that’s happened, and where she goes from there is anyone’s guess.

When we back up, we learn that Kate and Drew truly do have a rhythm.  they are in sync both at work and in life, but there’s always the undercurrent of jealousy since everywhere they go, they run into a girl that Drew has been with and Kate’s about fed up with it.  One night it all comes to a head when Kate just can’t take it and she heads home – which starts a fight of Drew just not understanding women.

Add that to the fact that Kate’s just found out that she’s pregnant, doesn’t get a chance to tell Drew before he thinks that she’s having an affair, and you can imagine how the whole story blows up from there.

It’s sweet to see who in her life comes to her defense, and even who in Drew’s life comes to her defense.  Billy, her ex fiance is now a big time musician who’s nominated for Grammy’s but yet he’s there to help pick up the pieces.  Dee Dee is always there for Kate, and even her husband Matthew (yup – they are married) is forced to defend her.  Even Drew’s father has chosen sides.

I think that my comments here on the depth of the story are the same as they were for Tangled.  It’s sweet, but very much on the surface.  i  don’t know that i care for the internal dialogue that the characters keep having based on how the book is narrated, but i think that it works for the story in general since we’re not supposed to get all swept up into an in-depth storyline here.  And all that being said, there’s no lack of romance, heat, angst etc, to keep it moving.  So all in all, a nice quick read for yet another relaxing summer book.  Have a great day all!

Review: Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase

Title: Tangled
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 1/14/14
Length:   256 Pages
Series:  Tangled #1

Overview

When rich, handsome, and arrogant meets beautiful, brilliant, and ambitious, things are bound to get tangled

Drew Evans makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu, but we all know that’s not really true.

When Katherine Brooks is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

How can one woman turn a smooth-talking player into a broken, desperate man? By making the one thing he never wanted in life the only thing he can’t live without.

My Thoughts

I feel like i keep jumping around the series that Ms Chase has written, going from recent to past to even further past.  but i guess it’s all a non issue when it’s all new series right?  The nuance to this story is that we have it from the mindset and POV of our male lead, getting not just his view on things but his full on narration.  like how his brain is processing everything word for word.

So as you can imagine, the plot of this story is one powerful guy who is used to getting whatever he wants, never having a client get away, never losing a woman to someone else, and well, that seems to be happening all of a sudden, all due to one Kate Brooks walking into his life.

The way that Emma chase writes his internal dialogue is entertaining, and i have to say that he’s clearly whipped by how he  feels about Kate, and while that’s sweet and all, it’s not at all like the strength and confidence that we see in the other leads that we have from other series that she’s written.  I don’t mind it, it’s just very different than what we’ve had from everything else.

Then there’s Kate – the woman who’s causing all the ruckus.  She’s fresh in her new job, and starts off the story in a very long term relationship – one where she’s been engaged for something like 7 or 10 years,and where she’s killing it professionally, she’s not getting what she needs personally, so it’s a shock when perhaps Drew is able to do that for her.

As expected, we have maturity issues, trust issues, and the overall question of whether anything good will come out of these two and their chemistry.  They’re put against one another at work to get new clients and that’s fun to watch.  and then they decide to act on their attraction which is also fun to watch.  even more so when it crashes and burns.

So all in all, a very sweet story – one that’s obviously not meant to be all that deep and meaningful but one that’s exactly what you hope for when reading a summer book.  i hope you guys enjoy and now i’m going to start reading the 2nd book in the series.  Have a great day!

Review: Sidebarred (Legal Briefs #3.5) by Emma Chase

Title: Sidebarred
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 4/24/16
Length:   89 Pages
Series:  Legal Briefs #3.5

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

It’s a sweet novella that we’ve gotten here – and it’s kind of interesting to me that Jake was the chosen on for it since i didn’t really think of him as the ‘main guy’ – but it works.  So we left off his story where he and Chelsea were happy and together, and we saw that they got married in reading Brent’s story.  So what comes next?  life with 6 kids, and maybe one more?  Well, we got the teaser of all that in the third book’s epilogue and that made me really happy.

There’s really no huge depth going on here as expected, just a continuation of what life looks like for them, and how even as a married couple, there are still times when they fight and get mad at each other – Jake’s still never going to give up being over protective and all that – and it comes through quite often in this book.

Emma chase gives us closure here – we get to see how life turned out for everyone – especially in the epilogue type thing that we got here.  It was really a nice touch to see where everyone ended up and how their lives turned out.  Making sure we had no questions about whether everyone was happy or not, who was still around and who was still trying to fight the good fight.

The other nice little treat is that we got a deleted chapter from Brent’s story in here, and it’s one that we got a glimpse into from a comment that Kennedy and Brent made – so it’s nice to see how it all played out.  Anyhow – seems like this series is done for good now – so onto the next.  Enjoy!

 

Review: Appealed (Legal Briefs #3) by Emma Chase

Title: Appealed
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 1/19/15
Length:   254 Pages
Series:  Legal Briefs #3

Overview

When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate—and prized—parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Louboutins.

When Kennedy looks at Brent, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue–worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school in order to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell for her.

But she’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore—she’s a Washington, DC, prosecutor with a long winning streak. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case, and Kennedy thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.

But things aren’t exactly working out the way she planned. Brent has his sights set on Kennedy, and every fiery exchange only makes him want her more—and makes her wonder if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. In the end, they may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.

My Thoughts

We’ve spent so much time with this trio of gentlemen that it’s nice to get to the crux of who Brent is and understand his story.  We don’t know much about him from the past 2 books – just that he comes from money, that he looks incredibly young for his age and that he had an accident as a child and lost part of his leg.  None of that defines him alone though, he’s got so much more going on.

Then there’s Kennedy – the girl that he was in love with when he was a teen, the girl that he grew up with, but because of the influence of everyone around them as teens, they ended up so far from one another – because people were jealous and hateful and hurtful.

So when their paths cross in present day on a court case – you know that things will get intense and really hot.  And the way that this story is written, we get a bit of back and forth that teases us and then lays it all out.

we know that Brent never loses, and the case that he’s taken on is one that he should be able to win, and plea out of because the kid didn’t commit a crime that’s so heinous that there’s no coming back for it.  It’s likely an act for attention (something that we actually saw in Jake’s story with Rory – one of the little boys).  So Brent thinks that he can make everything go away, yet here’s Kennedy, the prosecutor who has other plans and makes it really tough.

The dance that comes from it all, is intense.  Emma Chase gives us a story that’s so compelling, the way that these two characters engage both in court and out is hot.  There’s so much chemistry and romance and it takes a few other people to push them together to make it obvious to both of them.  There’s so much steam that you know it’s going to explode.

There’s a nice addition to this story that helps us keep grounded.  two actually.  The first is Waldo, Brent’s therapist and his role is to be the voice of reason in helping Brent become more self aware.  Then there’s the friend squad.  They have always been so protective of one another throughout the series that it’s really nice to see how they rally and then also look to kick his ass when he’s being done.

The tension really comes when their court case is still going weeks later, and when Kennedy learns that her mob case from Vegas is back with an appeal.  There’s a hit out on her and there’s no certainty over what the future will hold.  So…on that note,you have to read through to figure it all out.

The best thing is that we get not only an Epilogue, but an extended Epilogue and that’s something that gives you a glimpse into something bigger and more.  can’t wait to see if we ever get another bit of it.  enjoy!

Review: Sustained (Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase

Title: Sustained
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 8/25/15
Length:   304 Pages
Series:  Legal Briefs #2

Overview

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 turn you on. 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 and Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

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, defend her…and the kids.

And that—that, I know how to do.

My Thoughts

This really is a sweet series – very much in line with all that we get from Ms Chase in everything that she writes.  We met Stanton and Sofia in the first book and now it’s time to get to know Jake, Stanton’s old roommate and one of the other lawyers in the firm.

Jake is a no nonsense kind of guy – the kind who doesn’t attach himself to anyone or anything since that will just get in the way of his goal to make partner and have a stellar career.  One which he’s got and unfortunately often means that he sells his soul because of the clients he defends.

While he’s defending those who don’t deserve it, he finds himself dealing with a personal issue of a one night stand gone awry (STD thanks), and then gets pickpocketed by a 9 year old, which turns out to be a blessing in disguise – since he sees himself in the kid.

And also learns that there’s so much more going on with that kid.

Then there’s chelsea – a 26 yr old girl from California who finds herself the legal guardian of 6 kids from under a year to 14.  It’s a life that she never asked for and yet one that she’s learning that she can’t live without.

When Jake and Chelsea cross paths, what he hopes will be a drop off, turns into something so much more.  There are things that chelsea brings out in him that he never knew that he had.  The notion of protecting and taking care of someone other than himself.  Emotion and compassion and all sorts of human things that someone like Jake shouldn’t feel.  Chelsea also sees that someone out there cares for her and will be there for her when she needs it, without even asking and that’s something that she hasn’t had in months.  or even longer.

It’s a sweet story – of two people that you know need each other but who aren’t in the mindset or position to really go after what they want.  Jake is stubborn in the sense that things are always about the physical but finds himself falling hard for the family.  Chelsea doesn’t have time to breathe and when time and time again she’s finding herself sick, or at the police station, having the kids threatened, taken away etc, well, it’s Sir Jake who’s coming to fix it.

The thing with this story is that it’s so sweet, that even though we know that there will ultimately be the point of tension that tears them apart, we don’t mind.  To be honest, there was even a moment when i thought that Jake was going to lose chelsea for good – at the hands of another man that we’ve met in the story, and how Ms Chase writes that into the mix is really nice.  There’s good chemistry here and good passion.  Where sofia was really independent and mature in the first book, there’s a naive quality, a youth that chelsea has here that gives it another feeling in this story.  She’s got energy that’s almost childish, but not in a bad way.

So on that note, we are left at a turning point for this group of friends that’s teased in the end of this story – positions in the firm are in question when a resignation is tendered – and we hear that someone owns a building which leads to something interesting i’d imagine.  So on that note – i can’t wait to jump into book 3 later on and see what’s next. Enjoy!