Author: Emma Chase
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Legal Briefs #1
Main Characters: Stanton and Sofia
Release Date: April 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
Stanton...god love him, but for as brilliant and smart as he really is, he's a complete and total idiot. This book is about how clueless he is.
When they were seniors in high school, Stanton and Jenny got pregnant with Presley. Stanton had a promising future so he went on to college while Jenny stayed at home with her parents to raise their little girl. They led separate lives with the promise that they could do whatever when apart, but when they were together, they were completely committed. That open relationship went on for ten years...until Stanton got Jenny's wedding invitation. He's completely devastated. Someday they were supposed to be together forever. She wasn't supposed to fall in love with someone else. Yeah, like I said...he was an idiot.
But just wait, it gets better. Another lawyer who works with Stanton is Sofia. She's just as driven and talented as him. They have a great friends with benefits relationship...to the point where they are regularly having sex 3-4 times a week for the last 6 months. Yeah, they are in a committed relationship too. They just really don't realize it. But she's his voice of reason, so he takes her home with him to convince Jenny to not go through with the wedding.
Okay, I know what you're thinking...and no, this is NOT a book about cheating. Even with all the "open" relationship...there is no bed hopping in this. Believe me, I would let you know that if that were the case, because those kinds of books make me feel sick to my stomach. This book is about Stanton and Sofia. They are both just so accepting of their easy relationship, it just never occurs to them that maybe they've become something more along the way. It's sweet just in that they, especially Stanton, are so bogged down in what's supposed to be that he doesn't see what truly is.
The other really heartwarming aspect to this book is that these are NYC lawyers, but when they go down to Kentucky, Stanton's country comes right back to the forefront. The scene out in the field after Carter's party is especially funny and sweet just in that it's so unexpected with their professional personas.
The book is fun and sweet. There isn't much actual romance, but I enjoyed the friendship between Stanton and Sofia. They definitely have sexy times, but for them, the friendship is always first and that was fun to read.
If you've been reading Emma Chase, then you will see a familiar face. Drew Evans makes an appearance in this too. He was in the same fraternity as Stanton at Columbia...so it's fun to see him in this new series. And the series is setting up for some fun books. I'm assuming that Brent and Jake are the other two upcoming heroes and I, for one, can't wait. I really, really liked both of them.
I definitely recommend this one, especially if you've enjoyed Emma Chase before. If you haven't read any of her books, it's time you gave her a go. She's an incredibly talented and fun voice in contemporary romance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.