Thursday, January 21, 2016

Appealed by Emma Chase

Title: Appealed
Author: Emma Chase
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Legal Briefs #3
Main Characters: Kennedy and Brent
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: Gallery Books
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story 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 Christian Louboutins.

Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.

And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
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When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell. 

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

But things aren’t exactly working out that way. 

Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court. 

APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.

My Review:
Whoa...Extended Epilogue tear-fest. I think that was the most epically written perfect end to a series EVER. LOVED IT!! But I'm getting ahead of myself.  First I'm supposed to talk about the 280 pages before that.

Brent and Kennedy have a history...a history that goes back to their childhood. They grew up as next door neighbors and their mothers were best friends. That all fell apart in high school when hormones began to run rampant and both of them ended up with their hearts shattered. That was 15 years before this book and they haven't seen one another since then. And now they are on opposite sides of a court case...one they both plan to win. 

Kennedy...wow, she broke my heart. On the surface she's this tough, confident, completely competent and put together attorney. But Brent sees below all that because he knew her when she was the awkward, out of place kid...although he always really liked her. They were best friends forever. She was the one person who made him feel that all was right in his world. I loved that about him. She was always his happy place...until she wasn't. But in this book he's like a puppy dog...he just has to prove to Kennedy that he loves her enough and then she'll pet him. He didn't give up no matter how hard she pushed him back. He KNOWS they're right together.

But Brent isn't as confident as he puts out there either. I loved his sessions with Waldo. The entire book is told from Brent's pov and let me tell you, Brent's brain is a treat to get inside. I can't imagine trying to be his therapist. But Waldo is a really good guy and he definitely gets Brent's issues too. 

There is so much to love about this book. The case that Kennedy and Brent are battling over isn't as cut and dried as it appears on paper. My heart broke for the defendant in the story. It's a great backdrop to the two of them. There's also Brent's law firm. Everyone else who works there have been in the previous books, so every single scene at the office was like a visit with old friends that just made me happy. I have loved every single one of these books. 

There were also individual scenes that stood out. The "Batman" one was EPIC. The water breaking scene, even with the other trauma happening at the same time made me laugh out loud. When the two mothers get together, Brent's attitude is awesome. And then there's Harrison...the 22 yo butler. I love him. Can we have a novella with him and nanny Jane on some sort of adventure?? PLEASE!!

It was all just so good. This entire series has been wonderful reading and I recommend every single book within it. No, you don't  have to read them all, but I think once you start, you will want to because there's something wonderfully heartwarming about this group of friends and partners who work at this law firm. I love them all and plan to reread their stories over and over again.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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