Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

Posted June 6th, 2016 in book review / 30 comments

Review: Sustained by Emma ChaseSustained Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Publisher: Gallery Books on August 25, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-half-stars
Heat: four-flames

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 & 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.

At A Glance

So much love for this book!

The Good

At this point, who doesn’t love Emma Chase’s books? She’s a genius. She is amazing at writing in male POVs, probably better than a male author could. She makes her men raw, real, and rough around the edges. They are by no means perfect, but they grow so freaking much it’s heartwarming.

Jake is the stereotypical powerful alpha male in his career and sex life. I know, we’ve seen it all before. But Chase has a way of making her characters feel different. Jake may start out stereotypical, but he doesn’t end up that way. Not after he sets his sights on Chelsea. Chelsea has recently become the guardian of her 6 nieces and nephews after her brother and his wife die in an accident. She’s doing her best but those hellions give her a run for her money. In steps Jake to save the day with his lawyer-y ways. Arrests, bullies, CPS, broken bones, you name it and Jake is there to help.

Jake doesn’t go in planning to help Chelsea raise and care for these children. He just wanted to bone the hot girl, but that girl came with adorable/crazy baggage. Jake, deep down, is a softie. He takes to these kids like me to chocolate. Them having a sweet yet feisty aunt is the cherry on top.

I loved these two together but the kids really were the stars of Sustained. So many personalities, so much craziness, so much cuteness. We have the genius twin and the trouble maker, the crazy older sister and the baby who only says one word, just to name a few. These poor kids are dealing with the loss of their parents so you can imagine how much they act out, but they are great kids. They had me cracking up every chapter with their insane shenanigans.

The Bad

The only thing that bothered me was the reason why Jake pulls away. It was a non-reason. A stupid excuse. I hate that. Think of something more substantial, that makes sense, please.

The Snuggly

Dammmmmmmmmnn, those sex scenes. Seriously. So effing hot it’s not even funny. This is how I like my book sex scenes: steamy and raw. I didn’t feel like there were too many sex scenes but there are quite a few.

Final Thoughts

So good!!! I loved almost everything about Sustained. I should mentioned I didn’t read the first book but I don’t think it was needed. I would highly recommend Chase’s books, especially Sustained.


“So…what’s the typical schedule with the whole dating thing? How long before one gets to the actual fucking?”
“Three dates,” they all answer simultaneously.
My eyebrows raise. “Three dates? Seriously? Are you guys, like…more religious than I ever knew?”  

“There’s two of him?”
Chelsea grins. “If that’s your way of asking if Rory has a twin, then the answer is yes.”
“I see you’ve met my brother,” the boy says, apparently used to this reaction. “Don’t judge me just because we share the same DNA. You’ve heard the term ‘evil genius’?”
“Rory’s the evil. I’m the genius.”  

“You’ve got this whole knight-in-shining-armor vibe going on.”
I shake my head. “My armor was tarnished a long time ago, Brent.”
“A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.”  


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30 Responses to “Review: Sustained by Emma Chase”

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I know, I love when kids are involves. They are so darn cute.

  1. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    omg yes!! I loved this book two! And agree on the steamy bits and them. Gah so good. It’s been a while so I totally can’t remember his issue with things. Damn my memory. lol I just remember all the squee-able bits.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      yay, so happy you loved it too. Did you read the first book? I want to try it too.

  2. Braine

    It’s been a while since I read this, but your mention of Jake jogged my memory. Yup, that’s a total dick move on his part.

  3. Kristin

    Gah! I can’t wait to read my copy. I’ve never read anything by this author but my roommates at RT wouldn’t stop talking about how great her books were so I made sure to grab a copy of this book. I’m really glad I did because it sounds even better through your eyes than the blurb makes it sound. I may just need to bump this up on my list.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      She is one of my favorite authors. I love her Male POVs. So spot on

  4. Olivia Roach

    I am happy you could enjoy this one so much! It sounds like a heated steamy read and that Emma Chase really knows what she is doing when she writes. Sounds like someone has nailed the formula to the perfect novel 😀

  5. Jen @ At Random

    I also read this one without having read the first in the series and your review is spot on! I adored this book but the reason he pulled away irked me.

  6. tonyalee

    This is the only book in the series I Have read, and I loved it, too! I adored Jake and do agree about the “non reason” lol

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I am happy I’m not the only one who was irked by the reason.

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