Publisher: Gallery Books on August 25, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult
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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!
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 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.
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.
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.”