Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Standalone or Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: August 25, 2015
POV: First person POV from the hero
Rating: 4.5 STARS
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Wow, guys, I got a new favorite! I loved, loved, LOVED this book. Some of you might have read this book since it is an old release, but just in case you haven’t yet, please grab this book as soon as you can. Trust me; it is AWESOME! Sustained is told purely from the hero’s point of view, which is unique for me. I’ve rarely read books told from the hero’s POV and enjoyed them. It’s a part of the Legal Briefs series but can be read as a complete standalone.
What is the story about?
It follows a young, successful criminal defense lawyer who is on the top of his game and plays by his own rules. He believes that marriage and relationships are the pieces of baggage which slow everything down. He is very driven and has a clear goal on how his future will be. Aside from his career, he has a great bachelor life who never lacks women. He is a charmer and a draw to women. However, his life changes when he meets Chelsea, a twenty-six, drop-out college student who has to take care of six children after his brother and his wife passed away in a car accident.
He then finds himself doing the things he never thought he would do and is surprised when he finds out that he actually enjoys them. He is slowly drawn to the kids and their auntie. Especially their auntie. They both develop a great friendship with a number of flirts here and there and keep everything friendly in front of the kids. As the time goes by and he finds out how deep he has been with them, he has to decide which one is the most important for him. Considering his goal and beliefs, it is the hardest, almost impossible choice he has to make.
“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.”
What did I think about the story?
It was the first time ever I found myself 100% enjoyed the POV told purely from the hero. It made me fall in love with Jake. His inner voices were hilarious and brutally honest. Sometimes they sound harsh and cynical but totally entertaining. They suit his characteristics very well and I enjoyed them every single time from the start to the end. Everything about Jake will make you swoon—from the way he takes care of the kids and interacts with them to how he treats Chelsea. He is a dream to every woman but doesn’t realize how awesome he is, which is the best thing about him. Everything he does doesn’t look forced or sound something out of his characters.
Okay. I can do this.
I’ve been arrested — spent time in lockup with genuinely dangerous guys. I’ve been in street fights without rules where no one was coming to break it up — and I’ve won. I’ve conquered the insurmountable challenge of earning a law degree and dealing with the self-centered jackass who are my clients without committing aggravated assault.
It’s a diaper. How hard can it be?
The kids are awesome. They behave like real kids we know in real lives. I usually have problems with kids described in books since most of them do not behave like kids in their age which make the scenes felt hard to believe. I was glad about how Emma Chase portrayed each kid in this story. The way they interact with each other made me forget that I was actually reading the scenes, not living it. They would make you laugh and smile with their spontaneous, unique, and real conversations.
“I think he’s dead.”
“He’s not dead — he’s still breathing.”
“Can you breathe if you’re dead?”
“No. Well, maybe. But you’d need a ventilator.”
“He smells like he’s dead.”
There’s pressure against my eyelid. And then it’s pried open — revealing Rosaleen’s blurry, peering face.
“Are you dead?” she yells.
Apparently, she suspects I’m also deaf.
I reclaim my eye with a jerk of my head.
“Yes, I’m dead.” I roll onto my side, away from the voices. “Let me rest in peace.”
I loved that the romance was a slow burn and the pace was perfect. Their attraction was instantaneous but didn’t become physical too quickly. Their emotional chemistry is felt in every interaction and built up with time. It was organic and believable, making room for me to connect with them. I would have liked to see more special moments that showed their emotional connection—the kind that would have made me feel drawn to them and obsessed with their love. While I enjoyed seeing them with the kids, I wanted to see them without the kids sometimes.
I want her – this fearless, stunning woman. And I want the kids. Those perfect, awful, amazing children – whom she loves with every inch of her soul. I want them to be mine. Mine to hold, mine to protect and teach. Their joy, their laughter, their love. I want to come home to it, bask in it, be the reason for it. But even more than that, I want to deserve them.
All in all, Sustained is an amazing story which I highly recommend to those who love a slow burn romance, books with kids, and an awesome hero who loves kids. This book will make you laugh and leave a warm feeling in your heart. You will fall in love with Jake, the kids, and Emma Chase’s writing! She is a great storyteller who knows how to write a male POV and creates a believable, awesome love story.