You don’t need to have read Overruled before reading Sustained, but it will definitely bring more light into the secondary characters that were introduced in the first book in the Legal Briefs series. Jake didn’t get much time in the first book and it was hard to get to know him since he was always so quiet. You could tell he was a good guy, but he seemed intense and extremely focused.
Jake was a trouble child and luckily someone had mercy on him during his teenage years that changed his life. Now he’s driven with his career as a criminal defense attorney and it’s his only focus. Well almost. Until one day, a young boy steals his wallet and he’s introduced to the McQuaid family.
Chelsea McQuaid’s whole life changed when her brother and wife died in a car accident leaving her to move from California to D.C. to raise her six nieces and nephews whose ages ranged from six months to fourteen. She had her hands full and it only got harder as the older ones started to act out and got into trouble.
Luckily for Chelsea she’d met Jake. Although he tried to not be affected by their circumstances, Jake kept finding himself running to help Chelsea and/or one of her nieces and nephews. He didn’t want the distraction of falling for a woman let alone a whole family, but each day they seemed to worm their way into his heart a little bit more.
The clients Jake dealt with day in and day out started to affect how he thought of himself. He was used to dealing with con men, and cheats who thought were above the law. He didn’t grow up with a man in his life that could show him how to be the family man he would need to be in order to be a part of the family he had found himself immersed in.
Could Jake find a balance between work, his conscience, and the new family he found himself in or would his career goals win out?
Jake and Chelsea are total opposites from Sofia and Stanton from book one in the Legal Briefs series and although Jake isn’t the charmer that Stanton is, when he’s around the McQuaid kids as they melt his heart, Jake will find his way into yours. Emma Chase did a wonderful job of incorporating the characters in this series and making Jake and Chelsea’s story stand alone and completely different from the previous book and also writing secondary characters that you want to read about. Rarely do I find a book that I want to read a story about the secondary characters and I look forward to reading the next book in the series as Brent finds love and the lives of the rest of the gang that I’ve grown so fond of.
** I was provided an arc for a fair and honest review. **
Rating: 4 Stars
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