Friday, June 12, 2015
Overruled by Emma Chase
Overruled by Emma Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I LOVED IT! As a fan of Ms. Chase's Tangled series, I jumped at the chance to review Overruled and was delighted that Drew made a couple of cameo appearances in the book. At his first appearance I got quite giddy at the prospect that the author was going to infuse the same level of humor, conflict, miscommunication, romance, and no-holds-barred sex that she did in the Tangled series. And Ms. Chase absolutely delivered all this and more as she kicks off The Legal Briefs series.
Unlike Tangled, Overruled is told from both Stanton and Sofia's points of view. Mind you, the first three chapters were told from Stanton’s point of view and do a wonderful job of laying the foundation for the book as we learn about the relationship he had with his high school sweetheart, how she refused to let a positive pregnancy test derail his education and career plans, and how their family plans changed over a decade’s time. As I was in the groove of Stanton’s storytelling (and it being reminiscent of spending time in Drew’s head), I was thrown quite a LOT when the author switched to Sofia’s point of view as I completely missed the chapter subheading; but once I laughed at my mistake and the chapter made far more sense coming from Sofia, I got down to brass tacks and buckled in for one seriously witty, unbelievably sexy, and emotionally satisfying romance as Stanton comes to the realization that he has gotten far too comfortable with the life he leads and that he’s the only one happy with it. After all, the man does have his cake and get to eat it too.
I loved the banter between Stanton and Sofia. Their passion for their careers was as obvious as their passion for one another. In the beginning it is clear that theirs is a friends with benefits arrangement between two colleagues who respect one another, are truly friends, and are able to fulfill one another’s sexual needs without crossing the line from loving one another to being in love with one another. This is an important distinction because of the relationship Stanton has with Jenny (one which I suspect will tick off some readers) and that distinction becomes the crux of the problem when one of them begins to worry that they may be crossing that line by falling in love and worries that it will ruin their friendship. But then again, dragging your best friend (who happens to be the woman you’re sleeping with) back home so you can prevent “your girl” (who is the mother of your child) from marrying someone else pretty much guarantees that that friendship will never be the same, no matter the outcome of the trip. And boy what a trip it was! Ms. Chase has created yet another wonderful cast of characters who kept me entertained from beginning to end, whether they had me crying from raw emotion or from laughing so hard that my fact hurt. I absolutely loved Overruled and cannot wait to see what Ms. Chase has in store for them in the next book in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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