Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled series, returns with a brand new funny, romantic, sexy story!
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 and 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.
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This book is more than just about steamy sex, it's about compassion, a unique love; a love that is selfless and more than just about the couple. I've read it's standalone prior to reading this and am going to read it again..that's how good this book is!! 55
Thus has to be one of my favorite romance books...ever! I can't remember the last time I laughed so much, and out loud, at a romance! That's how well this book is written. Calamity of six kids, matching wits with cool and controlled Jake, made for an amazing story. Chelsea, as the aunt who dropped everything for her nieces and nephews made me cheer for her throughout the book. Chemistry real and steamy, even with circumstances. Just loved the dialogue, loved the cast of lawyer friends and can't wait to read Brent's story. I'll be an Emily Chase fan forever. I agree that this book "is special" and "on point"! After you've read the book you'll understand those quotes. Don't waste another minute without buying this book. 55
Jake is hilarious. I don't usually laugh out loud while reading a book but man is the guy funny. He is your perfect knight in shining armor. Good read. Highly recommend. Couldn't put it down. 55
Love the series so far. This is a delightful and heartwarming novel. 55
I love the friendship of Jake, Brent, Stanton and Sofia, love the interaction between them! Jake's story is awesome, the insta-family of 6 kids was a perfect setting for him. 55
I loved this story! I called in sick just to stay curled in bed to finish this book. Love, love, love!!!! If your looking for tears, laughter, heart break and an abundance of love-purchase this book. I will be indulging in the next story of this series right away. 55
and still have mixed feelings about it. I HATE first person writing and this was told from Jake's view. Until the fourth chapter I was fighting myself to just give it up and not read it after all because Jake had zero redeeming qualities. I thought he was a cold-hearted sex and ego maniac--a major jerk. However, the fourth chapter got my attention and kept me reading. What unfolded was a compelling story that alternately had me laughing and fighting tears. Was this book perfect? No, and I could do without the all profanity much of the time, especially the "F" word, since it didn't really enhance the plot. However I became so involved in the story I barely saw the curse words after a few more chapters. I loved Chelsea, the plucky aunt, and was rooting for her all the way. The main characters were rich and complex, supporting characters added to the story and I loved all six children, too. The impossible happened--I actually began to like and understand Jake's character. His courtroom defense of the family was brilliant!! If you can stand first person tales, heavy profanity and steamy sex acts with a hero who has to earn your respect and a heroine you love who's able to warm the coldest of hearts, this book is for you! Otherwise, skip it! 35
This story captivated me from the beginning. Jake and Chelsea kept me entertained from the beginning. I laughed, shed some tears and couldn't put my iPad away until I finished it. Jake is now one of my favorite book boyfriends! Great job Emma Chase. Definitely ordering your next book. 55
I flat out loved this book. It had everything I look for in a story. I loved the characters, the story, and the way it made me laugh, swoon, and cry. It's perfect. I can't believe I'm saying this especially considering the way I love Tangled, but Sustained may have just replaced it as my favorite Emma Chase book. It's certainly unforgettable. Jake Becker is a driven man. He's set on becoming partner and nothing is going to stop him. He's not one for attachments other than those to his friends. Women don't compute longer than it takes for him to get them and himself off. He's an honest manwhore. So when he meets Chelsea incidentally and suddenly things are topsy turvy. I loved Jake and being in his head. He's hilarious. I loved how he was with all of the McQuaids in particular the younger ones. I loved seeing him change his perspective towards his future. I understood his battles between what he thought he should do and what he needed. Jake wasn't an easy man. He might be a complete shark in the courtroom and do whatever needed to win, but he wasn't heartless. Chelsea McQuaid is something else. I adored her. She's so determined to do right by her brother, the way he did right by her. I felt her pain and understood her fears. She was alone, but she was trying her best to deal with her grief and that of her nieces and nephews. She needs help, in fact all the little ones need help and it seems like Jake found his way into their lives at just the right time. There's this special alchemy between Chelsea and Jake. They spark and flare, but can't stay away from each other. While neither are paragons of virtue, both are dealing with their changing realities and learning from the mistakes they make. I loved watching them be happy as much as I did watching them make up after a fight or disagreement. Jake and Chelsea are real and easy to relate to, especially when they're messing up. I loved how much I laughed while reading this story. It's not just Jake's dry tone of voice, but also the kids. They had me in stitches. I also loved how easy it was to connect to all of them. I read this book in a couple of hours because I couldn't bear to put it down. In fact I devoured the first quarter of the book in thirty minutes. The pages just flew by as I fell for Jake, Chelsea, and the kids. I loved seeing Stanton, Sofia, and Brent again. Emma Chase has done a magnificent job with Sustained. I foresee myself doing numerous re-reads of this book. My words are inadequate but the book speaks for itself. You must give it a try if you like soulful, moving, romantic comedies. 55
I received the paperback version of the story through a contest win, the author autographed it saying, "I hope you enjoy Jake!" Boy did I ever, from page one this character grabbed on and did not let go. The further into the story I read the more real he became...he didn't come across as two dimensional or flat, he was all 3D, as human and amazing as it gets. His falling for Chelsea just added to his appeal, his fight against it thinking he would loose himself, when all along he found more of himself then he realized. I truly believe that there isn't a reader who could not feel the pull of Jake towards Chelsea, and his fight not to fall...all Chelsea had to do was be herself and Jake was a goner. I don't believe I smiled as much as I did as when this story ended...of course the focus is on Brent now...Emma Chase is really going to have to step up her A game, she really set the bar high with Jake...I can't wait for Applealed to be released. 55