- Series: The Legal Briefs Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books (April 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501102036
- ISBN-13: 978-1501102035
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 285 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overruled (The Legal Briefs Series) Paperback – April 28, 2015
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About the Author
By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who lives in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night, she toils away bringing her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. Writing has always been her passion, and the release of her debut romantic comedy Tangled was nothing less than a dream come true. The subsequent books in her delightful, beloved series include Twisted, Tamed, and Tied. She is also the author of Sustained from her sexy new Legal Briefs series.
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Sofia Santos knows not to get emotionally involved with her colleague Stanton, but as Stanton asks her to accompany her on a trip to his hometown to prevent this unexpected marriage from happening, she can’t help but feel a twinge of jealousy. Yet, for the sake of her friend, she needs to put her feelings aside and support him in his decision to conquer back his childhood sweetheart.
What I loved about this book:
It is mainly set in the south
What I felt needed improvement:
The awful male main character
The unthinkable storyline the main character drives this book toward
The naiveté of the female main character
I am a huge fan of Emma Chase and of her Tangled Series featuring Drew Evans and his friends. It was only normal that Overruled would be on my auto-buy list, and I was quite eager to read it, even if it took me some time to get there. Overruled was not at all what I expected. I was expecting an office-romance, that’s for sure, but while the two main characters are colleagues, the book itself didn’t take place in their workplace at all. And I didn’t expect this book to sound so familiar to Tangled , which is neither a good nor a bad thing. It was definitely easy to get into the book because it had the standard Emma Chase style, and I was surprised to find that Drew Evans from Tangled also makes a little cameo appearance in this book.
However, I really can’t say I like it storywise. It’s actually not the storyline that bothered me, but what the main characters make of the given situation. I was actually mostly disappointed of Stanton because he was a despicable character. Well, he is made out to be handsome, fun, good in bed, and which a southern charm that makes me want to fan myself. He’s even quite cocky. And if it wasn’t for the southern charm, he would have been a carbon copy of Drew Evans. Only worse.
And that’s where I’ll get to the point. Stanton Shaw has had a baby with his childhood sweetheart when he was only 18. He ran off to college – leaving them behind – and then started his professional career in Washington, hours and hours away from Mississippi. Sure, the guy pays his baby momma on a monthly basis and he is very much involved in his daughter’s life doing daily Skype calls, and upholds a semblant of a long-distance relationship with the mother. But after 10 years (!!!) he still hasn’t asked his family to move over, or has thought about making the move to the south. And don’t talk about how “often” he comes to visit.
“How long’s it been since you’ve been home?”
“Fourteen months, twelve days.”
That’s not all: he and the mother have this “relationship” (although he never asked her to marry him in 10 years), but he still screws other women!!! And then, when he gets this unexpected wedding invitation from his childhood sweetheart, he thinks he can just storm down there and lay a claim on something and someone he practically dismissed and shoved into a proverbial compartmentalized box? Really?
Oh, but it gets better: so he does storm down to Mississippi and when he does, he asks his Fbuddy (sorry, Sofia) to come down with him and help him stand his ground. And while he is trying to conquer his old flame back, he still screws with his Fbuddy. Oh, and the reason why he took his Fbuddy with him to his hometown in the first place was also because he couldn’t stand someone else putting their hands on his her. Want to have your cake and eat it too, Stanton?
How sexy does that make this main character look? Not. Sexy. At. All. This guy is a total douchetard if I’ve ever seen one. It’s not even like he learned from his mistakes, no – he just carried on thinking all was right in the world. A little gut clenching here and a sour thought there, and he’s off thinking about something else. I can’t believe Emma Chase managed to write an even more despicable and disgusting character than Drew Evans. Stanton Chase is definitely where I draw the line. He ruined the book.
Sofia was great – at least in the start – and she helped bring things into perspective with Stanton. She’s another successful defence attorney working alongside him without any trace of rivalry, and has made it through an impressive parcours even though her family immigrated from Brazil with 2 other kids in tow. She’s the synonym of a self-made woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid to go get it. She’s also got enough morals and loyalty to consider stepping back and helping Stanton through his “family crisis” even though it breaks her heart. And really, through the last part of the book, she started showing quite some doormat tendencies.
“Before anything else, Stanton is my friend. I wouldn’t say I’m self-sacrificing – but I’m loyal. And that’s what good friends do. They help each other.”
“For months, all I’ve heard is Jenny this and Jenny that. And now that she’s unavailable, you suddenly realize I’m the one you love?”
The only thing I really liked about this book though was the fact that 80% of it starred in Mississippi, and that most of the characters had the southern charm and fun banter that I love so much (especially in Abbi Glines books). But still, it is not enough to improve the rating of a book that features such a poor main character.
And in the end, the story ends on a quite uncommon epilogue which lasts over several months/years. That’s when I noticed that this would be a standalone book and that their story would not be continued (at least not as a main focus) because the next book in the series will be dealing with another character. Again, not sure whether it is a good or a bad thing, but I certainly could have used more closure.
As I should have expected, stereotypes abound.
Also as I should have anticipated (because Drew of "Tangled" was such a jerk, and because the blurb basically tells us that Stanton brings his hoochie mama with him on a mission to win back his baby mama), the "hero" of "Overruled" was a total jackhole. What isn't clear from the blurb is that Jenny, the high school sweetheart, is not Stanton's ex of the distant past -- he got her knocked up in high school, and they agreed that he would go to college and support his family, and that while they're apart they can have an "open" relationship -- they have continued to sleep together. This has gone on for ten years, with Stanton catting around like a manwhore with anyone he likes, and paying only occasional booty calls on Jenny. This works fine for him, until Jenny falls in love with someone else, which Stanton gets all butthurt and betrayed about.
I didn't mind Jenny, but Sofia (the hoochie mama) was kind of a doormat. Like Stanton, she's supposed to be this brilliant lawyer, except that we never see her doing any actual lawyering. She spends the whole book talking about how she knows men because she's got three brothers, and she knows men don't like commitment or clingy women, so she's not going to make any demands on Stanton. That's all well and good, but have a little self-respect, please! No woman with any self-esteem or sanity would willingly accompany the guy they're sleeping with to help him win back someone else. Sofia keeps setting limits--I'll go with you, but no sex. Okay, once we get to Mississippi, no sex. Okay, absolutely no sex while we're staying with your parents--and then ignoring those limits, so she just came across as weak and ineffectual.
Stanton eventually sees the error of his ways and tries to make things right with both Jenny and Sofia, and readers who enjoy a good redemption story may be satisfied here. As for me, I solemnly vow: NO MORE EMMA CHASE FOR ME!
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