Brent Mason is the last lawyer standing in the firm of Becker,
Mason, Santos and Shaw to find his way to love. Incredibly handsome, rich,
successful and self-focused, Brent is a renowned ladies man with major issues
when it comes to relationships and intimacy. (A likely result from a traumatic childhood
accident and partial amputation of his leg). Watching his friends/colleagues
find their way to ‘happily ever after’ has him subconsciously craving for more
than just sex. Well, at least that’s what his therapist believes.
As luck would have it, the woman who catches his eye (as well as
open a floodgate of emotions) is none other than Kennedy Randolph, once close childhood
friend. It’s been over fourteen years since last seeing her, and boy has she
changed. At first glance, Kennedy was unrecognizable as she blossomed from an
awkward ugly ducking, to a beautifully breathtaking woman, that Brent of course
put the moves on. Let’s say their reunion did not go over so well and right off the bat,
these litigators were at each other’s throats, exchanging hysterical insults and banter. They share a
complicated history, both wonderful memories and heart breaking experiences. There
are misunderstandings, hurt feelings and deceit to weed through, especially for
Kennedy, as the past is finally brought to light. Brent soon discovers he is
directly, as well as indirectly, responsible for most of Kennedy’s insecurities.
He soon finds himself anxious to make amends for all past mistakes.
Brent was an interesting and highly entertaining hero. I found
myself at war with my feelings towards him. Flashbacks to their early childhood
had me falling in love with a sweet, adorable little boy. Seeing the events
during their teenage years had me wanting to bitch slap the crap out of him,
hard. He was obnoxious, insensitive, and so totally oblivious of the fact that Kennedy
had a huge crush on him. It was difficult seeing how deeply she was hurt. I
understood he was dealing with his own difficulties, and most of what happened
to Kennedy was not of his doing. But Brent did turn a blind eye and offered no
support or comfort during her time of need. He stood by while others taunted
her. It was heartbreaking seeing their relationship during these flashbacks.
Nevertheless, I liked the cocky, sexy man he became. It was sweet
seeing how hard he worked to restart their relationship, to heal her heart and
regain her trust. Buried deep inside, Brent carried a torch for Kennedy all
along; he just lost his way when it came to winning her affections in the past.
But now he’s determined to make amends while seducing Kennedy with all of his
charms. Oh, there were moments I still wanted to smack him over the head for
being an ass and botching things up from time to time. But I too fell under
Brent’s spell and adored how he finally tended to all of Kennedy’s needs.
Despite the hurt and humiliation suffered, Kennedy became a successful
federal prosecutor with enough sass and balls to hold her own against Brent,
never allowing vulnerabilities to hold her back. Loved how she was the perfect
match to rival his intelligence and wit. I enjoyed their back-and-forth banter
in the courtroom and the bedroom. A large part me felt terrible seeing the
events of the past unfold, and how it affected Kennedy’s
character. But, I delighted in how she succeeded despite of it. I always admire
a strong heroine, and Kennedy certainly proved her persistent strength.
As Brent and Kennedy muddle through all the ugly feelings to make
their way as a couple, the sexual chemistry between them was intense and
explosive. The passion, mixed with a heavy dose of hilarity, made this friends-turn-lovers
romance the best in this series for me, with a heartfelt epilogue tying all
story lines together. Brent is, by far, the sexiest dirty talker of the bunch.
Emma Chase is a genius when it comes to penning a romantic comedy voiced
through the hero’s point of view and I love climbing inside the hysterically warped
minds of her men. She strikes the perfect balance between love and humor. Appealed was a great ending to The Legal Briefs Series and I cannot
wait to see what she has in store for her fans in the future.