Monday, January 18, 2016

Appealed by Emma Chase @EmmaChse


4.5 Stars
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. Lets say their reunion did not go over so well and right off the bat, these litigators were at each others 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 hes 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 Brents spell and adored how he finally tended to all of Kennedys 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 Kennedys 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 heros 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.









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