Saturday, February 6, 2016

REVIEW: Appealed by Emma Chase

When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate - and prized - parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.

Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.

And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell. 

She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore - she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own. 

But things aren’t exactly working out that way. 

Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court. 

APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart. 

Buy it here.


Shel: I'm sure some could categorize this novel as
  •  friends to lover?
  • second chance at romance?
  • contemporary romance?
  • romantic comedy?
Court: I completely agree. It is funny, and sweet and sexy. It is classic Emma Chase, and she brought us once again characters that we love, and pages that flow and fly by and just...a perfect novel. Just what I needed. 

Shel: Honestly, it could be any of those but what I call this novel is the perfect weekend read. It had all of the things I needed this weekend--funny banter, sexy chemistry, interesting back story, and a HEA. The plot was light but not too light--it was fun to follow Brent and Kennedy's history through flashbacks, the secondary characters helped add to their romance through humor and insight, and the subplot was carefully woven throughout. The angst was low, the characters faced obstacles with more maturity than many, and Brent not only educates us on the finer points of going to therapy, I loved how he (thanks to Emma Chase) treated living most of his life being an amputee (Chase had the perfect touch when it came to description, dialogue, and reactions by others). Court: I really enjoyed it. I am not sure what I was expecting just since we had been in this world a while, and thought we knew what to expect from our characters. We got a little bit different from Brent, even though the humor of this series, and this author are still there. Brent's voice is so strong, and I like that he identifies with his privilege but also doesn't shy away from hard work. I really thought that his below knee amputation was a great part of this story, and how he talks about it and deals with the set backs that he still has because of it. It was inspiring and uplifting, and really humanized the characters for me. 

Shel: If you're deeply offended with arrogant male characters who happen to be really self aware... and the women who fall in love with them, or you aren't in the mood for a light, funny, sweet, and sexy romance than by all means don't read this novel. For the rest of you, grab this one and enjoy; Emma Chase is quickly becoming my go to for romantic comedy and I am excited to see what she writes next. Court: I very much noticed his self awareness, and loved it. So funny you said that! Because Brent is to shy away from what he thinks. Kennedy isn't either, and I really enjoyed her as a character and addition to our girls, but I loved that Brent was still our main voice and our point of view was for him. I too loved his therapist, and the enlightening things that he figured out a long the way. I just had an all around good time reading this book, and hope you will read it too! 

Find Emma Chase: website | goodreads

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