Sustained by Emma Chase #bookreview

The legal briefs series book two.

 

Sustained

 

 

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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Oh boy… I just enjoyed this book as much as I laugh at the characters in it! It’s so cute and hilarious… 

Meet Jake Becker, the manwhore who just bammed and goodbye type of guy. He didn’t even date the women he takes to bed. Just one night with them and goodbye not seeing you again. That’s when he received an unexpected visit from his past hookup who told him that he might be diagnosed with ‘STDs’ since she caught the disease from her ex.

But he managed to meet Chelsea McQuaid who is looking after her six nephews and nieces since her brother and sister in law died in an accident and leaving their kids to her care. Innocent and attractive, Jake couldn’t help himself. 

What’s makes this book so funny was that the children in the book are so adorable and yet they didn’t steal the limelight from the main characters. Instead, they just added the extra ‘spice’ to the whole story. 

Definitely a hit for me… 

There are some ups and downs in the story of cos but that makes the whole package a must read. And we get to know about Sophia and Stanton’s life since they gotten together. 

“I feel a ridiculous amount of pride when Ronan lets out a deep, rumbling belch that any grown man would be impressed to produce. I’m not going to tell the others, but I think he’s my favorite.” – Jake Becker when he’s burping the little guy, Ronan. 

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Heart of Evil by Heather Graham #bookreview

This is Book 2 in Krewe of Hunters series. 

 

Heart of Evil

 

 

Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends…and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery’s most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War.

Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare—often inexplicable—intuition. Among the “Krewe of Hunters” is an old flame, Jake Mallory, a gifted musician with talent stretching far beyond the realm of the physical, and a few dark ghosts of his own.

The evil the team unveils has the power to shake the plantation to its very core. Jake and Ashley are forced to risk everything to unravel secrets that will not stay buried—even in death.…

 

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Kind of disappointing since the book managed to put me to when I start to read it. 

The first quarter talks about the civil war history and they’re arguing who’s going to play which character since they’re reenacting the history at Donegal Plantation.

No chemistry between Ashley and Jake. They look weird together and seems off to me. At least Jackson and Angela have some chemistry but these two??? Nope.. Nothing. 

Paranormal activities??? Not much though. What really has me pay attention are the names appearing in the book. Quite a number of characters appearing. 

“By sweet Jesus, did I breed a line of whimpering cowards? Ashley Donegal, pull yourself together! I’m here to help you.” Ghost of Mashall Donegal

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Heartbreaker by Linda Howard #bookreview

 

HEARTBREAKER

 

 

Michelle Cabot reluctantly returns home to central Florida, having inherited her father’s cattle ranch—and the mountain of bills that go with it. But Michelle’s determined to turn things around, even as she discovers she’s heavily indebted to neighboring rancher John Rafferty, a man she’s spent ten years trying to forget.

John has his own ideas for how the spoiled princess he remembers might pay him back—but when Michelle’s secrets come to light, he’ll do anything to protect her…including letting go of the past once and for all.

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Heartbreaker???? Nah…… Possessive, chauvinist male that I really hate. The men in this book have serious problems… 

Starting with Michelle’s father… Someone who buries his head in the sand when his daughter pleading for help. And gave her everything, materialistically. Then he passed away and left a debt. A huge debt which Michelle doesn’t have any clues how to repay since most of the cattle are sold for debts and bills. Then she calls John Rafferty to see if he’s willing to work out a repayment plan but he proposes that Michelle be his mistress. Or rather, someone he wants to sleep with. Cos he’s been lusting her since she’s eighteen.

When they’re having sex and later realized that he didn’t put on condoms. And she replied, “It’s okay. I’m safe.” 

Are you serious woman???

This is the most frustrating book that I ever come across. 2 stars given for the way they handle the ‘problem’ and the narrator did a nice job. 

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It Happened One Wedding by Julie James #bookreview

This is FBI/ US Attorney Book 5. And we have our own playboy FBI Special Agent, Vaughn Roberts story.

 

It Happened One Wedding

 

 

SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”

After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…

BUT HE MAKES IT HARD TO SAY “I DON’T”

Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…

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TBH, I have very high expectations towards this book. It has something to do with Vaughn’s character. Since we know that he kept irritating his partner, Huxley and Cade Morgan when they found their significant other. So it’s very nice to watch how he ‘fallen’ into one woman man. 

But boy…. I might enjoy Sidney’s character in the beginning but I start to dislike her more since she colors all men with her color pencils and the way she has this ‘bio clock’ ticking. 

I wanted more…. I wanted more actions and exchange between the two of them but…. It’s all about Sidney’s dating other men encounters and that’s… boring…

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Play Dead (Elise Sandburg Series book 1) by Anne Frasier #bookreview

This is my very first book by this author and it’s very intriguing and enjoyable book ride.

 

Play Dead

 

 

 

No one is more familiar with Savannah’s dark side than homicide detective and native resident Elise Sandburg. She’s been haunted for years by her own mysterious past: she was abandoned as a baby in one of the city’s ancient cemeteries, and it’s rumored that she is the illegitimate daughter of an infamous Savannah root doctor. The local Gullah culture of voodoo and magic is one that few outsiders can understand, least of all Elise’s new partner. Now someone is terrorizing the city, creating real-life zombies by poisoning victims into a conscious paralysis that mimics death. As the chilling case unfolds, Elise is drawn back into the haunted past she’s tried so hard to leave behind.

 

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Let’s see….. This is a bit different since we have some voodoo involved. 

Men who are supposed to be dead suddenly came alive in the morgue. Of cos people are scared cos a supposed dead man is not dead. So what’s the link between this almost dead man and the other guy whose murder is still unsolved?

Men are dying. But they are in prostitution business and they have a tattoo behind their backs. All of them have the same. It’s a protective charm, so they say. 

Elise is a mystery herself since she’s being abandoned in the cemetery  when she’s a baby. And folks have been spreading rumors that she’s evil or her heritage is evil since her eyes are not normal colors. 

David is another wounded soldier who has a very sad past. I couldn’t fathom what really happen to him that makes him so detach until the truth came out. It’s so sad and heartbreaking.

Overall, this book is nice to read cos there isn’t’ instalove between the characters and I kind of enjoy that since they’re building the relationship slowly. Looking forward to book 2 soon. 

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Overruled by Emma Chase #bookreview

The legal brief series book one. 

A Washington, DC, defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing—with his southern drawl, disarming smile, and captivating green eyes, he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him, and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart, the mother of his beloved ten-year-old daughter. Jenny is getting married—to someone who isn’t him.

That’s definitely not part of the plan.

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Sofia Santos is a city-raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her “friend with mind-blowing benefits,” begs her for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi, to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves. Her head tells her she’s crazy…and her heart says something else entirely.

What happens when you mix a one-stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage, and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise, and even the best-laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.

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I’m aware of lots of negative reviews about this book. The main reason is due to cheating character, aka Stanton Shaw. 

Now, I don’t enjoy cheating assholes type of books but this??? Really makes my day while reading. Stanton Shaw knocked his girlfriend up when they’re in high school and he’s leaving town soon to attend college. The girlfriend aka Jenny, encourage Stanton to further his studies before committing himself to their family. 

Ten years forward, he’s a defense attorney now. And he’s working hard so that the firm will make him as one of the partners. He has a friend with benefits relationship with Sophia Santos who is also one of the defense attorneys in the lawyer firm. 

So why I enjoy this book? Cos it’s light, fun, hilarious and you cry with the character in the book. I enjoy books that are light and fun. You can’t say he’s a cheating asshole when Jenny is not engaged or committed to him. 

So overall verdict, this is a go for me! 

“And like so many, he functions under the belief that penises shake hands, vaginas hug.” – Sophia Santos on one of their client.

“I’ll send the sperm a memo and CC your ovaries.” – Stanton to Sophia. 

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Phantom Evil by Heather Graham #bookreview

This is book 1 of Krewe of Hunters series. Paranormals activity investigation??? Something like that… But they’re more legitimate since the leader is a guy from the bureau.  

 

Phantom Evil

 

 
A secret government unit, a group of renegade paranormal investigators…and a murder no one else can crack

Though haunted by the recent deaths of two teammates, Jackson Crow knows that the living commit the most heinous crimes.

A police officer utilizing her paranormal intuition, Angela Hawkins already has her hands full of mystery and bloodshed.

But one assignment calls to them too strongly to resist. In a historic mansion in New Orleans’s French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death. Most think she jumped; some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits inhabiting the house—once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work.

In this seemingly unsolvable case, only one thing is certain: whether supernatural or all too human, crimes of passion will cast Jackson and Angela into danger of losing their lives…and their immortal souls.

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I must say that I’m ridiculously enjoying this book. Might be due to there are paranormals, suspense and some romance added to it. 

Jackson Crow, an agent from Behavioral Science Unit in D.C. is being assigned to investigate a case pertaining to a Senator name David Holloway. His wife is dead and the coroner rules her death as a suicide but Senator doesn’t believe his wife will commit suicide since she’s determined to start over again with her husband after their son’s death. 

Jackson is to lead a group of five members from different aspects of life. Angela Hawkins, Whitney Tremont, Jake Mallory, Jenna Duffy and Will Chan. Angela Hawkins is from Virginia police force. Whitney recently had done camera work for a paranormal cable television show. Jake is a musician but involved heavily in searches or called in to help with kidnapping cases. Jenna is a registered nurse from Ireland and lastly, Will is a magician.

They have different background and occupation but they all come very nicely under Jackson’s guidance and leadership. They were to stay at the place in the French Quarter which is known famously as a house of terror. Where a serial killer name Madden C. Newton had killed many victims in the house following the Civil War.

There’s some paranormal element in the book, add some suspense since they’re investigating the Senator’s wife death. Throw in the romance between Jackson and Angela makes the whole book very enjoyable. 

So who’s the devil? Who’s the evil lurking???

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