Book Review – Overruled

Posted May 19, 2015 by Kathy in 2.5 Stars, Book Review / 6 Comments

Book Review – OverruledOverruled Series: The Legal Briefs #1
by Emma Chase
Published by Gallery Books on April 28, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 259
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled Series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs Series.

As a 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 and 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.

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 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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Overruled is the new series from author Emma Chase. I have mixed feelings about this book and I admit I am a little disappointed with this book.

The major problem I had was with the main character Stanton Shaw. Stanton is a successful, sexy lawyer. He uses his Southern charm to get everything he wants, in the courtroom and in the bedroom. He’s a player and womanizer, which is nothing new in the romance genre. But what really bothered me was how he treated Jenny and Sofia as booty calls. He’s a cheater but claims to be in love with Jenny and they agree to have an open relationship while raising their daughter. Even though they both agree to this arrangement to me it is still cheating! I hate cheating in stories and I was tempted to stop reading. But I continued reading and halfway in the book I liked the direction the story was going in. Jenny and Sofia were characters that I liked. They were funny, intelligent, opinionated and loyal friends to Stanton, even though he was blind and chauvinistic to see the sacrifices both women gave for his happiness. I also enjoyed the supporting characters Jake, Brent, Nana and Carter. They added some fun and heartwarming moments.

I loved Emma Chase’s Tangled and still think she is a great writer. But Overruled is missing the humor that I loved so much from that book. Stanton ruined the story for me. He is not a guy I can swoon over and didn’t have the charm that I loved from Drew Evans. The next book in the series is Sustained and is Jake’s story. Even though I didn’t fall in love with Overruled I would like to continue reading this series for Jake and Brent’s stories.

I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.


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Rating Report
Overall: two-half-stars

About Emma Chase

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

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6 responses to “Book Review – Overruled

    • Kathy

      I really liked the ladies of this book!! Too bad Stanton wasn’t a likeable character.

    • Kathy

      Technically it wasn’t cheating but he did see how it bothered her in the beginning. I hated that part of this book lol!! Yes, Sofia and Stanton needed to be smacked on the side of the head lol.