ARC Review: Appealed by Emma Chase

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ARC Review: Appealed by Emma Chase

3 Stars

Book Info

Released: January 19th 2016
Series: The Legal Briefs #3
Pages: 272

“While there are some good moments in this book, it was just ok for me.”
~ Under the Covers

I have had a most definitely not common response to this series.  I was not a fan of book 1 but then book 2, thank God I picked up, because it was adorably cute and I really liked it.  So I went into this one with hopes of enjoying it just as much as SUSTAINED.  But it wasn’t quite the case.

The biggest thing for me here was the characters.  I love the style I’ve come to expect from Ms. Chase of having the hero be the narrator.  It’s a fun aspect of this book because Brent is quite spoiled and he’s always gotten what he wants.  I loved seeing him shaken up at times and enthralled at others.  But I just didn’t care enough about him.  He never made my heart skip a beat or want to swoon like I would want from a hero.  He was just there and ok.  Granted, he was funny and at times endearing.

Then we have the heroine.  Kennedy was probably my biggest issue here because, although I love a feisty heroine, I found her bitchy.  Too bitchy.  Too much all the time.  It felt like touching a prickly beast sometimes.  And I get her backstory and why she is the way she is, but it sort of makes me think that what happened to her made her turn into a bully.  And she spends a big portion of  the book there.  So I wasn’t her biggest fan.

The setup of this story though?  I love.  It’s a sweet second chance romance about childhood best friends!  Kennedy and Brent used to be neighbors growing up.  Both rich.  Both spoiled.  Both with family expectations of what their lives should be.  At that time, that even included the two of them getting married when they grew up.  She wasn’t a popular girl in school, but Brent was still attracted to her.  Then things had a turn for the worst and Kennedy went away.  It’s been all these years since the last time they saw each other.  Now they’re both successful lawyers and they’re facing each other on a case.

While there are some good moments in this book, it was just ok for me.  Entertaining for sure because the humor is there.  And sexy a bit too.  But I was expecting more.

Favorite quote:

“It’s like … piss off Jack Dawson … I’m the king of the world now.”




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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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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’d like to try this series.


Thanks for your take on the books in this series

Kathleen Bylsma

Well, nuts! I was at the bookstore today and almost bought this…hadn’t read your review…oh well, next week!
Thank you!

Sophia Rose

That balance when it comes to a strong heroine and a queen b is tough. I can’t get into books when I get frustrated about that. But eventually I do want to get to this series.

Under the Covers Book Blog

Yeah, and I think it’s probably a mood thing on where that line is drawn. I may think one crossed it one day and had I read at different time I might’ve felt different. Specially with one that rides that line closely. 🙁


Thanks Francesca for the review