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How steamy is it? Hot Damn

Publisher's Summary

Emma Chase, New York Times best-selling author of the Tangled series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs series!

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 is 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 10-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 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.

©2015 Emma Chase (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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Couldn't even finish

The storyline was so ridiculous! I couldn't finish! I mean if you have a friends with benefits relationship that's one thing but what woman in her right mind would go with a man while he tries to convince his baby mama not to marry another man and continues to have sex with him! How little do you have to think of yourself. I wish I could get my money back!

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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I don't like females as doormats.

I like EC books but this one was disappointing. The sex scenes were great & so were the narrators. I just felt the story was degrading for Sophia's character.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate
  • Kizmet1
  • 05-05-15

I want to want to finish it...but arghh!

Would you try another book from Emma Chase and/or Jason Carpenter and Charlotte Penfield ?

Absolutely - love EC, and JC and CP did a great job narrating. Distinct voices, correct emotions, all good.

Have you listened to any of Jason Carpenter and Charlotte Penfield ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

If Jason Carpenter or Charlotte Penfield are narrating, I know I won't need to listen to a preview - they're awesome.

Any additional comments?

Stanton seemed like such a stand-up guy in the beginning, then just seemed to disintegrate as a decent person. Emma Chase did such a good job building his character that I couldn't get past disliking him - fictional or not! :-) I had a hard time with the "she's mine...oh wait, you can't look at her, either." A selfish man wanting it all. Additionally, it's tough to get far enough into a book and not feel like there's a lead female character. All said, I'll probably cool down and give the finish a second chance.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Odd Woman Out

I guess I will be the odd person out as I didn't like the story line. Stanton was a total fail as a father and completely clueless where Sofia was concerned. I just didn't buy into the main 2 characters and how Stanton was heading home to convince Jenny not to marry another man while he brings is FWB and continues to have sex with her while trying to win Jenny back. It left a bad taste in my mouth. And I would have liked to see Sofia have more backbone and not let Stanton treat her so poorly.

37 of 42 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • St. Johns, FL, United States
  • 05-04-15

Just couldn't finish it

I tried to like it but it was better to drive to silence then keep listening to this book and learn more about the characters in it.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • ADV
  • Orlando, FL
  • 01-12-16

This is no "love" story. Disappointed :(

Let me start by saying that I LOVED LOVED Emma Chase's Tangled series. So, I had high hopes for this new series. I STRUGGLED to finish this book. There is no way to tell you what's wrong with this book without spoilers, so if you don't spoilers stop reading now...

Stanton has had a 10 year "open" relationship with his high school sweetheart, Jenny. All the while Stanton is enjoying a bachelor lifestyle in NYC. For the 6 months before the book opens, he has had a FWB relationship with Sofia. Jenny decides to end the cycle and get married sending Stanton into a tailspin to stop her. He asks Sofia to go with him to get Jenny back. There is just so much wrong with that sentence that I can't even explain it. First, if you are going to try to win someone back, perhaps you should stop sleeping with your FWB while you are doing that. And Sofia... seriously... for being a bad ass attorney, she is quite the doormat when it comes to Stanton. The only person I was cheering for in this story was Jenny, as she was the one smart enough to try to get out of this situation.

Fingers crossed that the next book in the series brings us back to characters that have at least some redeeming qualities.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Self Absorbed Jerk

Although Overruled was incredibly well written, Stainton was undoubtably the most self absorbed male character ever conceived who wasn't intentionally cruel. No, Stainton just believed the whole world revolved around his needs and desires, like a bratty toddler.

After Stainton knocked up his high school girlfriend Jenny, he went off to college and law school, leaving all the child care responsibilities to others. Regardless, Stainton expected Jenny to spread her legs anytime he came home for a visit, while he screwed his way through the rest of the country for more than 11 years.

Stainton had been involved with co-worker Sophie for 6 months when Jenny announced that she was getting married. Stainton rushed home to stop the wedding, dragging Sophie along for support and encouragement. He REALLY believed that Jenny should waste the rest of her life waiting for his occasional visits, raising their daughter alone.

Before meeting Stainton, Sophie was probably an interesting, independent woman (smart, funny & compassionate). However, Sophie allowed Stainton to be the "star" at work and the boss in the bedroom, lavishing him with attention and loyalty without expecting anything in return. For an intelligent, professional woman, Sophie's total lack of self respect was incredibly sad and pathetic.

I was disappointed that Emma Chase created such weak, boring female characters and glamorized a self absorbed, immature male jerk, suggesting that women don't deserve to be loved, admired and adored.




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  • Lynnz
  • Warrenton, VA
  • 02-07-17

Cute down-to-earth story

I liked this cute story. Emma Chase provided a story that wasn't totally predictable. The excitement was amazing. The characters didn't always do what you would expect. It was nice to see a country boy turn into a powerful, sexy, city man. Enjoyed this light-hearted romance.

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Not worth the read

I wanted to like the protagonist Stanton Shaw, but in the end I just found him frustratingly dense. He has absolutely no emotional IQ. He is a spoiled stubborn self centered male. Sophia is likable but I yearned for her to stand up for herself.
By the end I found myself yelling at the characters. In all it was not worth the read.

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VERY DISAPPOINTED

What was most disappointing about Emma Chase’s story?

Once the 10 years later came up it went down hill. To start there is very little mention of Jenny. There's just Sophie, which made me dislike her right away. She seemed like a home wrecker even though it wasn't really her fault. But later on I realize that Stanton has just turned into a selfish jerk. What happened to the sweet boy who wanted to marry his high school sweet heart? Apparently he disappeared. It made it impossible for me to root for the character's happy ending.

Any additional comments?

The idea that Stanton brings his hump buddy home to win back his old girl makes him look like an even bigger a$$. Especially since he's only taking her to make sure Sophie doesn't hump anyone else, very selfish. Plus he still wants her to give him some. In what world does this make sense?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Rod
  • 03-09-17

More trash than treasure

This book is more focused on intimate relationships than crime and intrigue. Cardboard characters and heavy handed forensic details of their sexual activity. I thought I was buying a crime thriller with interesting characters but there you go. I was had and maybe you will be too if you buy this book expecting an absorbing crime story.

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  • Mars Delamere
  • 07-02-16

Worth a listen

I liked the story line it was interesting enough
Bit drawn out in places, not so sure of the relevance of some of the side story lines it was taking. Gave a 4 because I actually finished a book and this book kept me interested to actually complete it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-16-16

Loved

What made the experience of listening to Overruled the most enjoyable?

The story bought my feelings to th surface

Who was your favorite character and why?

All were a great part

Have you listened to any of Jason Carpenter and Charlotte Penfield ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, again easy

Any additional comments?

Easy read

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  • Dannielle
  • 05-27-15

This could have been so much more!

The author had a great base for the story but she continually got side tracked trying to keep up with 50 Shades of Grey.
The actors did a great job though.

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