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Join Jake and Chelsea, Stanton and Sofia, Brent and Kennedy as they navigate the hilarious and heartwarming hurdles of love, life, and the law in this final addition to the Legal Briefs series.

There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless - in and out of the courtroom.

Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he's a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure - a family man.

And he's pretty damn good at it.

Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, relearn algebra, ensure his clients stay out of jail, and keep his wife happy - but it finally feels like he's got it together again....

So of course something has to screw it all up. It's huge. Life changing. Kind of terrifying.

And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he'll ever do.

©2016 Emma Chase (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Sebastian York’s voice is Jake’s voice!

Would you listen to Sidebarred again? Why?

My feelings when I finished this audiobook were the same of when I read this novella: I NEEDED MORE! I repeated it and enjoyed it one more time because this novella is just perfect!

What other book might you compare Sidebarred to and why?

Sebastian York was perfect in Sustained, and he was even more perfect in this audio. There’s no doubt he did a great Jake, but I loved him more as Chelsea and the kids.

What about Sebastian York’s performance did you like?

My favorite part of Sebastian’s performance was…. Well, that’s hard to choose, because I loved the 2 hours and 24 minutes of this audio. The sex scenes were hotter in Sebastian’s voice, the funny moments with the kids and friends were funnier and the heart touching moments with Chelsea were more beautiful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The judge, Raymond scared and the heart to heart chat between Jake and Chelsea!

Any additional comments?

Perfection!! this audiobook was perfection!!

I loved everything about Sidebarred . Jake & Chelsea, the kids, the pregnancy, and the little drama that was throughout the novella. Of course the cameo of the other two couples was amazing as always. When Brent made appearance, I was jumping up and down of excitement. I just love him like crazy. And my favorite moment of all was with all the family together. I was laughing my ass off with all the craziness of these kids. Emma managed to write a scene with six kids talking at the same time and I felt like I was watching a tennis match, reading everything what they were saying, yelling, and their reactions! *chuckles* It was so funny. And what Jake said to all this was the cherry on top:

“I think that went well.”

LOL! That scene was so funny I even read it out loud to my mom—actually, I translated it to Spanish, and she was cracking up with me.

The epilogue and the extended epilogue and the extra extended epilogue—yes, Emma put it all in less than 100 pages, believe me—were all perfect. I couldn't get enough of it. I reread the extended epilogue of Appealed and then repeated the epilogues of Sidebarred and I couldn't stop smiling. Like I said: PERFECTION!

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It's all about him......

Sebastian York could read a medical dictionary and I would thoroughly enjoy it! I truly love him sarcasm through the stories!!

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This is why I listen to audio books - sigh ❤️

This book was funny, sweet, heartwarming & with with plenty of steam...Sustained was my favorite in the Legal Briefs series so when EC put out a novella about the McQuaid/Becker crew it was a no brainier. There is nothing to regret in this purchase. I want to invite this family over for Thanksgiving! Okay, so for those who want the facts... No cliff hanger, yes you get to see and hear about the rest of the gang from previous LB books, there is a fun look into the future with the epilogue that covers many of the characters from the other LB books. Oh and of course you can never go wrong with Sebastian York as narrator!

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5 STARS

Sustained was the most amazing book and I'm THRILLED that we got to catch up with Jake and Chelsea and the whole gang with this novella.

I rarely give novellas 5 stars because they usually leave me wanting more. And while I could never get enough of reading about this family, Sidebarred filled up my heart and left me smiling and satisfied.

Sidebarred is told from only Jakes POV. Emma Chase has really nailed the male POV and I love being in Jake's head. He is such an awesome hero.

What I loved about this book:
~The writing. I was sucked in and couldn't stop turning the pages.
~ The feels. Seriously. I laughed OUT LOUD many times. Funny scenes, sexy scenes, heart wrenching scenes, happy scenes. I felt SO much while reading this little nugget.
~ Jake. It warrants repeating. Jake is so awesome. I especially love the scenes with Jake interacting with the kids. Him braiding hair, giving sex talks, easing Raymond's fears....SWOON. Seriously, I could not be more in love with this fictional character.
~ Chelsea. She is also a pretty amazing heroine. I love that she is strong and challenges Jake when he gets all caveman. (But I also love that he gets all caveman over Chelsea.)
~ The kids. This story would not pull at my heart without EVERY SINGLE ONE of the 6 kids. They all have different personalities. They all bring out something different in the story. Even if you don't like kids, you can't help but fall in love with these kids.
~Narration. I read the book first, but HAD to get the audio. This is my favorite way to re-read a book and Sebastian York played Jake perfectly. PERFECTLY. I love his narration in general. But awesome narration + awesome story = absolute perfection.

What I didn't like about the book: not a thing!! I loved every second!!!

Bottom line: Sustained and Sidebarred are hands down one of my most favorite reads this year. PLEASE read Sidebarred, but start with Sustained.

READ IT.

Highly Recommend.

Super-awesome-favorite!!!

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Jake Becker *swoon*

Damn I love Jake Becker!!! It also helps the Sebastian York was the narrator.

It was nice to see the whole gang again. I love those kids!!!

Loved the epilogue!

Everything about this was WIN WIN WIN for me!

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Love this series ESPECIALLY Jake Becker

Sidebarred was an AMAZING final chapter to the Legal Briefs series. Sustained was by far my favorite of the series for both the character of Jake Becker and the narration by #kingofauralsex Sebastian York. Even though this is a novella, it is totally worth it. Jake Becker is one of my all time favorite BBF's and I love that Chelsea is no pushover. Caveman Jake doesn't get away with much.

The kids all add an incredible element to the story and just make you love Jake more and more. From birds & the bees discussions to how the boys should behave as men, plus the steammmmmmy scenes with him and Chelsea, you won't find a better way to spend 2 hours 24 minutes. Sustained and Sidebarred should be made into movies. They are THAT good.

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PERFECT ADDITION TO THE SERIES

It's no shocker this novella was perfection. Jake and Chelsea are my favorite couple from this series, along with their tribe of hilarious little troublemakers! As always Sebastian York rocked the narration;I loved every moment of this sweet story.

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Great Entertainment- Loved It

Emma Chase & Sebastian York - a great partnership. Fantastic characters & humour. Would thoroughly recommend this for a short read. But read the series, you wont be disappointed.

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AMAZING!!!

Perfect from start to finish! I love Jake Becker and the kids! I am in love with him and Sebastian York! I only want Sebastian to tell me stories ... Keep having him narrate and I'll be the happiest girl in the world! Looking forward to many more of your books. I love your writing style!

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A must read!!!!!!

It had me laughing out loud but it also made me get teary-eyed a few times.

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  • Heroesinbooks
  • 03-25-18

5 Beautiful Ending Stars

It’s such a treat to revisit Jake, Chelsea and the gang. I loved their story in Sustained , it’s one of my most favourite books ever. You should read this after the other books in the series but you absolutely have to have read Sustained or it won’t make sense. The audiobook version is perfectly delivered by Sebastian Yorke.

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  • Jennifer
  • 06-15-16

loved it

really really loved this update to the series. .so nice to know what happens to the characters after the books finish. .more books like these please Emma

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  • CRYSTAL CLEAR
  • 04-29-16

Short and sweet

A fitting end to a great Emma chase series!! Sebastian York is a wonderful listen as always 😀

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  • Nina M
  • 10-21-16

Great epilogue

I loved the final act into Legal brief series. Emma Chase didn't disappoint. I loved every minute of it and the family. Its so weird how fast kids grow.
I loved this farewell so much.

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  • Laureen
  • 09-06-16

Love it!

I love the humor in Emma Chase's books. You can relate to what she writes