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 & 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.
One of the most amazing and unique things about Emma Chase is her ability to write an authentic male POV, and this book is straight up told in Jake’s POV. And no one writes a male POV in romance better than Emma Chase. Her heroes are straight shooters and funny and sometimes a bit inappropriate. But in a good fun way!
Jake Becker is one of DC’s up and coming defense attorney and a proud bachelor. He doesn’t want complication in his professional life and personal life. Chelsea McQuaid is the very definition of complicated. After being named guardian to her 6 nieces and nephews, Chelsea uprooted her life and California to become a full time guardian to her brother’s kids. The moment Jake saw Chelsea with her nephews and nieces, his first instinct was to run away. But instead, Jake found himself getting tangled up in Chelsea and the kids.
It was so adorable how Jake dealt with Chelsea and the kids. No matter how he protests or say to himself that he’s not a knight in shining armor and has nothing to give to them, he keeps doing the opposite. He was there for them and Chelsea. For those readers who don’t like kids being featured heavily in their romance books, this book might not be for you because this book is overrun with kids. All six of them. And Emma Chase captured their personalities so beautifully. From the fights to the tantrums, to trips to the ER–it felt like I was reading my own life. Granted, I don’t have six kids but Ms. Chase was able to capture the chaos of having six kids under one roof. I was torn between laughing and crying at their antics throughout the book.
Kids’ shenanigans aside, the romance between Chelsea and Jake was delightful in and of itself. It’s different from her other pairings because Jake and Chelsea had to sort of take a lot of shortcuts because the circumstances that were out of their control. But it fit perfectly with the whole book. I loved their banter and their chemistry. I loved how even though Jake tells himself he doesn’t want complication, he did allow himself to get involved with Chelsea. His stubbornness did get in the way of their growing relationship but when finally confronted with the thought of not having Chelsea and the kids in his life, he wised up really fast.
I also enjoyed the snippets of Stanton and Sofia and Brent. I definitely want a [wedding novella for Stanton and Sofia! The wedding was mentioned but I need details! Please make it happen, Emma Chase. Anyway, Sustained is definitely a huge winner for me. I mean, I would have loved to read Chelsea’s POV but I really can’t complain because the author did such a phenomenal job with Jake’s POV. Loved it!