By Emma Chase
When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate—and prized—parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Louboutins.
When Kennedy looks at Brent, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue–worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school in order to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell for her.
But she’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore—she’s a Washington, DC, prosecutor with a long winning streak. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case, and Kennedy thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.
But things aren’t exactly working out the way she planned. Brent has his sights set on Kennedy, and every fiery exchange only makes him want her more—and makes her wonder if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. In the end, they may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.
Brent and Kennedy were childhood friends that at one stage could have been more, but that possibility was shot down in flames a long time ago. Brent is now a very successful Defense Attorney, currently defending a young man with the hopes of getting a plea deal that will see his client not serve any time in jail. But Kennedy is the Federal Prosecutor on the case. She never makes plea deals and she never loses, and she certainly won’t back down just because Brent wants her to. These two will need to battle it out in the courtroom…and out of it.
I loved Brent, who is your classic lifelong bachelor. He’s happy with having an endless supply of women and being able to do what he wants, when he wants. He has no plans to be tied down, so you just know that he’s going to fall and fall hard when Kennedy re-appears in his life. APPEALED is told in his POV and it’s absolutely hilarious to read. His interactions with Kennedy, his therapist and his co-workers are sarcastic, clever and funny. But what I liked most about Brent is that when he needed to apologise, he did. He didn’t make some over-the-top gesture. He didn’t make Kennedy wait for weeks/months for an apology. He manned up and issued a heartfelt apology. Simple, but oh so effective. Kennedy is a strong and likeable woman, but events from her past have hardened her heart, to the point she’s almost ferocious. As a Prosecutor, she’s determined to make all the bad people pay, perhaps in retribution for those that hurt her growing up. She was one tough cookie for Brent to crack, that’s for sure.
APPEALED was another great read from Emma Chase’s Legal Briefs series that can be read as a stand-alone. This is the third book I’ve read from Emma Chase and I’ve found that she does a really good job writing characters that are likeable, relatable and funny. Apart from a couple of scenes where things get serious, APPEALED is a light read that you’ll enjoy from beginning to end.
Appealed (The Legal Briefs # 3)
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