Overruled (Legal Briefs Series #1)

Overruled (Legal Briefs Series #1)

by Emma Chase


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Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling 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 was 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 ten-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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501102035
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Emma Chase's Legal Briefs Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 240,477
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who lives in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night, she toils away bringing her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. Writing has always been her passion, and the release of her debut romantic comedy Tangled was nothing less than a dream come true. The subsequent books in her delightful, beloved series include Twisted, Tamed, and Tied. She is also the author of Sustained from her sexy new Legal Briefs series.

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Overruled 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
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LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Overruled is book 1 in The Legal Briefs series. I knew I had to try this series after seeing such good reviews for it. So when Audible had a 2 for 1 credit sale going on and these were on there, I grabbed them as fast as I could. While starting out in DC we head to a small town for a good chunk of the story, and I love novels that have that vibe. We start off meeting a young Stanton, about to go off to college, when he finds out his girlfriend Jenny is pregnant. They make an agreement that they'll have an open relationship but when he's in town they'll be together. We quickly see him in college and not getting many chances to be in their lives. Then we reach the present where Stanton is a DC defense attorney and charming a jury on a case he's handling with his coworker Sofia Santos. It's not all work and no play though, Sofia and Stanton have a friends with benefits arrangement. Then we get the drama mixed in, Stanton finds Jenny is getting married and he's very distraught. He does the only thing he can think of, hightails it back to his hometown to stop the wedding and win back his woman. But he knows he can't do it himself, he asks Sofia to come with him to help. I was wondering if he'd realize he was clinging to the past when really he had feelings for Sofia all along. Overruled is a steamy contemporary romance that made me actually like a lawyer main character. That's pretty much unheard of for me, I really don't like lawyer characters in stories, but knew I had to try this series out since I've enjoyed other books by Emma Chase. While a bit predictable at times, the story was quite entertaining with all the different things going on. If you're a fan of drama in your romance and some seriously steamy scenes, you'll love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Writing was 1st person and switched through the book. OK so that's fine. Sems to be the trend. But all the characters were idiots to settle and he was an idiot to think what he did was any way near ok. Book was also very expensive for a nook nook.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Overruled is the first installment in Emma Chase's adult contemporary romance series titled The Legal Briefs. Despite the title, this is not a law-centered story. There are characters in this book who are lawyers and a few use legal terms in jest while talking with each other about non-work related matters which added a bit of cleverness in my opinion. Also, Drew Evans, our favorite lawyer from Tangled makes a few cameos in person and by name! In Overruled, I loved how the story starts out with complex characters in interesting and heartfelt situations. But I quickly lost any respect or heartstrings I had for the hero Stanton Shaw. I personally didn't find him very likable. Despite that, I did enjoy this book overall. It was sexy, funny at times, and I really did want the characters to be happy. I could see how confusing the conflict in this story must be for them. If you have historically enjoyed Emma Chase, then be sure to consider this series. My favorite quote: “All the things we don’t say in front of children to preserve their innocence, the words we spell, the actions we hide so they don’t copy our bad habits. Like the way my father used to smoke behind the barn, out of view. But we could still smell it on him. They don’t listen to what we say—they look at how we say it, picking up on the undercurrent of emotion like a sixth sense. And they just know.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Legal Brief Series is anything but legal The only brief is the ones on the floor This is far from legal anything Very disappointing not what I was expecting Would never ever buy a book written by her again. I ordered all 3, after reading the first the others were returned without even opening the package If I could not have sent them back the entire package would have gone in the garbage along with the first one I threw away If you are looking for descript sex buy this if looking for legal matters dont waste your money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1638095 More than 1 year ago
I normally like Emma Chase's books but I'm halfway through this one and can't stand Stanton or Sophia. If Stanton is as clueless as he is in the book, I wouldn't want him to be my lawyer, much less be involved with him. and Sophia is completely unlikeable. She comes across as unsympathetic and completely out for herself. I accidently read Brent's story first and like the glimpses of Sophia in that book but seeing her real personality here leavesme completely cold and put off. I like Jenny waaaay more than I like Sophia and based on how Stanton is acting and how he has treated her for 10 years I'm not surprised she moved on. He is shallow, clueless, and a jerk. And regardless of the "arrangement" he and Jenny had it felt like he was cheating on her the whole time, especially since he is professing to still love her!
starznstripes24 More than 1 year ago
It kills me to give this only 2 stars because I love Emma and adored Tangled. It all comes down to characters for me. I really liked Stanton - and Jenny - and Presley (I wish there was a bit more of her), but I could find absolutely no love for Sofia. I just didn't find her a likable or relatable character - which made the book painful to read (for me) at times. I liked the story line and was thrilled to have Drew make an appearance. The book was written well and the sex scenes were nearly addictive, but it wasn't enough to hold my interest. Book read via XOXO After Dark’s Free Reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laughed...cried...and could not put it down. Best kind of reading!
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csingh More than 1 year ago
I've been looking forward to Emma Chase's new series for sometime. Her writing is witty, funny, and yet still has the emotional pull I'm always looking. I was hoping to fall in love with these new characters they way I did with those from her Tangled series and I did. And I've got to say this story really reminded me of "My Best Friend's Wedding," an iconic movie, but with a bunch of twists to make it a different story. I will admit to being torn about my feelings about Stanton and Sofia. I liked them for the most part but there were moments when I wanted to grab them by the shoulders and shake them because I didn't understand the logic behind their actions. For some successful hotshot lawyers they sure did a lot of thinking with their body parts as opposed to using logic when it came to making decisions about their personal lives. Of course I'm making them sound horrible and they weren't. They were just trying to figure out what it was they needed as opposed to wanted. It was very obvious from the beginning they gave off lots of sparks whenever they got close to one another. I was definitely fanning myself in some of the scenes the two of them were in together. I've got to say though, I understood Stanton's shock at what was happening at home. He'd always thought things would stay the same and when they didn't it took him a while to adjust to the new reality. I've also got to say how much I loved Stanton and Jenny's families. Stanton and Jenny both have crazy siblings, but it's clear that they love each other. And Jenny's Nana is just wonderful! She's kooky yet strong. I also loved Presley, Stanton and Jenny's daughter. She's seriously smart, adorable, and wise beyond her years. I loved seeing her and Stanton with each other. I also loved meeting Stanton's friends and there was a particular friend who made me squeal with happiness when he made an appearance. Emma Chase has written another great story. There are lots of laughs, emotions, and realizations that happen over the course of this book. It's fast paced story and the pages just flew by. I'm really looking forward to seeing Brent and Jake possibly finding their happily ever afters. I'm already looking forward to more shenanigans, laughter, and tears!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the next one!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent start 2 new series by Ms. Chase. Funny & sexy.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Soooooooo this book. If I'm honest, I didn't love it at first. I tried to go into it with an open mind, but I had a rough time with Stanton's character and the way he left his home, Jenna and their daughter. I mean, I got it. It's what she wanted for them, too. In fact, she pushed him to go. Regardless, something felt wrong about it. The open relationship? NOT my favorite thing. In time, however, I let it go. I realized there were better people out there for both Jenna and Stanton. That's not to say I didn't get frustrated with this book at times though.  The one person I was never unsure of was Sofia. I loved her from the start. I liked her backstory and how driven she was. Granted, I thought she was out of her mind messing with Stanton when she knew his heart belonged to someone else, but I also understood. She and Stanton had tons of chemistry and a very real connection, but I still thought she was playing with fire. More than anything, I just didn't want to see her get hurt, but I also knew that was inevitable. Stanton definitely grew on me in time. While admittedly I didn't appreciate his "have my cake and eat it too" attitude when it came to Jenna and Sofia, he was a good guy. Sure, he was flawed. Who isn't? But his heart was good and that's what mattered most. I liked how his character grew over the course of this book. By the end, I was totally on his side and singing his praises. I just had to stop trying to make him something else and enjoy him for what he was, if that makes sense. While this book begins in DC, which I love – even if I raised my eyebrows a couple times at the mention of places that don't really exist – the best parts of the books take place back in Stanton's home town of Sunshine, Mississippi. While I personally thought Sofia was out of her mind for agreeing to go with him, I applaud her for being a friend... even if she had to push her feelings aside to try to help him. Watching them grow closer together while in his small town home made me smile. Of course, it wasn't all fun and games. There was some angst, drama and communication issues, but that's life, right? I read most of this book in print, but did listen to a few chapters of the audiobook. I really liked both of the narrators. If I hadn't been so impatient to finish the story, I would've really enjoyed listening to the rest of it in audio format. Jason Carpenter and Charlotte Penfield did a great job bringing Stanton and Sofia to life. Whether you prefer to read it or have it read to you, Overruled is a great read – even if it did take a little time to grow on me.  Despite a rocky start, I damn near loved this book by the end. I loved how everything came together. I felt the feels. I even cried a few tears. We were introduced to some wonderful secondary characters and I'm definitely looking forward to them getting their own books. I'm already anxiously awaiting the second book in the series! 
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Overruled by Emma Chase is the first book in her new Legal Briefs series. A beautifully twisted tale of first love, friends, family, and overlooked opportunities. At first I was excited to read this book - Emma Chase is a go-to author for me. I enjoyed the snark of Drew and gang and wanted more. Then I started reading and I wasn't sure how to peg Stanton. The tale is told in dual POV's with flashbacks to Stanton's past with Jenny scattered throughout the story. He was charming but he was a bit of a manwhore. I mean, poor Jenny seemed to be left pining away in the country for the hot shot criminal defense attorney to find time to come home. But then I got past the surface of the story and realized that the meat of the story was in Stanton and Sofia's slow realization of their feelings. Of Stanton accepting that the path he thought was forged for him and Jenny is NOT the path he's meant to take. The journey of this realization is the meat of this amazingly juicy story. You'll laugh, you'll cry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great story. even a cameo appearance by Drew from Tangled series. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not love this book. But it was ok. Extremely far fetched concept and very predictable situations. I did enjoy the characters for the most part and there was some humor. That being said the book is not worth $7.99! Nowhere near the level of tangled
Mikki4ABookishEscape More than 1 year ago
4 fun, steamy, romantic, page-turning stars! In 2013, I fell in love with Emma Chase's writing style. It's been almost two years since I met Drew Evans and Katherine Brooks. They still hold a piece of my heart and I have reread the Tangled series a couple of times. When I heard that Emma Chase was writing a new series I was extremely happy. She writes sexy, fun and romantic novels that keep me glued to my seat from beginning to end!  Overruled is the first installment in Emma Chase's new Legal Briefs series. In this book, we follow defense attorney Stanton Shaw and his co-worker and ''best friend with benefits'' Sofia Santos. Stanton is a charmer. Even Sofia can't deny that their chemistry is intense. She never hoped for something more with him until Stanton receives a wedding invitation from his ex. Stanton has a life plan, but when Jenny, is ex-girlfriend, is putting a stop to his plan  he runs back to their hometown to make sure that everything goes his way. As days go by, Stanton tries to win back Jenny, but he gets in all kinds of trouble when he brings Sofia along for support. What happens next was not part of his plan. But Stanton soon learns that even the best plans have a way of changing in the most unexpected way. The Legal briefs series started off with a bang! Sofia and Stanton are two characters that will make you smile. Their POV's are extremely entertaining. Stanton was an irresistible jerk. I loved him one minute and hated him the next! There are some parts of the books that I just wanted to slap some sense into him! He made me laugh, he made me want to throw my ereader at the wall, but most of all he made me swoon! Gah!!! He was such a good dad, friend and boyfriend. Sofia was a doll!! I loved everything about her. She's confident, strong and determined. She's exactly what our irresistible jerk needed in his life! Sofia and Stanton have an incredible chemistry! I have to admit that I would have liked to read about their first encounter and see how this intense chemistry started. It was nice to see their relationship and friendship grow. Sofia was his best friend just like jenny was. I found a lot of similarities between these two ladies and I can see why Stanton fell for both of them. Once again, Emma Chase wrote a series that has phenomenal supporting characters! I loved Jenny, JD, Presley, Jake and Brent! They are such fun and lovable characters! They made this story a fantastic reading journey from beginning to end! Let's not forget my favorite part of the book .... Drew Evans is back!!!!! My favorite jerk is super awesome like always! LOL!!! Jake and Brent will be getting their own books. I loved the strong friendship that unites Sofia, Stanton, Jake and Brent. They are amazing people! I can't wait to read about the ladies that will steal Jake and Brent's heart!  I give Overruled, by Emma Chase, 4 fun, steamy, romantic, page-turning stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stanton is a true southern man with all of its charm. Loved the book amd didn't want to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this is my favorite Emma Chase book. I wanted to throttle Stanton at first but he redeemed himself. Men can be so blind. Loved the bantor. LOVED the scolding Presley gave her parents. AND loved Nana's wisdom. I just preordered the next two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
booknerd81 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fabulous I loved this book. I love anything Emma writes I find her books intelligent, funny and romantic. Emma always writes the best characters that are real and amazing. I get so wrapped up in the characters that I feel like they are real people who I want to be friends with. Pick this book up read it and then read all of her other books, if you haven't already.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
A new series by Emma Chase? Oh, yes please! Stanton Shaw is a successful defense attorney, and when I say successful I mean both in and out of the bedroom. He has a quick wit and southern charm that both juries and women find hard to refuse. He lives by strict rules and has a plan. The plan in interrupted when he gets a wedding invitation to his High School Sweetheart’s wedding…to someone who is not him. That is most definitely not the plan. So he begs his fellow lawyer Sofia to go with him to the wedding to try to help him to win back the woman he had thought would always be his. Will everything go according to Stanton’s plan? First off, Stanton is such a jerk, but in a loveable kind of way. The guy likes him woman and he’s not ashamed of it. I also think it’s kind of sweet that he always thought he would end up with Jenny. I mean, sweet in a very selfish way but still sweet. Stanton definitely has some Drew Evans qualities, so you get what I’m saying when I say that you will both love and hate him and then ultimately end up loving him. I thought that the small town setting was the best part of this book. The characters we meet in the middle of nowhere Mississippi are endearing and unforgettable. This book has Emma’s signature wit and is just a fun book to read all around. I cannot wait of the next book in this series. I gotta give this 5 stars! Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*