Review: Appealed (The Legal Briefs #3) 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 Christian Louboutins.

Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.

And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell.

She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore – she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.

But things aren’t exactly working out that way.

Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.

APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.


Emma Chase never lets me down. Of course, I think Sustained was her best book yet, but that doesn’t mean that this one didn’t make me laugh like a lunatic, cry like a baby, and fall in love with yet another crazy man.

“No, what’s presumptuous is thinking you can walk over here, ogle my tits and ass, and assume I won’t call you on it.” I guess I wasn’t as discreet as I thought.

Yes, Brent is an idiot, but such a lovely, sexy, idiot! He’s restless, he can’t help but say whatever comes to his mind, and that sets up for really hilarious outcomes. He’s the ultimate charmer, though, and even with a prosthetic leg, ladies line up for him. But he’s never been interested in committing to one woman. He wanted to commit once, in high school, to his childhood best friend, Kennedy. Now after 15 years they meet again, on the opposite sides of a courtroom.

“What’d you do to your face?” she asks, folding her arms.
I touch my chin. “I grew a beard.”
“Well ungrow it. It looks like a vagina from a 1970’s porn film.”

Kennedy isn’t exactly all heart eyes over Brent right now, though. She was timid and kind of anti-social in high school, and she’d been bullyed through it all. The worst thing was that her best friend never seemed to care (he was kind of oblivious to it all, there were some misunderstanding). She’s been guarded with men ever since, and so Brent really has to outdo himself if he wants to win her over, and he wants that so badly.

“How’s it going, Dave?” He looks a little confused. “Uh… fine, thanks.” “Good.” Then I scoop Kennedy up into my arms, and I run. The element of surprise is on our side.

I love childhood friends to lover story, and I love second chances story, so this was perfect. I loved seeing Brent and Kennedy fighting each other in the courtroom and then melting in each other’s arms. They both had to face their fears, and conquer them in order to be together, and I think it was beautiful.

This beautiful, sweet, strong girl in my arms. She got to me forever ago – under my skin, into my heart – and she’s been there, waiting, ever since.

I adored seeing the whole gang again! Stanton and Sofia, Jake and Chelsea, and the McQuaids (I love those kids with all my heart). Not to talk about that extended epilogue, you guys have no idea how much I cried. Now starts the waiting for Emma Chase’s next work.



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