Overruled by Emma Chase: Joint Review

Overruled by Emma Chase: Joint ReviewOverruled by Emma Chase
on April 28th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 288

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.

Alexis and Stacia say…

We both really wanted to love this story. Hell, we were so excited to start it.  Now, don’t get us wrong, we seriously enjoyed it. Emma Chase knows how to write one hell of a male POV but we both were a bit angry with the way that the story unraveled.

We both have been in a book slump for the last week and after putting down several books, we picked up Overruled, hoping to get over that slump. Needless to say, we inhaled this book within 24 hours.

In the beginning of the book, we get a glimpse of young love that faces a big obstacle. Stanton and his high school love Jenny (seriously this had us thinking of Forrest Gump and-it didn’t help that it took place in the south) becomes pregnant their senior year of high school. With admission to Columbia in the near future, Jenny makes Stanton go ahead with his dreams while she raises their daughter back in Mississippi.  As the reader, you know where this story is going to go…these two were is totally different places at the same time. But Stanton has always known that his end was with Jenny and their daughter. Flash forward ten years in the future, where Stanton is having a “friends with benefit” sort of relationship with Sofia, his co-counsel.  These two have some incredible chemistry and you can’t help but love them.  When Stanton finds out that Jenny is getting married, all hell breaks loose and all bets are off.  To win back Jenny, he asks Sofia to accompany him back to Mississippi to convince her to cancel her wedding.

Now…this is where we got upset. Yes, this is a work of fiction and we really shouldn’t be upset about fictional characters. But we were beyond upset with the way that Stanton treated Sofia. Honestly we aren’t sure why Sofia went along with the charades. She is the ultimate go-getter in the courtroom and is so self-assured.  But the way she let Stanton almost use her (though he didn’t realize that he was falling for ) was a bit upsetting to us. We expected more from these two characters.  Plus, she forgave him in the end way too soon. There should have definitely been more groveling on his part and we would have loved to see that– Sofia deserved at least that. This may just be our opinion and while we did enjoy the book, we just wanted more from Stanton.




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About Emma Chase

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.