I was so excited to read Appealed by Emma Chase! After seeing Brent previously in this series I just loved him and couldn't wait to get to know him better! Appealed is a standalone, though it is the third book in the Legal Briefs series. Each of the stories are interconnected and a few things might be spoiled, but they are very easily read as standalones. I have to say that Appealed is my favorite of the series though! Loved it and couldn't put it down.
Brent Mason and Kennedy Randolph have a history. At one point they were best friends, until everything changed. Now they haven't seen each other in 14 years, and they are no longer even close to friends. Brent doesn't like to lose in court and out, and he has set his sights on Kennedy. But Kennedy doesn't lose either and has no intention or allowing him anywhere close to her. Out for revenge, things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out that Kennedy is the prosecutor on one of his cases. But the passion between them is undeniable, and soon they both find themselves with feelings that never went away.
I really loved Brent! He was so much fun and I loved his attitude. He had lost his leg as a child, and yet it never slowed him down. He was determined to live life to the fullest and didn't let it get in his way. He was sexy and confident, and one of those guys with so much charm you can't help but fall for him. Even when he did things that would drive me nuts, I couldn't help but love him. Kennedy was smart and driven and had also been through a lot. She had been bullied when she was younger and had some bad things happen that had her feeling insecure at times and unable to trust anyone. I really felt for her, even if there were times that she came off as bitchy. It was clear that she was just trying to protect herself, and I really liked her with Brent. Once she started to let him in a little and see where things could go, it was very easy to like her and I could see how perfect they were for one another. The heat between these two was very strong, and I loved their chemistry.
Overall, this book was so good and I had such a good time reading it! I loved the witty banter between Brent and Kennedy, and seeing them go toe-to-toe in the courtroom was the best sort of foreplay. They had such a spark between them that I just knew things would be explosive once they finally gave in and went for it. Appealed had everything I look for in a great story. It is very rare to find such a well balanced story, but Emma Chase has done it here! Appealed is funny and sexy, charming and emotional, and I think that no matter what genre you read is one that readers will enjoy. Emma Chase is a great writer and you can't go wrong with anything she has written. I can't wait to read more from her in the future and see what she comes up with next.
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