• Sustained

  • Legal Briefs, Book 2
  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,219 ratings)

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Sustained

By: Emma Chase
Narrated by: Sebastian York
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Publisher's Summary

Emma Chase, New York Times best-selling author of the Tangled series, returns with the second installment of the Legal Briefs series!

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you're a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating - and that suits me just fine. In fact it's necessary when I'm breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don't work for me - I'm a "need to know" type of man. If you're my client, tell me the basic facts. If you're my date, stick to what will get you off. I'm not a therapist or Prince Charming - and I don't pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I'm going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, and the emergency room and am knee deep in a damn compost pit.

Chelsea's too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she's not. She needs someone to help her and defend her - and the kids.

And that - that I know how to do.

©2015 Emma Chase (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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Sexy, tender, funny...this book has it all!

STORY (Romance) - First of all, if you're offended by cursing, stop here. Jake, the male lead, has potty mouth extraordinaire. It's like F this, F that and on and on. I'm fine with it, but it will definitely be a turnoff to many.

If you're okay with the language, then you'll probably LOVE this book. Jake is a sexy bad-boy attorney who only uses women for sex. Chelsea is a grad student whose brother recently died, leaving her with six kids to take care of. It's actually believable the way Jake and Chelsea meet and begin their relationship and even the way Jake is won over by the kids. He's hot and sexy and you will love him! But the best part of the book is the humor. There's one part where Chelsea is sick and Jake is changing a diaper...I listened to it like five times. It's priceless!

PERFORMANCE - Sebastian York has a very low, sexy voice. It's the perfect voice for Jake and perfect for us ladies to listen to!

OVERALL - There's no violence in the book, but there is lots and lots of cussing. There are probably three or four explicit sex scenes, and they are pretty long. I'd guess 30 minutes of sex in the entire story. I'd recommend this book for any female who is okay with cursing and explicit sex. I'll definitely be getting the other books in this series.

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Emma Chase Has Her Groove Back!

I was seriously not a fan of Overruled. The story and main characters of that book just were not my cup of tea. But in Emma I Trust. Thought I would give this series one more chance and I am so glad I did! I loved both Jake and Chelsea, oh and their brood! I fell in love with Jake, then wanted to slap him, but then fell in love with him all over again. Chelsea was a strong, caring, loving, selfless and spunky character. She was presented in such a way that drew you into really rooting for her (as well as the kid's) happily ever after. This story was well thought out and entertaining too! I loved how there was just the right amount of humor, sex and angst and how the characters were redeemable. And what can you say about Sebastian York...it's Sebastian York! He always does a fabulous job! I am so happy (& relieved) to be able to give this book 4+ Stars!

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Funny Story. Fantastic Narration

THIS is how you write romantic comedy. THIS. THIS. THIS.
I loved this book. I think Ms. Chase is brilliant. She writes from the male lense SO well. I'm not a guy so I can only say she gives her male characters the kind of internal dialogue I would like to think all men have. And somehow, she manages to make us laugh even when there are some heavy things going on in the story.

This is book 2 in the Legal Briefs story and it is the best of the series.
The characters from book 1 and the upcoming book 3 both feature prominently in this story. I love the ensemble cast and it makes you feel like you're still getting continuation of their stories (or in Brent's case--a preview) and learning new things about them. Sofia and Stanton continue to be awesome!

While this story will make you laugh out loud, there are some moments that will make you want to weep, scream and hit something...and then laugh all over again.

If you read Ms. Chase's work before then you will know that there are often delightful, clever and sometimes mischevous children in her stories. This one is no exception and it just makes the story a smorgasbord of emotions. You get everything from this story: It's sexy as hell, laugh out loud funny, full of drama and will also break your heart a little.

Sebastian York's narration...is just AMAZING! His voice is delicious! As always, he does a great job!

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3.5 star story. 10 Star Narration

This was a pretty decent story. It wasn't all about the sex. There was actually more story and less sex than Emma Chase's normal books. Pleasantly surprised.

I really liked Jake, he was awesome, very funny at times and a strong defense attorney with the perfect amount of arrogance. Got himself humbled a little bit by our heroine Chloe and her 6 nieces and nephews.

Chloe was a bit underdeveloped or underwhelming in my opinion. Didn't get to really know her character all that much except she took over guardianship of her brothers children after his death. Which yes, in itself is a feat. But honestly other than that there was not much about her. The chemistry between the two is okay nothing fantastic or amazing. The sex was hot and steamy of course. But the bonus is it was NOT CONSTANT. YAY.

This book is written in the first person from the male POV which is always a great change than from the female POV as females tend to ramble on about BS and men get right to the point. LOL

I really enjoyed all the kids they were pretty cool not bratty or punks. Nice treat again.

As for the narration, well if you don't like Sebastian York's voice something is wrong. LOL He has one of the sexiest voices ever! Wonderful 10 star narration!

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HILARIOUS

I enjoyed every side splitting moment of this story. After 'Overruled', it wasn't a question if I'd get the next one in the series. I really couldn't go wrong of course, especially with Sebastian York--enough said, right? On top of his luscious voice, the story was very sweet, sometimes heart wrenching, but overall I laughed out loud most of the time. Definitely credit worthy, and highly recommended if you're looking for a well written romantic comedy that draws you in with awesome characters you can't help but love!

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A brilliant read

What did you love best about Sustained?

Their relationship

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

I don't give out many 5/5 stars but this book is brilliant, Jake Becker is a hot, funny, alpha male who makes a fantastic romantic partner for Chelsea Mcquade and her large family, the story line is warm and compelling, the sex is hot and it's narrated by Sebastian York what more could you ever want in a book I cannot wait for the next installment, this is absolutely a must read.

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Absolute must read. Laughed.Out. LOUD.

Where does Sustained rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Almost didn't buy but one of the other reviewers mentioned the wit and humor. I took a chance and you should too! REALLY enjoyed this book. I haven't listened to the first book in the series but I will now. I am almost afraid it will be a let down after this wonderful one.

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LOVED IT!

The story was amazing ... The narrator, Sebastian York, is orgasmic! I can't wait to hear your next one!

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Sweet, Heart Warming, Hot & Laugh out loud funny!

I've listened to this entire series a couple times. Emma Chase is alway an auto purchase for me. This book is my favorite of the 3 in the Legal Briefs series and has one of my FAVORITE cast of characters. There are so many laugh out loud funny parts in this book! I can't say enough about Sebastian York's narration, we all know he does great Alpha male voices, but he is outstanding in this book.. Lost count at like 15 different narrated characters & 5 of them are kids! The relationship build between the main characters was well paced, not rushed or insta-love, but when it did happen it was hot!!! The story is told from Jakes point of view so while there isn't an insta-love you know from the beginning that he finds Chelsea attractive. The reader also gets Jake's take on all the kids and their antics, which is part of the hilarity!!! This is stand alone, but you do get to see characters from the 1st book in the series. Not a cliff hanger. ** this is totally a honest review in exchange for my paid for copy ;) 😉

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Emma and Sebastian have another hit!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I rarely write a review. Having said that let me say that I loved this book. Great story, great sex, great narrator. The book made me laugh out loud, not just giggle. Characters were well developed, kids were superb! When I think about the piano teacher and mommy play day I still LOL. Narrator did a great job with all the characters. Thanks for a great listen.

Which character – as performed by Sebastian York – was your favorite?

Reagan

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As I said earlier, episode about the piano teacher and mommy play day are laugh out loud.

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  • DJ (@drinkingdixy)
  • 08-28-15

I couldn't put it down! !!!

Another amazing addictive heartwarming story.
I loved every minute of this book. Emma Chase and Sebastian York are always a winning combination for me and I'm never left disappointed.
I loved it that much I'm currently listening to it again!! the voice of Sebastian York truly brings the characters to life right from the off.

You will not be disappointed if you purchase this book as this book has it all!!!!!!

happy listening!!!!!

xxxx

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  • Jana
  • 05-23-20

Could not stop reading

What a lovely book! The character - Jake, was just awesome. Perfectly built throughout the story. I shed a little tear but it was worth it. Love it!

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  • Susan Rogerson
  • 11-09-18

Excellent

This was a lovely book from start to finish and the narrator was as always brilliant.

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  • tracey
  • 05-30-17

Such a great story.

Would you listen to Sustained again? Why?

I have listened to Sustained over, when I need a pick me up this a go to listen. The story is poignant, there is sadness from the beginning but honestly, Jake has to be one of the best characters Emma Chase has written. loved it from beginning to end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jake is just so sexy and endearing, confused by how much he enjoys being around the kids and clinging to his 'man card'

Which character – as performed by Sebastian York – was your favourite?

Jake, just the best! Sebastian York is one of my favourite narrators, I look for stories he narrates knowing it will be a good one.

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  • Elisabeth
  • 02-12-16

Beautiful and heart warming story.

Emma Chase always creates incredibly dishy men with a great sense of humour. I loved this story as much as Stanton's, Sophia's and Brent's. Great narrator too.

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  • Rainedon
  • 12-07-15

This is a brilliant series

Really enjoyable series and the narrators have been perfect on each one. Now on to the next one with great anticipation

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  • Gwen Barber
  • 11-11-15

Great

Really enjoyed the story. Hope to read more from this author. Thank you for an interesting listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-18-19

surprisingly delightful

Didn't think I would enjoy as much as I did, and glad I took a chance. not too fluffy or syrupy sweet, enough realistic angst and emotion thrown in, but not over the top drama. Enjoyed the moments of humour, which were well delivered by the narrator - he really did a great job on all the voices, with no over acting that really grates. In fact, he grew on me as it progressed. Thought the whole 6 children would be just silly, and was surprised at how the author made that work and felt real.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 01-11-19

Awesomeness ❤️❤️❤️

Omg I thought the first one was fun and hilarious and sexy as hell but I was wrong ... so was this one.. and with these kids it’s so funny you just want more .. can’t wait for more .. so coooooolll .. loved it ..💕💋💕

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  • Mary A Bouma
  • 03-18-17

Loved It

Loved this book and the awesome audio narration. Sebastian York is just amazing, not to mention Emma Chase!