Title: Appealed

Author: Emma Chase

Series: The Legal Briefs #3

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: January 19th 2016 by Gallery Books

Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★

Chase, Emma Appealed

“It’s scary, I know. Giving someone that kind of power over you – accepting that your happiness will forever hinge on theirs. But it’s worth it.”


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.


4 of 5 stars to Appealed by Emma Chase


This was the book I kept putting off because of the prologue. I mentioned about hating prologues that are a snippet to a future event in the story because I hate getting spoiled. I especially hate it when the prologue is a sex scene. Was that supposed to entice the reader? Reading sex scenes before you know the characters is just boring. Also, prologues like this one serves no purpose other than preempting the reading experience.

My abhorrence to the prologue aside and after three attempts at getting over it, I finally finished the story which is actually quite enjoyable. It wasn’t anything special and I still like Jake’s book (Sustained, book two) better. However, I find myself adoring the hero and heroine. Brent Mason is funny. I love his easy-going nature yet he is so determined. Courting Kennedy Randolph wasn’t easy but he made it fun and worthwhile. Kennedy is a hardened woman, twice scorned by love that she never allowed herself to love again. I admire her strength but more importantly, I admire her for being able to accept her faults at the same time.

***cover art: 2/5 stars.***