ARC Review: Overruled by Emma Chase

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ARC Review: Overruled by Emma Chase
Book Info

Released: April 28, 2015
Series: The Legal Briefs #1
Pages: 288

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“I just couldn’t deal.  That’s all I can say.” ~ Under the Covers

I just don’t understand!  Here goes another against popular belief review.  I wanted to like OVERRULED. So much.  I loved TANGLED and quite frankly I was ready to see another couple by author Emma Chase.  Stanton just didn’t hit the mark for me.

I mean, I’m all for a jerk hero.  I loved Drew from Tangled, I loved Andrew from Reasonable Doubt.  I have no aversion to jerks.  But Stanton goes beyond being a jerk into insensitive, self absorbed bastard territory.  I like my jerks to have a one track mind in the pursuit of their heroine, I guess.  Not to end up realizing they’ve been in love with someone at the end of the story.  Sorry, I just couldn’t find one thing about Stanton to like nor why these women would be all over him.  See?  I’m going against tide of most people that have read this book. :/

I don’t want to spoil the book.  Suffice it to say I started off wanting Stanton to get back with Jenny.  His high school sweetheart and the girl he got pregnant when they were nothing but teenagers.  As the book progresses, I see Stanton in another light, even Jenny in another light, and I can’t even muster the desire to see their problems coming to a happy ending.  Of course, you add in Sofia to the mix and things get even worst.

Let’s call things by their name.  Stanton is a cheater.  I don’t care about his arrangements, agreements or lack of paper commitments.  He’s living in another city, has a life away from the mother of his child, and his kid, and he’s banging every woman under the sun there.  Nowadays, that woman is exclusively Sofia.  Meanwhile, his arrangement is to go back home every so often, fuck around with Jenny too cuz that’s his family, and never speak of what happens in DC.  What the…. what?  The dude wants his cake AND eat it too.

How is Jenny ok with this?  How is Sofia ok with this?  Stanton I can’t even comment because he’s missing enough brain cells to understand what he’s even doing wrong.  I mean, no common sense I tell you on his part.  You know how we often refer to heroines as “too stupid to live”?  Well, he’s a TSTL hero!  I just couldn’t deal.  That’s all I can say.  I couldn’t deal with him, without wanting to stab him.  I couldn’t deal with Sofia or Jenny most of the time for not standing up for themselves (earlier) because they both deserved better.

I do want to continue this series.  The new characters introduced in this book have potential and I liked Stanton’s roommates.  I just hope they have more common sense than him!


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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.


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  1. Oh noes. I’m like you, I love Tangled and couldn’t wait to get Overruled. I have it on audio for review. I’m hoping I enjoy it more than you did. Maybe you’ll like the next book in the series. Sometimes a couple just doesn’t work for the reader. I’ve had that happen but went on to love other books in a series.

    1. Hope you like it more Jennifer, definitely a lot of people loved it. And I think I’m going to enjoy the next one which is why I am not giving up on the series. The writing I still enjoyed the characters here killed me. But I’m looking forward to the other guys getting books, and Stanton’s sister. 🙂

  2. Once a cheater, always a cheater. I was on the fence about this one and I generally love her books but once I read some reviews, not spending the money.

    I talked to another reviewer and she won’t read it either. 🙂

    I don’t like cheating in my books. Plus, I HATE hero/heroine that wants their cake and eat it too. I don’t have any respect for the characters at that point and its a DNF for me.

    Great review and I still love you!


    1. It was even worst than in his mind he wasn’t cheating because even though he expected high school sweetheart to be back home not seeing anyone else, it was ok for him to get some on the side. Like perfectly fine and not considered cheating in his mind. That’s what was worst to me.

  3. Crap. I hate cheating tropes and can’t even tell who’s the true love interest in this one. I loved Tangled and had high hopes for this book.

    Thanks for the warning, even though I’ve got the audiobook.

    1. I only realized who the love interest was from the blurb to be honest. But for a while you are sort of hoping that it’s the other person. Hope you enjoy the audiobook more than I enjoyed reading the story though!

  4. I LOVED Tangled, and I really enjoyed Reasonable Doubt…..This one, I listened to 5 chapters and I put it down, I wasn’t interested, and I thought it was b/c I’m a romance slump, buy maybe it just not that good after all. I’ll finish it…Eventually.

  5. I’m not a big fan of the jerk but will sometimes give it a try but i’m not for the cheating…like marika said once a cheater, always a cheater…

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