REVIEW: Sidebarred by Emma Chase

sidebarred-for-web-copyAuthor: Emma Chase
Series: The Legal Briefs #3.5
Release Date: April 24, 2016
Rating: 5/5
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
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Join Jake & Chelsea, Stanton & Sofia, Brent & Kennedy as they navigate the hilarious and heartwarming hurdles of love, life and the law in this final addition to the Legal Briefs Series.

There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless—in and out of the courtroom.

Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure—a family man.
And he’s pretty damn good at it.

Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay of jail, and keep his wife happy—but it finally feels like he’s got it together again….
So, of course something has to screw it all up.

It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.

And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.

I can’t even begin to tell you how MUCH I absolutely love this final addition to one of the series that’s dearest to me! I’ve read all of her 10 books and my love for each is still going strong! Actually, no—it just got stronger by each book. And I’m freaking ecstatic!

Jake Becker never thought he’d love his life now. His life before the McQuaids was simply… grey, colorless. Until the troop of six crazy, parent-less kids with their beautiful, kind-hearted aunt came along in his controlled life. And that changed everything. Now, it’s colorful—beyond colorful (because Chelsea’s now his wife) that he knew nothing could make him anymore happier. Until the day he was proven wrong again.

I’m crying happy tears, sighing joyfully, gratefully because there’s no way I could explain how stunningly beautiful this bonus novella has been. Sidebarred took me to the family-hood spin and boy what a spin! Jake and Chelsea are now parents to the six grown up kids that I loved so much as well. I got to see how freaking amazing they are as parents. And even greater as husband and wife. And how the keep their marriage strong. I mean, sure there had been a few misunderstandings but still it’s part of the journey they needed to overcome. And damn, they still go at it like the first time!! Not that I’m complaining because really, Emma could nail the most epic of steamy scenes! And even when this was just a novella, Emma still managed to make each character (including the kids and secondary characters from the previous books) bloom on their own while keeping their original attitude—crazy, wild, cute, so much fun, so very curious.

Sidebarred is everything I wanted it to be. Everything I wanted for Jake and Chelsea, Stanton and Sofia and Brent and Kennedy. Everything I wanted for the kids. Family, parenthood, marriage, friends, the jobs they love—everything’s in there and it was magnificent! Sidebarred is perfection at its best with the hottest, craziest, wildest, heartwarming, even the most emotional of scenes that are topped with Jake’s exceptional male POV. Emma did not left any single character out without their most-deserved HEAs. It’s the perfect treat for everyone who loves the series!

And if you’re like me who’s been a fan since Stanton and Sofia, in Sidebarred, you can now let go of the characters once you read this because you’re going to be content with how things turn out for everyone and it won’t left you wondering. Emma has covered all the bases. But it doesn’t mean I won’t want to read more about them because I still will, still do. What I’m saying though is—I’m now at peace because Sidebarred sealed the deal of all HEAs for me. It left me thankfully spent and blissfully content. You won’t be disappointed—not one bit!

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