Dirty Talker

As a DC defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing – with his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes – he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart and mother of his beloved ten-year old daughter. Jenny is getting married — to someone who isn’t him.

That’s definitely not part of the plan.

Sofia Santos is a city raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her “friend with mind-blowing benefits” begs for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him – to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi – to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves.

Her head tells her she’s crazy…and her heart says something else entirely.

What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.


★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★

Emma Chase does it again! I loved this book and I am already gagging for the next 2 in this series

which focuses on 3 defence attorneys, Stanton, Jake & Brent. Overruled is Stanton’s story.

Stanton Shaw is a southern boy from Sunshine, Mississippi who is working in DC as a lawyer to make a good life for his girls, high school sweetheart Jenny and his daughter, Presley.

At Jenny’s insistence, Stanton left them behind to pursue his career goals, and for 10 years they have had an arrangement that allows them to see other people, but when they are together they revert back to the friends and lovers that they always have been.

When Jenny drops the bombshell that she is getting married, Stanton is thrown off course and when his insists on going back home to claim his girl, he takes his co-worker, friend and current lover, Sofia with him.

“That girl’s as stubborn as a whole pack of mules. You can help keep me calm – focused – just like we do in court.”

Sofia is a striking Brazilian beauty, who Stanton is in awe of both inside and outside the courtroom and when she agrees to help him she is obviously deluding herself if she thinks that she isn’t going to get hurt in the process. She is a tough and independent woman, but even the strongest of women can’t keep the walls up for long when a sexy southern charmer infiltrates her defences.

When Stanton and Sofia come together, they are a scorching inferno of lust and longing and holy shit, it was HOT!

I am a massive fan of the slow burn, where the hero is blind to the fact that he is in love. I adore watching it unfold, and if I’m honest this one hurt a bit, it was painful to see him blind for his love for Sofia and continue to try and win back the woman who he grew up with and with whom he shares a child with.

So many times, I wanted to punch him in the nuts. But saying that, all three of the characters were very likeable, even Jenny who you want to dislike but can’t.

Emma Chase writes the male POV really well, and adds just the right amount of wit to balance out the angst. My only complaint was the ending! It felt rushed and maybe I’m being greedy but I wanted a bit more of Stanton & Sofia as a couple. Overall though, it was a solid read and I enjoyed every minute.

This is a standalone read, told in dual POV.
The series continues with Jake’s story in Sustained and Brent’s story in Appealed.

ARC gratefully received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

About the Author


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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