Book Review : Tangled by Emma Chase

June 28, 2013 Book review 0 ★★★★

Need a laugh? Then my prescription is to settle down on a comfy couch and get tangled up in Tangled. A spicy, contemporary romance book that made me laugh like a hysterical hyena over and over.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review : Tangled by Emma ChaseTangled by Emma Chase
Series: Tangled #1
Published by Gallery on 20 May 2013
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious.  She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all.  Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel.  It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows.  As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

My Recap
Drew is the tart without a heart. He works hard and plays harder and with his winning ways life is pretty much perfect. Until Katherine enters his life (and his workplace) and shows him that maybe love is not just for suckers. And in the process teaches him two life lessons. One – he has a heart. And two – a broken heart sucks.

My Thoughts

I have to disclose this about Drew – he is a tool. A major one. A cocky, self absorbed, posturing peacock. That normally has me running in the opposite direction but he is a funny one and that made all the difference. Plus he is honest; there is no cheating or fooling anyone. He wants one thing and one thing only and when he is done, he is done. As he put it himself –

I’m not the kind of guy who rides the same rollercoaster twice. Once is enough, and then the thrill is gone and so is the interest’.

A statement like that is normally enough for me to wave bye bye to the character and the book. But Drew is irrepressible, a rogue, witty and sarcastic. Every page had me laughing out loud at his observations and male ego prancing and the insight to a complicated male mind.

The book is written in a conversation style, with Drew retelling the story of how he ended up like a lovesick puppy thrown on the couch unable to function. And yes a part of me loved how he got his comeuppance. Like they say payback is a bitch.

Katherine was a character I loved. She knew how to shoot Drew down. She knew how to play dirty and wasn’t beyond resorting to cheap playground tactics like kicking him on the shin during business meetings. Intelligent, determined and confident, I loved all her sneaky tactics to outplay Drew.

The sexual chemistry between them was sizzling. That’s all I’m going to say on that! I do have to warn though if you don’t like graphic descriptions or are a bit shy about the use of certain words, then you need to stay away.

Two things I disliked about this book though – I hated the way Drew thought money made him superior to others. Born with a silverspoon he had a tendency to think he could buy his way out of anything. I’m allergic to this thought process. And the other thing that annoyed me was the nun with the diddy-dee iddly-dee Irish accent. Give me a break!

Just to give you a clearer picture of the book. I read this with the Girls with Books group and out of the 7 of us. One decided not to read, one quit after 20% as it wasn’t for her and the remaining 5 of us loved it.

Final thought and who should read Tangled?
Reading back my review, it’s hard to see anything attractive about Drew. But there was! He is so much fun and I can see myself reading this book again which is not something I can say about many books that fall into this genre. If you enjoy witty, sarcastic dialogue and can handle stronger language and adult content, then go read Tangled. Especially if you need some laughter therapy in your life.


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