Thursday, July 11, 2013

{ book review: tangled by emma chase }

Title: Tangled
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Tangled
Genre: Adult Romance
Length: 240 pages
Release Date: May 20, 2013
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.

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My Thoughts...

I just don't even have the words to describe how much I loved this book. The storyline isn't new- player/bad boy meets girl who won't take his shit and he falls in love, but Emma Chase takes the whole concept and turns it on it's ear.

Drew Evans' is a egotistical, chauvinistic and some what self-centered man. He likes woman but only once. And he's full of wisdom like this...

Let me repeat that in case you missed it:


If a guy tells you he doesn’t? Dump him, because he’s lying to you.

And then there's Katherine Brooks. Drew's kryptonite. She's smart, ambitious and not about to fall at Drew's feet.
Then I flip Kate the finger. Immature, I know, but apparently we’re now both functioning at the preschool level, so I’m guessing it’s okay. Kate sneers at me. Then she mouths, You wish. Well—she’s got me there, now doesn’t she?

What's so amazing? I love how it's told from Drew's point of view. The narrative is just like he's telling you what happened to him over drinks at your favorite bar. I've read books before from the male's side but never like this. Drew is honest about what he is and makes no apologies. He's crass, arrogant, sometimes disgusting and always humorous.

The book opens in the middle of the story and progress' in flashbacks until we are caught up to that point and then finishes out to the ending. I'm not typically a huge fan of this but it works for this story. You don't have to wonder if Drew has changed but are left wanting to know what happened to cause his "flu". Drew and Kate's goes through many changes throughout the book but she never let him get the best of her and he never gave up on her.

The supporting characters are outstanding in their own ways. We meet both Drew and Kate's best friends as well as Drew's family. I don't think there's a cuter 4 year-old than Drew's niece, Mackenzie.
She talks like you. It’s not every day you hear a four-year-old say Prince Charming is a douchebag who’s only holding Cinderella back.
That's my girl."
Once Drew realized he was in love with Kate it was game on.  When a player falls, he falls hard. Tangled is a wonderful lighthearted, funny story in an original point of view that kept me laughing the whole way through.  I am in awe that this was Emma Chase's debut and I'm looking forward to her future books. 

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About The Author...

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she toils away the hours bringing 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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