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Review: Tangled by Emma Chase

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Tangled
    by: Emma Chase

Publication Date: May 20, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: purchased for Nook
Page Count: 252 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars


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.
                                                           -goodreads.com description

I will start off by saying that this book is not for everyone. This is narrated from the male POV and Drew? Well, he's something else. Personally? I flippin' LOVED Drew. His voice is hilarious, witty, and just pure douchebag male. I've always preferred hanging out with guys, so I'm used to the vulgarity, crudeness, and chauvinism.  I guess, as a female, I should be disgusted- and there were definitely times I wanted to throttle Drew for being a pig, but I'm just not one of those females who gets easily offended by those kinds of things. My friend, on the other hand, gets quite upset when he hears guys swearing and being perverted around us females. I try to explain to him that we don't care, but he is very respectful of females and gets really irritated during those times.

The book starts off during present day with Drew complaining about having the 'flu'. I couldn't help but laugh: Who has pizza boxes and beer cans littering their apartment if they have the flu? Poor Drew. He is suffering from a broken heart. Which is a first ever for him. Drew Evans doesn't do feelings. (At least not feelings of the heart!) And then Kate Brooks waltzes into his life and changes everything.

“Women fall in love quicker than men. Easier and more often. But when guys fall? We go down harder. And when things go bad? When it's not us who ends it? We don't get to walk away.
We crawl.”
  

Kate is smart, beautiful, and does not take shit. She also happens to be unavailable. Yet, a tiny little thing like that is not enough to deter Drew. He is used to getting what he wants and Kate Brooks is what he wants.

Drew, however, has his work cut out for him. Working under his father at their successful banking firm, Kate is the last person he thought his father would introduce as their new associate. Kate happens to be brilliant at her job and Drew knows it's game on. He's not about to let her come in and take over what's rightfully his. Let the pissing contest begin! These two are now constantly at each other's throats with Drew trying to solidify his Top Dog status and Kate trying to prove that she is capable of succeeding at this job. Kate makes it clear Drew will never get what he wants from her and Drew is insistent that she is going to crack under pressure. He knows dating a fellow co-worker is a big no-no and tries to justify it by saying since he technically met her before he knew they were working together makes it ok. Drew is quite a persistent guy. As I said- he doesn't like to lose. He wants Kate and he plans to have her. And he knows he has to play his cards just right.

The chemistry between these two is off the charts. It's incredibly sexy to watch them go from screaming and yelling at each other to trying to rip the other's clothes off. And when they do finally give in to one another- holy freaking hell. There's something even sexier about the fact that it's Drew doing the narrating. He doesn't hold back on his thoughts and yeah- it's hot.

So how does Drew end up with the 'flu'? Well, remember Kate was technically unavailable. She is engaged to her long time boyfriend, Billy, of 7 years. As soon as I read that, I was like "Oh girl. No, no, no, NO." And then when we meet Billy for the first time? Yeah, I didn't like him at all. Drew had already won me over at that point. Which is funny because Drew is a complete douche! Why anyone would root for him is beyond me! (Well played, Emma Chase- well played.) But Billy isn't the issue. Drew getting the flu is ALLLLLL Drew. He jumps to conclusions, makes assumptions, and talks out of his ass. Good job, buddy. Karma really is a bitch.

Hands down the best part of this book besides the super smexy romance? Drew not only narrates- he gives the readers advice. There are points where he'll stop his narrative and talk to the readers. And it's SO awesome.

"Newsflash, ladies: We can’t read your thoughts. And frankly, I’m not entirely sure I’d want to. The female mind is a scary place to be.”  

“The point is, when you ask, “What do you want for dinner?” we’re thinking about screwing you on the kitchen counter. When you’re telling us about the sappy film you watched with your girlfriends last week, we’re thinking about the porno we saw on cable last night. When you show us the designer shoes you bought on sale, we’re thinking how nice they would look on our shoulders.

I just thought you’d want to know. Don’t shoot the messenger”
  

There is one female Drew has a soft spot for. He adores his niece Mackenzie. He may refer to his sister as "The Bitch", but his niece is everything. She is adorable and really shows a tender side to Drew.

“Mackenzie raises her hand proudly. “I have a bagina.”
I smirk. “Yes, you do sweetheart. And someday, it’s gonna help you rule the world.”


However, that doesn't stop him from saying inappropriate things in front of her. That's ok though. His sister is not without a plan.

“Idiots annoy me.” Mackenzie holds up the jar again, and in goes another dollar. The jar? It was invented by my sister, who apparently thinks my language is too harsh for her offspring. It’s the Bad Word Jar. Every time someone—usually me—swears, they have to pay a dollar. At this rate, that thing is going to put Mackenzie through college.”  

Ok. In conclusion: This book is hilarious. Chase does not hold back with Drew and that really made this book a really entertaining read for me. Add in humor, romance, and enough sexual tension to make you melt- you've got yourself a great afternoon read!

This was our second Girls with Books read. Check out the other gals reviews to see their opinions on Drew:

CeCe @ Steaming Mug of Books
Trish @ Between the Lines
Sheri @ Tangled Up in Books
Wendy @ Book Scents
Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

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20 comments

  1. Awesome Review! I have always been a guy's girl too so this stuff doesn't offend me at all. Even though he was a dick, I loved him and thought he was hilarious. I laughed SO much in this book and I can't wait for her next one. I loved the male advice, so awesome this was written by a woman too because it is the best male POV I have read :-)

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    1. Thanks Chelsea! I can't wait for the next one either! And yes- I couldn't believe a woman wrote this! SO awesome!

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  2. Yay!! I'm like you it'll take quite a bit to offend me I think. And Drew wasn't one of those things that could. I'm so glad you liked this one too. Great review my dear! Can't wait to start the next book today :D

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    1. Thanks Sheri! Yeah, I know plenty of Drews, LOL.

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  3. Great review, I read this just this week but my review won't post until August. While I agree it is not for everyone I totally loved this and giggled so often I cried.

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    1. Thanks Kimba! I'm glad you liked it too! Can't wait to read your review when you post it!

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  4. Let the pissing contest begin. LOL! That is exactly what it was :-) I sometimes do get offended but Drew had me from page one with his wit and sarcasm. Loved him. Great review Jessica and thanks for the link in!

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    1. :D Thanks Trish! And no problem chica!

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  5. Hmm so this sounds all sorts of awesome. I think I'll just have to read it. I kinda love that its a guy pov. Always fun to switch it up. Great review.

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    1. Haha- it was a funny one. I really enjoyed it. After a bunch of angsty romances, this was perfect!

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  6. Great review! This one sounds good. I have two brothers and had a lot of guy friends in college so I don't think Drew will bother me too much. I guess I'll just have to read it to find out. :)

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    1. Thanks Kay! If you end up reading it, definitely tell me what you think!

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  7. This was such a great book. I really liked Drew's POV. This book reminded of Wallbanger if you've ever read that. Nice review!

    Annie :)

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    1. I haven't read Wallbanger yet! But I think it was on your blog where I first saw it? It's definitely on my TBR! Thanks for stopping by Annie! :D

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  8. Yeah, you know, now that I think about it, I hang out with guys quite a bit and have gotten used to their comments and such! Prob why I wasn't offended at all. Yeah he's a jerk but you come to love his jerk ass. Plus he's hilarious! =) Great review!

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    1. LOL! Absolutely! LOVED him! Thanks chica!

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  9. I loved Drew too! I totally agree that's he's not for everyone but I found him hysterical!

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. Yes! He cracked me up SO many times! His blunt humor reminded me a bit of Dante's and I loved the Collector.

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  10. Jessica! HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO MEEEEE? *wails* I've got to go and buy this now. I don't NEED it! But after reading your AWESOME review I WANT Tangled. You just try and drag me away from Amazon, if you dare. (Enter Puss in Boots. lol)

    Charlie xx

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    1. Hahaha! Charlie- you're so adorable! This is a really fun one. As long as you don't mind the crude, raunchy humor- it's a GREAT read! LOL.

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