Review: Tangled by Emma Chase (Tangled #1)
August 2 2013
Yummy Man – Drew Evans
Kick Ass Chick – Katherine Brooks
From Goodreads –
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?
I normally enjoy checking out what books show up on Goodreads’ annual reader awards lists. I found that often the readers of Goodreads have similar tastes to me so I also like to vote. That sort of changed last year when Fifty Shades Freed won for best romance book. I have not even read the book but I know that almost everyone that I know that read it did NOT agree with its victory. This year when I saw the nominations were up, I went to the site to check things out. When I got to the romance category, the category I would normally read the most, I only recognized one book. Yup. ONE! What the hell happened?! Am I seriously out of the loop or am I just not as in tuned to the readers of Goodreads as I once was?!
I found I had an available spot in my review schedule (how that happened, I’m not sure) so I thought maybe it would be a good idea to read one of the many books on Goodreads Best Romance list. I read the blurbs and I read what my friends had to say about each book and I decided on this one: Tangled by Emma Chase.
Honestly, there is nothing new about this book. The story has been done. The characters have been done. The quirks have been done and the ‘obstacle to the couple’s love’ has been done. “Okay then Julie,” I hear you all say, “why did you not rate this book lower then?” Well my friends, it’s because of this: The book is written in the first person from the hero’s point of view…and his voice was exceptional. A POV written like that, I had never seen done before.
The hero is Drew. When you first meet him, he strikes you as a bit of a douche. He’s very sure of himself and beds a different woman pretty much every night. But none of them have the delusion that more will come of things as Drew has no interest in an actual relationship. As I said, been done. But even though he’s nothing new so to speak, he is still a very likeable character. Watching him fall in love and watching it not only knock him sideways but also scare the poop out of him is a lot of fun.
When Emma writes Drew, she has him ask his audience questions. Things like “See that guy over there? That’s me.” It really draws you in, making you feel like you actually are a part of the story. She also has a no-nonsense tone to him that makes him really funny. I loved his honesty and his wit. Did I want to smack him sometimes? Of course! It’s part of his charm. But I loved witnessing his transformation and how he came to truly care for Kate.
Kate is a very good character and she is a perfect match for Drew. She is smart and ambitious and doesn’t fall for his expert charm. She sees through him and that is what Drew needs.
If you enjoy contemporary romance books I can’t see how you would not enjoy this one. Well, I suppose there would be one exception to that: if you don’t like Drew’s voice. What I would suggest is checking out Drew’s blog site. There he answers reader-sent topics and you get a really good idea of his voice. (You can also peek at the ‘giggle worthy quotes’ at the end of my review.) If you giggle at what Drew is saying and you like his ‘no bullshit’, ‘say it like it is with a smile’ tone, give the book a try. You will laugh a lot and really enjoy your time reading it.
Overall, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Tangled. I am not sure if I will read the next book as it will be told from Kate’s POV after she feels the need to separate herself from Drew for a bit. You see, I am not a fan of authors adding new tension to a contemporary romance couple who has already overcome obstacles to be together. Once they are together, I like them to stay together. I know that is not reality but I don’t want reality in my contemporary romance books. I want the fairy tale. But that is just me and my taste. Then again, if my friends read it and tell me it’s cute, I may just cave and do as they did. But I will for sure check out the third book, Tamed. That one will be told from Drew’s friend’s POV, Matthew. It should be lots of fun.
Giggle worthy quotes
“’What about you, Drew? I saw you leave with those twins. Were they real redheads?’ Jack asks me.
I feel the satisfied smile stretch over my lips. ‘Oh yeah. They were real.’ And then I go on to describe my wild Saturday night in vivid, delicious detail.
Okay, let’s just stop right now because I can see that judgmental look on your face. And I can hear your high-pitched disapproval too: What a jerk. He had sex with a girl – well, in this case, two girls – and now he’s telling his friends all about it. That’s sooo disrespectful.
First of all, if a chick wants me to respect her, she needs to act like someone worth respecting. Second, I’m not trying to be a dick; I’m just being a guy. And all guys talk to their friends about sex.
Let me repeat that in case you missed it:
ALL GUYS TALK TO THEIR FRIENDS ABOUT SEX.
If a guy tells you he doesn’t? Dump him, because he’s lying to you.”
“We ordered food a few hours ago and worked through dinner. I had pasta with chicken, while Kate preferred a turkey club with fries on the side. Much as I hate to admit it, I’m impressed. Obviously, she doesn’t subscribe to the ‘I can only eat salads in front of the opposite sex’ rule of thumb a lot of chicks swear by. Who gave women that idea? Like a guy’s going to say to his friend, ‘Dude, she was one fugly chick, but once I saw her chomping on that romaine, I just had to nail her.’
No man wants to fuck a skeleton – and nibbling on crackers and water like a prisoner of war at dinner isn’t attractive. It just makes us think about what a cranky bitch you’re going to be later on because you’re starving. If a guy’s into you? A cheeseburger deluxe is not going to scare him away. And if he’s not? Ingesting all the greens on Peter Cottontail’s farm isn’t going to change that, trust me.”
Books in the Tangled series –
Twisted (March 2014)
Tamed (May 2014)