Review: Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase

Posted April 1, 2014 by bookstobreathe in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma ChaseTitle: Tangled
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Tangled #1
Published by Gallery Books
Release Date May 20, 2014
Genres: Erotic Romance, New Adult Romance
Pages: 256
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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.

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My Review:

“And I know women probably fall all over themselves to get your attention and one of your charming smiles, but that’s not going to happen with me. I don’t plan on being one of your groupies or a notch on your bedpost, so you can save your lines, your smile, and your bullshit for someone else.”

Don’t ask me to explain why it took me over a year to finally crack this book. I really can’t figure it out myself. Nervous apprehension maybe? It’s a daunting task jumping headfirst into a story that literally EVERYONE has raved about for so long. I felt like a kid on the first day of school; excited for the unknown, but nervous about meeting new people. Little did I know, I needn’t be worried at all. This book was a masterpiece, plain and simple. I can think of no better word to describe it. Well, maybe I can. Ingenious, hilarious, original, swoony, ground-breaking, and so many more adjectives and descriptions, that the list just never ends. To put it in plain English, this book was all that and a bag of chips!

But as I stare at Kate’s face, one hand holding her waist, the other moving through her hair, I don’t want to run. I don’t even want to look away. And I don’t ever want to let go.

I love books that give you a glimpse at the beginning of what the final result is going to be. By allowing that insight, as the reader you are able to analyze and take the journey along with the character to see what got them to that point. In some books this may cause delicious anxiety, but as this was a much more light-hearted story, I was just along for the ride. And let me tell you, I enjoyed every single second of it. One of the things that made this story so unique is that it was told completely in the male’s POV. I don’t think I have ever read a book where that was done. Not to say there aren’t those out there that do the same, just not any that I have ever read. So not only are we privy to his inner viewings of the world and things around him, but as a female, we are given a viewpoint we never otherwise would have know. And to live inside Drew Evan’s head is a thing of wonderment.

To watch him as he fell from his self-appointed pedestal down to the ranks of commoners like the rest of us was both exhilarating and humbling. Here was a man who only thought he knew what it took to make himself happy, and when he discovered evidence to the contrary, what ensued can only be described as thrilling. Thrilling to read, thrilling to watch, and thrilling to experience alongside him. Chase doesn’t just tell a story; she takes us on a journey. One filled with laughter, competitiveness, lust, and out of control emotions. One ride, in fact, that I never wanted to end.

The picture is as clear as crystal.

            That’s what it’s like for me-right now-looking at Kate.

Suddenly, it’s all so obvious. So frigging clear.

            I’m in love with her. Totally. Helplessly. Pathetically.

            In love.

            Kate owns me. Body and soul.

To love Drew, you had to also love his counterpart, Kate. One without the other simply wouldn’t do. Yin to his yang, carrot to his pea, mash to his potato; well, you get the point. Chase wrote such strong characters in these two, yet we also got to see their insecurities. To witness this perfect balance was a thing of beauty that not many authors can achieve. She did it with grace, she did it with passion, and she did it with honesty. Through all his walls and fronts, Drew was an honest character. He believed what he knew, and when he knew what he wanted, he went after it. The resulting collision was a literary foreplay chapters in the making, and I was fully sated when it was all said and done. I cannot remember the last time a book made me laugh this hard. Needless to say, it’s been quite a while. To achieve humor that coincided with heart was the proverbial nail in the coffin. Chase has a fan in me for ever more.

“I want you tonight, and I’ll want you tomorrow and the next day. And ten thousand days after that. Didn’t you get the memo in the sky?” 

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What does Drew Evans have to say next? Find out in this forty page short story, filled with his sexy charm, unique advice and hilarious one-liners.

Marriage: the final frontier. Steven went first. He was kind of our test subject. Like those monkeys that NASA sent off into space in the fifties, all the while knowing they’d never make it back.

And now another poor rocket is ready to launch.

But this isn’t just any posh New York wedding. You’ve seen my friends, you’ve met our families, you know you’re in for a treat. Everyone wants their wedding to be memorable. This one’s going to be un-frigging-forgettable.

Holy Frigging Matrimony takes place about a year after Tangled’s end and is from Drew’s POV.

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There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself – and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice, the most important of my life. Drew already made his –in fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville. Alone. Well, sort of alone….

What I’ve come to realize is that old habits die hard and sometimes you have to go back to where you began, before you can move ahead.

TWISTED picks up two years after Tangled’s end, and is told from Kate’s POV.

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 (Coming July 15, 2014)

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: girl meets player, they fall in love, player changes his ways.

It’s a good story. But it’s not our story. Ours is a lot more colorful.

When I met Dee I knew right away that she was special. When she met me, she thought I was anything but special–I was exactly like every other guy who’d screwed her over and let her down. It took some time to convince her otherwise, but turns out I can make a convincing argument when sex is at stake.

You might know where this story’s headed. But the best part isn’t where we ended up.

It’s how we got there.

TAMED goes back in time to the Tangled days. But this time around, it’s not Drew dishing out the advice and opinions – it’s his best friend Matthew, who of course is dealing with Dee Dee.

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About Emma Chase

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.

So, what did you think? :-)