Review: Twisted (Tangled #2) by Emma Chase

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Review: Twisted (Tangled #2) by Emma ChaseTitle: Twisted
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Tangled #2
Published by Gallery Books
Release Date March 25, 2014
Genres: Erotic Romance, New Adult Romance
Pages: 272
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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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Excerpt

I close my eyes and let his words wash over me.  Drew has an amazing voice. Calm and soothing – but devilishly seductive at the same time.  He totally could’ve gone into radio.
I press another button.

And this time his tone is teasing.  “Kaate, you’re late. . Tell Delores to pick out her own god damn shoes. You’ve got a boyfriend who’s  sitting in a big, frothy Jacuzzi all by his lonesome. Come home, sweetheart. I’m here waiting for you.”

If only that was true today.

There’s more – some are quick and to the point, some are downright dirty.  And I listen to every single one.  He doesn’t say ‘I love you’ in any of them – but he doesn’t have to.  I hear it in every word. Every time he says my name.

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My Review:

Drew Evans doesn’t burn bridges, he sets dynamite to them. Decimating the bridge, the mountains it connects, and any other living thing unlucky enough to be within a fifty-mile radius.

            Drew never does anything halfway. Why should destroying me be any different?

Going into this book on the heels of just having finished Tangled, I was expecting another sexy treat, full of humor and Drew’isms. What I expected and what I received, however, were two completely different results. Before I began, I thought how lovely it would be to hear the entire story from Kate’s POV. There were many moments in Tangled where I thought to myself, I wonder what Kate was thinking and feeling in these moments. Not only was this book completely in Kate’s POV, but it takes place two years after Tangled ended. From the beginning you can kind of guess where this is headed, but you have no clue the road you will travel along the way! In my wildest dreams, I never would have thought this story would reach the depths it did; the emotions and reactions it achieved. The resulting outcome? I was obliterated, gutted, and slowly but surely put back together again.

You know that saying, “It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?”

That’s a crock. Whoever said it didn’t know a fucking thing about love. Ignorance is better; it’s painless.

Under normal circumstances one of my biggest pet peeves in books is when the couple separates due to miscommunication over what one or both ‘think’ happened. But Twisted and Chase weren’t normal circumstances; they were exceptions to the rule. Why is that you ask? Because what we experienced through Kate’s eyes was absolutely necessary; it was critical to the storyline. Though the angst was at an all-time high, it was something that had to be done. Because reward without sacrifice can never be fully enjoyed; it must be earned. And though Chase makes you work for it, in the end I am confident you will come to the same joyful conclusion that I did; Chase is a puppeteer and I never want to cut the strings.

“But you came…for me. Why?”

            “Because I can’t live without you, Kate. I don’t even know how to try.”

I am sure that right now most of this isn’t making a whole lot of sense. But it is difficult to talk about many aspects of the story without ruining it. That is how well the story was written; it weaves together flawlessly and without seams. Thought I could have never imagined it, this was the perfect direction for Chase to take the story. Just be warned: while it is VERY different from Tangled, and mostly about Kate, we are privy to her inner musings, and just like Drew, it’s a wonderful place to be. Kate thinks the same things that most women do, she just isn’t afraid to say them out loud. She is a strong, independent woman, but even the sturdiest of women can only take so much. Kate reaches her breaking point, albeit under false pretenses, and what results is pure literary wonderment. This is a couple who doesn’t do anything halfhearted, be it fighting, loving, screwing, or working. That translates into this book well, and kept me up well past my bedtime. I am in love with these characters, in love with the author, and I cannot wait for the next installment!

“So…you’re going to prove you’re never going to leave me…by leaving me?”

            “No. I’m going to prove I’ll never leave you…by coming back to you.”

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My Review

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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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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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 (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? :-)