May 25, 2013

Spotlight: Tangled by Emma Chase

Tangled by Emma Chase

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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.

I don’t get the privilege of speaking with her until two, when she comes striding into my office—looking drop-dead gorgeous. Her hair is pinned up in what Alexandra would call a French twist. She’s wearing a black dress that flows out slightly at the knee, with matching high heels and a black blazer.
She puts a small stack of poster board on my desk, her charts and graphs shrunk down to notebook-size like we agreed. “Okay. You’re right. You should lead with Anderson. I’ll be second chair.”
She talks like nothing ever happened. Like she wasn’t quivering in my arms and setting me on fire with her hands in this very office just a few short hours ago. She’s all business. Completely unaffected. And it pisses me off.
Indifference is not exactly a reaction I’m used to from women. Frankly, it’s a little hard to take.
I feel my jaw clench as I tell her, “Good. That’s the best way to go.”
Now, if you haven’t guessed, I’m not the touchy-feely type. I’m not one to talk my feelings to death like some New Age, meditating freak of nature. But I expected something from her. Some acknowledgement of what happened last night—of the attraction that’s still pulling at both of us. I thought she would be the one to bring it up.
She’s a woman, after all.
When all I get is silence, I can’t help but push. “Kate, about last night—”
She cuts me off. “Last night was a mistake. It will not happen again.”
Do you know anything about child psychology? No? Well here’s a lesson for you. If you tell a kid they can’t do something, guess what’s the first thing they’re going to try and do the minute you’re not looking? Exactly.
Men are the same way. It’s so going to happen again. But she doesn’t need to know that at the moment.
She whispers, “Fine.”
Fine’s a funny word, don’t you think? I don’t think there’s another like it in the English language that says so much while actually saying so little. How many wives have told their husbands, “I’m fine,” when they really mean, “I want to cut your balls off with a butcher knife”? How many men have told their girlfriends, “You look fine,” when they really mean, “You need to go back to the gym and work out—a lot.” It’s the universal way of saying we’re just peachy—when we’re really anything but.
This book was effing amazing!  If I could give it more than a 5-star rating, I would.  I feel like lately I have been giving a lot of 5-star reviews, and it makes me feel a little nervous, because I don't want people to start thinking I just hand them out left and right.  Because I really like to reserve them for the books and authors that deserve it.  I want to reserve them for books like this that make me laugh, make me cry, make me want to read as fast as I can to get to the end, and then be utterly disappointed when I get to the last page and it's over. 

Tangled is told from the perspective of the male MC, Drew.  And he is hilarious!  He is the ultimate wealthy New York playboy whose philosophy has always been love 'em and leave 'em.  Or as he describes himself:
See that guy - black suit, devilishly handsome?  Yeah, the guy getting the blow job from the luscious redhead in the bathroom stall?  That's me.  The real me. MBF: Me Before Flu.
The "flu" he is referring to is the freight train that hits him once he realizes that he is in love with Kate, and that he has seriously messed up any chance he has at being with her.  He has never been in love, or in a relationship at all.  He seems to pride himself in moving from one girl to the other.
Here's a fact for you - once I'm done, I'm done.  I'm not the kind of guy who rides the same rollercoaster twice.  Once is enough, and then the thrill is gone and so is the interest.
Notice how Drew seems to be talking right to the reader in these quotes?  That's another thing I like about this book.  He is talking to you, so it makes it seem more real and intimate - like having a conversation with a friend.

Then Drew's life is irrevocably changed when he sees Kate for the first time.
She's magnificent - angelic - gorgeous.  Pick a word, any fucking word.  The bottom line is, for a moment, I forget how to breathe.
He bumps into her at a bar and she shoots him down.  Then, the next day at work he is blindsided when she is introduced as the new associate at his firm.  He quickly realizes that he is in quite the pickle.
She works here.  In my office, where I have sworn to never ... ever ... screw around.  Her warm, soft hand slides perfectly into mine, and two thoughts enter my head simultaneously.
The first is: God hates me.  The second is: I have been a naughty, naughty boy for most of my life, and this is my payback.  And you know what they say about payback, right?
Yep.  She's one hairy bitch.
(You'll notice that Drew has somewhat of a potty mouth and a very, ummm, unconventional way of phrasing stuff - which I love!)

Drew wants Kate like he has never wanted any other girl.  And also unlike every other girl he has ever wanted, she is actually making him work for it.  In fact, considering that she is engaged, you might could actually say that she is in fact *gasp* not interested!
"If we're going to work together, Drew, I think we should get a few things straight.  I'm not your sweetheart.  My name is Kate - Katherine.  Use it.  And I'm not a kiss-ass.  I don't have to be.  My work speaks for itself....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 smiles, and your bullshit for someone else.
Then on top of the sexual tension and frustration that Drew is experiencing directly because of Kate, they start going head to head over projects at work.  Kate is a certified ballbuster, and doesn't take it easy on him at all, which is definitely good for several lol moments.  She is a successful career woman, and she doesn't take no shit from him.  And she gives as good as she gets. Drew phrases his exasperation towards her in perfect Drew fashion.
It makes me want to kiss her and strangle her at the same time.  I've never been into S and M.  But I'm beginning to see its benefits.
Then shit starts to get real.  Their over the top competition at work hits a breaking point and they take out their frustration at each other in a very predictable (but totally fulfilling) way.
I've kissed hundreds of girls.  No - make that thousands.  I only remember a handful of them.  But this kiss?  This is one I won't forget any time soon.  She tastes ... Jesus, I've never done drugs, but I imagine this is what that first snort of cocaine feels like, that first shot of heroine.  Goddamn addictive.
It's just one kiss, but it rocks Drew's world.  He quickly finds that he can no longer take pleasure in the meaningless girls he humps and dumps.  None of them quite measure up ... to Kate.
I can't get Kate out of my mind.  I keep comparing Shot Girl to her, and the former, of course, comes up disappointingly short.  You think I'm a sleazeball for saying that?  Come on - are you going to tell me you never imagined that it was Brad Pitt sticking it to you instead of your beer-bellied husband?  That's what I thought.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, but there are just so many good quotes in this book that I want to use!  I'll just say this - Drew gets his chance with Kate, and then effs it up royally.  Then he goes about trying to get her back.  Utterly heartbreaking, devastating, sweet and perfect. 

I loved this book!  I can't say it enough.  It is now on my Favorites shelf.  I hope there's a sequel, because I can't wait.  And now I'll leave you with a few more quotes I loved.
Have you ever tried to take a picture of something really far away?  And you look through the lens and the whole scene is a blurry blob?  So you mess with the focus; you zoom in and out.  And then the camera whirls and seconds later - boom - instant clarity.
Everything snaps into place.
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.

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.

"You are driving me crazy!"
Her cheeks are flushed, her breathing's fast, and she's got murder in her eyes.
I raise my brows hopefully.  "Crazy?  Like you want to rip my shirt open again?"
"No, Crazy like the itch of a yeast infection that just won't go away."
I flinch.  Can't help it.  I mean - Christ.

Read this book!  You won't regret it! 

Author Bio:
By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small 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.

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  1. Yeah, this seems pretty amazing - added to Goodreads straight away! Thanks for the great review, I look forward to reading about Drew ;)


  2. I'm about ready to jump in my car and head to the Barnes and Noble right now. It sound like a great read.

    Thanks for sharing! I never would have found it otherwise...



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