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Series: Tangled #1
Category/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: 5/20/13
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.
Let me just go ahead and warn you, this will be a completely ridiculous and fun (for me) review. I'm kind of a ridiculous person anyway, and this book just brought it out in me even more. I don't do "scholarly" reviews, but I'm guessing you've already figured this out, amirite? I write FEELINGS reviews, and Tangled gave me a lot of FEELINGS.
My feelings for Tangled include, but are not limited to: happiness, pure joy, lust, shock, awe, lust, outrage, pity, lust, enlightenment....
Speaking of enlightenment, Tangled taught me a lot. The story has a unique narrative. The fourth wall is down, and Drew is directly speaking to the reader, making asides as he tells the story of falling in and earning love. I mentioned to some friends that Tangled made me feel powerful, like I had been given a handbook to the male mind. I really like men. I like to know how the really think and feel. I have a guy sense of humor, so any book that gives me that is a treat. So back to enlightenment, Tangled offered some nice gems. Such as:
- Men really do think about sex as much as you
thoughthoped they do. That's right, I said hoped. I've been with the same man since 1997, sixteen years, and after all this time, this is reassuring and hilarious to me. This knowledge makes me feel powerful.
"Men pretty much have sex on the brain twenty-four-seven. The exact figure is like every 5.2 seconds or some shit like that.
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 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.
It's a curse, really."
- Older sisters are the best. Drew's older sister Alexandra was hilarious and scary, maybe my favorite character in the book. Alexandra will rage on Drew and call him out for his stupid man ways. Her husband, Drew, and their friends don't dare cross Alex, but they love her fiercely. She will be the first to call Drew out for being an idiot, but also the first to have his back. Did I mention her title?
It's The Bitch. Otherwise know as my sister, Alexandra.
When I say the word bitch I mean it in the most affectionate way possible, I swear. But it's what she is. Demanding, opinionated, relentless."
- Ladies, men are on to us. Yep, they know that we talk about them, in and out of the bedroom. When I read this, I immediately asked my husband if this is true. I mean, I talk about him with my BFF to his face, but I was curious if all men knew this. Apparently, they're not as oblivious about some things as we'd thought.
"--I've heard my sister and her little friends have their chats too. Some of the things that came out of their mouths could've made Larry fcking Flynt blush. So don't act like women don't talk just as much as us guys do..."
- Men love your body and they want you to love it too. They want to see you, and they want you to embrace being seen. When you are comfortable in your skin, there is nothing sexier to a man. I already knew this, but it's nice to have it reaffirmed. It is an amazing and powerful thought.
- Smart men have a healthy and respectful fear of women.
- Smart men also know who really holds the power.
- Any man, even the most revered of bachelors, is capable of falling in love. That's not to say that any woman will do-- only the right one. But when he does finally fall, he falls hard. Forever.
I'd do anything for her.
I want her near me, with me. All the time.
- Men screw up sometimes. They do. It's inevitable, and besides the point. What's important is that when he does make a huge jackass of himself, the man that is worth your love will do anything to prove his love and make things right.
"...sometimes a guy can't become a man until he's met the right woman."
So you see, reading can be fun and informative. Use this knowledge!
Tangled was such a great experience for me. I started chuckling on the first page, and the story only got better and better from there. Drew was a hot mess. Sexy. Intelligent. Arrogant. Ridiculous. Honest. It was an absolute joy to watch this man fall in love. Kate was amazing, too. She was also intelligent, but also sexy, strong, willful. She stood toe-to-toe with Drew each step of the way. He didn't seduce her against her will, she chose him. And that, to me, is the sexiest part of their relationship. The entire story had me hooked, and wow, was that climax (literal and figurative) EPIC.
Just like the characters themselves, Tangled was Sexy, Intelligent, Charming, and Witty. I cannot wait for more of Drew and Kate, and author Emma Chase.
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