Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Welcome to my stop on the Twisted Blog Tour! My post includes a review and excerpt. Thanks for stopping by!  

Twisted (Tangled, #2)Series: Tangled #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 3/25/14
Format: eARC

Pages: 272
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 stars

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.

I am writing this review from my local hospital's stress unit.

Seriously. I think I've had an aneurysm, or a bit of a mental break. I do know that I had several heart attacks while reading Twisted.

Why? Where do I start.

First of all, let me say that I adore this book and series tremendously. Few men can pull off asshole and adorable like Drew Evans. Few women can stand as every bit of Drew's equal like Kate Brooks. The series is flat-out hilarious, with an excellent dose of filthy deeds and dirty talk thrown in.

But the reason I am so freaking stressed over Twisted is: I'm not sure when a book last affected me in every way like this one has. To review Twisted based on the plot is going to be really hard; we're talking about Spoiler City here with everything beyond the 20% mark. EVERYTHING. The signs were coming from the beginning, I quickly caught on to what was about to happen which is no mental feat really, Kate was strongly laying on the hints. So with my hands tied as far as plot goes, I will focus elsewhere.

I loved Drew as a narrator in Tangled. I worried about reading this through Kate's point of view because how can she compare to they lovable ass? But Kate was great. Chase used the same narrative style with Kate. She speaks directly to the reader, the fourth wall is down. Some might find her voice to be too similar to Drew's, but I choose to think that they are similar people and that it fits.

Twisted had some fantastically hilarious moments. It wasn't as funny throughout as Tangled, it honestly was a much more serious and sometimes soul-destroying story. But the funny moments? They delivered so hard that at one point I laughed so hard I cried and forced my husband to stop what he was doing until I finished cackle-snorting. You put Drew, Dee, The Bitch, Matthew and Mackenzie in a room together and it's bound to happen.

I know I keep eluding to Things about Twisted that threatened to crush my heart. I believe at one point I told my husband that I would be right back, that I was going outside to put my kindle in the driveway and run it over approximately fifteen times. Then I was going to use two hammers to bust my iPhone because Twisted was loaded there too. And then I was going to break his iPad just for being in the same room. At that point he cowered in his chair then quickly left the room.

I know what I just said might seem like a deterrent, but I swear it's not. You just need to be PREPARED to read Twisted. I suggest liquor- strong- and removal of any sharp objects within reach.

For all my epic whinging about Twisted and the emotional trauma I faced, I want to say that bless her heart, Emma Chase made this book work. The direction the story took was extremely frustrating, but brave. And honestly, anyone who can create characters I care so much about and inspire the amount of emotions I felt is an author I will always read and whole-heartedly recommend.

My one criticism of Twisted is that I do struggle when miscommunication or a complete lack thereof drives the plot. Nooooo, I can't explain why because of spoilers, and perhaps it's just a personal issue. But it's frustrating for me when one clear conversation can fix everything, and no one has it. But I also acknowledge that without that, we wouldn't have a story that brought out all the feelings.

About the ending. It was perfect, perfect, perfect. I was thrilled with how Twisted wrapped up. It had me smiling, laughing, signing and crying (happy tears!) into my pillow.

So I say: if you loved Tangled, you will likely feel much the same about Twisted. The stories are significantly different with this one having much darker moments. But it also holds the same funny and sexy tone at moments, and in the end I'm a happy reader.

Just hide the knives is all I'm saying.

Favorite Quotes: (It was so hard to find spoiler-free quotes)

  But what's the point of all this, you ask? Why am I sharing it with you>
  Because good sex? Really, really good sex?
  Doesn't need alcohol. And it's not about compatibility, or practice, or even being in love.
  It's about trust.
  Letting your guard down. Putting yourself in another person's hands and letting him lead you to places you've never been before.
  And I trusted Drew. With my mind, my heart, my body. I trusted Drew with everything.

  "And you know what they say--the best way to get over someone is to get on top of someone else."
  "Nobody says that, Drew."
  "Well, they should."


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.

The Tangled Series
Tangled (Tangled, #1)   Holy Frigging Matrimony - A Tangled Series Short Story (Tangled, #1.5)  Twisted (Tangled, #2)  Tamed (Tangled, #3)
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About the author
Emma ChaseBy 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.
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  1. Oh, I know how much Nereyda loved the first book which she reviewed recently so I'm glad to see that this series is continuing on a high note. WHAT? Don't start your review like that lol, I thought that something was indeed wrong *phew* I'm glad you enjoyed Kate as a narrator. Hahaha, so this book made you want to smash things? Haha. I'm glad this managed to make you care so much. Happy you enjoyed it and thanks so much for the fun review ;)

  2. I am so glad that you enjoyed it this much, Andrea. I have Twisted ready on my Kindle and I can't wait to start.

  3. I need to read Tangled soon! Everyone raves about it and I just know I will love Drew! Great review Andrea!

  4. Oh wow! Great review and quotes. You've seriously convinced me this is a good series to start.

  5. I'm not sure I'm going to read this, Andrea. I'm not of fan if putting a couple it love through as much drama and I know happens in this one. I hate non communication issues with a passion, and I seriously don't want to be frustrated. Great review! I'm glad you ended up enjoying it! :)

  6. LOL. I love how you started this review, Andrea. It definitely caught my attention. I know a lot of readers adore this series and I think I need to get to it sometimes soon. I'm a little worried about the miscommunication though. Those kinds of plot lines hardly ever work for me.
    I'm glad you enjoyed this so much, Andrea! Fabulous review. :)

  7. Yes..I love where you wrote this from and totally felt the same way about the miscommunication plot.*hands you a truffle*

  8. I was like wow, you are so dedicated writing from the hospital!
    You know I loved Tangled but I'm not gonna lie, I'm nervous to read this...

  9. Woah, what a fantastic review. I love how 'emotional' your reviews are; definitely makes me curious!

  10. Wow! You were willing to kill your iPad and your iPhone? Sounds like I'm going to need some virtual hand holding on this one. Great review, pal.

  11. I will be binge-reading this series soon, I always love a good laugh!

  12. Awesome Review Andrea!!! I got emotional with this story too! I wanted to choke and slap Drew! I cried, laughed, and felt so much too! Alcohol with this story is a great recommendation. I understand that the miscommunication drove you crazy. It frustrated me too. I can't wait for Dee Dee and Matthew's story next. She is hilarious!!!

  13. I really need to find time to start this series. I know I will kick myself for not getting to it sooner. Great review and excerpt.

  14. Oh Andrea, what a ringing endorsement of this book! Kindle murder and all! :) I have Tangled waiting on my kindle and I now want to drop everything and read it just so I can find out what the hell goes on in Twisted. ;) Thanks for the fantastic review!

    I hope you're enjoying South Texas...I have company arriving today from Texas. *ha* Happy Spring Break!

  15. ANDREA. You scared the crap out of me! I was like hospital, WHAT?! Then I kept reading. RIGHT?! I felt my heart speed up and was about to go into cardiac arrest over this freaking book. And I had NO ONE to talk to about it! LOL. I wish I'd known we had our tour two days from one another so I could freak out on you. I loved this one though. I thought it had the best ending ever, even though it took some 'Are you kidding me' moments to get there. I loved Kate's voice and I just thought Drew rubbed off on her which made it great!

  16. These sounded tempting but I just couldn't get into them. Thanks for sharing though

  17. I am so excited about this one! I heard Tangled was Amazing

  18. This book just about killed me too. But, we've dissected it at length and like you said, in the end, I enjoyed it and was a happy girl.


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