Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tangled by Emma Chase

** 5 out of 5 Stars**

**WARNING:  SPOILERS AHEAD**

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, and 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.

This book is awesome!  I have not laughed this much in so long.  Drew is hilarious.  I love the way his mind works and his inner monologues are something to be read.  I loved the reading style.  The book is told from his POV and he’s talking to you as if telling a story.  It’s like you’re a friend and he’s telling you how they 
came to be, with some very interesting POV’s on other things.  I spent most of my time reading this book either laughing or shaking my head.  The characters are lovable and intriguing.  I love the plot.  Give it a try!

Kate is beautiful with long dark hair and the perfect figure.  Drew thinks of her as a hot teacher or a sexually oppressed librarian.  She’s very professional, smart, has a quick wit and keeps Drew on his toes.  She’s not one to mess with either.  She’s ruthless when it comes to work.  She’ll knock Drew on his butt before he knew what happened.  They are both a little on the immature side of things though.

Drew is a douche bag.  There just isn’t another word for him.  He’s cocky, conceded, arrogant, selfish, spoiled, and a flippin rockstar in his eyes.  He is a womanizer in the worst way.  He picks up and throws away women like it’s another day’s work.  He drop dead beautiful, filthy rich, and at the top of his game.  He wouldn’t know how to treat a woman if he tired.  All that being said I love him.  He’s hilarious!  His view on things is just ridiculous at times.  He’s an alpha male, controlling and possessive.  When he finally finds the woman he wants he will do anything and I mean anything to make sure he keeps her.

Drew meets Kate in a bar.  He hits on her and he turns her down.  She’s engaged and he just doesn’t care.  He thinks she beautiful and he’s gonna go after her.  That is until he’s introduced to the twin sister of the girl he just left the bathroom with.  Yeah…from a woman he just has to have to twins.  Like I said he’s a douche bag.


He’s still thinking about Kate on Monday morning.  Imagine his surprise when she’s introduced as the new employee at his firm.  He may be a douche bag but he’s got great work ethics.  He doesn’t mess around with the people he works with, never has.  . 

There is a competition between the two for an account and Kate came to play hard ball.  She has no intentions of letting him run all over her.  So the battle ensues.  I would like to think it would be a grown up competition but oh no…that’s not gonna happen.  I find myself rolling my eyes or laughing a lot at this point.  I mean they are grown adults and they are unhooking and hiding computer cables, switching disk labels and checking every book out of the library the other needs.

And as I’ve said before—this, my friends, is war. I’m talking DEFCON-one, gloves-off, I’ll-knock-you-down-even-if-you-are-a-girl war.

After a particularly nasty shouting match at the office one night when it’s just the two of them, things take a different turn.  Turn as in screaming then kissing.  I saw it coming.  You can’t hate someone that much and not be into them…not possible.  She pushes him away but the damage is done.  She’s full of regret because of the fiancé and he is starting to realize he may actually feel something for this girl. 

At dinner with a client things go really badly in no time.  The client will only sign if Kate agrees to sleep with him.  The only reason I’m putting this in my review is because of Drew’s reaction and what it says about him.  He goes ballistic to the point of cussing the client and threatening to throw him out a window.  There are feelings there he’s gonna have to deal with.  He’s got some serious things going on inside him for this girl. 
Time moves on and they become friends.  He is still an arrogant douche bag who sleeps with everything that has legs (female anyway) but the problem is it’s not what it once was.  He can’t seem to keep his mouth off her lips when they fight.  She’s having the same problem.  Every time they scream at each other they end up fused at the mouth.  Her and her fiancé break up the following day and apparently Drew hasn’t had sex in 12 days.  I think hell just froze over…

So over time, Drew is turning into not so much of a Douche bag.  He’s going as far as trying to help her get her ex back even though he wants her.  Holding her is the closest thing to heaven for him.  He just doesn’t see what she means to him yet.  He kisses her on the dance floor in front of her ex and it works.  The guy is jealous, only Kate isn’t really thinking about him anymore.  Next thing we know, Drew is trying to drive to his apartment which is hard considering she’s straddling him in the drivers set.  It was only a matter of time.  So after they reach the apartment really hot sex happens…a lot.  She spends the weekend with him and that’s when he realizes that he’s in love with her.

On the following Monday morning he’s ready to confess his undying love.  They get to her apartment, both happy as can be until he realizes that her ex fiancé is there waiting and wanting her back.  He can’t do the things he wants to and her ex is still serious competition.  He knows he’s in trouble just looking at her.  This is going to end badly and it does.  She and her ex talk and she takes him back.  Drew being who he is and the fact that she just ripped his heart out and is holding it in her hands does what he can to make himself feel better.  It turns out the only way for him to do that it hurt her.

After he gets her out of his office he goes home sick.  This is where the beginning of the book starts.  He’s been home for 7 days with the flu.  It’s obviously not the flu but he tells himself that’s what’s wrong.  The man has a broken heart and since this is his first time he doesn’t know how to handle it.

After a week of hiding and wallowing in self pity it’s time to start fighting.  Turns out she didn’t take the ex back just ended it on better terms.  She wanted Drew and now he’s got the fight of his life ahead of him.  He’s not gonna take it lying down.  He’s pulling out all the stops.  She’ll take him back just so he’ll leave her alone.  He’s relentless.  It’s not having the best effect in the beginning but she starts to wear down once she sees he’s not going anywhere.  Finally, after he goes all “The Notebook” on her she gives in and takes him back. 

There is no epilogue but it’s still a HEA.  She’s moving in with him and they love each other. 

So this book gets 5 stars because it’s awesome!  I haven’t laughed that hard in a long, long time.  I would recommend it to anyone.  It’s a little long in places but never a dull moment.

My Drew/Kate

  

Favorite Quotes…

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.

“I’m not lying to you now, Kate. But it’s okay. Do what you need to do. Curse me out, slap me around—get it all out of your system. I can take it. Because the more you push me away, the harder I’m going to fight to prove to you that this is real. That I’m not going anywhere and that what I feel for you isn’t going to change. And then someday—maybe not any time soon, but one day—I’m going to tell you that you, Kate Brooks, are the love of my life, and you won’t have any doubt that it’s true.”

Dr. Kevorkian was just trying to help his patients too. And we all know how they turned out.  (This one is my favorite!)

“She talks like you. It’s not every day you hear a four-year-old say Prince Charming is a douche bag who’s only holding Cinderella back.”