Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review: Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase

Tangled (Tangled #1)
by Emma Chase
Published on: 5/20/13
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.

My Rating: 4 Coffee Cups

This book is hilarious. It was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. I've been reading a lot of the dark and heavy lately- not to say I don't enjoy it, because I really do, but every once in awhile a lighthearted, sweet, awesomely funny book is just what a gal needs to break up the heartbreak and tragedy.

The book starts with you meeting a "Flu- Ridden" Andrew "Drew" Evans. He's depressed and watching Will Ferrell movies like they are some sort of twisted version of crack. His sister, "The Bitch" as she is nicknamed, and his best friend end up threatening their way in to his apartment and he decides to spill his guts and tell his story to both us and them.

We learn early on that Drew is kind of a douche. He is your stereotypical spoiled, playboy, bachelor, rich kid. He doesn't do relationships, he does one night stands and he brags about them to his buddies. Everything from getting a quickie in the bathroom to having at it in a cab ride home. He's not ashamed of his lifestyle, it's who he is. This is completely in his point of view as he narrates the story to you. So you get lots of fun guy tidbits like:

I bet you didn't know this, but lots of guys have a thing for Ariel. You know, from The Little Mermaid? I've never been into her myself, but I can understand the attraction: she fills out her shells nicely, she's a redhead, and she spends most of the movie unable to speak.

Yup, and that's one of his tamer insights. Every Saturday night him and the guys go to whatever is the new "hot" club of the hour in NYC and pick up their conquests for the night. And on one of said nights he runs into a woman at the bar who stops him in his tracks. She doesn't fall for his one liners and she flashes him an engagement ring and it still doesn't discourage him. But low and behold she laughs him off and walks away. Enter in Monday morning at the office. He is one of the most accomplished investment bankers in his father's firm and he loves his job. It's one of few things in his life he truly takes seriously. He is informed of a welcoming party for a new employee...and yup you guessed it, it's the girl from the club. 

Kate Brooks is smart and promising and still not falling for Drew's come-ons. They have their harmless banter, until Drew's dad pits them against each other to land a huge deal for the firm. Then the claws come out. From both of them. Watching them each act like petty 5 year olds trying to humiliate, prank and even possibly maim each other is pretty freaking hilarious. The father, of course, does the most annoying thing possible for the both of them and decides that they should work together on this project instead. And here is where the love story builds. Tons of things stand against them though. There's the fiance, the fact that they work together and then the biggest one. Despite all of his pieces of advice and insight into the mind of a guy Drew is still just that- a guy- and guys tend to do stupid, stupid, nonsensical things. So we get to watch him try to amend his douchebag ways in the most "Drew-like" fashion (and once you read this you'll know exactly what that phrase means. 

Hands down my favorite character in this book is Mackenzie. Drew's 4 year old niece. With her parrot-like tendencies and her ever ready swear jar she is a mini force to be reckoned with. 

So if you need lighthearted, laugh out loud funny in your life definitely snatch this one up!

One of my favorite Drew-isms:

No man wants to fuck a skeleton- and nibbling crackers and water like a prisoner of war at dinner isn't attractive. It just makes us think about what a cranky bitch you're going to be later on because you're starving. If a guy's into you? A cheeseburger deluxe is not going to scare him away. And if he's not? ingesting all the greens on Peter Cottontail's farm isn't going to change that, trust me.


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