Sunday, June 23, 2013

All "Tangled" up

“Tangled” by Emma Chase

Omnific Publishing
Published: May 21, 2013

“In Summation”:

     Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant. He makes multimillion-dollar business deals when he’s not seducing New York’s most beautiful women. His loyal friends and over indulgent family are worried about him. He’s hidden in his apartment for seven miserable days. 
     He tells everyone he has the flu…but we all know that‘s not exactly true.

     Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She isn’t going to let anything or anyone stand in her path to success. When Drew’s father hires Kate as a new associate at his investment-banking firm Drew’s playboy life is thrown for a loop. The professional competition she brings unnerves him, his attraction to her distracts him, and then his failure to entice her into his bed exasperates him.

     Then, just as everything he wants is within his grasp, his overblown confidence and ego threaten to ruin it all. Is he able to untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Can he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

     Will Drew Evans succeed at love?

     “Tangled” is not your typical 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 Drew tells his story, he learns the one thing he never wanted in life is the only thing he can’t live without.

“Impressions & Thoughts”:
     To read a romance from a man’s point of view was very invigorating. I loved the politically incorrect narration Drew provided. It gave me a sense of intimacy with the character and insight to his desires, humorous dirty and witty thoughts.

“For many men, their car is equivalent to the perfect woman. We can build her to look exactly how we want, we can ride her hard and she won’t complain, and we can easily trade in when a newer, younger model comes along. It’s pretty much the ideal relationship." - Drew

     Drew works hard all week; he’s a workaholic. He leads a charmed life; he is considered a “prince” and can do no wrong. He has been fawned over and groomed to take over his father’s company his entire life. However, when Saturday night rolls around he and his buddies go out with the sole purpose to get laid. He uses sexual gratification as a way to relieve his stress.

     “At this juncture in my life, my idea of getting to know a woman consists of finding out if she likes it slow and sweet or hard and dirty – top, bottom or from behind” - Drew
     He thinks he knows everything about women, a connoisseur of the female persuasion, and bedding them has become an art form. Nevertheless, he has rules - no relationships, he will never give his heart away to a woman and no repeat performances. He makes no apologies for his exploits with women, sex is sex…it is what it is.

     “But 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” - Drew

     Drew is what I consider a man-whore! Never seeing the same woman twice??? He has never had to fight for or want for female attention. Even though he is a “Love ‘em and leave ‘em” guy; he always treats them well.

     “The thing women don’t understand is that a guy can want one woman and still fuck another one. Hell, a guy could love a woman and still fuck ten others. It’s just the way it is. Sex is a release. Purely physical. That’s all. At least to men it is. Okay, okay – calm down – don’t start throwing stones at me or something. At least to this man it is. Better?” - Drew

     All his rules and “knowledge” begins to fly out the window when Kate Brooks comes into his life. At first, she seemed like she would be demure and not be able to hold her own against the likes of Drew. However, underneath the business persona was a spitfire dieing to get out. She was Drew’s match.

     “She looks like some mythical imp, some fabled pagan sex deity from a Roman legend. Or a well-acted porno.” – Drew

      After the two of them are thrown together to work on an account, the sexual chemistry becomes too much and one kiss begins to change both Kate and Drew.

     "Predictably, my cock springs up like Dracula rising from his coffin." - Drew

     He decides he just needs to have sex with her to get her out of his head so he can concentrate. She doesn’t want to cheat on her long time boyfriend/fiancé, which is a non-contributor to the relationship. They try the friendship route as work colleges they are off limits, or should be.

     “It’s then that I realize that although the woman next to me occupies a permanent space in my thought, I really don’t know much about her.” – Drew

     Several miscommunications result in Drew having the man “flu”. As he is holed up in his apartment for a week, he has an epiphany that he is in love with Kate. With the help of his sister and best friend, he decides to woo her.

     “So…I have a plan. And failure’s not an option. Because this isn’t just about me, about what I want. Not anymore. It’s about what Kate wants too. And she wants me. Sure, she’s fighting it – but it’s there.” - Drew

     Drew does not do wooing half-assed! He made every effort to impress. I was oohhing and aahhing, then laughing so hard I almost wet my panties. His imagination was unreal! He had me cracking up!
     The sexual chemistry between Kate and Drew almost scorched my Kindle! Kate gave as good as she got! The intensity and passion between these two was truly unbelievable. Seeing the physical relationship build and pick up steam had me needing to take a cold shower myself. These two were perfect together.

     “She’s not just perfect – she’s perfect for me.” - Drew

     Using a male POV was definitely risky, but I never lost interest and loved this book. Emma Chase totally got it right, politically correct or not. I laughed at his absurdity and let out deep sighs when he had vulnerable moments. One of the biggest draws was that he made not one excuse for his attitude of antics; Drew was Drew. Heck he came up with the most politically incorrect term I have ever heard…NILF! Nevertheless, I still laughed til I cried because it was so Drew.

     “She was my first crush. The first woman I ever masturbated about. My first Mrs. Robinson-like-older-woman fantasy. Sister Mary Beatrice Dugan. Yep you heard me right – she’s a nun. But not just any nun, kiddies. Sister Beatrice was a NILF.” – Drew

     Ms. Chase created so many engaging characters. Drew’s gorgeous and funny 4-year-old niece, Mackenzie, is one of the most memorable. She stole every scene she was in and made out like a bandit with her “cuss” jar.

     “I don’t think Uncle Matthew can come Momma. He been too busy bein’’ pussy whipped. Wha’s pussy whipped, Daddy?” - Mackenzie

     This is one of the funniest romances I have read. Please Emma Chase write more like this!!!! You totally rocked this POV!

The Ratings*:
Hero: 5
Heroine: 4
Story/Plot/HEA: 5

*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.
Hero-The main male character of the story. Heroine-The main female character of the story. Story/Plot/HEA (Happy Ever After)-The over all story line and culmination of the main plot or theme.  


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