Tangled by Emma Chase
Series: Tangled #1
Published by Gallery Books
Publication Date: August 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase’s sizzling and hilarious debut novel, Drew Evans—gorgeous, arrogant, irreverent, and irresistibly charming—meets his match in new colleague Kate Brooks.
Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. 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. 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.
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. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.
Oh my! I have had this book for a year and was hoarding it for the perfect moment which apparently is now.
Let me put this out there for those who have not read TANGLED: if you are expecting to read about a man who worships at the altar of his woman, says sweet and poetic things to her and is generally the perfect man, then you are definitely in the wrong place because Drew Evans is a sexist, charming, cocky, arrogant douchebag, manwhore, …… (I’m certain there are a lot of words to describe him). Drew is one of New York’s elite, a successful young professional, the Golden Boy in investment banking circles and has the lifestyle to show for it. He’s rich, handsome, dresses well, works just as hard as he plays – a regular on New York’s bar/club scene, a different woman every night, not interested in commitment. Until he’s brought to his knees by Katherine Brooks.
Kate is a recent MBA graduate, out celebrating her new job with her friends when she meets Drew. For someone who can get the woman of his choice with just a smile, Drew finds himself working for it with Kate and still strikes out. Come Monday morning, Drew discovers that Kate is a new hire in Drew’s father’s investment banking firm. She’s smart, she’s gorgeous, headed for the top and now very firmly in the ‘Off-limits’ category as Drew does not get involved with his coworkers. Now he gets to channel his uappeased frustration into his job because Kate is about to give him a run for his money professionally! What begins as lust becomes professional competition, graduates to a mutually respectful colleagueship and finally to a romantic relationship.
Drew has never been in love or in a relationship before and has never had to compete with another guy for a woman’s attention, so he finds himself in unexplored territory with his feelings for Kate and completely messes up when faced with the possibility that he might lose Kate to another guy, which leads to his ‘flu’ or for those of us familiar with the feeling – love sickness. In the end, Drew still is charming, cocky and arrogant but he has been completely leveled by the one thing he was not looking for but cannot live without: his love for Kate.
Yes, Drew’s humor was sometimes derisive and often of the frat boy variety but very funny and he did not pretend to be anyone he was not. He’s the guy other guys want to be, the bad boy every woman thinks she can tame, the man women with even an iota of self-preservation stay way from and I enjoyed getting this eye-opening view into the workings of the male mind. Guys, if this is true, you should quake because now that the ladies know, game on!
The appeal of TANGLED lies in the fact that the story is told completely in a male POV and in a conversational style, which is unique. I would have liked more on Kate’s background, but that does not take away from my enjoyment of Drew’s narrative. TANGLED is irreverent, hilarious, politically incorrect and filled with self-deprecating humor!