Monday, May 27, 2013

Giveaway, Double Review, Excerpt and Tour: Tangled by Emma Chase

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.

4.5 stars

This book was exactly what I needed and exactly what I wanted!

Told entirely from Drew’s point of view, Tangled is an inside look at an arrogant, driven, handsome, sexy bachelor’s twisted mind. And I of course loved every second of it! Drew works hard during the week as an investment banker, where is the best of the best. He works hard all week, but then Saturday nights, he plays hard too.

But I can’t help it if they see me, fuck me, and suddenly want to bear my children. That’s not my problem. Like I said, I tell them how it is, give them a good time and then the cab fare home. Thank you, good night. Don’t call me, ’cause I sure as shit won’t be calling you.

Will. Control. I determine my path in life. I decide my failures and successes. Screw fate. Destiny can kiss my ass. If I want something badly enough, I can have it. If I focus, sacrifice, there is nothing I can’t do.

He is perfectly content to continue living his life as it is and having his shallow meaningless sex, which he views as nothing more than a psychical release. That all changes when he meets Kate. They first have a brief encounter at a club, where she brushes him off, but soon Drew finds out she is a new employee at the firm he works for.

She’s magnificent—angelic—gorgeous. Pick a word, any fucking word. The bottom line is, for a moment, I forget how to breathe.

Kate was such an amazing love interest for Drew. She was a perfect balance of strength and vulnerability. She is independent and confident, but doesn’t come off hard at all. I loved that even though Drew is a womanizer and complete man-whore, he actually seemed to value Kate and woman in general in the business setting. Male or female didn’t matter to him when it came to work and that was pretty cool to see from him. 

I love Kate and Drew. I love them separately, I love them together, I just love them. They have an intense competitiveness with each other at work and the banter and crazy childish antics were hilarious. She fucking kicks me! In the shin, under the table. LOL! Dying. The chemistry was off the charts and the sexual tension was scorching between them. Then there was also this deeper level and relationship that is built and it is actual pretty beautiful. Drew definitely fucks up with Kate, being so new to having an type of emotional attachment to a woman. He comes off as a guy every woman would want to steer clear of because he is an arrogant jerk, but he really surprised me with his over the top crazy antics to win Kate over, his huge heart, and his vulnerability. So as the story progresses you really do see a lot of growth and lows and highs for him as a character.

That’s what it’s like for me—right now—looking at Kate. Suddenly, it’s all so obvious. So frigging clear….

This story had such an awesome voice, as I said it’s told by Drew, but what is different, is that he is talking directly to you. The way he interacts is really awesome and added a really unique special quality… ”Yes, yes, I’m going somewhere with this—just bear with me.” “Let’s just pause here again, shall we?” “Think about it. It will come to you.” ← Pretty cool, right? It’s as if he is sitting right there with you telling you a story. Complete with random rants and ramblings that cross his mind at any moment. For example:

Maybe you’ll understand my point of view if I put it this way. You brush your teeth, right? Well, suppose your favorite toothpaste is Aquafresh. But the store is out. All they have is Colgate. What are you going to do? You’re going to use the Colgate, right? You may want to brush with Aquafresh, but when all is said and done, you use what you have to keep those pearly whites clean. See my way of thinking? Good. Now, back to my tale of heartache and pain.

Another really special element of this story was the secondary characters, Drew’s buddies and his family, mainly his sister, Alexandra and his four-year-old niece, Mackenzie added SO MUCH! I loved them all! This scene with Steven had me laughing out loud so hard, taking place at “The Thanksgiving Day Massacre.”

Steven doubles over, holding his eye and yelling, “I’m hit! I’m hit!” and then goes on about how the salt from the olive juice is eating away at his cornea. LMAO!

As cocky and egotistical as the voice of the story was, Drew's thoughts just flat-out made me laugh. I honestly can say I was offended in the least by anything in this book. I took it for what it was, which was just a light hearted perspective of an average love story through the guys of a man. Which is what I believe set this book apart from others.

I adored this book and I am really looking forward to more in this series. Whether it’s a continuation of Kate and Drew’s story or of one of the secondary characters. Either way, I can’t wait! 

She’s wearing glasses. The dark-rimmed kind. The female version of Clark Kent’s. They would be geeky-looking and unattractive on most woman. But not her. On the bridge of that tiny nose, framing those long-lashed beauties with her hair swept up in that slightly loosened bun, they are nothing short of full-out sexy.
As she starts to speak, my mind is suddenly filled with every hot-teacher fantasy I’ve ever had. They’re playing out in my mind right next to the ones about the seemingly sexually repressed librarian who’s really a leather-wearing, handcuff-bearing nymphomaniac.
While all this is going on in my head, she’s still talking.
What the fuck is she saying?
I close my eyes to stop myself from staring at her glistening lips. So I can actually process the words coming out of her mouth:
“…father said you could help me with it.” She stops and looks at me expectantly.
“I’m sorry, I was distracted. You want to sit down and run that by me again?” I ask, my voice never betraying the horniness inside me.
Once again, to the ladies out there—here’s a fact for you: Men pretty much have sex on the brain twenty-four-seven. The exact figure is like every 5.2 seconds or some shit like that.
The point is, when you ask, “What do you want for dinner?” we’re thinking about screwing you on the kitchen counter. When you’re telling us about the sappy film you watched with your girlfriends last week, we’re thinking about the porno we saw on cable last night. When you show us the designer shoes you bought on sale, we’re thinking how nice they would look on our shoulders.
I just thought you’d want to know. Don’t shoot the messenger.
It’s a curse, really.
Personally, I blame Adam. Now there was a guy who had the world by the balls. Walking around naked, a hot chick to satisfy his every whim. I sure hope that apple was tasty, ’cause he really fucked it up for the rest of us. Now we have to work for it. Or, in my case, try desperately not to want it. 

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small 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 comment:

  1. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award