Blog Tour & Giveaway: Tangled: Emma Chase
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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 stomach flips with regret and disappointment. What I wouldn’t give for a time machine.”
The moment I started reading Tangled, I was enthralled. Drew's inner thoughts left me intrigued and quite often, I found my mouth hanging wide open from something he said or did. After I picked my jaw up off my desk, I immediately started texting Kim; one of my messages to her stated this..."I am in love with this chick's writing. Hot damn if it stays like this I may have found a winner." The answer to that is yes, I found a definite winner! I think I may have a slight girl crush on Emma Chase! This author can write her ass off. Tangled is so refreshing; a hilarious fun light read mixed with a bit of drama from the male perspective. I adored how Emma presented the whole story from inside Drew's mind. The way she told the story is quirky and quite genius. I have never read anything like it before, and it was wicked addicting.
"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 roller coaster twice. Once is enough, and then the thrill is gone and so is the interest.
Drew... how in the hell do I explain Drew to you? In my opinion, time spent within his mind was quite the eye opener. Drew does not sugar coat his thoughts nor does he apologize for them or his behavior. What you see is what you get. He is blunt and crass. I mean I can break it down for you but you really have to experience him for the first time all on your own.
"So by now you're probably wondering what the hell I am doing, right? I mean this is me. One ride per customer--no rewinds no repeats."
Kate however, I am going to gush over... it has been a while since I have loved a heroine this much! Kate fricken rocked my socks! Very rarely do I see strong leading female characters such as Kate. Let’s face it 90% of the females we read about whine and have practically no backbone. Not Kate! I can happily state she is Drew's equal. Our heroine is strong, sassy, and not for one minute of this story did she ever let Drew walk all over her. Kate knew exactly what she wanted and went for it; she didn't mind a healthy bit of competition. Kate gave Drew one hell of a run for his money.
"I want to wake up wrapped around you every morning. I want us to spend whole weekends without any clothes on at all. I want to have clean fights and dirty makeup sex. I want to talk to you until the sun comes up, and I want to bring you cereal in bed every Sunday. "
Drew and Kate's fun flirty teasing has quickly moved them straight to my top 5 couples and has slid their story right into becoming one of my absolute faves for 2013. This couple left me laughing out loud, shaking my head in exasperation at their antics, and rooting for them all the way to the final word. I honestly don't think there was anything about then that annoyed me, or made me dislike either one of them. Definite must read, and will become one of those books I will find myself rereading over and over again!
Thank you Emma Chase for the opportunity to read the ARC of Tangled in exchange for my honest review.
"It finally happened."
"What you've been wishing on me all these years..."
"I fell in love."
Drew is normally a cocky, handsome, in control Golden Boy in business and with the ladies. Women fall at his feet, he takes what he wants and does not get involved or do repeats. But from the minute he sees Kate, she is different. She turns his head, turns him on, and turns him down. She makes an impression on him, but soon they meet again...at his office where she is now currently employed. Kate is no pushover. She is tough in business, smart, funny, sassy, and unavailable.
And she works here. In my office, where I have sworn to never...ever...screw around...and two thoughts enter my head simultaneously. The first is: God hates me. The second is: I have been a naughty, naughty boy for most of my life, and this is my payback. And you know what they say about payback, right? Yep, she's one hairy b**ch.
She's different. She's like a Rubik's Cube. So frustrating at times that you want to toss it out the goddamn window. But you don't. You can't. You're compelled to keep playing with it til you figure it out.
All of their interactions seem to be battles. Battles for attention, for attraction, for work projects, for love and for forgiveness. There is a very thin line between love and hate and they constantly ride that line. They are both stubborn, strong willed, but also have fear and insecurities. Together they are literally combustible personally, professionally, and sexually. Their reactions to one another are always extreme. Their fights are rude, hilarious, and quite devilish. They get under each other's skin and do not hold back.
Do you think she enjoys the verbal foreplay as much as I do? She's got to, She's so good at it.
And arguing just makes them hot and bothered. The flip flop back and forth between enemies, friends, and lovers. But when they get it together and are on the same page, they are hot, sexy, sweet, and perfectly suited to one another. I loved seeing the more vulnerable Drew as he finally understands what it is like to find the "one" that makes him want to have a real relationship. But they are so volatile that they are bound to have issues and Drew finds himself in the biggest battle of his life to win her heart...and he is not afraid to play dirty and bring out the big guns. And Kate really makes him work for it. And the things he comes up with are priceless.
"But you're not, Kate. You're not like anyone I've ever know. I want to be with you...really be with you. Only you. And I know I sound like a freaking Hallmark card, but it's true. I've never wanted all the things I want to have when I'm with you."
The main characters were well developed and you could not help but like them even if they were acting up or making you crazy. The supporting characters were equally entertaining and added a great background dynamic. The whole book is not funny, there are some sad, heartbreaking and emotional moments, But the frantic flow and intermittent witty comments keep you engaged throughout.
This book was hilarious, entertaining, romantic, heartbreaking, and completely enjoyable. Drew had me laughing out loud! I devoured it in one sitting and could not put it down. I love Emma Chase's writing style and Drew's private conversations with us. I am definitely looking forward to more from this author.
Thanks to Emma Chase for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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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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