Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Tangled - 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.

Who doesn't like a good body on the front cover of a book? I know I do. (Just had to put that out there). Is it me or does his (Oh My) eight pack look like its been contoured to give it definition? Comment below if you see that too.

I was a little apprehensive before starting this book because I usually feel like I cannot empathise with male characters. Boy was I WRONG. There I admit it, I was wrong. I LOVE THIS BOOK.I LOVE THIS BOOK. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I had to say it three times because seriously, I think I'm in love with Drew Evans (Andrew). It had some of the things I love in books, humour (this was in bucket loads), romance (I swooned like it was no one's business) and me being able to see myself there with the characters.

Another thing that I was unsure about was that narrative made you feel as though Drew was talking to you. I had never read that in a book before and I really enjoyed it (if you hadn't noticed). If you are looking for a book which will make you laugh out loud in seriously embarrassing situations (seriously, I snorted on a packed bus, on a Monday morning - if you hadn't guessed, it was dead quiet), or looking for a book which will give you an insight into the male psych, I suggest you read this book because honestly, you will love the author and Drew as soon as you start this book.

“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.

Drew Evans ...sighs dreamily... the hot guy who you can't resist. I mean how many of you actually dislike the playboys we read so much about. I certainly don't and this guy is no different. His wit will make you laugh so hard, so I suggest that you don't eat, drink or sit in public whilst you read this book or you may have to do some damage control. He is the ultimate catch, good looking, has just the right amount of arrogance and is a guy who loves his family, especially his little niece, Mackenzie, who I have to say, is the only one in this book I love more than Drew (I know, shocker).

The book starts off with Drew as he is now - with the 'flu'. As a reader, you deduce that his 'flu' is really heartbreak. It gives us a real insight into how that book will progress in the terms of the writing style and the character himself. We also meet Alexandra, Drew's sister, also known as "The Bitch".
It’s The Bitch. Otherwise known as my sister, Alexandra.
When I say the word bitch I mean it in the most affectionate way possible, I swear. But it’s what she is. Demanding, opinionated, relentless. I’m going to kill my doorman.
“If you don’t open this door, Drew, I’m calling the police to break it down, I swear to God!”
See what I mean?
“I’m taking out my phone! I’m dialing!” Alexandra’s voice is whiny with warning, and I know she’s not screwing around.
There is a fair bit of foul language in this novel, so if you are easily offended, then I suggest you leave this well alone.

He then goes on to tell us how he got into the position that he is in. We see this later in the same chapter we get to see Drew, four months earlier - in the middle of a sexual act (not telling you which one, you'll have to see for yourselves). We also get to see the love interest, Katherine Brooks or Kate. I have to say that I loved a female who was as strong of a character as the male. She had just as much to offer as Drew dished out in innuendos and sarcasm. This is one of my favourites from Kate:

"You are making me crazy!"
"Crazy like you want to rip my shirt off again?"
"No - crazy like the itch of a yeast infection that won't go away!"

The one thing I disliked was the way in which Kate almost cheated on her fiancĂ©e. However, I think that it was the only way in which Kate could have made her choice in trusting Drew. We are thrown a curve ball right after we are deliriously happy about the fact that Drew got his girl. It was seriously the only part of the book where I really hated Drew and his idiotic decisions.


Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles

I really enjoyed this book. It felt like i was reading another version of Jamie McGuire - Beautiful Disaster, which I LOVE. This book is good but i did get distracted by other things quite a bit. I normally judge a book on how well it is written, how much i can relate to the characters and how well it holds my attention. If i can read this book whilst in a loud cafeteria and not get distracted then i know it is good. This one did fail to keep me engrossed throughout the book. This is why it loses a star.

Olivia Beaumont was an exceptional character and i felt like i could sympathise with her character. I especially loved her willingness to move on with her life which i fail to see in many books written about abuse. The delicate way in which that part of the plot was handled made it part of the story but it didn't overshadow the rest of the book. This was very well written.

Braxton Jenkins wasn't my favorite character. I mentioned earlier that this book reminded me of Beautiful Disaster and Brax is the reason why. I couldn't help but compare him to Travis Maddox and he failed to meet my expectations. 

Overall, i did enjoy the book and finished it with relish, but it did lose me at points. I give this book 4/5.