Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
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 TAKE:
I don't usually read books from this genre, but I was looking for a little something new in the romance department, so I decided to give this a try.

In Tangled, Drew is a playboy who gets pretty much anything he wants. One night, a woman turns him down and later on he finds out that she's his new colleague. He has a policy about not dating women he works with, but he's willing to make Kate an exception.

Plot-wise, there really isn't much that's new here. The playboy changes for the girl, it's been done before. However, the way it was portrayed was funny and no-holds barred, which was very entertaining. Usually, plot predictability bores or annoys me. Here, I was too busy enjoying the lines to care.

Drew narrates the story, and unlike some romance novels wherein the prose is so romantic that it makes you think "Why doesn't my significant other talk like this?", here you'll have no trouble believing it really is a rich, red-blooded American male speaking. Drew curses a lot, and he can be pretty crude sometimes. Of course, if you have plenty of guy friends, it's not really all that shocking or off-putting.

I enjoyed the story as Drew explained it. He addresses the reader throughout the book and even interrupts a scene to make a point. If you've ever seen the movie The Emperor's New Groove, you'll know that scene wherein his llama self is crying and Kuzco stops the film to explain things. That's was this was like. It's actually funnier than it sounds.

Drew and Kate are described as being both attractive and brilliant, so I'm pretty meh about them as individuals. However, I do like them together. The sum is definitely greater than its parts.

THE GOOD:

  1. There are some very hot scenes here.
  2. Drew sounds like a guy's guy.
  3. There are some really funny lines. 

THE BAD:

  1. Drew can be a real jerk. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Women fall in love quicker than men. Easier and more often. But when guys fall? We go down harder. And when things go bad? When it's not us who ends it? We don't get to walk away.
We crawl. 
READ IT IF:

  1. You like playboys who become good guys.
  2. You are looking for a sexy book.
  3. You are looking for a romance written from the guy's point-of-view. 

RATING:
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