Thursday, February 6, 2014
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." (Description from Goodreads.com)
Since this was a GoodReads winner, who beat out a lot of great NA reads, I wanted to see what the fuss was all about and was holding out for the library to get it in the system. However, after mentioning the book to the buyer, she mentioned the first sample pages on Amazon and how shocking they were (in a very funny way). We debated if it was a book that could go into the library system. It's pretty dirty or more importantly, it's shocking. So, I volunteered myself to be the test reader and bought a copy I now plan on donating to the library.
On the dirty or sexy factor I would say it wasn't the worst thing I read. If 50 Shades is in the library no problem then this book will be just fine. I think what made it so shocking, so to speak, was that it was told from Drew's POV.
Have you ever wondered what a guy is thinking or what their thought process is? This book is the perfect example of what really is going on in a man's head. Ok, most men. I know this better than anyone after spending two years on the high school wrestling team and then a year in college. Boys/men do not talk like this to women. It's a secret language that they keep to themselves. It's dirty, gritty and filled with a lot of colorful language.
While it took me about three chapters to remember that this was how the boys use to talk at dinner it was still pretty eye opening. It was also laugh out loud funny. Have you ever read "He's Just Not That Into You"? Sure you have, most women I know have read that book, even if in secret with a bottle of wine while crying, "why didn't I know/see this." This book, Tangled, is like that but on the dirty male POV. One could say this book is a great read for all the single ladies out there. Most of Drew's "tips" were dead on in a shockingly honest way.
So once you get over the dirty talk and tips from Drew, it was fun to read this single guys guy fall for a girl that wasn't available. Then watch him work for the relationship, mess up, fall apart and work his bum off to win her. LOVED watching that happen to a guy who had everything easy and ladies falling all over his prior to Kate. I wish we had less thinking in Drew's head and more dialog happening but overall is was a fantastic story. So, I say, give this one a try and give it a few chapters if you're thinking it's a little too dirty.
I'll leave you with a quote from the book so you can see his way of thinking and how it effected his niece...
Kate says to Drew about his niece: "I see now why Alexandra (Drew's sister) started the Bad Word Jar, since you seem to spend so much time with Mackenzie (niece)."
Drew: "What do you mean?"
Kate: "She talks like you. It's not every day you hear a four-year-old say Prince Charming is a douche bag who's only holding Cinderella back."
Now I won't say my husband has said those exact words. It was more like, "Really? He danced with her all night and couldn't get a name? Who does that!" So, pretty close in that thinking department. It had me laughing out loud for a while. And as you can see, a little dirty in the verbiage but still well worth the read!
Posted by Carolyn Borgen