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“Tangled” by Emma Chase – A Sexy, Hot, and Hilarious MUST Read!

Tangled (Tangled, #1)

“Tangled” by Emma Chase

Published by: Omnific Publishing

Published:  May 20, 2013

How I got the book: purchased from Amazon

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 Thoughts:

This book is a MUST read for anyone who loves adult romances. It’s a great, and fun read! I have no idea the last time I enjoyed a book so much in this way and laughed so much while I was reading it.  From the first page, the first paragraph I was laughing and I was totally commited to the book by the end of that page. I love that Emma Chase told the entire book from the male POV. Lately, there has been a trend of coming out with a male POV after the female version does well, so I loved this one came right from the male and unfiltered too! I also really enjoyed that it felt like he was talking to the reader, telling you the story – it sucks  you right in.  The only way I can describe it is…awesome! I started this book while I was flying for business with my husband and I was laughing so much he asked me what I was reading – I even had him rolling when I read small parts to him. He confirmed this unfiltered guy thought is pretty right on! We women always wonder what goes on inside of those heads – well this is an uncensored view into a guy’s head.. Chase’s writing was amazing. It is a hot romance, laugh-out-loud funny, witty dialogue, and cheesy romantic at moments..it’s basically an Epic book!

The Characters:

Let’s start with Drew since he is the main POV. I already gushed about this enough – so you know I loved having him as the main and only POV in this story. It made the story fresh and fun, set apart from every other romance book coming out now. Drew is hilarious. He is sexy hot, romantic (even though he wouldn’t admit this at first), smart, kind, confident (to the point of cockiness sometimes) and honest. He’s the perfect man with a dirty mouth. He also has the “only child” syndrome (despite not being an only child oddly enough) and to some extent is very immature in the relationship arena.. The way he tells the story is raw and honest, you could see or read him fighting with himself about falling for Kate – and I absolutely loved seeing inside of the male’s head during this process in a man’s life.. He is losing his control – well really losing his mind and we get to see it all unravel. In the begining i was reading to see his train wreck, the witty banter – but towards the end I was reading it with a big “Pick Drew” sign in my hands – he had even gotten me under his spell..haha.. He is a great character.

Now on to Kate – she is tough as nails, smart, funny and witty, and per the descritpion or in Drew’s opinion knock out gorgeous. She doesn’t give in to Drew at first and stands her ground, determined not to be intimated. One of my favorite scenes is when they are doing research – he takes one article and won’t give it back, so she takes the entire library..haha.. She was witty and able to keep up with him no doubt about that. Their chemistry was also amazing. While Drew had never had a girlfriend, Kate had only had one, so I think they were both learning as they go to some extent. It made for a wonderful story.

Overall Take-Away:

This book is an absolute must read. I will include some quotes below – and if you don’t laugh..well I don’t know how none of these would make you laugh – but I suggest stopping whatever you are doing, heading tot he bookstore or Amazon and getting this book. Clear your calender and read it! You will not regret it.. If you’re in a slump of those ooh too serious books, this is the perfect read. If you’re on a beach just relaxing – perfect read. And if you need some great laughter and humor with some hot romance, perfect book! The story line is fresh and real. It’s being told from the male POV and seeing inside of his head makes the story that much better.  I also think the way it’s told as if you’re being told a story makes you feel part of the book, like he is talking to you – loved that! Drew is unfiltered, honest to a fault sometimes, raw, and real.  Kate is his perfect match. I just read a book called “Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins and in the end she references that no one is perfect, but everyone is a perfect match for somoene else – and I love that and think it’s true here. Drew truly didn’t believe in love until he found Kate.. and his level of worship for her is swoon worthy! Drew was a character that took you in by the first page and while you love to hate him in the begining, you’ll be rooting him on in the end. Now – where is book #2?? I cannot wait — I need a second book now! This book gets 5/5 sunshines for it’s funny, romantic, and well told story. Check out the quotes below and then click on the link and buy the book from Amazon – you know you want to!! Get it! Today! Then tell me what you think!! So – check out the quotes and if you are not convinced already – then buy the book and read it, right away!

Quotes from the story:

“You know on TV when there’s one of those awkward, shocking moments and all you hear are the crickets in the background?

Well chirp fucking chirp…this is one of those moments.”

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“It’s simple guy logic: If a woman is angry? It means she cares. If you’re in a relationship and a chick can’t even be bothered to yell at you? You’re screwed. Indifference is a woman’s kiss of death. It’s the equivalent of a man not interested in sex. In either case—it’s over. You’re done.”

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“Newsflash, ladies: We can’t read your thoughts. And frankly, I’m not entirely sure I’d want to. The female mind is a scary place to be.” 

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“Edward Cullen can take his stupid heroine and OD on it. Kate is my own personal brand of Viagra.”

*Had to add the above, since I’m a Twilight fan and all–haha

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“I’m going to fight to prove to you that this is real.  That I’m not going anywhere and that what I feel for you isn’t going to change.  And then someday – maybe not any time soon, but one day – I’m going to tell you that you, Kate Brooks, are the love of my life, and you won’t have any doubt that it’s true.”

 

Now – where to buy: Amazon – and it’s ONLY $4.99 – so get it today!! Don’t Delay – you have to hear this story!!

http://www.amazon.com/Tangled-The-Series-ebook/dp/B00CW665VI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372635720&sr=1-1&keywords=tangled+by+emma+chase

Happy Reading Everyone!

Kelley

 

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“The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West ARC Review – My First Great Summer Read!

The Distance Between Us

Title and Author: “The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: 7/2/2013

How I Got The Book: I got this as part of the book tour from Around The World ARC Blog

Link to Purchase on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Distance-Between-Us-ebook/dp/B00B0VZRWO/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372554433&sr=1-2&keywords=the+distance+between+us

General Summary Via GoodReads:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about…

My First Thoughts:

I haven’t read anything yet written by Kasie West, so I wasn’t sure what to think. I have to admit though, the cover really lured me in. For me, some covers are just so-so, bu tthen some come along and forwhatever reason appeal to me and make me want to check the book out – and this is one of those books. Then I started reading and from the first page Caymen had me laughing. I really loved her dry sense of humor. Then there was Skye – who I also enjoyed. Of course, it does go without saying that Xander was hot from the first minute –and sweet, and dreamy! So, my first thought of this book is that it was a typical YA love story, good characters, some humor, and would be a great summer read! I also thought from chapter one, well more so knew I would end up enjoying the story. I liked West’s writing and I really enjoyed the character POV changes, even slight, to see somethings from other perspectives. It certainly had me hooked, I think I read the whole book in 3 days – with my work load lately – that is fast!

The Characters:

We can start with Caymen. As I said before, I loved her dry sense of humor.  It made some more…slow parts of the book humorous, and you never really knew what she would say or what she was thinking – so that made her interesting. I also enjoyed that she was a strong character, a do-er.. She saw a problem, like with her Mom, and started thinking of how to help, she wasn’t helpless and didn’t whine like a normal teenager – which made her a great character and a strong female character. I enjoyed her relationship with her Mom and with Skye. She may have not had a ton of friends, but you could tell she was loyal to those she loved. I have seen some other reviews that posed the question why Mason was even brought into the story, but I think he served a vital role.. it was to allow Caymen to have a choice – to choose to go for her Prince Charming or to choose someone “safe” that she did like and she saw on her own level.  I think it was she that told Xander that every now and then you have to take a chance and be willing to fail, and this was her chance, stepping out of her comfort zone. When you think of her character – you understand why this would be her challenge. Then enter Zander – the boy with the perfect life (per se), dreamy looks, and sweet heart. I really wanted her to give him a chance from the first minute.  I was frustrated when she wouldn’t open up to him and just give him a chance.. But he saw that and didn’t run away – he wanted to know her so much he took the baby steps and waited it out while they got to know each other. One of my favorite scenes is the scene where they dig the grave.. This is totally weird scenerio – I know – but Xander jumped right in and dug into it, even getting blisters and not complaining trying to show her he was different, he wasn’t a pretty boy without a back bone. I just really enjoyed the way they were when they were together.  It’s like they fit and completed each other. Toward the end, you see new characters enter into Caymen’s life and it does stir things up, but it brings good change..you’ll see. I don’t want to add any spoilers about the new characters, but I will say I really enjoyed the ending this book and I really loved the characters, they were full and believeable. I am kind of hoping Kasie West will add another addition into this series, i would love to see Sky’e story and of course see more of Xander and Caymen!

Overall Thoughts:

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. This is my first “official” summer read and this is a perfect summer read. If you’re headed to the beach, or just by the pool — or even looking for a great read – check it out! It’s the kind of book that can follow something really serious or something very deep. This book has enough meat to make it interesting, enough steam to make you swoony, and enough humor to make you laugh – it’s the perfect combination for a summer read! I highly reccommend it! So I give the book 4/5 Sunshines!

This book is a great, fun read for your summer “to-read” list – so check it out today. It comes out on July 2nd via Amazon.  I’ll post the link to purchase it above next to the book cover. I really like to always include a quote (I’m a quote girl!) so check that out below! I coudln’t find a great quote that doesn’t give anything away, so i decided to give a tid-bit. Hope you enjoy! Love to hear your thoughts if  you’ve read it or if you want to – just post in the comment section below!

Tid Bit From The Story:

he stops suddenly, becoming very still.  I’m confused.  I was sure he was coming to some sort of powerful conclusion that I really want him to make.  Something that’ll make me say, “It’s okay. Love conquers all.” But instead he offers me his lower-lip biting smile and I almost rush into his arms.  For the first time since I walked away from him the other night my heart feels whole.

There are some amazing quotes in the book and I deliberated over them, but I don’t want to spoil the great story for anyone! I don’t want to spoil the sweetness, and innocense as Caymen and Xander form their story.  This quote I think shows the story is real.. In real life, people (for the most part – there may still be those prince charming’s out there) don’t make large grandiose speeches that change lives, or change feelings.. In real life, we just forgive each other, when you love someone, you just can’t stay angry.. and being with them is more important than anything else!

SO – check it out – “The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West is a great story, fun and romantic, humorous and real. It’s a great summer read, or anytime read.. Get it and check it out – that’s what I reccommend! You won’t regret it!

Kell

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Finds for June 28th

Friday Finds for June 28th.

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Friday Finds for June 28th

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

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Hey Guys! First – Happy Friday!! TGIF!! I am sooo ready to be done with this week – well that is an understatement, I am wayyy ready to be done with this week! It has been one heck of a week —

However, I did find some new finds this week – but not as many as the last few weeks I have to admit, I think I have 4 good ones for this week – see below! I also l inked to Amazon b/c one of the books is FREE right now and one of the others is $1.99 so perfect time to check them out!

White Trash Beautiful (White Trash, #1)Finding Colin FirthCutters vs. JocksRule (Marked Men, #1)

 

So my choices for this week are:

1. “White Trash Beautiful” by Teresa Mummert

2. “Finding Colin Firth” by Mia Marce

3. “Cutters vs Jocks” by Elizabeth Marx

4. “Rule” by Jay Crowner

Now – a few notes on these — #3 is FREE on Amazon right now, so check it out! and #4 is only $1.99 on Amazon right now. I’ve heard awesome things about both and looking forward to reading them soon. I’ve linked to the two books described below – the free book and the one for $1.99 so get it now, before you forget or it’s not that great price anymore, I know personally unless I do it now, it may not get done (seriously!).

Free Book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cutters-Prequel-Novella-Arbitration-ebook/dp/B0064PJUWY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372421640&sr=1-1&keywords=cutters+vs+jocks

“Rule” on Amazon for $1.99 — http://www.amazon.com/Rule-Marked-Men-Novel-ebook/dp/B00CGZXRQ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372421674&sr=1-1&keywords=rule+jay+crownover+book

I also thought that I should include a random cool quote since I love quotes so much. I get a list everyday- and I really liked this one, so here you go:

Learn  from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to  stop questioning. by Albert Einstein

Happy Friday Everyone! What did you find this week? Share your link or just what you found in the comment section below — I will also be posting 2 reviews this weekend, so be on the look out!

 

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Thursday Book Talk – All the Buzz on Books June 27th

Thursday Book Talk – All the Buzz on Books June 27th.

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Thursday Book Talk – All the Buzz on Books June 27th

Happy Thursday Everyone and welcome to my first official “me only” meme Thursday Book Talk! This meme is dedicated to talking about anything you want, book news, where you’re at in a book, what you want to read next, any rants you have – really anything you want to put out there

This week I actually have a few things to talk about, one exciting and one kind of sad – but a wake up call to me for sure!

The first thing is the awesome new book I’m reading – “The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West.  I am really loving it!

The Distance Between Us

I actually got it through a Book Blog Tour – my very first one – So I know this book will hold some sentimental value to me always b/c of that (cheesy I know!).  Anyway, I forgot I even applied until I saw the email saying a book was headed to me – of course I dropped by next in line book because you get 7 days to read and review (wow -this is a short time frame – I was suprised – but hey I’m a go with the flow girl – so I’ll make it work!). Ok I am rambling…so now on to the real topic – the book..  I really like it so far. It was described as “Pretty in Pink” meeting “Pride and Prejudice” and a twist of being the perfect summer book – and I am absolutely not dissappointed! I’ve never read anything by Kasie West before – I know others have read and I’ve seen reviews for “Pivot Point” and now I want to check that out too! Anyway – so my full review of this swoon worthy love story -which I have a feeling I haven’t gotten to the heart stomp part yet — you know what I mean right? Well anyway, I’m hoping for once there isn’t a soul crushing moment, but who knows…  If there is one I am going to count on Caymen’s awesome personality to get me through. I don’t like a lot of humor for whatever reason but her dry sacrasm cracks me up!! I really adore her -and for that matter hot Xander (this name reminds me of the same character in Matched – if you read that you will know).I was going to add a quote but realized I didn’t have any — the book isn’t even out yet, but don’t worry I will have one for the full review! There are too many in this book to miss that chance, plus you know I love a good quote!

Now – second point. I saw the saddest thing on Twitter yesterday. Apparnently someone took parts of Jamie McGuire’s book “Beautiful Disaster” and part of Tamara Webber’s book “Easy” – combined them and made a new story that’s been top ten on Amazon since June 21st. I was like..really?? Then, WOW — Shocking. Who could do that, and the worst part is it was not just small parts but entire paragraphs and sections with maybe 1 sentence added in between. I cannot believe somoene would do that – of course there are loyal fans out there who may see and point it out. I hadn’t read it yet, but it was on my TBR and I had a “mild” case of infatuation over “Beautiful Disaster” so I would have 100% recognized that content — I just thought it was crazy, had to mention it because you never really know what is going to happen next and that proves it.

 

Well readers, that’s all for today, Happy Thursday! Super excited about tomorrow being Friday and next week being a short week thanks to the holiday —

Love to hear about some Book Buzz you know, what you’re reading, or whatever else – comment below!

Keep Reading!

Kelley

 

 

 

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Review of “Playing For Keeps” by Emma Hart


Book: “Playing For Keeps” by Emma Hart

Published: June 22, 2013

Link for Purchase on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Playing-Keeps-The-Game-ebook/dp/B00DKCZBYA/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372246688&sr=1-3&keywords=playing+for+keeps

Summary Provided by GoodReads:
She’s in love with him.
He’s trying not to love her.
One night changes everything.

Aston Banks never meant to get close to Megan Harper – not even for that one night. Haunted by a childhood he refuses to face, he knew she could break through every wall he’d ever built and tear them down without even realizing she was doing it.

Betraying Braden by starting a relationship with Aston wasn’t on Megan’s to-do list, but the second she sees a glimpse of someone other than the arrogant ass she’s come to know, she can’t walk away.

Aston’s childhood is worse than Megan ever guessed, but as he tries and fails to push her away, it’s clear her love is stronger than the demons that cling to him every day. And now, because of it, he finally has to deal with what he’s buried deep down.

What he doesn’t want to face. What he’s fought against for so long.

And they have to do it all without Braden finding out.

Keeping a relationship secret has never been harder.

What I thought:

I was super lucky to get an ARC of this book from the author herself! When I heard about this, of course I wanted to read, but I hadn’t read the first book yet, so I actually got an ARC of both and fell in love right away with Emma Hart’s beautiful writing and the way she tells a story! I really enjoyed “The Love Game” and watching that story unfold and could not wait for the second book – I think I only left 1 day inbetween to digest the first.. I was super excited to hear Megan and Aston’s story – you can not help but to fall in love with these characters. I thought this book, “Playing for Keeps” was so well written! The characters were fully developed and you could not help but to love them! The book was so good, I read most of it in one sitting and was up until..well way into the night to finish it. I highly reccommend!

The Characters:

What can I say – well what more, how long can I go on before you stop reading this? I have so many incredible things to say about these characters!! I’ll try to stay on point and give you the highlights — Aston in this book was my favorite character – he was so broken in the begining and I loved him for that. Over the storyline watching him learn to trust Megan and their relationship flourish was amazing — seeing her help him get his self-esteem and self-worth back was swoon worthy.. I don’t even need to get into the hot romantic scenes – steamy!! So Aston is fighting his childhood demons, and Megan comes in and saves him from himself – The way they worked together in the book felt complete and I just loved it!

Overall:

Overall I give this book 5 sunshines out of 5! It’s a definite series to keep your eyes on and get the next book – I hope I get a chance to review it too.. Now is the only down side – the wait. But if you haven’t read this yet, get it today! The witty banter between the two main characters and the steam literally coming off the pages make this a must read — Check it out today, I posted the link directly to Amazon above, so you can click and buy and best part right now it’s only $2.99 — amazing deal! The only thing I suggest is making sure you read the first book in the series first, I think it helps to build into this storyline! I also loved how Megan Hart built wisdom into the book, I was constantly finding something through the pages I thought was totally amazing – and it wasn’t cheesy or out of place which was the best part..You know me, i just love that type of stuff – a great book with life lessons built in – what could be better right?? Get it today and let me know how you like it!!

Quotes: Instead of multiple quotes – I decided to give you the teaser segment Megan used on her book website – so check it out and get the book today!!

“Not everyone is what they seem, Megan. You should know that by now.”

She looks up at me, her startling blue eyes full of questions I know I have to answer.
“I know that. I just wish those people could trust in the people that care a little.” She sweeps past me to our desk. I bite the inside of my lip, following after her.
“Maybe it’s not that they don’t trust,”I say. “Maybe it’s that they’ve forgotten how to.”
She straightens her books on the desk, slowly turning her face to me as I sit next to her. “Then maybe they should open their eyes and see that the person they need to trust is right in front of them. Maybe they should open up and share so they don’t have to bear the burden alone.”
“Not everything is made to be shared. Not every scar is on the physical body. Some scars are on the mind. Some scars can’t be seen. They’re inside, burned in so deeply that they’ll never be healed.”
Her eyes are earnest and soft. “Just because a scar can’t be healed doesn’t mean it can’t be soothed,” she whispers.
I take a deep breath, making a decision I know I’ll regret. Making a decision that will change everything.
A decision that will change me.
“Sometimes the dark truth is too much for some people,” I warn her.
A decision that will change her.
“Sometimes a light dusting of the truth isn’t enough,” she responds.
A decision that will change us.
“Is the dark really better than the light?”
She nods. “Sometimes. Sometimes you need to get lost in the dark to truly appreciate the light.”
“This weekend,” I drop my voice so it’s barely audible. “I can’t promise everything. I can only promise what is there to give.”
She blinks once, her hand twitching. She clenches her fist and puts it in her lap. “I’ve only ever had half of you. I’m sure I can wait a little longer for all of you.”

That’s all folks – tune in next time and keep reading!

Kelley

 

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