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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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Review of “Lola and the Boy Next Door” By Stephanie Perkins

Written by: Stephanie Perkins

Published By: Dutton Juvenille, 384 pages

Publish date: September 29, 2011

Ok – now to the important stuff – how awesome the book was! First I have to start with – how in the world did 2 years go by without me knowing and reading this book?? Where have I been?? So, without further ado, let’s get to the review!

If you are familiar with my blogs, I have a typical format, I use a summary from GoodReads, include my overall thoughts, then my thoughts on the characters and relationships, my thoughts on the writing/flow of the book and maybe comparison to other works by same writer, an overall review, and then last (but not least) my favorite quotes ( I love quotes!) – so I hope you enjoy!

1. Summary – Provided by Goodreads:

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion…she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit–more sparkly, more fun, more wild–the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket–a gifted inventor–steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door

2. What I thought:

Edward Cullen

Edward Cullen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first thing that comes to mind after reading this book was….Awesome! And again, how did I not know about this for 2  years nearly? Ok – seriously.  I really enjoyed the books. After reading “Anna and the French Kiss” I expected something light and fun and romantic – with awesome characters you came to adore. But with this book, for me personally, I got so much more.  The story first of all was deeper, more emotional, so natually heaver – but I do not think it was in a bad way, just a different way and I enjoyed seeing Stephanie’s writing in this way. To be honest, the new depth made me love the characters and bond to them even more.  I enjoyed the fact that Lola had 2 dads and lived in a unique family situation, I loved she lived in San Francisco. I enjoyed that her life was something I could see anyone living. While I loved Anna, seeing yourself living in Paris isn’t a reality for that many of us, but Lola’s situation is and that made it more relatable for me.  It really had me sold in the first few pages. Lola really drew me in.  In the first scene when she’s at work and up pops Anna and St. Clair you know I did a squeel and dance of joy – I hadn’t realized how much I missed them and even though they played small parts, they were awesome and important parts and I loved seeing how their loved had grown even since the last book – loved seeing their happy ending! I thought the storyline was great, and I loved slowly watching the relationship build against all odds of everything else going around. I’ll include the quote below – but when he gave her the gift in the last chapter — SWOON, my heart was palpating for her — how sweet. She was the moon to him!! Cricket Bell stole a piece of my heart withi his easy nature and inherent goodness – so move over Edward Cullen – there’s a new guy in town..haha. But seriously, the story was great, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the edge, the sadness, the fun, and all the other inbetween parts that made it real, made the characters real. So – now on to the characters…

 

3. Characters:

I have been lucky to read about some amazing characters lately, so I guess you could say i’m on a awesome character run? Either way, i’m on a roll.. And these guys are a great addition. Of course Anna and St. Clair were already on there – and while I loved their light story and the easy love they shared, Lola and Cricket took a larger part of my heart with their deep story and the unknown parts that left me wondering at night between pages. I loved both of the characters in their own way and wanted them to get together sooo badly.. I was inhaling the last time he showed up in the window – not even breathing until I realized what was going on and then I cried.. a grown woman crying, but the tears were well deserved! Anna in the first book was quiet and funny, I loved her spunk and honesty. I loved St. Clair’s humor and innate goodness and caring for others. In this book, I loved Lola from the very first page. I thought her wardrobe choices were brave and daring – at that age being who you feel lke you should be is a huge step and takes a lot of strength not to conform to the masses, so that made me love her all the more.  Lola is the girl you see at the mall doing her own thing and being awesome and confident, the girl you wish were your best friend, or that you could just have in your life to share some of her strength and awesomeness.  As comfortable as she was in her own skin, you saw her grow even more so through this story- Max played a role – in the end I’m sure you would agree you wanted to physically hurt him, but she made her learn about herself and I won’t steal the thunder if you haven’t read it yet, but let’s just say he plays an important role in her journey to Cricket and in the end it makes it all the better. She learns to balance the all costume Lola with Lola who wears cool clothes that fit her every personality and brighten the world. Then enters Cricket Bell..how hot? Cute, smart, well very smart..caring, gentle and absolutely in love with Lola. The looks he shares, the moments out the window – the gift at the end of the book says it all. If there were any two characters meant for each other it’s these two – I love that he loves Lola just for her, not for the dress up Lola or the undressed Lola, he loves her in all her forms..and that is a hard thing to find in this world and espeically at that age. So Cricket – you are awesome. I also loved the dynamics between Lola’s Dads – to see how much they loved her and ho much they would do with her. Seeing the situation with her Mom made the story real, and in the end I enjoyed the little bonding she did with her – filling that void in her life. As far as Calliopee – I loved seeing Cricket with her and how he loved his sister, family is important and any guy wantable should realize that — I do wish we could see more of her and for her – i am still crossing my fingers we will see a next book from the Olympics where the whole gang goes and maybe even seeing Calliopee getting a little romance herself – Stephanie if you’re listening – PLEASE! I am not done with these characters yet! The last thing I’ll say about Lola is the one bad a** moment in the book, the costume she designs for Calliopee – she showed her and her Mom how wonderful she really was, and she did it for Cricket – that was a pretty awesome moment for her. I really loved these characters and I missed them as the last pages wound down. The last chapter and a half were hot and all I wanted to see between the two characters, but I can stand and would still love much more of the gush!! Thank you Stephanie for writing such a wonderful story!

4. The Writing:

I won’t go on and on here – i know I have already. I just wanted to say that I love Stephanie Perkins’ writing. While Anna was light and funny, I saw this book with more depth and a better connection to the characters, but as always the writing was effortless and flawless. There were no gaps or blank spots where things just skipped from one section to the next – every bit was well thought through for the best experience for the reader. Lately, i have read a few books that were written choppy, without the best interluds and I didn’t worry about that here at all – this book was beautifully written.

5. Overall Review:

Now – I’m not any huge reviewer – but here’s my two cents…

I give “Lola and the Boy Next Door” 5 out of 5 Sunshines in my book! Check it out! It’s a definite keeper and a re-reader! While I do wish we had seen a teeny bit more of Anna and St. Clair – i was entranced by Lola and Cricket’s story and I cannot imagine anyone not being pulled in to their world – I sincerely hope this is not the end of their story!

My Favorite Quotes:

“So do you believe in second chances?” I bite my lip.
“Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right,” he adds.
“If the person is… Lola?”
This time, he holds my gaze. “Only if the other person is Cricket.”

 

“And I hold my head high toward my big entrance, hand in hand with the boy who gave me the moon and the stars.”

 

“I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be same person every day.”
Alrighty – that’s the end of my review, I hope eveyrone enjoyed it! Back for more – I have 2 more reviews from last week to still post! Happy Reading! And if you loved this book – share too – tell me what you loved or what you didnt!
Kelley

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Musing Mondays – June 3rd

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Happy Monday Everyone! I love musing on Mondays because it gives me a time to rant, or squeel over new books, or just talk about what I’m reading or reviewing… So here it goes for this week:

1. What books did I buy for myself this week? I kind of had a “small” binge on book buying this week.. with GOOD reason though, I promise! I got an ARC for “Complete Me” by J Kenner and then “This Girl” by Colleen Hoover – which leads to my purchase.. I got the 3rd book in the Colleen Hoover series, so I HAD to have the other 2 right, you can’t stop or start at the last one, so maybe I treated myself to them. And besides, I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Hoover – so I’m excited to check out this series and reading 3 in a row without a wait is a dream for me, i’m so impatient but at least I can admit it.. haha

This Girl (Slammed, #3)Slammed (Slammed, #1)Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)

I also bought “Forever You” By Sandi Lynn. I loved the first book and the second came out, and it was $3.99 – so how could I NOT get it, in fact it’s my next TBR book..

Forever You (Forever Trilogy, #2)

I got “Torn” and “Twisted” via Netgallery and then from my Pixel of Ink emails this week, i scooped up 2 books for .99 each (who could pass that bargain up?) – so I got “Ever Enough” by Stacey Borel and “Click to Subscribe” by L.M. Augustine. One thing I like to do is check this daily list from Kindle for free/sale books and if I see something I like for one dollar or less, check it out – it’s gotten me some great reads, from authors I might never have read.. so worth the look I think.

Click to SubscribeEver Enough

Now – last – what I’m reading right now, well just NOW I finished “Complete Me” by J. Kenner. The book doesn’t publish until July, so my review will have to wait (and this might kill me!), but I can tell you that I’m as in love with the series now as I was after the first book.. The third book was amazing and I am hoping we will get to see more of these characters in a fourth story too. However, since I can’t gush too much right now or even do my review, I thought I’d share a quote with you that I loved from this story and that shall be it for me tonight

Then check back tomorrow to see my Top Ten Tuesday (exciting topic this week) and for my reviews for this week. “Lola and the Boy Next Door” will be reviewed as well as one of my reread books (vintage book before I blogged) and I plan on doing one of these each week to better “round” my content, without spazzing my brian too much – great idea huh? Anyway, enough of me – check the quote below and get excited for this book coming out in July – “Complete Me” by J. Kenner – if you liked Bared to You and 50 Shades, then this is FOR YOU! So get it today!!

Complete Me (Stark Trilogy, #3)Hitting stores July 18th! Awesome end to the series, check back for my review in July!

And here’s my quote for today – from “Lola and the boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)I thought sharing a quote from here is fitting since i’m reviewing it here this week – and I loved it! So here you go….

“I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”

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“So do you believe in second chances?” I bite my lip.
“Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right,” he adds.
“If the person is… Lola?”
This time, he holds my gaze. “Only if the other person is Cricket.”

 

Ok Everyone – that’s all for tonight! Happy Monday and if you want to chime in – tell me what you are reading, a rant you have, or anything else – you can be part of Monday Musings too! Night!

 

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