I guess it was the fun-sounding summary in combination with the cover design of the German edition, which made me want it (see end of review). The summary promised a fun story with some hot elements but the cover didn´t look like it at all. I was curious and asked about it. That was some years ago. I still own the book so why not put my review online? Yep, that´s what I thought too. 

by Emma Chase
Tangled Series #1
Publisher Gallery Books on January 14, 2014
Genre Novel
Pages 256
Format Paperback
Source LYX

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 to 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.
Drew meets Kate in a bar and immediately knows: I want her. There is only one catch, because Kate is the new employee in his father´s company and if Drew has a principle that he doesn´t do anything to the women in the office – under no circumstances! But fate seems to have a different idea, and his father, in particular, sending Drew and Kate into a competition to acquire a new client. And this competition soon degenerates into fierce arguments between the two, albeit in a completely non-verbal manner. And the fact that Kate is engaged doesn´t make the game any easier. So Drew reaches deep into his bag of tricks and makes a very banal game of erotic roller coasters for himself and Kate.

The reader is drawn into an amusing story about two people who have been fascinated from the first moment. The main figure, Drew, gives the reader an unvarnished and unfiltered insight into his way of thinking, his way of life, what he thinks of things and why he handles things the way he does. The pitch ranges from sarcastic and cheeky to ironic to dripping mockery.

With a wink, Emma Chase describes how men approach the conquest of a woman, garnishes the entertaining plot with a love story and crowns the whole thing with a few very hot sex scenes. But if you now expect a sophisticated novel with complex characters, be warned: This novel is an absolutely superficial - if very enjoyable - novel, which has no depth and really only serves for pure entertainment and the fun of reading.

In this story, the author mixes both sides when it comes to the age-old game between man and woman. She shows that of the man through Drew´s direct narrative perspective, that of the woman through the behavior of Kate. The world of finance brings color and practically forms the background for the story about the two main characters. Emma Chase uses a short and uncomplicated writing style. Her descriptions are short but sufficient, both in terms of the characters themselves and the locations.

The author skillfully stages the typical male way of looking and acting. The author does not dwell on great figure descriptions. A few words are enough for her, and the rest does the reader´s imagination. In characters, there is pretty much everything the world has to offer in this novel. Strong women, cute little girls and confident men who consider themselves the navel of the world. Emma Chase has some surprises in store, and all together offer a wonderful interplay. She does not miss anything, grants the male protagonist his passionate triumph only to make him suffer soon afterward and to bring him to his knees with the arms of a woman. It is really a pleasure to keep track of what the masters of creation can come up with to make the lady of their hearts feel good again.

Drew is one hell of a character and one hell of a handsome man for sure. Spoiled till nowhere, the baby of the family, a caring uncle (which is kind of the best part of him) and a boss who has one great set of beliefs: never ever start an affair or one night stand with staff – brings only complications with it. Not for him, of course, but for the female who´s involved. The way he tells the reader that is enjoyable, as Emma Chase´s writing is in general. At some point, she reminded me of Alice Clayton in her writing style.

The best figure in this hilarious novel is, no doubt, Mackenzie – Drew´s little nice. She wraps him around her finger like nothing – I think about her way of getting a horse or the one when you read in a dialogue between Drew and his elder sister every second line the words: tap tap tap (that´s when Mackenzie uses the calculator Kate gave her). Why she does it? Well that you have to figure out yourself.

If you´re looking for the perfect beach lecture – this is it. Reading Tangled means great pleasure, your brain can stop thinking and you can just relax and have a good time.

Happy reading

The cover of the German edition.

Emma Chase
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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. Emma Chase writes contemporary romance filled with heat, humor, and heart. Her stories are known for their clever banter, sexy, swoon-worthy moments, and hilariously authentic male POV’s. Emma lives in New Jersey with her amazing husband, two awesome children, and two adorable but badly behaved dogs.  She has a long-standing love/ hate relationship with caffeine.


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