Tangled by Emma Chase
|February 14, 2014||Posted by Christa McGrath under Fiction, Romance|
Tangled takes a look into the male’s psyche as it relates to women and dating. For me, the first couple of chapters were hard to digest. I couldn’t help but think “Is this how guys really view women?” I felt slightly disturbed and a little disgusted. But after getting over my initial shocked reaction, the story got better and I enjoyed having this guy meet his match in, of all things, a woman.
The story follows Drew Evans — a handsome, arrogant, and overly confident financial investment whiz — on his dating escapades. He doesn’t really believe in love and marriage but enjoys the cat and mouse game of dating. Practically every weekend he is on the prowl and living a playboy lifestyle. It is exhausting to read. Honestly. But then he meets Katherine Brooks, a new hire at his father’s investment firm. Katherine is beautiful and smart and ambitious … and engaged. And Drew must have her. But Katherine is not having any part of his flirtatious come-ons, and Drew is not used to being turned down. The two are both determined, confident, and competitive and these traits are definitely played out in how they react to one another both inside and outside the boardroom.
You can almost tell where this is going, right? Kate eventually caves, and Drew does eventually realize that women are more than just a weekend distraction. Katherine did what no other woman had been able to do: She made him fall for her and without even trying. Drew’s feelings take him completely by surprise and he ends up spending a week on his couch claiming to have the flu. But readers will know the difference — he has obviously been bitten by the love bug.
To be honest, Drew isn’t really that bad of a guy. He has a good work ethic. He has decent friends. And he is close to his family; in fact, he has brunch with his mom every Sunday. He is just a bit of a jerk when it comes to women which made it very satisfying to watch his downfall from a once sarcastic and witty womanizer to a big ole ball of fluff. Drew does have some redeeming qualities though which eventually makes him more endearing and you may find yourself routing for him in the end.
Chase has a smooth, fresh, and bold writing style and does a decent job of delivering it from a male perspective. Despite my feelings on Drew’s jerk-like nature and some of the offensive and brash content, I did appreciate how the story unfolded and found myself drawn to Katherine’s strength and to Drew’s charming nature. There are other interesting characters too–like Billy and Matthew and Dee Dee. Tangled is pretty much a page-turner if you enjoy a light-hearted read into romance from a male perspective. Some of you may chuckle at the many antics, while others may cringe and perhaps feel a tad bit offended. Nonetheless, if anything, it is an outrageously entertaining and comical journey into the lives of Drew and Katherine and how they mess up and try to get things back on track to find a happy ending.
To learn more about Chase’s Tangled, visit: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/Tangled/Emma-Chase/The-Tangled-Series/9781476761770