Book review of Tangled by Emma Chase | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Tangled by Emma Chase

Tangled by Emma Chase is probably one of the best books I’ve read this year, and maybe ever. I absolutely love the writing style and the cover totally speaks for itself because the hero, Drew, is so effing sexy and hilarious. I don’t remember the last time I had this so much fun reading something. Highly recommended!

Tangled by Emma Chase | Blushing GeekTangled by Emma Chase
Series: Tangled, #1
First Published on May 20, 2013 by Gallery Books
Genre: RomanceNew AdultContemporary
254 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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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.


I’ve been meaning to read something from Emma Chase for quite a while now, and after seeing this book in my list, I instantly picked it up. I did a little test run on the first chapter to see if I’m going to enjoy and guess what? I absolutely did, haha.

Before anything else, can I react first about those oh-so-sexy cover? And yep, you’re right. I absolutely friggin’ love it! I don’t usually like covers with a shirtless guy doing what he call his sexy pose. But dang! Just look at that! How can I possibly resist that?!

Well first, I think this story falls on the cliché category. A casanova who’s going to change because he happens to find the right woman for him. I’ve read countless stories and watched movies with the same plot over and over again so I was not sure if I will enjoy this one ’till the end. But I don’t want this one to be just a book with a beautiful cover but also one with a really good story.

You see, when I read the first page (yep it isn’t a typo, it’s definitely just a first page) I already established the feeling that I’m going to like it. I love the tone plus I love the fact that it was taken from the guy’s point of view. When I’m reading a romance story, I always want to hear both sides especially the guy because I want to know what he feels especially on those intense scenes. And Tangled gave that to me big time, not the first one I wanted but atleast I had a full dose of Drew, haha. So yep, Drew is a casanova, a guy you wouldn’t see alone especially on a Friday night. A guy who wants s*x like he wants food, so the idea of him getting whipped is kind of impossible on the first chapter but once he met Kate, it kind of messed up his work hard play harder lifestyle.

I’m sorry I’m going to drop some spoiler but I’ll try my hardest to make it short, *wink.

Their second meeting in the office wasn’t really a surprise at all, I’ve anticipated that and then Drew lusting over her and then became his rival at work was an old news too, but I have to admit that I had a great time reading about it especially on those part where the two of them clawing at each other’s throats like teenagers lol. I think the buildup of their relationship was done so good that when the time comes where one of them admits falling in love, it didn’t happen too sudden and that you can really see why.

Everything were in their perfect places until I came to the conflict part. Dang! I hate that part. Aside from b*tchy third party, what I hate the most in every romance story is when one of the main characters or both of them assumed and they didn’t give the other person involved to say their side of the story. But I guess the author hinted that were going to hate it so she gave that role to Drew. Yep, sorry for the spoiler. Drew blew it off by being so scared and failed to hear what she need to say first before opening those sinful mouth of his.

I hate what happened after that really. Ofcourse he’ll wake up one day and realize that he was wrong and now he’s working his butt to get her back and then she’ll give her a hard time first before taking him back. I know that plot so well, so I wasn’t so worried when she keeps on rejecting his sorry a*s, mostly because I enjoyed reading this book. Am I making any sense? Haha. You see, this whole book was taken from Drew’s point of view and dang! This guy sure knows how to entertain people, especially girls, haha.

Since I already talked about Drew, I guess it’s a cue that I should start with him. Well, he’s definitely a shameless casanova and no one with eyes can’t see that. He’s got the charm and the Adonis appearance so no wonder girls fall on their knees whenever he’s around. He’s confidence is on the highest level and I think my fling Nate Peters have only half the size of Drew’s confidence level haha, sorry Nate. I also love the fact that I enjoyed every words that came out from his mouth. It’s mostly bad words really but I like his sense of humor, it’s just so entertaining to read. He’s spoiled so he gets everything he wants without working hard for it, excluding work because he’s really good at it. Knowing that, I kind of understand why he did what he did on the conflict part, but I’m still not pleased. But atleast on the end, he was able to see his faults and did his best to annoy, I mean, to win Kate back, haha.

Kate on the other hand, well, I can’t completely say that I love her because she doesn’t have any single POV in this story but overall, she’s really one feisty heroine and I like that. She knows her abilities and I think she’s the only one who can battle Drew when it comes to comebacks haha. I guess the only part that I find myself liking her character the least was during the part where Drew was trying to win her back. Ofcourse I understand her concern and her doubts but I just don’t like reading those scenes.

I also love the side characters as well especially the cute Mackenzie (Drew’s niece). Drew’s older sister Alex did a great job too (mostly on antagonizing Drew haha) as well as Matthew (I was so ecstatic to find out that he have his own story too, yay!) and Kate’s super cool bff, Dee.

This I guess is the very first romance story that I’ve read where it was all taken from the guy’s POV, and I bet I wouldn’t be forgetting about this story anytime soon. I also love the tone, I love the playful tone to be exact. Drew can even read me a financial statement and still got my attention because he’s really good at it. The idea of the story might be cliché but I really applaud Emma Chase for making this story so good. I may have hate the conflict part but I can’t let myself give this one a 3 stars, actually, I was debating whether giving this one a 4 stars or 4.5, but I guess I’ll go for 4 stars for now, *wink.

This one is the first book in the Tangled series but there’s absolutely no cliff hanger. It was amazing actually, *wink.

Overall, even with the cliché plot, I have to say that it was quite an enjoyable read and I guess it’s safe to say that the story is as good as the cover, *wink.

Favorite Lines

You’re not like anyone I’ve ever known. I want to be with you…really be with you. Only you. I’ve never felt this way about anyone. And I know I sound like a freaking Hallmark card, but it’s true. I’ve never wanted all the things I want to have when I’m with you.

I’m not lying to you now, Kate. But it’s okay. Do what you need to do. Curse me out, slap me around – get it all out of your system. I can take it. Because the more you push me away, the harder 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 anytime 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.

Sometimes a guy can’t become a man until he’s met the right woman.

Assume nothing. Even if you think you know everything. Even if you’re sure that you’re right. Get confirmation. That whole ‘ass’ cliche about assuming? It’s right on the money. And if you’re not careful, it could end up costing you the best thing that’s ever going to happen to you.

Don’t get too comfortable. Take chances. Don’t be afraid to lay it on the line. Even if you’re happy. Even if you think life is freaking perfect.


Preview & About The Author


Author Emma Chase | Blushing GeekA New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, Emma Chase is known for her contemporary romantic comedies filled with heart, heat, and humor and hilariously authentic male POV’s. Her novels have been translated into over twenty languages in countries around the world.

Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two misbehaving (but really cute) dogs. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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