Tangled by Emma Chase introduces us to Drew Evans, young and successful he is living the dream or at least he was. Like Napoleon before him, Drew has met his Waterloo, he is reduced to a sniffling heap holed up in his apartment with the flu surrounded by empty beer bottles, pizza boxes and ice cream cartons he is unable even to laugh at Will Ferrell’s best he is a shell of the man he was four short months ago.
In real life, I’m well-groomed, my chin is clean-shaven, and my black hair is slicked back at the sides in a way I’ve been told makes me look dangerous but professional. My suits are handmade, I wear shoes that cost more than your rent.
Told from Drew’s POV a glimpse into his last days BK (Before Kate) depicts his own personal orgy figuratively and literally of women. On the night that everything changed he is in the bathroom stall with an anonymous red-head on her knees …ewww honestly the bacteria count alone?
Innocently, waiting at the bar afterward his misadventure in the washroom he spies another woman who, when he approaches her, she does not follow the script, you know the one, that ends with wham, bam thank you Ma’am. It’s a novel experience for Drew but he is distracted by the return of the red-head …and her twin seemingly forgetting the brunette until Monday morning when he is introduced to the newest investment banker to join their firm none other than Katherine Brooks, the woman from the bar.
Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. 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. 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.
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. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.
So begins an epic struggle between the two as they progress from office adversaries to grudging friends. From the first page you are entranced by Drew, he is adorably arrogant and yet so appealingly boorish that you can’t help but hope that Kate recognizes that underneath his well polished exterior is a loving if crass man, well perhaps after she punishes him just a little bit. My only criticism would be at that Kate’s character seemed a bit two dimensional and as such opportunities were left unexplored, that being said Emma Chase has penned the best romantic comedy I have read since Alice Clayton‘s Wallbanger.
AUTHOR: Emma Chase
RATING: 3 1/2 Stars
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