Review: Tied (Tangled #4) by Emma Chase

Title: Tied
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 10/7/14
Length:   169 Pages
Series:  Tangled #4

Overview

In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better.

The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of…my final test.

I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you’ve heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?

My Thoughts

Well this sweet series seems to be coming to an end – although there are so many more characters that we could have gotten stories for.  Oh well.  Anyway – it’s the moment of truth, when Drew and Kate are going to get married, and you know that it can’t go off without a hitch – it just wouldn’t be them.  So here we are, going to Vegas for the joint Bach/Lette parties and well – things get crazy.

If it wasn’t a sign when the flight attendant hits on Drew right in front of Kate,and then she appears at the casino not really willing to take no for an answer.  Then there’s the struggle with Drew dealing with Billy and his lust for Kate – and we see Billy getting laid out by a bunch of guys after he hits on one of their girls.

Then there are the female shenanigans – led by Dee of course.  The threat of a male masseuse, and the Goddess party – and don’t forget the dance at the strip club for Kate.  So all in all, it’s going to get exciting and you can’t wait to see what will happen next.

It’s a sweet end to the story though – you know that there are the best of intentions for this couple, Drew truly is a changed man, but when he’s faced with all the prodding and temptation around him, is he going to be man enough to avoid?  Well, there is a huge chunk of his night that he forgets because of a bottle of Pandora at the strip club, meaning that when he wakes up and a brunette that’s NOT kate is in his shower and Kate is no where to be seen, well, things get exciting.

There’s a marriage, an almost divorce, and a life of change coming for these folks and i think that there’s no better way to send off this series than how we get it wrapped up.  Ms Chase gives us the conclusion that we all wanted for this couple and now i’m off to find something else to entertain me!  Enjoy!

Review: Tamed (Tangled #3) by Emma Chase

Title: Tamed
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 7/15/14
Length:   272 Pages
Series:  Tangled #3

Overview

In the third unforgettable book by New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase, Matthew Fisher—the best friend of Drew Evans from Tangled and Twisted—wants to settle down, but he’ll have to overcome the mistrust of the vividly unique Dee Dee Warren. Includes a bonus short story, Holy Frigging Matrimony!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: girl meets player, they fall in love, player changes his ways.

It’s a good story. But it’s not our story. Ours is a lot more colorful.

When I met Dee, I knew right away that she was special. When she met me, she thought I was anything but special—I was exactly like every other guy who’d screwed her over and let her down. It took some time to convince her otherwise, but it turns out I can make a convincing argument when sex is at stake.

You might know where this story’s headed. But the best part isn’t where we ended up.

It’s how we got there.

My Thoughts

So, we’re back with this group of friends, getting to see how Matthew and Dee’s romance started and blossomed, crashed and burned, and then started up again.  The interesting thing about this series though, is that in book 2, we got several spoilers about this story, so it’s like it was a bit anticlimactic at times since we knew exactly what was going to happen. (although it’s not like we couldn’t figure it out).

Any way – we get to learn a bit more about Matthew, wingman to Drew, and son of one of the partners of the banking firm that they work for.  It’s nice to see that he’s human – while he’s definitely a guys guy – all about the easy hook-up and ot a lasting relationship, he’s got a really sensitive side, especially when it comes to Mckenzie – just like everyone seems to have with this child.

So when Dee walks into his life – well she’s exciting and challenging and different and that means that all his rules are thrown to the wayside.

Dee on the other hand, a wild child, best friend to Kate, and cousin to Billy (Kate’s BF at this point in this story), and well she’s definitely not what she appears to be.  She’s incredibly smart, but likes to have her own personality and throw people off her scent.  she’s also been burned way too many times in the past from men so she’s incredibly guarded and makes it really tough for Matthew to break through.

So what starts as an intense physical thing turns into so much more, which neither are prepared to deal with and that makes things interesting.  They push each other away at every turn and even when Matthew tries his hand at romance, he comes up empty.  The question really becomes not ‘when will they get together for real’, but instead what will it take to make Dee open her eyes that matthew is the one, and will matthew be able to handle it at that point.

So, on that note, we get yet another light and fluffy story from Emma Chase, and don’t take that to be a negative.  it’s the perfect summer reading book while i was laying out on my lawn yesterday getting a tan.  I think there’s another book in this series so i’m going to go and track it down.  enjoy!

Review: Twisted (Tangled #2) by Emma chase

Title: Twisted
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 3/25/14
Length:   191 Pages
Series:  Tangled #2

Overview

When spontaneous and carefree meets cautious and responsible, falling in love can get just a little Twisted

There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. A planner. Cautious. Then I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself. He made it easy to leap with him.

Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after? So did I. But life is about choices, and Drew already made his. In fact, he tried to decide for the both of us—but you know that’s not my style. So I came back to Greenville, to spend some time alone . . . sort of.

Because old habits die hard, and sometimes you have to go back to where you began before you can move ahead again.

My Thoughts

Well we knew that happily ever after wasn’t going to last and that’s exactly what we get in this second book of the series.  It’s from Kate’s POV whereas the first was from Drew’s so we get to see a much more emotional side to things.  This story line is full of misunderstandings, misinformation and a clear bit of confusion on where things stand all around.  We’ve jumped 2 years into the future and things are getting interesting.

So, like the first book, we start at a moment in time – present day, but are forced back a series of weeks in order to truly understand what’s going on in the story.  Kate’s found herself back at home with her mom because of something significant that’s happened, and where she goes from there is anyone’s guess.

When we back up, we learn that Kate and Drew truly do have a rhythm.  they are in sync both at work and in life, but there’s always the undercurrent of jealousy since everywhere they go, they run into a girl that Drew has been with and Kate’s about fed up with it.  One night it all comes to a head when Kate just can’t take it and she heads home – which starts a fight of Drew just not understanding women.

Add that to the fact that Kate’s just found out that she’s pregnant, doesn’t get a chance to tell Drew before he thinks that she’s having an affair, and you can imagine how the whole story blows up from there.

It’s sweet to see who in her life comes to her defense, and even who in Drew’s life comes to her defense.  Billy, her ex fiance is now a big time musician who’s nominated for Grammy’s but yet he’s there to help pick up the pieces.  Dee Dee is always there for Kate, and even her husband Matthew (yup – they are married) is forced to defend her.  Even Drew’s father has chosen sides.

I think that my comments here on the depth of the story are the same as they were for Tangled.  It’s sweet, but very much on the surface.  i  don’t know that i care for the internal dialogue that the characters keep having based on how the book is narrated, but i think that it works for the story in general since we’re not supposed to get all swept up into an in-depth storyline here.  And all that being said, there’s no lack of romance, heat, angst etc, to keep it moving.  So all in all, a nice quick read for yet another relaxing summer book.  Have a great day all!

Review: Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase

Title: Tangled
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books 1/14/14
Length:   256 Pages
Series:  Tangled #1

Overview

When rich, handsome, and arrogant meets beautiful, brilliant, and ambitious, things are bound to get tangled

Drew Evans 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.

When Katherine Brooks 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.

How can one woman turn a smooth-talking player into a broken, desperate man? By making the one thing he never wanted in life the only thing he can’t live without.

My Thoughts

I feel like i keep jumping around the series that Ms Chase has written, going from recent to past to even further past.  but i guess it’s all a non issue when it’s all new series right?  The nuance to this story is that we have it from the mindset and POV of our male lead, getting not just his view on things but his full on narration.  like how his brain is processing everything word for word.

So as you can imagine, the plot of this story is one powerful guy who is used to getting whatever he wants, never having a client get away, never losing a woman to someone else, and well, that seems to be happening all of a sudden, all due to one Kate Brooks walking into his life.

The way that Emma chase writes his internal dialogue is entertaining, and i have to say that he’s clearly whipped by how he  feels about Kate, and while that’s sweet and all, it’s not at all like the strength and confidence that we see in the other leads that we have from other series that she’s written.  I don’t mind it, it’s just very different than what we’ve had from everything else.

Then there’s Kate – the woman who’s causing all the ruckus.  She’s fresh in her new job, and starts off the story in a very long term relationship – one where she’s been engaged for something like 7 or 10 years,and where she’s killing it professionally, she’s not getting what she needs personally, so it’s a shock when perhaps Drew is able to do that for her.

As expected, we have maturity issues, trust issues, and the overall question of whether anything good will come out of these two and their chemistry.  They’re put against one another at work to get new clients and that’s fun to watch.  and then they decide to act on their attraction which is also fun to watch.  even more so when it crashes and burns.

So all in all, a very sweet story – one that’s obviously not meant to be all that deep and meaningful but one that’s exactly what you hope for when reading a summer book.  i hope you guys enjoy and now i’m going to start reading the 2nd book in the series.  Have a great day!