Series: Tangled #1
Publication Date: August 2nd 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New Yorkâ€™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?
Heâ€™ll tell you he has the flu.
But we all know thatâ€™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 Drewâ€™s fatherâ€™s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboyâ€™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 motherâ€™s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about womenâ€¦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 canâ€™t live without.
This is definitely one of those books that you justÂ have to read in one sitting. I couldnt put it down! I started reading this book last night, but didnt get too far along since I had work really early in the morning. But throughout work today I kept reading snippets here and there and I couldnt stop thinking about Drew! Id heard aboutÂ Tangled months ago and Id read the synopsis. It looked good and most reviews were 4 and 5 stars, but I still hadnt picked it up. Then the 2013 Goodreads Awards started andÂ Tangled was one of the nominationsand it actually won for the Debut Goodreads Author award. I was surprised to say the least (I was surprised at a lot of the nominations for this year), but it was a good surprised. I remember thinking to myself when I saw the winners, Now IÂ have to read Tangled. And Im so glad I did!!!
Let me start by saying this:Â Tangled is not your typical love story. Not only in the format, but in the storyline as well. First off, Drew is the narrator and throughout the whole book hes addressing us readers. It took a little getting used to, but once I got the hang of it I enjoyed it. Drew Evans is the poster boy for the rich, arrogant player. Hes got the looks, the money, the great job, fantastic family, apartment, caryou name it. He sees something he wants and he takes itno questions asked. Drew doesnt do relationships. He doesnt do dates. He doesnt even do fuck-buddies. Drews all about the one-night stands and instant gratification. Hes upfront about it, at least (which he repeatedly lets us know), and he doesnt plan to sway from his way of life for anybody. Hes not looking for Mrs. Right, only Ms. Right Now.
Enter Katherine Brooks. Shes beautiful, intelligent, hardworking, ambitiousand Drew wants her. Bad. But shes his new coworker and he doesnt do messy. And having a one-night stand with your new coworker just screams messy. So he decides to keep it in his pants, while still making sexual innuendoes and flirting to the death. What do expect? Drew is a charmer. He even lets us know in detail how charming he can be. However, as Kate and Drew spend more and more time working together, he starts realizing what an amazing woman Kate iswhile still getting a massive hard-on in her presence (or even just thinking about her). As time goes on, he starts to respect andsurprise, surprise!likeÂ her. Scary isnt? At least for Drew it is. All of a sudden, Kate is no longer a future notch on his bed-postshe starting to become the real deal.Â Ive already mentioned Kates focused. But shes also witty and knows how to speak her mind. Shes a great business woman, but shes an even greater woman. She doesnt take any of Drews bullshit and she knows how to dish out some of her own! But most importantly, Kate is a woman that speaks for herself, knows what she wants, and will do almost anything to achieve it. See a pattern here? Drew Evans has met his match in Katherine Brooks. And it was about damn time!
It isnt until the second half of the book that Drews and Kates relationship become sexual. Theyve shared a few very scorchingly hot kisses here and there (phew! *fanning myself*), but the actual sex scenes dont happen until later. Let me tell you: they are smoking HOTT!!! I cant say it enough! So Ill say it in Spanish: muy caliente!Â I cant even name the number of time I was blushing my cheeks off! Even before the sexy parts! This whole book just screams sex appeal. And with a narrator like Drew, you cant expect anything less. Still, as amazingly hot as their sex life was, their relationship was much more. They definitely dont go the traditional way. They dont even really date in the book. But the respect and admiration Drew gains for Kate from working together goes a long way. There are only a few women Drew respectsand most of them are family. Little by little, she becomes more than what he ever expected, so when presented with the chance to make her his, Drew does not hesitate.
The secondary characters are truly memorable. Matthew and Dees story is told inÂ Tamed and I cant wait to read it. But what we do get from them in this book is priceless. Kates best friend, Dee, is pretty much a psychopath, and I dont know how Emma Chase did it, but she just made Dee that much more endearing. Matthews the boy next door and Alexandra is the terrifying, but loving older sister, who lets face it, is alway right. However, my favorite secondary character was Mackenzie, Drews niece. IÂ loved the scenes with Mackenzie in them! She was truly adorable! The things that came out of her mouth had me dying of laughter! I just loved loved loved her!
My favorite thing aboutÂ Tangled was that even when Drew apologizes for royally screwing up, Kate doesnt forgive him. I know, its weird that I liked that so much. But how many times have I read a story where the guy gets down on his knees begging for forgiveness and the girl says yes, just like that? Countless of times! And while the prospect of having a guy on his knees is satisfying, its not enough for Kate. No, she makes DrewÂ workÂ for it. Bad. Its not just enough for Drew to tells Kate that he loves herwhich she doesnt believehe has to show her as well. Of course, on the outside, Kate wants nothing to do with him after what he does. But on the inside, she knows that she loves him back, but is just terrified of being played again. So she keeps her emotions in check (other than some lovely hate spews at Drew) to protect her heart. What can I say, Im a sucker for strong, independent women. It was a breath of fresh air and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Drew work for her. In the end, Drews big romantic gesture (and not the obnoxious ones) is what wins back Kates heart. And they live happily ever after. until Â their story picks up inÂ Twisted, that is.
I honestly wasnt expecting to like this book as much as I did. I was expecting the typical contemporary novel, but what I got what much better. Being inside Drews head was definitely a treat. I loved seeing the change he goes through and how differently he thinks by the end of the book. Bye-bye, player! Hello, sucker! Just kidding. The man Drew becomes is one that is not only gorgeous on the outside, but on the inside as well. I cant wait to read the rest of their story through Kates eyes in Twisted! Im sure Ill love is just as much! Also, make sure to check out Holy Frigging Matrimony, a Tangled short story told in Drews POV!