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Tangled (Tangled #1), by Emma Chase

Tangled______________________________________________

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.
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 “See that guy – black suit, devilishly handsome? Yeah, that guy getting the blow job from the luscious redhead in the bathroom stall? That’s me. The real me. MBF: Me Before Flu.”

Gosh I had such a blast reading this book. No kidding my lovelies. Whatever you’re doing right now, it needs to stop. This book is the kind of book you drop everything you’re doing to read and then, for the time you read it, you forget that there is a world out there, that you have a family or that you need to eat and sleep once in a while. It’s that captivating. I had to force myself not to go to the bathroom every five minutes with my kindle while at work and read. Oh don’t laugh! I know you do it too. And if you don’t, you haven’t been reading the right books. But I digress.

“Fuck you!”
She stalks back around my desk toward the door.
“Here? Now?” I look up at the ceiling, like I’m debating the prospect. “Well…okay. But be gentle. My couch is a virgin.”

Actually, I wasn’t really planning on reading Tangled. I had seen the cover on Goodreads on many occasions and it came up regularly in my recommendation feed, but I never put it on my reading list or even read the blurb. I don’t really know why I picked it to be honest. But I’m really glad I did. This book made me laugh so hard I snorted! I actually piggy-laughed because of how funny and witty this book is.

“No, I haven’t fucked her. Not that I wouldn’t love to. Trust me, if she didn’t work for me, I’d hit that harder than Mohammed Ali.”

I loved Drew’s voice. I wouldn’t say its rare but it’s not exactly common either to read a book from a male POV. But I usually enjoy those quite a lot. Well this book was no exception. Drew’s voice is seriously good. He’s funny and witty and charming and a bit of an arrogant asshole but damn if I didn’t love him!

“Then I flip Kate the finger. Immature, I know, but apparently we’re now both functioning at the preschool level, so I’m guessing it’s okay. Kate sneers at me. Then she mouths, You wish. Well—she’s got me there, now doesn’t she?”

From page one I was hooked! And he had all those mostly useless but oddly interesting fun facts about men and women and sex that he dispenses throughout the book to prove his points. I’ll give you a sample:

“In that same year, NYU conducted its own study. With rats. They implanted electrodes in the brains of male rats and put two buttons in their cages. When the lucky little bastards pushed the blue button, the electrodes triggered an orgasm. When they pushed a red button, they were given food.

Care to guess what happened to all the rats?
They died.
They fucking starved to death.
They never pushed the red button.
Need I say more?”

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“I bet you didn’t know this, but lots of guys have a thing for Ariel. You know, from The Little Mermaid? I’ve never been into her myself, but I can understand the attraction: she fills out her shells nicely, she’s a redhead, and she spends most of the movie unable to speak.
In light of this, I’m not too disturbed about the semi I’m sporting while watching Beauty and the Beast—part of the homework Erin gave me. I like Belle. She’s hot. Well…for a cartoon, anyway. She reminds me of Kate. She’s resourceful. Smart. And she doesn’t take any shit from the Beast or that douchebag with the freakishly large arms.
I stare at the television as Belle bends over to feed a bird. Then I lean forward, hoping for a nice cleavage shot…
I’m going to hell, aren’t I?”

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“To the ladies out there – here’s a fact for you: Men pretty much have sex on the brain twenty-four-seven. The exact figure is like every 5.3 seconds or some shit like that.
The point is, when you ask, “What do you want for dinner?” we’re thinking about screwing you on the kitchen counter. When you’re telling us about the sappy film you watched with your girlfriends last week, we’re thinking about the porno we saw on cable last night. When you show us the designer shoes you bought on sale, we’re thinking how nice they would look on our shoulders.

I just thought you’d want to know. Don’t shoot the messenger”

So basically, I seriously loved Drew. I know I shouldn’t, I know. He is an arrogant, womanizing shithead! But I just can’t help it. He charmed me nonetheless and I had absolutely no defense against it. But to be true I didn’t really fight it either.

“Half the women in this city would give their left tit to have me where I am right now. Pussy whipped. Obsessed. In love.”

Tangled is definitely the kind of book that grabs your attention from the start. It demands it and does not let go until you’ve turned the last page. I freaking love it. All of it. Emma Chase writing is phenomenal! I probably highlighted most of the book. Honestly, this book and/or Mrs. Chase: freaking genius!

Be it the jokes, the banter, the pace, she did wonders with this book, these characters and this story. I loved the characters. Well, except for Billy but that’s kind of okay. But otherwise, they were all great. Matthew and Dolores and The Bitch and her husband and their sweet little Mackenzie! I swear, this kid is just too cute! And I loved how Drew was with her!

“You are driving me crazy!”
“Crazy? Like you want to rip my shirt open again?”
“No. Crazy like the itch of a yeast infection that just won’t go away.”

Kate is exactly the kind of heroine I love! She’s cute and sweet and intelligent. I loved how she gave as good as she got with Drew and didn’t let him intimidate her. I loved how she always had a come back for him or a prank to up his. I sure wish there were more heroines like her in books. A woman who’s not afraid to show and ask for what she wants and not settle for anything less and who’s not a doormat. Her antics with Drew made me laugh so hard! And another thing I loved about Drew and Kate: the sexual tension between them!!!!

“It makes me want to kiss her and strangle her at the same time. I’ve never been into S&M. But I’m beginning to see its benefits.”

That was some hot angry foreplay if you ask me. Those times at the office when they were screaming and arguing with each other to finally kiss the daylight out of each other. I swear I was a squirmy mess when I read those scenes. Everything in this book was done just right. I really don’t have a bad thing to say about it. Of course the bit where Drew messes up wasn’t my favorite. I might have screamed at my Kindle for it because he was being such a dumb ass. But the groveling part was really good to read and what I liked about it was that instead of being sappy (because let’s face it, it easily goes into sappy territory in romance books when the groveling part arrives) Drew stayed the same somewhat. Sure, he was apologizing, but he was doing it Drew style, and of course it was cute in a cocky arrogant way and only Drew can achieve and still be sweet, funny and infuriating at the same time.

“My mother always told me, “Anyone worth doing, is worth doing well.” Okay, she didn’t actually say those exact words, but you get the picture.”

I definitely recommend this book to anyone out there. If you like a love story that is witty, makes you laugh and smile none stop and that manages to be emotional, fun and seriously hot, look no further because you’ve found the right book with Tangled. I’d also recommend you read the extra scenes from Tangled that take place after the events of the book. They’re quite sweet and funny and seeing Drew, former cocky arrogant man-whore being a cocky arrogant monogamous was just the cherry on top of the sweet cake that is this book.

“After this? Heaven’s going to be a major disappointment.”

James Games, by L. A. Rose

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Every year, the girls of Phi Delta Chi, Fiona Arlett’s dream sorority, hold a competition.

The prize?

James Reid, king size bar of eye candy and famous actor turned haughty undergrad.

The rules?

No girl but the winner can touch him.

The problem?

Fiona miiight have unknowingly banged his brains out last week.

Losing the competition may mean wearing a chicken suit to the sexiest Halloween costume contest, but she’d rather have feathers up her butt than let the truth out.

Unfortunately, she and James have lots in common and more chemistry than the science wing. Soon they’re sneaking around behind the backs of UCSD’s hottest and most vengeful girls.

If they find out?

Fiona’s screwed.

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I really enjoyed this book. James Games was the kind of book that has a big bundle of crazy in it, moments that are almost too much to be believable and yet, I was able to see beyond the craziness and over the top moments and I loved it. I laughed so hard while reading and this book kept a smile on my face almost the entire time I was reading it.

“Life is all about choices. At this particular moment, my choice is between A: Jumping naked into a bush from a second-story window and B: getting torn to shreds by a gorgeous girl in Prada. The devil really does wear it.”

Fiona’s character had a lot to do with that. She was the bundle of craziness in the book. Her personality is over the top and she is a very free spirit but she was hilarious to me. She has almost no filter when it comes to her mouth and her inner voice made me burst out laughing more than once.

“If you don’t dance like you’re a weapon at concerts, all flailing arms and jabbing elbows and swishing hips, you’ll end up feeling like you’re a kitten at an elephant convention. Cute, but dead.”

You get the kind of person she is from chapter one and it’s what got me hooked. I have to say that at the beginning, I wasn’t sure I would like her. She is very promiscuous and well, she sure is not virtuous at all. And well, even though she was fun to read, her attitude didn’t really work for me. But then I understood why she was that way in the beginning and it started making sense to me why she did what she did and thought the way she did too.

“Now I’m living the life I was always meant to have – a life of fun and sex and crazy wild antics – and nothing is going to stop me. Not my family, not some skewed sense of morality, and not my heart. Yuck.”

I loved that her character was so optimistic and fun and non conformist. I like that she never backed done from a challenge and didn’t let other people intimidate her. I loved how loyal she was to her friends and how she’d always put them first. And I loved how she stood up to Sigrid the Crazy Bitch.
But most of all, I liked how she was with James.

“Somehow I ended up caring about you, James. And that’s not something you can just get yourself out of. Once I like you, I’m a for-life type of girl. Like hepatitis. And nothing you say is going to say that.”

Her connection with James was really something I enjoyed reading about in the book. At the beginning, their relationship is a bit rocky and mostly lust driven. I’m thinking about two scenes here. One involves a wall and the other a classroom. Those scenes were seriously hot if you ask me. But even though the sex between them was really good, what I liked even more was when they began being frenemies and slowly evolved to being friends.

“I joined Phi Delta Chi to get in on all the good parties, not have a battle of the vaginas over some guy.”

I loved that she was able to see past the famous hottie and be his friend. The way the other girls acted around him was honestly a little pathetic if you ask me and Sigrid’s attitude toward him was the most pathetic and shitty of all, especially when you know what the James Games are and how they came to be. But Fiona, because of who she is, was able to really see him and love him for the man he is and not the famous actor that everyone wants a piece of. She always wanted to know the real him and not the guy the magazine made him to be.

“You won my heart by being you.” He brushes a strand of hair off my forehead. “Wild, brave, intense you. There was no competition.”

James was great too. At first he is a bit of an ass with…well with her but with everybody too. But quickly, you find out that he’s a great guy, but he is a little scared to let people in. Also, he has a secret that he’s succeeded to keep hidden for a long time and letting someone get close to him makes it hard to keep this secret. I liked that Fiona gave him time to open up to her.

“That’s what trust is all about. Letting the other person see you with your guard down.”

The secondary characters are really cool too and I enjoyed Fiona’s circle of friends. Sigrid was the perfect bitch and I really enjoyed hating her. She was seriously a crazy lunatic but you don’t realize just how crazy she really is until the end. Honestly, sometimes I was really frustrated that no one manned up and stood up to her because for the majority of the book, Sigrid just acts like a bitch unpunished and that really pissed me off. Injustice tends to do that to me. But all is well that ends well. Sigrid get’s what she deserves.

“I realize that life really is all about choices. At this particular moment, my choice is between A: getting hazed to death and B: getting it on with James Reid. Again. Then again, sometimes your body makes choices for you.”

If you’re looking for a book with a never written before plot, this is probably not the book for you. The plot is nothing you’ve never seen before. But I still had a great time reading it and I would recommend it if you are looking for a fun read with a spitfire of a heroine, a really hot and sexy hero and a whole lot of craziness.

Reasonable Doubt: Volume 2 (Reasonable Doubt #2), by Whitney Gracia Williams

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She lied to me… 
She betrayed the one rule that I’m most adamant about: Honesty. Complete and utter fucking honesty. 
I really wish she was someone else—someone who didn’t have the ability to make me feel, someone I could easily discard like the hundreds of women before her. 
She isn’t. 
I’m drawn to her like I’ve never been drawn to a woman before—completely captivated by the very sight of her. But unfortunately, with my past slowly re-surfacing for all of the world to see, I’ll have to find a way to let her go. 
She can never be mine. 

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The first book seriously had me hooked. A few lines into the book and I was turning the pages furiously.
But, even though this book was good and you learn a teeny tiny bit more about Andrew, it didn’t have the same effect on me as the first book did. Maybe it’s because I really liked the first book and expected a lot from book #2, I don’t know, but I wasn’t as satisfied with it as I was with volume #1.

“Andrew was the epitome of what it meant to be an asshole, a shining example of what that word stood for, but no matter how pissed I was, I hadn’t been able to stop thinking about him.”

Nevertheless, it was good. Andrew still is an arrogant a-hole with a very dirty mouth, and even though this book has less steamy bits than the first, the ones in this book were still very hot.

“I do have a room reserved across the street. I’ve had the same one reserved for the past four nights with four different women, but I’ve been unable to fuck any of them because I can’t seem to stop thinking about my incompetent-ass-intern and how I only want to fuck her.”
Silence.
“Do you…” I shook my head. “Do you honestly think saying shit like that is a turn-on?”
“Yes…” He trailed his fingers underneath my dress, slightly brushing his thumb against the crotch of my soaked panties. “And apparently you do to…”

Andrew is clearly smitten with Aubrey and, well, she is too. But you just know that Andrew’s past is going to come back to bit them in the bum. And it does in a way you expect and at the same time, don’t.

“So you don’t like me?”
“I like your pussy.”
“So, the white roses and the (…) note that was on the hood of my car today weren’t from you?”
I hung up.

We get to learn more about Andrew because of how he reacts to the situation he is in. He clearly has been hurt before and even though it might not seem like it when you analyze his personality, he’s clearly scared shitless to be hurt again, and to let people in.

“You lied to me once, you’ll lie to me again.”

Book #1 finished on a big-ass cliffhanger, and this one sort of does too. One book left in this serie. I’m looking forward to it, but have a feeling it’s going to be a while before we get the rest of the story.

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1), by Christina Lauren

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An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate–and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative–completely infuriating–creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules–or outright smash them–if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.

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I read a lot of reviews before I started reading Beautiful Bastard, and some of them were actually harsh about this book. So when I started reading I was kind of expecting something shallow with almost no storyline.

Mainly, what those reviews said was that this book was just a long succession of sexual encounters between Bennett and Chloe. That there was no connection between the two of them, expect maybe for the sexual part. That Bennett was a creeper because of his habit of reaping panties. And that the ending was overly sweet.

“For some sick reason, fighting with this woman always ended with her panties in my pocket.” 

And yes the book has A LOT of sex in it. Angry sex. Office sex. Public sex, ect…But I really liked this book. I loved the banter between the characters. I LOVED the dirty talk. A lot. I absolutely loved the panty-reaping (but I usually love caveman behavior in male characters :))

“I want you to watch. And tomorrow when you’re sore, I want you to remember who did it to you.”

I really liked how Bennett and Chloe got around their hatred for each other. They both had very different personalities and the double narration helped understand them even more. Chloe never took shit from Bennett and put him in his place when needed, and Bennett, even though he acted like a jerk to Chloe never disrespected her and in a way always cared for her.

“If only he would keep his mouth shut, he’d be perfect. A piece of duct tape would do the trick. I had some in my desk that I’d occasionally pull out and fondle, hoping someday I could put it to good use.”

And yes, I get that in some aspects, you might find in the book all the elements that were frowned upon in the reviews, but it never was a problem to me. I enjoyed this book. I read it in one seating. I never got bored. I liked the characters a lot and felt a connection to them and between them.

“you need to give me a chance to fix things when I screw up. You know I’m an ass sometimes.”
“Sometimes?”
Growling, he whispered, “And I tear lingerie.”
I pushed a curl off his forehead, “And hoard it. Don’t forget the creepy hoarding.” 

But now I’m kind of wondering what will Beautiful Stranger be about. I hope it is a companion book because I feel like Bennett and Chloe don’t need a sequel to their story. But I guess you never know.

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