Tangled by Emma Chase – Audiobook Review

Release Date: August 2nd, 2013
Summary from Goodreads:

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.

Review:

I wish I had loved Tangled more, but unfortunately I did not. I struggled getting into the story and once I did, it didn’t hold my attention nearly as much as I would have liked. In all honesty, I listened to it on audiobook and it took me almost four months to get through. Now don’t get me wrong, this book is by no means horrible or badly written. It just wasn’t necessarily my cup of tea.

The book starts off with Drew lying on his couch, defending his current situation. He hasn’t showered in who knows how long, there are half-eaten meals left in to-go containers strewn across his apartment, and he’s convinced he has the flu. It isn’t until The Bitch aka his sister, Alexandra comes to check on him that we find out the real story. Drew may be sick, but it isn’t the flu, playboy has a bad case of heartbreak. Rewind, and the story begins with Drew meeting Kate Brooks, a recent graduate and new employee at the same investment bank he works at. He has a strict, do not sleep with coworkers rule but there is just something about Kate. To make matters worse, even if Drew wanted to break the cardinal rule, Kate’s off the market. She’s been engaged to her fiancé for 7 years. Even with these two big red flags waving in Drew’s face, Kate is constantly on his mind. So what will he do about it? Guess you’ll have to read to find out.

I am a big lover of characters; I like to dissect them and get to know them. I felt it a little difficult to get to know Drew in the first 1/3 of this book. I felt that his true personality was hidden behind crass and vulgar comments that made it difficult to like him. I don’t mind if a guy thinks dirty thoughts or says inappropriate things but sometimes this book took it a little too far for me. However, once Kate came into Drew’s life in full-force I think he was a lot more likeable. I felt that we finally got to see Drew’s personality come to a whole. Additionally, his interactions with his family, especially McKenzie allowed me to see a little more of humanity.  In fact, his interactions with McKenzie often stole the show. Drew’s real redemption came when he accepted  responsibility and learned from his mistakes. And although his tactics were a bit unorthodox, and over-the-top (something I’ve come to expect from him), his character development was enough that he eventually won me over. I will say that I am in the minority. A lot of my friends loved Drew from the very beginning, but for me he was an acquired taste.

As for Kate Brooks, I actually kind of loved her. She was fierce and honest and didn’t take any crap from Drew. She held her ground and after Drew was a royal jerk to her, she didn’t just let him back in with open arms. In fact, I was surprised at her self-control and self-respect. Usually a guy screws a girl over and with one “I’m sorry” she goes skittering back to him. Not Kate Brooks, she’s too smart for that. This leads me to another thing about Kate, she’s intelligent and not just superficially. She’s got a really good head on her shoulders and I appreciated that. She didn’t let the men in her life dictate her actions and she definitely proved to be a forced to be reckoned with in the office.

Overall, I liked Tangled but it was an almost miss for me. It’s hard to get into specific plot points without giving away the entire story so I’ll just say that the plot was cute and fun. I just struggled with the pacing and my initial hesitation with Drew. However, I did enjoy last 1/3 of the book, a lot and I will most likely read the sequels.

Now as for the audio portion of this review. Holy smokes. Sebastian York has one of the best voices I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. He made me believe he was Drew and quite honestly, I think his ability to bring Drew to life made the character more appealing to me as the story progressed. He was the perfect narrator for this book and I actually bought another book he narrated specifically to listen to him again (don’t judge). So basically, if you want someone who’s going to make you weak in the knees and cause your heart to race, Sebastian York should be your new audio book crush.

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