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Books I’ve Read: The Tangled Series by Emma Chase

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Title: Tangled, Twisted and Tied
Series: Tangled #1, #2 and #4
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher: Gallery Books
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

Twisted – There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself – and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice, the most important of my life. Drew already made his –in fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville. Alone. Well, sort of alone….

What I’ve come to realize is that old habits die hard and sometimes you have to go back to where you began, before you can move ahead.

TWISTED picks up two years after Tangled’s end, and is told from Kate’s POV.

Tied – 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?

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Let me start by saying I love this series with a capital L. Drew’s narrative voice and direct address to the reader used within this series provide a deep connection to the characters and the story alike.

It is difficult to separate the details enough to write a coherent review without spoilers. As soon as Tied hit my kindle I re-read the first two books featuring Drew and Kate to fully experience their journey from the beginning.

Let’s be honest here – I am a girl so some of the things that go on inside Drew’s head while being laugh out loud funny also make me want to stab him repeatedly OR better yet remove his favourite appendage 😉 I can only describe him as a loveable rogue ♥ Seeing the world through his eyes provides disturbing insight into the male mentality :)

The chemistry between Kate and Drew is off the charts from first encounter, but as the story progresses you can feel their mutual respect growing, especially in terms of their intellect. Nobody has ever challenged Drew in the ways that Kate does. To say that she is his equal is an understatement. She compliments him perfectly in every way. This isn’t a case of insta-love or even an insta-relationship, it’s a slow steady burn that never wavers.

I adored how romantic Drew could be when he hadn’t realised he could be the type of person to demonstrate his feelings so openly. I also loved how willing he was to learn from his mistakes. Although he does have a tendency to overreact and lash out – it is something that he does work on as the series progresses.

Twisted enables the reader to connect with Kate on a deeper level by revealing more of her back story.  However, I have to say I didn’t find Kate’s point of view as engaging as Drew’s. I think it is because Kate is such an open and honest character in a WYSIWYG way. Her inner thoughts don’t drift away from reality as much as Drew’s.

The Tangled series will draw out every single emotion you have, for the most part I veered between hysterical laughter and sobbing uncontrollably. I spent a great deal of the time while reading these books with my heart in my mouth.

The Tangled series is a must read for fans of Christina Lauren and CL Parker.

Books I’ve Read: The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston

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Title: The Sound of Us
Series: Radio Hearts #1
Author: Ashley Poston
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication Date: Dec 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

America’s favorite pop band, Roman Holiday, is done, dead, and so totally last year. For eighteen-year-old rockoholic Junie Baltimore, this is music to her ears. But when she discovers their sexy ex-lead singer hiding out on the boardwalk, her summer vacation becomes the cover story of the year.

She’s willing to keep him a secret, but when a sleazy paparazzo offers her the cash she needs to save the bar her father left behind, could she sell out for the chance to save her future? Who is she kidding? That’s a no-brainer…but she never planned on falling head over heels for the lead singer.

 

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I’ve actually read this twice now as I forgot to write my review following the first read and needed to refresh my memory to actually get the review written LOL. Imagine my surprise to find that my opinion had altered quite dramatically between the first and second reading.

The plot has a lot going on; from death and bereavement, through memories and grief, ending with relationships/friends and support systems woven together with thriller elements. Incorporating direct address to the reader to enhance the story and provide a deeper connection with the characters.

While I liked aspects of the characterisation within the story – the desperation to form a deeper connection with people and forget the stress of current situations was very realistically portrayed and aided empathy to the characters. I did find that the blasé attitude to sex and the pessimistic outlook of the main characters dampened the connection to them. Themes of identity hover on the periphery of the plot and could have been developed further to provide an additional connection to the characters.

For me, the outstanding feature of the story was the portrayal of the paparazzi and how easy it is for them to manipulate pupil opinion. The way some media outlets act as judge and jury to people in the public eye.

Fun, quirky peripheral characters act as a balance for the pessimism. Mix in a good dose of irony, sarcasm and music and you have a clever storyline.

Review: Only Forever by Cristin Harber

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Title: Only Forever
Series: Only #4
Author: Cristin Harber
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 18 May 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

About ONLY FOREVER

The fourth and final installment of the Only series. Must be read in order.

There comes a time when Emma must face the secret she kept from Grayson. But she never thought it would be while she stood on stage at Emerald’s. The seconds she has to convey that her life is in danger are lost in the devastation that she sees rip through him.

She pinches her eyes closed. “Don’t leave me. No matter how mad you are, please, please don’t leave me here alone.”

But there’s more on the line than just Emma’s safety. There’s the danger that brought Titan’s Delta team in to the strip club in the first place. A threat that’s too close to home, too close to the family, the daughter and woman Grayson plans to claim.

I push away the sudden spring of fear. Life’s too unknown, with hidden enemies and unseen terrors. The idea that I could lose her again… it’s unbearable.

A love story like Grayson and Emma needs a forever love, and somehow they’ll find their way to her fairytale.

REVIEW 

It is always difficult to write a review for the final installment of a serialisation. What I will say is Cristin Harber shows how a serialisation should be done – not to many installments that you lose interest half way through and with super-fast release times between each section to maintain interest and tension.

The plot took an unexpected and action packed turn from the end o Only For Us. Lots of issues are resolved within the narrative allowing the reader closure in the most delicious way. Reconciliations add to the sense of HEA completion within the story.

The characters, both main characters and the supporting cast, show that letting people past your barriers and being able to rely on others promotes strength rather than weakness.

I still have issues with Mazie that I just don’t think I am ever going to get past, she is one character I wish I could forget about in this book :(

I have to say that Emma has been my favourite character throughout all the episodes. Her world view is inspiring, I adored her inner strength and her unwavering belief in herself and Gray ♥

Although I loved the conclusion of this series, I have to say I found the timeframe jumps a little disjointed in places and would have liked an expansion on some of the events within Only Forever, purely to swoon over 😉

As I stated earlier the Only series is an excellent example of how a serialisation should be done :)

Review: Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon

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Title: Take Back the Skies
Series: Take Back the Skies #1
Author: Lucy Saxon
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: June 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.
So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . .

REVIEW by YEAR 8 (2013/14)

Take Back the Skies is a thrilling, exciting book. Combining action and romance, Take Back the Skies will appeal to both genders.

Lucy Saxon is a very talented, she is able to paint a picture in your imagination of the characters and the setting. She has the ability to make the reader feel involved in the story. Although the book is well written I did feel as if the story itself was unrealistic and therefore, difficult to relate to. I have to say I was disappointed with the ending, I felt it moved too quickly and spoiled overall feel of the book for me, this is my personal opinion and in no reflection of the authors talent.

While I had issues with the ending and unrealistic elements of the plot I still think Lucy Saxon is an author to watch out for. Lucy Saxon’s writing skills are fantastic, I would go so far as to say she is phenomenally talented and I will be looking out for more of her work in the future.

Books I’ve Read: Playing Dirty by CL Parker

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Title: Playing Dirty
Series: Monkey Business Trio #1
Author: CL Parker
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: 12 May 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Shaw Matthews plays to win, and he intends to snag a coveted partnership at San Diego’s hottest sports agency by signing America’s top athlete. Only one woman stands in his way: rival agent Cassidy Whalen. But eliminating the competition will be Shaw’s pleasure when he concocts an ingenious plan to seduce Cassidy and show the beautiful ballbreaker who’s the better man for the job. That is, until Cassidy turns the tables—and their steamy encounters start breaking all the rules.

Cassidy has worked hard to make it in a man’s cutthroat arena, and she isn’t going down without a fight, not even against the six-two alpha hunk whose rock-hard body awakens desires she’s never known before. As Cassidy shares night after night of unending passion with Shaw, the game begins to change. Now Cassidy stands to lose everything—unless a fiery contest of wills can become a winning proposition for two people who keep raising the stakes.

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Playing Dirty is a must read for fans of Christina Lauren. Witty sarcastic banter mixed with off the scales chemistry ensure an addictive read.

Shaw and Cassidy are both at the top of their game within their chosen profession of Sports Representative. Pitted against each other in order to win the coveted promotion to partner within the firm. They both have to figure out just how far they will go in order to win.

Cassidy has cultivated a persona of ruthless, ice queen in order to succeed in a male dominated arena. However, it is quickly obvious just how sensitive Cassidy really is. Having left behind her small town and first love to pursue a more lucrative career than offered at home. Pieces of her romantic history are slowly revealed, making both Cassidy and the reader question the future. Cassidy is an amazing character; multi-faceted identity revealed depending on the situation and other people. Cassidy is a wonderful, caring friend – selfless where those close to her a concerned.

Shaw, at first impressions could be viewed as a douche or at best a lovable rogue. Both Shaw and Cassidy have passed judgement on each other based on their preconceived notions. As details of their history are revealed, it is glaringly apparent just how wrong first impression can be. especially when preconceived notions are projected onto them.

Uncovering the layers Shaw has wrapped himself in altered my perception of him. His own insecurities account for a lot of his actions and also act as barriers to forming close relationships. Understanding alongside a spark of hope for the future form as the plot progresses.

The peripheral characters are amazing, well-developed and add more than a little spark to the plot.

The only thing I really disliked in Playing Dirty was the ending was very abrupt, although this does leave me desperate for the next installment.

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