Tuesday, July 15, 2014

REVIEW - Tamed (Tangled #3) by Emma Chase

Title: Tamed (Tangled #3)
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN13: 9781476763606
Release Date: 15 July 2014
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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 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.

TAMED goes back in time to the Tangled days. But this time around, it’s not Drew dishing out the advice and opinions—it’s his best friend Matthew, who of course is dealing with Dee Dee.

My thoughts:
Although this is number three in the Tangled series and runs pretty much concurrently with Drew’s and Kate’s story, this installment is all about Matthew and Dee and their wild, offbeat courtship. Matthew is introduced to Kate’s best friend Dee it’s pretty much lust at first sight for him. Possibly for Dee as well, but she’s got some serious issues that she uses as an excuse to not get too attached to a guy. But Matthew is not just any guy, and he’s out to prove that he means it when he says he wants to be with her.

Emma Chase has a definite gift when it comes to writing in the male POV; while both Matthew and Drew are players, Matthew is the more mature between them and while his views about women and relationships are just as hilarious as Drew's observations, he pretty much hits the nail on the head. He also realizes pretty early on that Dee has some issues going on when it comes to relationships and that he needs to take it slow so that she'll know he's serious about her.

Dee, bless her heart, has been hurt plenty of times in the past, and doesn't have much faith when it comes to being in a relationship, all starting with her father. And while she wants to be with Matthew, her insecurities are a constant roadblock for them. And it doesn't exactly help the situation when she's pissed with Drew and taking it out on Matthew, which leads to the inevitable break up. 

We also get to see more of Alexandra in this book, as she's even more impressive and protective than we originally saw in Tangled and Twisted; but we know that Alexandra has a good heart for taking care of her loved ones, and Matthew is no exception.

Another fantastic story in the Tangled series, how can you not love it? Drew might be the one to give it to you great, but Matthew will give it to you great AND watch chick flicks with you!
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

She puts on the helmet, but doesn’t climb on the Ducati right away. She stands on the sidewalk, hands on her hips, looking thoughtfully at it. “What would you say if I said I wanted to drive your motorcycle to the party?”
“I’d say you’re shit out of luck. I don’t ride bitch.”
She knocks me upside the head—but my helmet softens the blow. “Then let me take it for a ride myself. Just around the block.”
“I . . .don’t think so.”
She pouts.
I sigh. “Have you ever driven a motorcycle before?”
“No, but I’ve always wanted to.”
“Well, I’ve always wanted to fly, but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna strap on a squirrel suit and skydive from the god damn Empire State Building.”
She steps closer, and rubs her placating hands up my chest. “Come on, please? I’ll be really careful and grateful. Really grateful. Like . . .deviantly, let you handcuff me to the bed, kind of grateful.”
Forget the national broadcast system—this is the test. Am I going to stick to my man-guns, keep my pride, and protect my cherished vehicle from almost certain carnage? Or, am I going to be ruled by my dick and swayed by the promise of kinky, have-Dee-at-my-mercy-all-night-long, sex?
No contest.
“Riding bitch, it is.”

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.
Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

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