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Book Review: Sidebarred by Emma Chase

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Title: Sidebarred (Legal Briefs #3.5)
Author: @EmmaChse
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 101 pages
Rating: 5 stars

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Synopsis

Join Jake & Chelsea, Stanton & Sofia, Brent & Kennedy as they navigate the hilarious and heartwarming hurdles of love, life and the law in this final addition to the Legal Briefs Series.

There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless—in and out of the courtroom.
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Inside the Author with 20 Questions: Emma Chase

Questions

☆ ☆ ☆INSIDE THE AUTHOR WITH 20 QUESTIONS: EMMA CHASE☆ ☆ ☆
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1. What is your favorite word?
Irreverent – because my characters always are.

2. What is your least favorite word?
Rhythm – because I always spell it wrong (I spelled it wrong just now while typing the answer to this question).
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Book Review: Appealed by Emma Chase

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Title: Appealed (Legal Briefs #3)
Author: Emma Chase @EmmaChse
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 249 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis
When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate – and prized – parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.

Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.

And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
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When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell.

She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore – she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.
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Author Spotlight (Interview): Emma Chase

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Today we are honored to be featuring Emma Chase in our Author Spotlight.  This author really doesn’t need an introduction, but we’ll do one anyway, ‘cuz that’s how we roll.  

Once in a blue moon, a book is released into the romance book world that everyone talks about.  Tangled was one of those books.  Not only did we get a healthy dose of laughs with Drew and his schenaigans, but we found a new author who could nail the male POV.  These authors are rare folks. 

With the Tangled series and her new Legal Briefs series, Emma has shown she keep up the laughs, add make us continually update our book boyfriend list.  Just see the Sustained review to see what I mean.

Thank you Emma for taking the time and answering some questions.

Interview

What inspired you to write the Legal Briefs series?  Do you have any legal background?
I wanted to be a lawyer when I was very young, but no – no background. The idea of three hot-shot, young attorneys came to me when I was in Washington DC for a book signing. It’s a young, attractive city – with the most lawyers per capita than any state/district in the country.

Are you already planning on what to write after the Legal Briefs series?  If so, can you give us a hint?
I have a bunch of ideas for new standalones. I also have ideas for a possible Legal Briefs novella because these characters aren’t ready to say goodbye just yet. And I’m always working here and there on a few stories that would bring us back to the Tangled crowd.

What has been most challenging about writing?
Time management. Staying on task, on time and organized.

Do you listen to music while writing and if so, what type of music do you listen to?
I listen to music before I write. Over and over again. The type of music depends on the mood of the scene. During Sustained I listened to Shut up and Dance With Me by Walk the Moon, Closer by Better Than Ezra, Desperado by Linda Ronstadt and House of Pain by White Buffalo.

Who was your favorite character to write about so far?
Jake. He’s complicated and amazingly layered but he’s really funny and sexy and he has this rough edge about him too, which makes him such a rich character to write.

Being inside Drew’s head was something else.  Not many authors can write the male POV and you nailed it.  How did you do it?  Did you consult with a lot of men?
Thank you! It was just as great for me to write from Drew’s head as it was for you to read it! I don’t honestly know how it happens – I was very close with a few guy friends growing up, so their voices are definitely buzzing around my head. For me, there’s a freedom in writing from the male POV. My guy characters are all bold and over-confident – they believe no matter what they say or do, readers are going to love them anyway. That makes for some really easy flowing, no boundaries kind of writing that is pure fun.

If Tangled became a movie and/or mini series, who do you see playing Drew and Kate?  (Personally we see Ian Somerhalder for Drew, we don’t have a Kate though).
I have such problems doing casting – because I always pick actors closer to my age (Bradley Cooper & Kate Beckinsale) as opposed to the age of the characters. In Tangled, Drew’s 28 and Kate’s 25 – that seems so young to me now, lol. I think Chris Evans would make a good Drew and Nina Dobrev would be beautiful as Kate.

Same question for Overruled, one of our reviewers keeps picturing a young Josh Lucas for Stanton, and maybe a younger Eva Mendes for Sofia.
OMG – Josh Lucas and Eva Mendes are amazing choices!! I approve. Scott Eastwood would be a really good Stanton too. For Sustained I would love Theo James for Jake and Jennifer Lawrence as Chelsea.

Rapid Fire Questions

Favorite author?
Gah – sooo hard (that’s what she said). Johanna Lindsey.

Favorite romance book?
Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey and The Bride by Julie Garwood

Current read?
NUTS by Alice Clayton. Go ahead – be jealous.

Biggest vice?
Caffeine

Favorite musician?
I go through fazes. I was on a huge Air Supply kick recently. I think Eminem is a genius, I sing Tom Petty in my car with the windows down and I’ve never heard a Bon Jovi song I didn’t like. I’ve just recently discovered Ed Sheeran (he’s amazing) and I find One Direction songs fantastically addictive. I also listen to showtunes from Les Miserables and Wicked almost every day (I sing those too – sooo badly).

Favorite candy?
Anything fruity/chewy – Swedish fish, Mike & Ike’s, fruit snacks.

Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi

Favorite Star Wars character?
On this, Drew Evans and I agree. Han Solo – no contest. He’s so cool. And handsome, and clever and loyal.

Thank you again Emma for hanging out with us and answering our questions.

About

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night, she toils away bringing her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. Writing has always been her passion, and the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, was nothing less than a dream come true.

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Book Title: Tangled (Tangled #1)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 254 pages

Synopsis

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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Book Title: Holy Frigging Matrimony (Tangled #1.5)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 40 pages

Synopsis

What does Drew Evans have to say next? Find out in this forty page short story, filled with his sexy charm, unique advice and hilarious one-liners.

Marriage: the final frontier. Steven went first. He was kind of our test subject. Like those monkeys that NASA sent off into space in the fifties, all the while knowing they’d never make it back.

And now another poor rocket is ready to launch.

But this isn’t just any posh New York wedding. You’ve seen my friends, you’ve met our families, you know you’re in for a treat. Everyone wants their wedding to be memorable. This one’s going to be un-frigging-forgettable.

Holy Frigging Matrimony takes place about a year after Tangled’s end and is from Drew’s POV.

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Book Title: Twisted (Tangled #2)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 272 pages

Synopsis

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.

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Book Title: Tamed (Tangled #3)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 256 pages

Synopsis

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.

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Book Title: Tied (Tangled #4)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 256 pages

Synopsis

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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Book Title: Overruled (Legal Briefs #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 272 pages

Synopsis

As a DC defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing – with his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes – he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart and mother of his beloved ten-year old daughter. Jenny is getting married — to someone who isn’t him.

That’s definitely not part of the plan.
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Sofia Santos is a city raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her “friend with mind-blowing benefits” begs for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him – to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi – to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves.

Her head tells her she’s crazy…and her heart says something else entirely.
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What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.

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Book Title: Sustained (Legal Briefs #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 304 pages

Synopsis

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

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Book Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

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Book Title: Sustained (Legal Briefs #2)
Author: Emma Chase
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 304 pages
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

Grace Review

Just in case you didn’t see my broadcasts all over social media, I have a new BBF and his name is Jake Becker!

This wasn’t an insta-love thing for me. I didn’t exactly warm up to Jake’s ways with women, it was all a bit cold. He is focused solely in his career, with no time for women, other than to get him off. But with each page, I began to warm up to him.

Why the change? A random encounter with a pick-pocketer brings him to the doorstep of a woman who catches his attention. Their brief meeting isn’t sexual. How could it be with six kids running among them. And it’s his interaction with this large bunch is really what sparks my interest. Around 38%, I’m already looking at my BBF list to see if he should be added. By 80%, he’s already got a spot on the list at #5. Why is this a big deal? Because I haven’t added anyone to this top 5 for over a year. This guy is the real deal!

So, back to this story. What makes it so special is not just:
Jake with Chelsea
Jake with the kids
Chelsea with the kids
It’s a combination of all of the above. While Jake may never had kids pictured in his life plan, and Chelsea had a whole other life before them, I never doubted for a second that these eight people were meant to be together forever.  As we get pieces of their interactions together, I fell in love with them, as much as they fell in love with one another.

In case you haven’t noticed, empathy isn’t my strong point.  And crying teenagers?  This feels kind of like a bigfoot encounter – I’ve heard about it on TV, read about it in the papers . . . but this is the first time I’ve actually seen one close up.

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It was beyond sweet to see Jake’s transformation. Sure, his immediate attraction to Chelsea was a motivator, and maybe he initially helped out with the kids to get close to her, but it doesn’t take long before you see his commitment is so much deeper. One phone call about the kids had him dropping everything. And with each moment he spends with them, I feel deeper in love.

And when someone believes in you, goes out on a limb for you when they have no obligation to do shit – it has impact.  It made me want to look in the mirror and see the man he knew I could be.

Now, if Jake perfect? No, he doesn’t have several stupid moments where he pulls the “I’m not good enough” bs. Why did he stay in my good graces although making my heart hurt? Because he never walked away from the kids. He saw how desperately they needed love, for anyone, and in his time with Chelsea, he grew just as dependent on them.

Career wise, I wondered how Jake would move forward. His career direction seemed to be at odds with how we was around the kids. As a defense attorney, he spent a living rescuing a bunch of people who didn’t deserve to be rescued. Eventually he sees this conflict too and finds way to make things right. He becomes a man who feels worthy of Chelsea. I knew it all along, but these book boyfriends, sometimes they get a bit lost.

This is that book, that book that will give you all of the feels. One you will finish with a permanent grin. As a reader, sometimes you get in a rut. Either you suffer from a book hangover or all the books start to sound the same. This book will not only cure a book hangover (may give you another – sooooorrry), but it will stand out for the sea of other romance books. Not only will you fall in love with Jake (still MINE, just a reminder), but you’ll fall in love with Chelsea, and the six Rs – Riley, Rory, Raymond, Rosaleen, Regan, and Ronan. Eight might be enough on TV (if you don’t get this, you’re too young), but I would join the crazy family in a heart beat.

– Grace

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Book Review: Overruled by Emma Chase

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Title: Overruled (Legal Briefs #1)
Author: Emma Chase
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Length: 272 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

As a DC defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing – with his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes – he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart and mother of his beloved ten-year old daughter. Jenny is getting married — to someone who isn’t him.

That’s definitely not part of the plan.
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Sofia Santos is a city raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her “friend with mind-blowing benefits” begs for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him – to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi – to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves.

Her head tells her she’s crazy…and her heart says something else entirely.
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What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.

Grace Review

In the first book of this author’s new series, we meet the sweet southern boy, Stanton, who has a life plan with his girl, Jenny.  But life throws them a curve-ball, and the two react in the strangest of ways.

Fast forward 11 or so years later. Stanton still has his plan.  In his head, Jenny is still his girl.  Even though the live in completely different states, and see other people.  But have no worries, it’s all just casual. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight, that’s how it always starts.

Although the L word is only used by towards one person in the beginning, this story is clearly a love triangle.  Just not the typical one.
Stanton loves Jenny.
Jenny has a past with Stanton, but no longer loves him in that way.
Sofia has a friends with benefits relationship with Stanton, but its obvious, it means more to both of them then they admit.

Throughout the story, I really didn’t know what to think of Stanton.  He’s got all the qualities of the perfect BBF, except one.  His heart wasn’t were I wanted it to be.  And as you read the story, you sense his heart might not actually be where he things it is, he’s just so focused on “the plan” that he can’t see what’s right in front of him.

Stanton and Sofia are seriously hot together. This quote alone says is all:
I grip my dick firmly, pumping slow, then trace the tip over Sofia’s lips, spreading the moisture already there across them.
I look into those eyes, eyes a man could drown in if he’s not careful – and I tell her, “Open.”

5 alarm fire, H-O-T!!!  Yowza!

While I wasn’t sure what I thought about Stanton, I loved Sofia.  I’ll admit, I didn’t quite understand how she could do the “friends with benefits” thing without getting attached.  She so bravely supported Stanton’s quest to get back the “love of his life”, not herself.  At first I didn’t understand how she could distance herself, but little by little, she lets the emotion peak out, and it only made my heart break for her.

“We’re friends who fuck – that’s nothing like what me and Jenn are.”

Ouch, Stanton!

Sofia remained strong and not a whiny annoying heroine, even as she broke down, so I couldn’t fault her in any way.

As for Jenny, like Sofia, I wanted to hate her.  But it really was just impossible to do.  I could totally understand her reasoning for moving on.  How she convinces Stanton to do the same, was a bit unexpected, but I like how she pointed out all of the obvious signs he had been ignoring all along.

“You’re so stubborn – you’re so stuck on what you think is supposed to be, that you’re missin’ what’s right in front of you.”

While this book doesn’t have the laugh a sentence humor than the Tangled series did, there are still funny moments, usually from the cast of secondary characters.
Nana and her gun – She never did like “that boy” Stanton, but she offers much needed advice to him at the oddest of times.

Drew Evans – Yes, you’ll be happy to know that he makes a solid cameo in this book, as Stanton’s former frat brother.

Carter – Stanton’s hippie brother, also adds some levity with his preaching for love and forgiveness, at the most awkward moments.

Overall, this was an entertaining read. The love triangle was a bit odd and unexpected, as two people come to realize that there careful laid plains where blown up when their hearts opened up to the idea of love.  I’m really looking forward to the next two books in the series, which feature Jake and Brent, who work in DC with Stanton and Sofia.

– Grace

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Promo Tour (Book Review & Excerpt): Tied by Emma Chase

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Title: Tied (Tangled #4)
Author: Emma Chase
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Length: 256 pages
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis
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?

MG Review
Grace: Before we get started, can we talk about this cover?  Because I LOVE it!  I’m usually afraid when authors show faces on the cover because, either it doesn’t match with my image of the character, or even worse, doesn’t physically match the author’s description of the character.  This happens.  A LOT!  Anywho, the image of Kate is exactly how I pictured her, and who is this?  Who is this male model as Drew?  Heeeeelllo!  From what we see of him, he is FINE.  But I am waiting for the full image of this man.  I have asked both Emma and Nina to tell me who this man is.  Still waiting!  *taps foot impatiently*  But nice work on the cover.  Really nice. : D

Now that that’s out the way, on to the review . . .

If you didn’t get enough of Drew’s POV in Twisted, you will be happy to know he is back and he’s got a lot to say.  This story takes place two years later. He’s a Dad. <= If this is a spoiler for you, I’m not sure why you are reading this review.

Michelle: So before we continue with the review, if you haven’t read Tangled and Twisted, don’t read this review, get your ass to B&N or Amazon, IBooks, Nook, whatever … and get the fucking books (ok I just channeled Drew Evans with this snarky remark).

Finally, the BIG DAY is upon Drew and Kate.  After being together for 5 years, having a two-year-old son (oh Sister B. must be pissed, but I think she’s fine with it), witnessing their best friends marriage (Matthew and Delores for those who are living under a rock Holy Friggin Matrimony), an almost break up in Twisted, they are finally saying “I do.”

“Because she (Kate) did what everyone-including the members of my immediate family-thought impossible.  She bagged me.  The grand prize-the unattainable-the megamillions jackpot.”

As I was saying, Drew and Kate have come a long way, that’s for sure.  You finally see Drew “grow up”, especially now that he is a father.  Although, the sarcasm and the funny one-liners are still there.  If you read Tangled, you know from the first book how “awesome” Drew is, he actually tells you how freaking awesome he is.  In Tied, he proves how awesome he really is.  His love for Kate is over-the-roof.  He doesn’t even acknowledge other women, like at all!

Grace: How is Drew enjoying fatherhood? Well, through flashbacks, we get to hear about the good, bad and smelly moments of his new responsibility. While he has moments of sleep deprivation and sexual longing for some time with Kate, it’s a wonderful thing to see how much he loves his boy.

Michelle: His love for his son James, is so beautiful (and hysterically funny too).  Case in point:

“Our first commandment: Don’t wake the fucking baby. I’ll repeat that in case you missed it: DON’T WAKE THE FUCKING BABY. Like… ever. Still don’t get it? Must not have kids then.” 

He is so correct with this assessment.  I remember when I had my daughter and my husband was working nights, I would preach to him (don’t wake up the baby damn it, unless you want to hear my wrath.”)

Michelle: Of course, before they can have their “I dos”, they must partake in the modern custom of bachelor and bachelorette parties and having a final hurrah with their closest friends.

Grace:  They decide to have dual bachelor and bachelorette parties in . . . wait for it . . . Vegas baby!!! What could possibly go wrong?!

Michelle:  You think is will be all systems go, nothing can go wrong, right?  Uhm, keep thinking.

Without giving too much away, I will say this, Drew has come a long way from his “caveman” ways, yet it still comes up.  Drew and Kate’s love for each other is right at the forefront.  Drew has even grown to tolerate Kate’s ex-boyfriend Billy Though,there was some nice moments between Drew and Billy, I don’t think they will be BFFs, but have come to an understanding.

Grace: We get a whole new Drew in this book. Drew 2.0.

He’s thrown temptation after temptation. Misunderstandings. Strippers. And ungodly amount of alcohol.

We all know what the old Drew would do. But our boy wonder seems to have learned a thing or two from his past problems with Kate. And now, too much is on the line to fuck it up again.

I’ll admit, I like Drew, was worried for a bit at times. But he comes out unscathed, and lucky for him, wedding bells are still ringing.

Michelle: So as the old adage goes “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, not so much with this lively group.  I will say this, I would love to hang out with this crew anytime if they were real.

I just love getting into Drew’s head and his snark, it’s like poetry in motion.  I said it once in my review for Tamed and I’ll say it again, I wonder if Emma was a man in her previous life, lol.

I shed a tear or two towards the end of the book.  Even hearing Drew’s friends speeches to him at his bachelor party or Matthew’s Best Man speech, you can tell his friends really love and respect Drew.  I really didn’t want this book to end, but they say “all good things must come to an end.”.  I was happy to read Emma’s author’s note, that there may be novellas and prequels in the future, so I’m not so sad now.  Thank you Emma for giving us Drew.  You made me laugh out loud with all your books and made me shed a tear or two in Tied.  I cannot wait to read more of Emma’s book in the near future.

– Michelle and Grace

*An Arc was provided via Net Galley by the publisher for an honest review.

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Additional purchase links:

Tangled: Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Holy Frigging Matrimony (novella): Amazon UK | Amazon CA
Twisted: Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Tamed: Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback
Tied: Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Paperback (October 7, 2014)

Excerpt
“I hover over her, just close enough to caress her with my breath. “Fuck, Kate, the things I want to do to you…”

Her round, dark eyes drift over my face — filled with love and need. Docile and demanding at the same time.

“I’m yours, Drew.” She whispers. “You can do anything…everything.”

Does she understand what she’s offering? How badly I want to hear her voice, soaked with pleasure, screaming my name until it echoes off the hills around us?

Anything?

Oh, the possibilities.

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Book Review: Tamed by Emma Chase

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Title: Tamed (Tangled #3)
Author: Emma Chase
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Length: 256 pages
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis
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.

Michelle’s Review
So I could not wait to read how Dee and Matthew hooked up in the first place.

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Matthew, like Drew, he was a playa! Although his rules were a little different than Drew’s after said hook up.  I love how Emma writes in a male’s POV, it is freaking hilarious.  I keep wondering if she was a man in her previous life, lol.

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Matthew is your typical red-blooded man I guess, but with a sweet side too.

She wants excitement, spontaneity, but a part of her – the part that’s been dicked around by one too many pricks in the past – craves reliability. Honesty. Truth.
I want to give her both. I want to be her roller coaster and her merry-go-round, her adventurer and her protector. Her impressionist and her periodic table.

He was in lust at first sight with Dee that’s for sure. Love me some Dee and her “don’t give me lines so you can keep me” attitude.  She is downright blunt and to the point.  All women should be like her.

Yet, it was interesting seeing a vulnerable side to Dee, one that I did not expect. She is tough as nails don’t get me wrong, but she has been through the ringer with douchebags before.

The sexy times these two have are worthy for an ovary explosion, that good.

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Is there an HEA?  In the words of Drew (I guess) hell fucking yea there is!  Duh, if you’ve read Holy Friggin Matrimony you know there is one, lol.

This is a quick read, glad that I was able to do a buddy read with my girls for this book.

– Michelle

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