Synopsis via Goodreads: How to protect your heart:
Let your bodyguard have it.
Jane Cobalt is an American princess. The loyal and painfully curious twenty-three-year-old has inherited immense pressure to preserve the Cobalt legacy. But for Jane — sex, love, and life have been a series of royal failures.
After a friends-with-benefits ended in disaster, she’s sworn to a “no sex” hiatus for, well, eternity — and she has no intention of letting anyone in her bed and definitely not her heart.
Twenty-eight-year-old Thatcher Moretti is painfully professional. As the stern 24/7 bodyguard to Jane, thinking about unbridled sex with his sweet client is a sin. One that he keeps committing.
But the real act is a hard line he’d never cross.
When a family member betrays Jane’s trust, the media becomes obsessed with matchmaking the perpetually “single” Jane Cobalt and unwanted attention suddenly compromises her safety.
Thatcher would do anything to protect her, and one solution may level the threats:
Become the fake boyfriend to an American princess.
Entwined together with boiling chemistry, new “professional” parameters, and an oath, unsaid feelings threaten to rise and change everything.
If you’ve read my reviews for the previous three books in the Like Us series then you’re well aware of how long I’ve been dying to get my hands on Jane Cobalt and Thatcher Moretti’s story. Jane is my absolute favorite character in this series and she’s the main reason why I’ve even stuck with the series because truth be told, I don’t really care for any of the other characters. Before I get into all my thoughts, I just wanna say that this review might be a bit more analytical than my typical reviews because I have a lot of thoughts about this series and I kind of just need to get them out so I can move on from this book.
Tangled Like Us picks up a couple months after the last book ended. Thatcher is trying to keep a low profile after the incident between him and Farrow, but that’s easier said than done, especially after being transferred to Jane’s detail. Protecting his client should be his number one priority but when it comes protecting his client’s heart…well that’s a whole different story. Jane is trying desperately to find her passion in life and it doesn’t help that her meddling grandmother decides instead that Jane should find herself a suitor to settle down with. To get her family off her back, Jane and Thatcher pretend to be a couple but when the lines start to blur between what’s real and what’s pretend, one of them will end up crossing a line that will change everything between them.
Let’s start with the positives. I went into this book loving Jane and I still adore her to bits, though I’ll admit that I felt there were times where I wanted her character to shine brighter than it actually did. Jane is such a relatable character to me because it just goes to show that you can have everything in the world and still feel lost. I loved being able to see her just try different things and see what she loved and what she didn’t and also come to the realization that despite her failures, she’s still worthy of the Cobalt name and everything that it stands for. I’m also a huge fan of Thatcher’s character and thought he was the perfect match for Jane. They’re both alphas who love to lead yet they still manage to find a power balance so neither is over powering the other in the relationship. I also loved Thatcher’s relationship with his family! Family is something that is very important to both Jane and Thatcher and I would love to see these two huge families come together.
Now on to the critiques. While I totally ship Jane and Thatcher together, the romance itself fell very flat for me. Everything was just surface-level, superficial bullshit and I feel really let down by it. During all the scenes where Jane and Thatcher were intimate, they would always make compliments about one another’s physical appearance and like that’s all nice the first two times, but we get to round five and I’m just rolling my eyes at the obnoxiousness. I didn’t feel the emotional connection between these two and that’s what was missing for me in this book, especially towards the end at the last scene and I don’t wanna give too much away but I felt like the whole “baring my soul” scene wasn’t deep enough and it felt off. My second issue has to be with story has to be all the drama. Now if you’ve read the first three books in this series then you know the drama can get on that Kardashian-level at times and while it can be addicting, it can sometimes just be too excessive to the point that it becomes tiresome and that was the case for this book. Everyone just needed to leave Jane the hell alone to figure out her own life because clearly none of them had her best interest at heart.
Now I kind of have two concerns when it comes to this series. It’s no secret that the end goal of this series is to have our main bodyguards all be paired off with someone and while I ain’t knocking the trope, I do wonder if it will backfire because things have a way of becoming repetitive. There’s only so many twists and turns and over dramatic situations you can write about until they all start lumping together and overlapping and become stale and that’s something I fear may happen with this series. It’s clear that this series is probably gonna be 10+ books so keeping things fresh is gonna be a challenge. My next concern is with the bodyguards and the whole forbidden love dilemma. While I was reading Thatcher’s inner dialogue, I couldn’t help but feel like I was right back inside Farrow’s head. “Don’t fall for your client, don’t think about your client in that way, don’t this, don’t that” like these are all things Farrow thought while he was trying to keep his feelings for Moffy under wraps so if the inner dialogue is already proving to be repetitive, it’s only a matter of time until plot lines start sounding repetitive too.
While Tangled Like Us didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I sure as hell will be reading the next book in the series once it releases because yo gurl needs to see what the twins have in store for Jane and Thatcher. I’m also curious to see what drama our new antagonist is gonna bring to the table and if I’m lucky Thatcher will beat his ass so I’m definitely gonna be here for that!