Welcome back to Binging the Backlist! This month I decided to read the Tangled series by Emma Chase. This series has been on my TBR FOREVER but I just never got around to reading it. My romance reading friends have been telling me for years that I needed to pick up this series and meet the infamous Drew Evans so I decided that this month I would just do the damn thing already. Now that I’ve completed the series, I have A LOT OF THOUGHTS and I hope my fellow blogger friends will forgive me for some of the shit I’m about to say, lol. Anyways, let’s get this review started!
Many readers have credited the infamous Drew Evans as being the reason why they fell in love with Emma Chase’s writing in the first place and I’ve always wanted to know why. But being the lazy reader that I am, I let this series sit on my eReader for years before I even attempted to pick it up. Now that I’ve read all of Chase’s other series, I think it’s finally time I stop procrastinating and get to reading!
Drew and I didn’t quite get off on the right foot. To be honest, Drew is kind of an asshole and asshole heroes have always been a hit or miss with me—clearly Drew was a miss. The thing with Drew is that this dude turns into a child the minute he doesn’t get his way. What’s even worse is that most of the people in Drew’s life let him get away with this type of behavior. I also didn’t like how Drew put Kate in such a position where she was willing to cheat on her fiancé to give into Drew’s pleas. That’s just a bit selfish in my opinion.
I think if I had read this book back in the day, I would’ve given Drew a pass for some of the stunts he pulled but I just can’t with this man-child behavior. I actually kind of annoyed that I didn’t end up liking Drew as much as I had hoped but that’s okay because I still have my main man Jake Becker to keep my company!
There are quite a few novellas sprinkled in between this series and while I was still not liking Drew, I did enjoy most of the novellas. They were cute and they also allowed us to see more of the secondary characters and get to know them better.
Twisted is the second book in this series and it’s told from Kate’s POV. I am a huge fan of Kate and low key thought she deserved better than Drew but the heart wants what it wants, I guess. Anyways, I was really interested to get into her head and see this relationship from her perspective and why she was so willing to put up with this man-child.
Something that annoyed me with this sequel is that a lot of Drew’s past hook ups would randomly show up and then Kate would get mad and throw shade and like I get why she’s upset but Drew was a huge manwhore before he met her so like what did she expect?! I wish instead of getting upset, Kate would’ve showed them hoes up and put them in their place. Like Kate is a low key bad ass so I know she has it in her to do so.
Ahh, another break up because Drew can’t keep it in his pants. Okay, technically that’s not completely true but Drew’s dumb ass did hire a stripper because he thought Kate was cheating up him so he decides to get back at her by bringing a stripper home (such a genius I tell you). Any who, the break up is basically a result of a lot of miscommunication which could’ve been easily resolved had these two actually sat down and discussed shit, but that would be too easy and this book would’ve been much shorter.
Alexandra and Dee are my two favorite secondary characters in this series. Alexandra is Drew’s older sister and Dee is Kate’s best friend and these ladies are two peas in a pod. They both get off on dragging Drew and I was so entertained by it. Dee especially doesn’t hold back and has no problem letting Drew know he will have hell to pay if he hurts Kate. Those are the type of friends I need in my life, lol.
The second book in this series has a bucket load of drama. Without giving two much away, the story mainly revolves around Kate’s unexpected pregnancy and her and Drew coming to the realization that they are about to be parents. The thing is, there was just a lot of excessive and unnecessary drama and it had me rolling my eyes until the very end.
Clearly my hatred towards Drew wasn’t letting up anytime soon as I still did not like him very much after the end of the second book. Like how many times can a dude fuck up before one says enough is enough?? *SIGH* My only hope was that Drew would finally get his act together now that he’s a daddy.
I totally was not expecting Matt and Dee to get their own book but they do and I swear it’s the saving grace of this whole damn series! Matthew is Drew’s best friend and he too was pretty much like Drew and never was down for a committed relationship—that is until he meets Dee he falls head-over-heels for her. As mentioned before, I am a huge fan of Dee so I was excited to get to know her better and about her past.
I totally was not expecting Matt to be such a romantic. Like this dude was going all out for Dee and I was screaming the whole time! He’s so sweet and patient and caring and uggghhhh I loved it. I couldn’t get enough of it and was totally jealous of Dee at one point.
But of course something had to happen to fuck up Dee and Matt’s relationship (*cue the eye roll*). I don’t get what the purpose was of bringing Matt’s ex back into the picture for a few chapters. Like she’s in the past and that’s where she should’ve stayed!
Tamed is definitely my favorite book in this series and I was kind of hoping Matt and Dee would’ve gotten a second book. I need Drew to take some pointers from Matt on how to not be such a fuck up because homeboy could use the help.
Going into the final book in the series, my only hope was that Drew didn’t make me angry while reading this book.
So at this point in the series, Kate and Drew are engaged, they have a toddler, they share a whole house together so like, WHY IS CHEATING STILL BEING BROUGHT UP?! This just didn’t make sense to me because you shouldn’t be marrying someone when you still have trust issues when it comes to them keeping it in their pants! Also, you shouldn’t be going to Sin City for your bachelor/bachelorette party if cheating is gonna be a concern because neither party is gonna be having a good time.
Vegas brought the wild side out of everyone and I do mean EVERYONE! I was thoroughly entertained by all of the shenanigans and all the awkward situations these characters found themselves in. The wild night even brought some of our couples closer together and it was fun to see everyone let loose.
This series is wrapped up with a Christmas novella as Drew is still being a hard-headed fool and doesn’t realize that his constant working will eventually affect his marriage and his family. It was a cute ending and I liked how everything was wrapped up in the end.
The Tangled series is probably my least favorite series by Emma Chase and now I’m kind of glad I held off reading it. If had read this series first, it probably would’ve deterred me from reading Chase’s other books. At least now I can finally say I’ve read all of Emma Chases’s books and it’s one less series sitting on my never-ending TBR.
IT’S A WONDERFUL TANGLED CHRISTMAS: ★★★½
Have you read the Tangled series yet? If not, are you planning on reading this series in the future? Let me know in the comments below!