Tamed by Emma Chase
Series: Tangled #3
Published by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster
Published on July 15, 2014
Genres: Comedy, Contemporary Romance
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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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.
I went back and forth several times about whether or not I was going to read this one. Tangled was a stand out book for me, but Twisted left a bad taste in my mouth. Ultimately, I decided to give it a try, but I was very hesitant. I think my reluctance actually helped, I liked this book much more than I expected to!
This book is about Matthew, one of Drew’s best friends and Dee, Kate’s best friend. It takes place during the time that Tangled is going on and while we knew they ended up together, we never got the story of how everything went down. Matthew decides to pursue Dee pretty much from the first moment he meets her and it all happens very quickly. They meet up, they chat for a bit, they end the night with some sexy time, pretty simple right? That’s what Dee does, simple. She hasn’t done relationships in a long time due to some bad experiences in the past. Matthew is kind of a player, but he has an openness about him. He’s willing to go with the flow and see how things feel rather than live by Drew’s one night only rules. So needless to say, he’s definitely the one chasing in this situation.
“I’m telling you the truth. I do like you. You’re very cute, you’re very funny, and you’re fantastic in bed. But I… I’m a more content person when I’m not in a relationship. When I get serious with someone… I go a little crazy.”
When I began the book I was just hoping the narration wouldn’t sound too much like a wannabe Drew, but it didn’t. The style, with talking to the reader is the same, but as far as personality goes, Matthew definitely stands on his own. I enjoyed his point of view. Matthew is confident and manly but he’s such a sweet guy. Dee is crazy but in a good way. She’s got issues but they weren’t melodramatic about it. Matthew loves her brand of crazy and the way he got her really made me love him even more.
She’s wild and beautiful—like an undomesticated thoroughbred that runs best without a saddle. And that was where I almost went wrong. I wanted to tame her. I thought I had the patience for it, but I pushed too hard and pulled too much on the reins. So she broke them.
I was glad to get some good scenes with the family and even a minor shout out to the Thanksgiving Day Massacre that I will never forget. Mackenzie stole some scenes as usual but one of my favorite things was that we get to see Matthew with Alexandra a few times and I just loved their relationship!
I can’t say I was dying to find out what really happened with Matthew and Dee to get them to the point we know they end up at, married, but regardless I enjoyed this one a lot. It reads really easy and quick and I found myself getting through it the same day I started it. I’m definitely more open to continuing with the series now.
3.5 to 4 stars!