BOOK REVIEW: Tied (Tangled #4) by Emma Chase

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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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5 STARS

Blia’s review

There’s something to be said about Emma Chase.  She’s a talented and gifted writer.  I applaud her for her outstanding job at writing from a male’s point of view.  Her Tangled series made me feel as if I was right there with the characters through the laughter, the misunderstandings, the arguments, the angst and the happily ever afters.

Tied was the perfect ending to Drew and Kate’s story.  I love every minute of it.  I don’t think any fanfiction will top this story.  It was simply perfect.

Drew is still Drew but with a matured side peeping through.  He has grown into the stand up guy I’d hope for him to be.  His narrative in this book is still hilarious and entertaining as ever; filled with plenty of laugh out loud moments as well as red hot sexy moments with Kate.  Right from the beginning I am quickly reminded of what a sexy beast Drew is and how cocky and smart mouth he can be but that’s what drew us to love him, right?

I enjoyed seeing the friendship and loyalty between Drew and his friends.  Even with all the teasing, there’s the genuine love they have for each other.  With them it’s like one for all and all for one.

I love how strong Drew and Kate’s relationship has blossomed over the years.  I envy it.  It may not be perfect but you can feel the love and passion they have for one another is so unconditional.

I love Kate.  She is an exceptional female character you can’t help but love.  She showed a bit of insecurities at the beginning but I can’t fault her for that as I understand what was going through her mind at the time.  I love the person that she is.  I love the person that she’s become.  I like that she humors Drew and doesn’t put up with his b/s.  She looks out for their best interest in any given situations.   Also, did I forget to mention what an amazing mom she is?!  Yes, yes, so is Drew.

I thought Drew and Kate worked really well together in the Parenthood department.  I really enjoyed seeing them navigate through it.  If you’ve read the series thus far, you’d know together they created a little Mini Drew named James.  He stole my heart time and again in this book.  He is his Dad’s son.  I can see him growing up using all of his dad’s vocabularies.  And boy, would that be a sight to see!

After reading Tied, I feel complete.  Drew and Kate’s happily ever after was perfect.  From the toast the guys exchanged in Vegas to the wedding, the reception and the first night as husband and wife.  The songs that were played at the wedding to the songs they danced to and sang at the reception.  All in all were beautiful.  I might have cried a few happy tears.

To say I’m not sad that this series has come to an end, at least for now, would be an understatement.  I am sad!  I love all the characters in this Tangled series.  I even love not so smart Billy Warren and over the top Delores.  This series was a hard one to say goodbye to.

For those of you, who have not read this series.  Go read it.  You will love!  You’ll be thankful you got meet Mr. Drew Evans, Kate and their posse.  How I wish I can turn back time and meet them all over again for the first time.

Happy reading!

Angy’s review

This is the perfect “Happily ever after” that Drew and Kate could have had!! I just love this book!! It was funny, sexy, it had the perfect amount of drama, thank GOD!!! And it is DREW’S POV!! Perfect!! For me, Drew is my Mc Dreamy, Mc Steamy and Mc Everything!

“But Kate did the impossible. She changed all that-she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before… but now I’m even better”

Drew and Kate are just a great couple. Since they started their relationship 5 years ago (How time flies), they have matured into a beautiful couple. All the misunderstandings are left behind and now their communication is great, and the most important, they trust each other. They are great parents. Little James is so cute, he is Drew’s boy, they are the same. I love how they both fight for Kate’s goodies.

“Screw the Peace Corps. Parenthood is the toughest job you’ll ever love”

I couldn’t stop laughing with this book! it was just awesome. I love the moments of the guys in the bachelor party. Drew, Matthew, Steven and Jack made Billy look like a little lamb. I loved how Drew wanted to teach Billy the “secrets of scoring quality pieces of ass”, and I’m quoting Drew. So effing funny!!

“I forgot my gel. But it’s cool–chicks dig the curls.”

“Yeah, if it’s 1998 and your name is Justin Timberlake”

All the gang was reunited in this book. I love what happens in the HEA of Matthew and DeeDee. I’m sorry to tell you that all the love i felt for her in Tamed is gone now. I blame Drew!!! *chuckles* She’s just so mean to Drew, although it was funny!! I loved reading about the little woman that Mackenzie is now, she’s just awesome as Drew would want her to be. With Drew’s, Kate’s and Alexandra’s example, she’ll kill every guy in NY when she’ll be a grown up.

“Mackenzie is a masterpiece-and I take full credit.”

This book has the Drew element I loved in Tangled. I love how he tells the stories. And there were some sexy stories for him to tell. Drew and Kate have the steamy sex ever. I applaud Emma for the sex scenes. So freaking HOT! *fanning self*. There were some cute and beautiful memories about little baby James. There were also excellent moments between Drew and Kate growing as a couple, as parents, as a family.

“It’s a blessing you can’t actually die from horniness- ‘cause I’d be stone cold by now”

This was the perfect end for this series. I miss Drew already. I’m so grateful with Emma for writing this book. I couldn’t imagine a better future for the couple that ended up together in Tangled or the couple that fixed the misunderstanding in Twisted. Thank You Emma Chase for giving Drew!!

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW TO COME! I’m sure I’ll love it because it’s narrated by Sebastian York, and he is def my fav narrator ever.

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Tangled’s review   HFM’s review   Twisted’s review   Tamed’s review

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Emma ChaseBy 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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BLOG TOUR: Testing the Submissive by AL Daltrey

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Abby stood nervously before her Master in the classic submissive pose: fully nude, legs apart, wrists placed behind her back; deeply ashamed of her evident arousal. Worse, she had to recount in exact detail the proceedings of her last whipping. The whipping had been severe; as was the case with most of the clients she was commissioned to serve. Most of these clients were men, some were women, on occasion a couple, or even a group. Nevertheless her body reacted like that of a wanton whore as she retold of the sadistic punishments and extreme sexual use inflicted upon her body.

How far would her Master push her with these ‘tests’? How far would Abigail go? How many times could she stand before him blushing; yet with that unmistakable tingle? Their relationship was surely headed for a collision course. Or was it?

This story contains STRONG BDSM. While fully consensual, it includes submission, dominance, sadism and masochism. Please do NOT buy or read this if you are offended by graphic sexual descriptions including sexual violence. All characters are aged 25+, and it is recommended for an adult audience ONLY (aged 21+). This story is pure fiction and the author does not condone any violent behavior.

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By day I work in Marketing, which involves a fair amount of writing. Therefore, I never really had an interest to write for pleasure. When you do it all day, the last thing you want to do when you get home, is more writing. All the while, as my career progressed, so did my involvement in the BDSM lifestyle.

This interest in kinky sex started in my University years. Like most men, I loved meeting women, and especially the occasional one who didn’t mind being tied up, or blindfolded, or spanked. All sex was great, but kinky sex was more exciting, more exhilarating, and more fulfilling.

Over the years I was lucky enough to meet my fair share of submissive women. And don’t for a minute think these women were weak. Outside the bedroom they were confident, opinionated, gregarious and self-assured. However, inside the bedroom (so to speak) they wanted to feel the strong firm hand of a dominant man taking complete control.

Eventually I found the perfect partner, and am happily in a relationship.

One day, I flipped my laptop open, and to my surprise – I had an urge to write a BDSM story. Soon I had 20 pages, then 40, then 60. The novel that resulted is pure fiction and more extreme than anything I’d subject a submissive to in real life. As many reviewers have said it’s not for the faint of heart. That said, the reviews have been spectacular. This enthusiastic response fueled me to begin a second book. The next one will be written from the point-of-view of both the Dom and the sub, chapter by chapter.

If you decide to read my book, or any of my future efforts, I truly hope you enjoy it.

Yours truly, Al

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RELEASE DAY: Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross

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Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas is too young to remember her dad’s glory days as a pitcher for the Yankees. So when her father is offered a coaching position with the Kansas City Royals, Annie is intrigued to see the baseball side of her dad. Of course, knowing he’ll be a mentor to hot young rookie pitcher, Jason Brody, certainly makes it more enticing.

After an awkward first meeting with “Brody” involving very little clothing and a much-too-personal locker room interview, Annie’s convinced she knows Brody’s type: arrogant, self-involved, bossy. As her dad grows closer to the pitching phenom, the friction between Brody and Annie increases. But when opening day arrives and it looks like both her dad and Brody may lose their dream jobs, Annie steps up and offers support. She and Brody call a truce that grows into friendship—and beyond. Falling for a rising star who’s quickly reaching a level that involves rabid female fans is not what Annie would call smart, except suddenly she’s getting hints that maybe this crush isn’t one-sided after all. Could someone like Brody actually fall for a girl like her?

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He eyes me skeptically. “What kind of article?”

“It’s for Sports Illustrated,” I say without hesitation and then quickly realize that I don’t look nearly old enough to be a real reporter for a huge publication. “I’m an intern,” I add.

The skepticism falls from his face and he looks nervous, which gives me a boost of confidence. I walk closer and pull out the chair in front of the locker beside his, propping my feet up on the bench across from me. “Frank Steadman said you’d be willing to answer a few questions.”

His mouth falls open, and he looks down at his towel and then back at me. Water drips from his hair and off his dark shoulders. “Um…okay,” he says. “Mind if I get dressed first?”

I wave off his concerns, my face heating up, blowing my confident cover. But him getting dressed might allow enough time for Dad to return, and I’d rather not have to deal with that. I duck my head down, letting my hair hide my cheeks and flip open the first page of the notebook. “This will just take a minute… So, you’re nineteen? And you’re from Texas?”

 “Chicago,” he corrects.

I had no idea where he was from but figured it sounded better if I pretended to know. I write down this information and then search my brain for some more questions. “Does the wind in Chicago affect your curveball? Do you throw into it or against it?”

He gives me a funny look. “I…well…I just throw toward home plate.”

My face gets even hotter. “Right, kidding. What’s your favorite color?”

 “Orange.”

I take my time writing orange in really big loopy cursive while I think of my next question. “What are your opinions on sushi?”

His forehead wrinkles like I’ve just asked him to publicly declare a political party. “Raw fish and seaweed? I think it’s best eaten while stranded on a desert island with no other options.”

 “Very diplomatic.” I scribble down his answer. “How many strikes have you thrown in your career?”

 “Don’t know,” he says. “Do people actually count that stuff? Before the majors?”

 “Some of them do,” I say, though I have no idea. “If you could be any magical creature in the Harry Potter series, which would you choose?”

 “You said this is for Sports Illustrated, right?”

“Yeees, But it’s the…kids’ edition.”

“Oh, right.” He scratches the back of his head. “I guess maybe one of those elves.”

“A house elf? Seriously? They’re slaves.” I shake my head. “Why would you want to be an enslaved elf? They can’t even wear clothes.”

He grips his towel tighter and releases a frustrated breath. “Fine, I’ll choose an owl. That’s what I’d want to be.”

I snort back a laugh and drop my eyes to the page again.

“What? What the hell’s wrong with being an owl? They’re smart, they know geography and shit like that.”

“Owls in real life are actually pretty stupid. But no big deal, I’ll just relay that message on to the children of America. Jason Brody, temporary Royals pitcher, wants to be an owl when he grows up because they know geography and shit like that.”

Okay, I’m getting way too into this fake reporter role.

“Who says this is temporary?” he snaps.

“Your two-way contract.” Isn’t that how Dad explained it? He plays a few games then goes back to Triple-A, all without signing a real major league contract.

He yanks a pair of jeans from his locker and then grabs a bundled up orange T-shirt. “Well, I plan on kicking some ass on Opening Day and making this a permanent gig.”

“I think you need a reality check,” I say. “One game isn’t going to be enough–”

“Annie, what the hell are you doing?”

I leap off the bench and turn around to face Dad and Frank standing about five feet from me. “Introducing myself to your new pitcher.”

“Brody, what are you doing here, son?” Frank asks. “We’re off today.”

“Just getting in some cardio and weights.” His gaze darts from me to Dad to Frank. “I was just finishing up this interview for Sports Illustrated. The kids’ edition.”

“Well, we won’t keep you from getting your clothes back on, then,” Frank says, like he’s trying not to laugh. “And just for future reference, all interviews will go through the team’s publicity department so no one will be wandering in here, surprising you. Savannah will meet with you tomorrow to discuss publicity.”

Dad moves forward and extends a hand to Jason Brody. “Jim Lucas, nice to meet you, son. I’ve seen your spring training videos. You’ve got some real talent. I’m looking forward to working with you.”

Brody shakes Dad’s hand, his eyes still on me.

“And this is my daughter Annie,” Dad adds.

Brody glares at me. “Let me guess—you don’t work for Sports Illustrated?”

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Julie Cross Author PhotoJulie Cross lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast and longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former gymnastics program WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOUctor with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credentials, Julie is a committed—but not talented—long-distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar-weather survivor, and expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym-shoe addict.

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