Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Review: Tamed

Title: Tamed (Tangled #3)
Author: Emma Chase
Genre: Adult | Romance | Contemporary
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Source: Hoopla
Format: Audiobook

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 (goodreads).

Tamed was a fun addition to the Tangled universe.
Plot: Tamed took place over the course of Tangled. It began shortly before we got into the thick of Kate and Drew's drama and ended a little after the events of Tangled. It was fun to see the turn of events from Matthew's perspective and experience his and Dee's unconventional relationship. I can't describe this installment any other way than to call it "fun." It had the drama I was expecting and was a welcome insight to both Drew and Kate's right-hand man/woman. Chase did skirt away from delving into some of the juicier topics which I was a bit disappointed about. I wouldn't mind another follow-up from Dee and Matthew's perspective. 

Characters: Matthew's perspective was similar to Drew's from the Tangled series. He was an admitted womanizer and thought that he was God's gift to women. I would have liked a more unique voice from Matthew, but he was still entertaining and had a backstory I was invested in. I found Dee more interesting and would have preferred an alternating perspective since Matthew's POV was very limited. I was in love with Dee from her introduction in Tangled, because she clearly had a hard exterior that she was using to protect herself from the world. That was explored in Tamed, but I'm sure it would have been a lot more emotional from her perspective. I also loved that we got another side of Kate's relationship with her ex-boyfriend. 

Worldbuilding: While I found the Tangled world to be very involved with a cast of great characters, I once again found Tamed limiting. It could have been because Chase completed the extent of her worldbuilding in the first two Tangled books, but I just found Tamed lacking. And much like all of Chase's series, I was disappointed by her lack of diverse representation. 

Short N Sweet: Tamed has its shortcomings, but it's still an enjoyable book for any reader of the Tangled series. 


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