Tangled up in You

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Maddie is determined to uncover the untold story about the town's sordid past—her past. As a child, Maddie lost everything, and now she's back at the scene of the scandal—a local establishment that's always belonged to the Hennessys—determined to uncover the truth, and nothing is going to stand in her way. Especially not a black-haired, blue-eyed Hennessy.

Everyone in Truly knows that the Hennessy men are irresistible, and the current owner, Mick, is no exception. His late ...

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Overview

Maddie is determined to uncover the untold story about the town's sordid past—her past. As a child, Maddie lost everything, and now she's back at the scene of the scandal—a local establishment that's always belonged to the Hennessys—determined to uncover the truth, and nothing is going to stand in her way. Especially not a black-haired, blue-eyed Hennessy.

Everyone in Truly knows that the Hennessy men are irresistible, and the current owner, Mick, is no exception. His late father was a skirt-chasing heartbreaker who ended up causing disaster for two families. So far, Mick's managed to keep the ladies in line, but when he claps eyes on Maddie, with her luscious curves and tempting lips, he can't resist getting tangled up with her.

But Maddie is keeping secrets, not the least of which is her true reason for being in town. And when Mick discovers what‘s really going on, there is going to be a whole lot of trouble in Truly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061178030
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2007
  • Series: Avon Romance Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 465,941
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Gibson

Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats, and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age 16, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit-and-run, and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.

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Chapter One

The glowing white neon above Mort's Bar pulsed and vibrated and attracted the thirsty masses of Truly, Idaho, like a bug light. But Mort's was more than a beer magnet. More than just a place to drink cold Coors and get into a fight on Friday nights. Mort's had historical significance—kind of like the Alamo. While other establishments came and went in the small town, Mort's had always stayed the same.

Until about a year ago when the new owner had spruced the place up with gallons of Lysol and paint and had instituted a strict no-panty-tossing policy. Before that, throwing undies like a ring-toss up onto the row of antlers above the bar had been encouraged as a sort of indoor sporting event. Now, if a woman felt the urge to toss, she got tossed out on her bare ass.

Ah, the good old days.

Maddie Jones stood on the sidewalk in front of Mort's and stared up at the sign, completely immune to the subliminal lure that the light sent out through the impending darkness. An indistinguishable hum of voices and music leached through the cracks in the old building sandwiched between Ace Hardware and the Panda Restaurant.

A couple in jeans and tank tops brushed past Maddie. The door opened and the sound of voices and the unmistakable twang of country music spilled out onto Main Street. The door closed and Maddie remained standing outside. She adjusted the purse strap on her shoulder, then pulled up the zipper on her bulky blue sweater. She hadn't lived in Truly for twenty-nine years, and she'd forgotten how cool it got at night. Even in July.

Her hand lifted toward the old door, thendropped to her side. A surprising rush of apprehension raised the hair on the back of her neck and tilted her stomach. She'd done this dozens of times. So why the apprehension? Why now? she asked herself, even though she knew the answer. Because it was personal this time, and once she opened that door, once she took the first step, there was no going back.

If her friends could see her, standing there as if her feet were set in the concrete, they'd be shocked. She'd interviewed serial killers and cold-blooded murderers, but chatting up nut jobs with anti-social personality disorders was a piece of cake compared to what waited for her inside Mort's. Beyond the No One Under 21 sign, her past waited for her, and as she'd learned recently, digging into other people's pasts was a hell of a lot easier than digging into her own.

"For God's sake," she muttered and reached for the door. She was a little disgusted with herself for being such a wimp and a weenie, and she squelched her apprehension under the heavy fist of her strong will. Nothing was going to happen that she did not want to happen. She was in control. As always.

The heavy thump of the jukebox and the smell of hops and tobacco assaulted her as she stepped inside. The door shut behind her and she paused to let her eyes adjust to the dim light. Mort's was just a bar. Like a thousand others she'd been in across the country. Nothing special, not even the array of antlers hanging above the long mahogany bar was anything out of the ordinary.

Maddie didn't like bars. Especially cowboy bars. The smoke, the music, the steady stream of beer. She didn't particularly care for cowboys either. As far as she was concerned, a pair of snug Wranglers on a tight cowboy butt couldn't quite make up for the boots, the buckles, the wads of chew. She liked her men in suits and Italian leather shoes. Not that she'd had a man, or even a date, in about four years.

She studied the crowd as she wove her way to the middle of the long oak bar and the only empty stool. Her gaze took in cowboy hats and trucker caps, a few crew cuts, and a mullet or two. She noticed ponytails, shoulder-length bobs, and some of the worst perms and flipped bangs to ever come out of the eighties. What she didn't see was the one person she'd come searching for, although she didn't really expect to see him sitting at one of the tables.

She wedged herself onto the stool between a man in a blue T-shirt and a woman with overprocessed hair. Behind the cash register and bottles of alcohol, a mirror ran the length of the bar while two bartenders pulled beers and blended drinks. Neither was the owner of this fine establishment.

"That little gal was into AC/DC, if you know what I mean," said the man on her left, and Maddie figured he wasn't talking about Back in Black or Highway to Hell. The guy in question was about sixty, sported a battered trucker's hat and a beer belly the size of a pony keg. Through the mirror Maddie watched several men down the row nod, paying rapt attention to beer-belly guy.

One of the bartenders set a napkin in front of her and asked what she'd like to drink. He looked to be about nineteen, although she supposed he had to be at least twenty-one. Old enough to pour liquor within the layers of tobacco smoke and knee-deep bullshit.

"Sapphire martini. Extra dry, three olives," she said, calculating the carbs in the olives. She pulled her purse into her lap and watched the bartender turn and reach for the good gin and vermouth.

"I told that little gal she could keep her girlfriend, so long as she brought her over once in a while," the guy on her left added.

"Damn right!"

"That's what I'm talking about!"

Then again, this was small-town Idaho, where things like liquor laws were sometimes overlooked and some people considered a good bullshit story a form of literature.

Tangled Up In You LP. Copyright © by Rachel Gibson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Not one of her better ones, just okay.

    I was happy to see a character from one of the author's other books, I'm In No Mood For Love. It started out a little slow but picked up. I think this book should have been longer. I didn't grow attached to any of the characters. Although I love happy endings, I also think Mick was correct in not being able to trust Maddie again. I almost wished for a different ending. As it stood, it would have been nice to see the plot develop further. It's not one of Rachel Gibson's better works.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

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    Good

    The beginning is boring BUT when you get passed a few chapters it gets GOOD!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Borrow from the Library, Don't Buy.

    I was very excited to read this book after all the high reviews. Unfortunately, when I downloaded it to my computer from BN, I was sorely disappointed. I like how the author developed Maddie and I believe the book should have been longer in order to further her story. Mick was not developed and I found it hard to picture him in my mind while reading. This book has potential, but you can guess what happens too many times to count. I've read all of Gibson's books and this seems to be a repeat of some of her earlier work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Good

    Good not excellant, just good. Rachel's other books were better, this like I said before just good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Couldn't put the book down - great read! Keep them coming!

    Couldn't put the book down - great read! Keep them coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Amazing!

    Rachel just keeps giving me great books to read. I can't put the book down! I love Maddie and all of her friends. I feel like you really get to know them. Rachel's books make me laugh and cry. I get so into the books I read them straight through. Her books are definite re-reads for me!!

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Surprise for me.

    This book was a surprise. I pick it up by chance at the library. I had never read a Rachel Gibson's book before, but I needed something and gave it a shot. I loved it. I think it was fun and sexy and kept me interested all the way through. I plan to read more books by Rachel Gibson.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Re-Read

    This was a reread. I gotta say the the writer friends series is pretty dull. This book had good characters but the story being about his mom killer hers was just a little much. Anywho...it was okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2008

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    One of my favorites

    The story was humirous and it had a captivating plot. This is one of my favorites by Rachel Gibson. This is definately a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2008

    Recommended..It was great!!!

    This book was great. I bought it at the airport on my way to Puerto Rico and I could not put it down. It was my first Rachel Gibson book and it will not be my last. I loved it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    Great!!

    This was a great storyline. I love the ending. It could be true that things do happen for a reason and we are meant to meet certian people at certian times in out lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2007

    Not So Much

    I've enjoyed most of Rachel Gibson's books, but this one did not do it for me. I found Maddie to be unredeeming and Mick wasn't far behind. I never got the part where they actually got to know each other (other than in bed). They basically have no attachments to the opposite sex in their lives, have mindless sex with each other over and over again, they rarely conversed, and then they decide they want the white picket fence and and happily ever after. Quite frankly, I didn't like either one of them and thought they actually deserved each other. But I did love the fact that Gibson wrote about Truly again because I thought Truly Madly Yours was a great read. I would also recommend Simply Irresistible, It Must Be Love and The Trouble with Valentine's Day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    Its a keeper

    Tangled Up In You is an absolute joy by author Rachel Gibson. ***** True Crime writer Maddie Dupree returns to Truly, Idaho to delve into the murder that rocked the town 29 years ago. What folks don't know is Maddie is the grown up child of the murdered waitress Alice Jones. Maddie hope to write the true story to give her some peace. ***** Mick Hennessy moved back to Truly a few years back to help his sister with her young son. Meg has not been the same since the murder suicide that changed their lives. The new comer Maddie intrigues Mick, even after he finds out that she wants to write the family history. Mick can't seem to stay away from Maddie. ***** Maddie finds herself falling for the one person she should not, a Hennessy. As Maddie falls deeper under Mick's spell she hasn't told him the complete truth. ***** Tangled Up In You should be on every romance reader's list to buy. Maddie and Nick are compelling as friends and as lovers. Their shared past makes them who they are today. This book will stay with you long after you have finished. It is a keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2007

    Glad I read it

    I enjoyed it. I read it in 2 days. Easy read. I really liked Maddie in this. She was relatable. She was strong and didn't contradict herself like so many of the main romance characters can do sometimes. I like strong, smart and slightly quirky characters. Because we are all quirky in our own ways. It's fun to read this character revolve and grow. I really enjoyed this.. can't wait for Adele's story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    Charming Story

    I enjoyed this book. I especially liked the characters: a beleivable, interesting heroine and a sexy hero. Nicely done. This is the kind of romance a woman can get into.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007

    GREAT! GREAT! GREAT!

    This is the first book I read of Rachel Gibson, I was very happy with it. I loved the romance between mick and maddie.... I am looking forward to more like this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    After her last 2 not-so-great books, Rachel Gibson is back and better than ever! I thought this book was fantastic! Steamy and fast paced!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A reviewer

    Maddie Jones is a popular true crime writer using the name Maddie Dupree. She is stunned when she reads the diaries of her late mother. The implications send her back to their hometown of Truly, Idaho to learn the truth about what happened at Mort¿s Bar, home of the female undies toss and a Hennessey family heritage.---------------- Thirty-five years old former Army pilot Mick Hennessy owns and operates a bar in Truly. When he and Maddie meet, sparks fly. However, he dampens down his attraction when he learns why Maddie is back in town. Her inquiry into a decades-old scandal places them in opposite corners with most of the townsfolk on his side of the argument. Whereas Mick believes let lying dogs lie as what happened back then is irrelevant today, but Maddie needs to know even at the cost of losing her soulmate Mick.---------------- The eccentric locals add a regional flavor to a lighthearted romantic romp starring two likable adversaries. Although attracted to one another, Maddie and Mick are not in the mood for love as they are on opposite sides of whether she should investigate the scandal that impacted her life. Rachel Gibson provides a fun tale of love between enemy combatants.---------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2007

    Gibson's got it back!

    After a few OK novels in the 'Writers Series', RG is back. Book is awesome, very fun, goes back to Truly, and doesnt kill your uterus. READ IT! And more hockey books please!

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    Posted January 10, 2010

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