by Emma Chase


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ISBN-13: 9781476763606
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Series: Tangled Series , #3
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 335,021
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who lives in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night, she toils away bringing her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. Writing has always been her passion, and the release of her debut romantic comedy Tangled was nothing less than a dream come true. The subsequent books in her delightful, beloved series include Twisted, Tamed, and Tied. She is also the author of Sustained from her sexy new Legal Briefs series.

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  • During the last few weeks, it’s been brought to my attention that sometimes women actually like to cry. They cry over books, TV shows, those awful abused-animal commercials, and movies—especially movies. Sitting down to purposely watch something you know will make you unhappy? It makes no frigging sense.

    But that’s okay; I’m just going to chalk it up to another thing I will never understand about my girlfriend. Yes—I said girlfriend. Dee Warren is officially my girlfriend.

    One more time for those in the back—girlfriend—Delores—mine.

    Repeating it might make me sound like a Harry Styles–obsessed prepubescent girl, but I don’t give a damn. Because it was a hard-won victory—if you knew what I had to go through to make her mine, you’d understand.

    Anyway, back to what I was saying. Chicks like to cry—but this isn’t one of those stories. There’s no dying best friends, no dark tortured pasts, no hidden secrets, no sparkly vampire breakups, and no kinky fuckery.

    Well . . . okay . . . there’s some kinky fuckery—but it’s the happy kind.

    This is a story about a player, who meets a slightly crazy girl. They fall in love and the player changes his ways forever. It’s a story you’ve probably heard before, maybe even from my buddy, Drew Evans. But the thing is, while he and Kate were figuring their shit out? There was this whole alternate universe going on with Delores and me that you don’t know about. So stick around, even if you think you already know the ending. Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.

    Before we start, there’s some background info you may need to know. First off—Drew’s a great guy, a true best friend. If we were the Rat Pack, he’d be Frank Sinatra, I’d be Dean Martin. Although Drew and I are tight, we differ in our opinions about women. At this point in our tale, he sees himself as a bachelor for life. He’s got all these rules about never bringing a chick to his apartment, never dating someone he works with, and the Cardinal Rule: Never hook up with the same woman twice.

    I, on the other hand, don’t care where I get laid—my place, her place, the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

    That was a great night.

    I’m also not opposed to seeing someone from the office—though most of the girls in my line of work are stressed out, chain smoking, coffee-obsessed women with an unpleasant chip on their shoulders. I have no problem hanging out with the same woman on multiple occasions, as long as the good times keep rolling. And someday, I imagine myself settling down—marriage, kids, the whole deal.

    But while I’m looking for Mrs. Right? I’m having a blast with all the Ms. Wrongs.

    Secondly, I’m a real glass-half-full kind of person. Nothing gets me down. I have a great life—a good career that lets me enjoy the best man-toys on the market, awesome friends, a weird but loving family. “Emo” doesn’t exist in my vocabulary, but YOLO should’ve been my middle name.

    Next up is Delores Warren—Dee, if you want to stay on her good side. By today’s standards it’s an unusual name, but for her it’s a perfect fit. She’s unusual—different—in all the best kinds of ways. She’s brutally honest, emphasis on “brutal.” She’s strong and doesn’t give a rat’s ass what people think of her. She’s true to herself and makes no apologies for what she wants or who she is. 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.

    Are you offended that I compared the woman I love to a horse? Get the fuck over it—this is not a tale the PC police will enjoy.

    But I’m getting ahead of myself. Just know that Kate Brooks is our coworker and Delores’s best friend—the Shirley to Dee’s Laverne. And in all the years I’ve known Drew—which is every one of them—I’ve never seen him react to a woman like he reacted to Kate. Their attraction, even though it was mostly antagonistic in the beginning, was palpable. Anybody with eyes could see they had it bad for each other.

    Well . . . anybody but them.

    Kate, like Delores, is a great girl. The type of woman who, in the immortal words of Eddie Murphy in Coming to America, could arouse a man’s intellect as well as his loins.

    You got all that? Great. Let’s get this party started.

    My life changed about four weeks ago. On a normal, average day—when I met a girl who was anything but average.

    Four weeks earlier

    “Matthew Fisher, Jack O’Shay, Drew Evans, this is Dee-Dee Warren.”

    There’s no such thing as love at first sight. It’s just not possible. Sorry to ruin your fantasy, but that’s how it is. Ignorance might feel like bliss, but when you peel away the happy layer, it’s still just a lack of information.

    To really love another person, you have to know them—their quirks, their dreams, what pisses them off and makes them smile, their strengths, weaknesses, and flaws. Have you heard that quote from the Bible—the one they always read at weddings: “Love is patient, love is kind . . .”? I have my own version: Love is missing the taste of someone’s morning breath. Thinking they’re beautiful, even when their nose is Rudolph-red and their hair is bird’s nest crazy. Love isn’t putting up with someone in spite of their faults—it’s adoring them because of them.

    Now lust at first sight, that’s very real. And much more common. In fact, when most guys meet a woman, they know within the first five minutes which category of “fuck, kill, marry” they fall into. For guys, the fuck category has a pretty low bar.

    I’d like to tell you the first thing I noticed about Delores was something romantic, like her eyes, or her smile, or the sound of her voice—but it wasn’t. It was her tits. I’ve always been a boob man, and Dee’s set was fantastic. Slightly overflowing in a tight, hot-pink top, pressed together just right to create an enticing cleft of cleavage, beautifully framed by a gray knit sweater.

    Before she uttered her first word to me, I was in lust with Delores Warren’s rack.

    After she banters with Drew for a minute, I steer her attention my way. “So, Dee-Dee . . . is that short for something? Donna, Deborah?”

    Warm, honey-colored eyes turn my way. But before she can answer, Kate lets the cat out of the bag, “Delores. It’s a family name—her grandmother’s. She hates it.”

    Delores glares playfully at Kate.

    If you want to make an impression on a girl, humor is always a safe bet. It shows a woman you’re clever, smart, confident. If you’ve got balls? Flaunt them.

    Which is why I tell Kate’s friend, “Delores is a gorgeous name, for a gorgeous girl. Plus, it rhymes with clitoris . . . and I really know my way around them. Big fan.”

    As planned, my line gets an instant reaction. She smiles slowly and runs one finger across her lower lip, suggestively. Any time a woman touches her body in response to something a guy’s said? It’s a good sign.

    Then, she breaks our gaze and says to us all, “Anyhoo. I have to jet, gotta get to work. Nice meeting you, boys.” Dee-Dee hugs Kate and winks at me. Also a good sign.

    I watch her as she walks out and can’t help but notice the rear view is almost as awesome as the front.

    Drew asks Kate, “She’s got to get to work? I thought the strip clubs didn’t open until four.”

    I have to agree with him on that one. When you’ve been to as many strip clubs as we have, you start to see a pattern. The clothes the women wear—though minimal—are similar. Like they all shop at the same store. And Dee is definitely rocking the Strippers “R” Us vibe.

    Though it may just be wishful thinking on my part. It would be awesome if she were a dancer. Not only are they limber—they party hard. Totally uninhibited. The fact that they generally have a low opinion of the male species is a plus too. Because it means the simplest act of chivalry is returned with extreme gratitude. And a grateful stripper is a blow-job giving stripper.

    But Kate dashes my hopes. “Dee’s not a stripper. She just dresses like that to throw people off. So they’re shocked when they find out what she really does.”

    “What does she do?” I ask.

    “She’s a rocket scientist.”

    Jack reads my mind. “You’re fucking with us.”

    “Afraid not. Delores is a chemist. One of her clients is NASA. Her lab works on improving the efficiency of the fuel they use on the space shuttles.” She shivers. “Dee-Dee Warren with access to highly explosive substances . . . it’s something I try to not think about.”

    And now my curiosity is almost as strong as my lust. I’ve always had a taste for the unusual—the exotic—in women, music, books. And unlike Drew, whose apartment is meticulously decorated, I tend to gravitate toward pieces with a history. Even if they don’t match, nontraditional is always interesting.

    “Brooks, you’ve got to hook me up. I’m a nice guy. Let me take your friend out. She won’t regret it.”

    Kate thinks about it. Then she says, “Okay. Sure. You seem like Dee’s type.” She hands me a neon-green business card. “But I have to warn you. She’s the love-’em-and-leave-’em-with-bruises type of girl. If you’re looking for a good time for a night or two, then definitely call her. If you’re looking for anything deeper than that, I’d stay away.”

    And now I know how Charlie felt when he was handed the last golden ticket to Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

    I stand up from the table and kiss Kate on the cheek. “You . . . are my new best friend.”

    I consider hugging her too—just to fuck with my scowling buddy—but I don’t want to risk getting nut-punched. I have plans for my nuts. They need to be in top form.

    Kate tells Drew not to pout, and he makes a comment about her boobs, but I’m only half listening. Because I’m too busy thinking about where I’ll be meeting Delores Warren for a drink—or several. And all the fantastically lascivious activities that are sure to follow.

    So that’s how it started. It wasn’t supposed to be complicated—no love at first sight, no grand gestures, no hard feelings. A sure thing, a good time, a one-night stand with an option for a second. That’s what Kate told me Dee was into, and that’s all I was looking for. All I thought it would ever be.

    Elvis Presley was right. Fools really do rush in. And if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a major fucking fool.

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    Tamed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
    KiaraP More than 1 year ago
    Mathew and Dee are perfect for each other. Another amazing book from Emma. It was so funny to read and the story was amizing. I was secretly reading it while I was working. YOU NEED TO READ THE WHOLE SERIES! SERIOUSLY!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Funny as always. This series is great on a raining day. Tired of tragic stories with unbelieveably unlucky heroines? Tired of books that bring you down and make you cry for hours? Tired of the same old same old? Buy TANGLED, TWISTED, TAMED, and coming soon, TIED by Emma Cross. Their great fun. I recommend these books. S.A.K.
    Loveeislouderr More than 1 year ago
    Another amazing book once again! I fell in love with the type of relationship emma chase created with them. The love that they feel for each was super romantic and I was able to feel butterflies at some of the scenes she wrote when they were together! I must say dee was challenging with Matthew because of her past and I totally can understand her feelings towards that! Over all this book was spectacular! Can't wait to read more books from emma chase!
    momof3infl More than 1 year ago
    If you have read Tangled, you know that Matthew and Dee are the best friends of Drew and Kate respectively. You are aware that Drew thinks Dee is crazy. If you haven't, well, I just told you. Tamed is Matthew and Dee's story, told from Matt's point of view, approximately during the time period of Tangled. It can be read as a stand alone, but I feel that it was so much more enjoyable having read the previous books in the series. As it says in the book, it's not about where they ended up, it's how they got there. I couldn't believe how witty and comical these characters are. Emma Chase has created a world full of titillating and passionate characters that makes me greedy for any crumb of these friends that she'll give us. I'll be the first to admit that I was worried I wasn't going to like their story as much as I did Drew and Kate. I couldn't be more wrong. If Drew made me hate and love him all at the same time, Matt made me swoon and laugh and fall in love with him the entire book. Matt and Dee were crazy, captivating, and provocative. I'd suggest putting down whatever it is you're doing, and picking up Tamed. You'll be just as raptured and infatuated in the story as I was.
    Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
    I am glad we finally got some of the holes filled from the previous books and were able to see Dee and Matthew’s story.  It was fun, sexy and I like that while Matthew was still a guy’s guy, he wasn’t a chauvinistic as Drew.  Matthew and Dee are perfect together.  Even though it took a long time to convince her of that.   This was a great addition to the Tangled series the only drawback was Deacon Lee isn’t my favorite narrator.  Don’t get me wrong he did ok, he just didn’t change up the voices very much.  
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
    Tamed by Emma Chase (Audio Edition) Narrated by Deacon Lee Tangled Series #3 4 Stars I quite enjoyed this book. Matthew is a sweet stand up guy and I am glad I got to know him. I laughed out loud more than once while listening and this story left me with a warm happy feeling. I thought Dee and Matthew were a good match. He was patient and open with her, knowing she'd been hurt before. I liked that Dee was a strong, feisty honest woman, and I really liked that she decided to trust. I do not enjoy story that draw out a misunderstanding to great lengths.. which to be honest is why I skipped reading the second book of this series, (just from the reviews.. I am not looking for that kind of story right now) anyway missing that book didn't seem to affect this story at all which is good. Deacon Lee at first after listening to Sebastian York, he seemed to read/speak quite quickly. However, I came to enjoy his voice and felt he portrayed Matthew very well. I would listen to more books read by him. Original review posted at: http://paragraphsandpetticoats.blogspot.ca/
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    jnnfrcm88 More than 1 year ago
    Emma Chase books are always so great - she has such a great writing style!! I will always buy a book written by her - dont even need to read the back to see what it is about. All her books are crazy funny - read her - you will LOVE her!!!!
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    TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
    Matthew and Dee are absolutely a blast! I've liked them throughout this whole series and I loved finally getting to see how they got together. Matthew is simply adorable and so much fun! I loved how he pursued Dee even though she tried pushing him away. The best part about the book for me though, was the dialogue between Dee and Matthew. It's one of the things I love the most about Chase's books and she certainly delivered with this couple! Despite the fact that Matthew and Dee are a little goofy, the sexy times were smoking hot! I was definitely a happy reader! Matthew surprised me in the best way.  I don't really have much more to say about this one, but I really enjoyed it! I think it was an excellent addition to the series. Plus, it gives me an outside perspective on Drew and Kate's early stages of their relationship! Now, I'm ready for TIED!!!
    asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
    5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book In Tamed, Ms. Chase gives us Matthew and Dee’s story – from Matthew’s perspective. Can I just say that being inside Matthew’s head was almost as much fun as being inside of Drew’s? Tamed occurs concurrently to Tangled and while it gives you a little bit of a peek into what happened when Kate and Billy broke up, the focus of the book is on Matthew and Dee and what Matthew had to do in order to get his girl – and I’ll just say that Dee kept him on his toes the whole time.  Matthew is funny, he’s sarcastic, his sense of humor mirrors my own, and when he cares, he cares deeply. He set out to show Dee how much he cared and how much she could trust him – unfortunately for him, Dee’s history is not conducive to trusting men and this makes his job that much harder. But Dee is not the only one with ghosts from past relationships – his just happen to make an ill-timed appearance that nearly ends everything before it really had a chance to start. Fortunately for Dee, Matthew subscribes to the belief that something worth having is worth fighting for and he refuses to go down without a fight.  Tamed is a great addition to the Tangled series and is chock full of laughs. I have never before found food poisoning funny but the author managed to make it hilarious. Ms. Chase’s talent as an author is impressive. I’ve spent time all day in the heads of three different characters of her creation and never once felt like I was in the same character’s head. There was never any confusion as to which character’s perspective I was experiencing. While I typically don’t enjoy books or movies in which the character addresses the audience, she somehow manages to pull it off. Sadly, my time with the Tangled crew must come to an end … well temporarily, as I must wait for the release of Tied, when I can once again spend time in Drew’s head (YAY!!!).   I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
    micharch More than 1 year ago
    Emma Chase tells us of the tale of Matthew and Dee in this book.  Dee seems very hard-nosed when depicted in Kate and Drew's books so I was surprised at how she really was.  Dee has been burned badly by men in the past and has learned to expect nothing so she doesn't get hurt.  Matthew finds himself trying to convince Dee to give them a chance and has to fight at every turn to get her to trust him.  There are parallels to Drew and Kate's beginning in this book so it was interesting to see it from Matthew and Dee's POV.  Nicely done and an easy, delightful read.  If you liked the other books in this series, you will definitely like this one.  
    CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
    I LOVED Tangled. I was not a fan of Twisted. Emma Chase has redeemed herself, in my eyes, with Tamed. Tamed is the story of Matthew, Drew’s best bud, and Dee Dee…cousin to Kate’s ex-fiancé and one of Kate’s best friends. Matt is a total player, much like Drew but he meets Dee and they just kind of end up sliding into a relationship together. They both have their misgivings, but Matt is so ready to jump in head first he pays little attention to the “No Diving” warnings that Dee is giving off. Can Matt convince Dee to give a true shot to the promise of what could be between them, or will Dee’s past and smorgasbord of poor man choices keep them apart? I think that the absolute best part of this book for me was the voice of Matthew. He is adorable, funny, insightful and kind of a pig…but a loveable pig. What he does with women is a bit questionable, but I say at least he’s honest. Anyway, his voice is original and it’s what I loved best about Tangled too. A quirky, brutally honest male narrative that keeps you reading. My one complaint about this book is that I really didn’t feel like much happened. Or maybe I just felt that way because I already knew what was going to happen so there wasn’t a lot of mystery to it. There was some relationship drama, yes…and while Matt kept the book funny and interesting, plot wise it just fell a bit flat for me. I didn’t really learn anything new about these characters or their relationship, I felt. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but there just seemed to be a little something missing from this that would make this into a book that I loved instead of just really liked. Overall, I think if you liked Tangled and its characters, you can’t go wrong with Tamed. Dee’s antics alone make this worth reading…she’s an original. 4 stars. *Copy provided for review* Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal's Many Reviewers
    LJ111970 More than 1 year ago
    The characters in these books are perfect. They are the best mix of spirit, strength and fieriness along with gentle, lady like simpleness. The men are strong and sexy but not over the top and are goofy and simple also.    The story lines are basic and simple yet fun and intriguing. I love the snippy conversations, the sarcastic humour and the realness of the characters and their interactions. Makenzie is frikkin awesome and I would love to sit with her one day for a tea party LOL    The dinner conversation at Mathew's parents house was brilliant - I would loved to have been a fly on the wall - omg I was laughing out loud and embarrassed for him!    The dancing scene at the nightclub was simple yet hot as heck. I love the way the author brought this out without too much effort.    Lexi's party and the run in with Rosaline was awesome, funny and had me chuckling out loud! Lexi is amazing, strong and one hell of a feisty b**** - I love her and would LOVE to see her with her own story *hint hint Emma :)    A lot of humor and chuckles without going over the top.   I am so happy we got to meet Mathew and Delores this way - they are hilarious and I actually enjoyed Mathew more than Drew (yeah I know, don't shoot me lol but I did). Don't get me wrong...Drew is incredible but there was just "something" about Mathew. Delores - well she is an act all on her own and in a world of her own lol She and Lexi are 2 peas in a pod! I am so glad I got the chance to read this book and I look forward to the next one in this series (along with Lexi's story - hint hint to Emma again) :)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Just_Booked_Monique More than 1 year ago
    WILL THEIR WILD HEARTS BE TAMED, SEE WHAT IS IN STORED FOR MATTHEW AND DEE?  Tamed is the third novel in the Tangled series by author Emma Chase. A romantic comedy about Matthew Fisher and Delores ‘Dee’ Warren that had me laughing and swooning at the same time while reading the entire novel.  “This is a story about a player, who meets a slightly crazy girl. They fall in love and the player changes his ways forever. It’s a story you’ve probably heard before, maybe even from my buddy, Drew Evans. But the thing is, while he and Kate were figuring their sh*t out? There was this whole alternate universe going on with Delores and me that you don’t know about.” Matthew plays the field never looking for love, since his heart was broken once until he meets Delores.  “Have you ever had a moment when you think to yourself, this is going to change everything? From this point on, there will be a before, an after, and this event will forever divide the two? Looking back now-this was it. That first, scorching, perfect kiss. This was the moment that would determine the rest of my life. And nothing after it would ever be the same.” Dee is also fighting demons from her past, so she does not do relationships to protect her heart. Unfortunately for Dee, Matthew is not giving up on something he is determine to have and he is determine he wants Dee for more than a night. Matthew wants her to trust him and embark on a journey together to discover maybe there is just more chemistry between them. “The greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.” Emma Chase’s novel is funny and a swoon worthy love story that will have you feel as if you are on an emotional roller coaster pulling at your heart strings of COMPASSION, SADNESS, ANGER, LAUGHTER, FORGIVENESS, FRIENDSHIP, TRUSTWORTHINESS, LOVE and HOT SEX SCENES. This is a MUST READ if you need a little laughter and romance! " To really love another person, you have to know them – their quirks, their dreams, what pisses them off and makes them smile, their strengths, weaknesses and flaws.” Emma Chase’s novel, Tamed, receives - 5 AMAZING STARS!
    Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
    *Due to the content this isn't recommended for readers under 18.* Story: This series has quickly become my guilty pleasure because it's one of the most authentic male POVs I've come across. Even though I liked them as side characters, I wasn't sure how invested in Matthew and Delores' story I would be, but I ended up THOROUGHLY enjoying this! Matthew and Delores are both raw, honest and hilariously inappropriate characters who made me laugh, choked me up and caused me to blush a few times too (HARD). We also get a glimpse of Drew and Kate's budding relationship and more insight into Alexandra and Stephen too. (I hope we get to read their story eventually!) Audio: Deacon Lee does a fantastic job capturing Matthew's endearing arrogance and Delores' quirky personality and bringing them to life!
    Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
    ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog If you have read the previous books in this series you may be familiar with Matthew, Drew’s best friend and Dee, Kate’s best friend. In Tamed see Matthew’s POV as he does his best to romance the free-spirited and commitment shy Dee, with both hilarious and touching results. When I first read Tangled, the first one in this series, I loved the idea of having a romance from the male POV, it was so different not to mention hilarious to see some of the thoughts that were running through the heroes head. In Tamed this pattern is repeated again, only with a slightly different set of characters. I already knew I liked this formula so I wasn’t surprised that I also really enjoyed Tamed. Matthew seemed like a watered down version of Drew, the first character in the series, he had his moments of intensity, which were hot, but he was more laid back. But, I did love reading a romance from the male POV, I also liked that he wasn’t afraid of commitment and it was Dee that backed off having anything more than a fling. Dee and Matthew together though did have great chemistry, you could feel their mutual attraction and when it exploded Emma Chase wrote some fantastic sex scenes. This was a good read, it was funny, whilst being sexy with a really nice romance, if you are after something short to spice up your summer reading, than I recommend giving Tamed a try. *ARC provided by publisher  
    Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
    Tamed by Emma Chase is the third full length novel in her Tangled series. Just as funny as the previous books, Tamed details the story of Matthew and Dee Dee. Matthew being Drew's best friend and Dee Dee being Kate's best friend. Matthew's inner monologue is at once hilarious and touching. It's a side to him I didn't expect and was happy to see. The story runs concurrent with the time frame of Drew and Kate stories from the previous books and details the meeting, chasing, and falling of Matthew and Dee. Dee is a tough girl with a prickly exterior out of necessity to protect herself from being hurt and Matthew is bound and determined to get past her walls and into her heart. He does all he can to prove to her over and over that he is NOT like the other men in her life that treated her bad (and that he wants to annihilate for ever daring to hurt her). Tamed is hilarious and touching and will have you laughing out loud with the antics of these characters.