Tangled up in You

Tangled up in You

by Rachel Gibson

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ISBN-13: 9780061178030
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Series: Writer Friends Series , #3
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 467,126
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Rachel Gibson began her fiction career at age sixteen, 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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Tangled up in You 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
risuena More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good not excellant, just good. Rachel's other books were better, this like I said before just good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
amf0001 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I know I read 3 excellent books in a row and was worried about the next one, so I reread a couple of favoritesi n between, but still I was shocked at how poorly written this book was. The language was clunky, the backstory over told, everything was overwritten, there was no subtly or cleverness to the writing at all. I've read Rachel Gibson before and I remember her as better than this. The plot was complex - Maddie, a true crime writer, is returning to the scene of her mother's true crime - her mother was having an affair with a married man and was shot and killed by that man's wife who then shot and killed her husband and herself. Maddie is aware that she shouldn't but starts to have a relationship with the adult son of her mother's ex-lover, Mick. There's so much that could be done with this scenario, its so inherently interesting, but Gibson manages to make it boring and flat. I read the first 100 or so pages and then skimmed to the end. C-
blingtastic on LibraryThing 26 days ago
my favorite of Gibson's books; also part of the "writers' series"; chemistry and dialogue was great; story was fast paced and hilarious.
phyllis2779 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
OK. Liked some of her others better. Too many sex scenes for my taste.
JanRex on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Very enjoyable romantic mystery.
chicklitter on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I have a confession to make.I can't stop reading Rachel Gibson's books.Ordinarily, this wouldn't be an issue, except for the fact that I know that generally if I've read one of Gibson's novels I've read them all. Sure, there are always variations; different characters, different situations, different plots. But they follow a formula. Boy and girl meet. Boy and girl are attracted. Boy and girl fight attraction. Boy and girl sleep together. Boy and girl realize they're in love with each other. Big misunderstanding keeps boy and girl from being together. Boy and girl get over it and live happily ever after.In all fairness, that's a pretty generic plot description for most romance novels. I guess what bothers me the most about Gibson's writing is that it's obvious that she's following the romance tropes, and the most obvious of those tropes is the Big Misunderstanding. I say that because usually it's something incredibly stupid keeping the hero and heroine apart, most likely a communication error or the heroine assuming something about the hero.That being said, I have to give Gibson credit because her last two novels (this one, and I'm In No Mood For Love) have been much, much better where the Big Misunderstanding is concerned.So, yes, Gibson's books are a lot like brain candy. They're fun. They read fast. The characters are almost always enjoyable. And I usually feel good after finishing one (kind of like a piece of good but not amazing chocolate).Tangled Up In You is actually the third book in a loosely-related series about four close friends in Idaho. All four friends are writers (different genres) and provide a support system for each other when it comes to writing and dating.Maddie Dupree writes true crime. As a result, she's by far the hardest of the four friends. She's cynical and skeptical and absolutely does not believe in love or happy endings. She has a habit of keeping people at arm's length--especially men.Mick Hennessy is back home in Truly, Idaho, running the family bars and trying to make sure his sister doesn't fall completely into the deep end of the pool.Maddie's in Truly determined to unearth the truth about the town's most sordid scandal--the night Mick's mother shot and killed both Maddie's mother and Mick's father. See, Mick's father was a philandering skirt-chaser. Maddie's mother was a young, starry-eyed woman who wanted desperately to believe in love and to believe that Mick's father really would leave his wife for her. Well, Mrs. Hennessy found out Mr. Hennessy was planning on leaving her for some poor young thing who lived in a trailer park, went a little crazy and shot them both in the middle of one of the family's bars before turning the gun on herself.Mick, however, has no desire to let the past be dug up. Part of it is because he fears for his sister's mental health, and another part is because, well, who would really want something like that brought back into the limelight after so many years. So when he finds out the real reason Maddie's in town, Mick isn't exactly happy.Even more conflict, though, comes from the fact that Maddie doesn't tell Mick (or anyone else in the town) her real connection to the past--that her life was also turned upside down as a result of that night.Of course, though, the attraction between Mick and Maddie is irresistible. This is one of the areas where Gibson shines as a writer--conveying the attraction and building tension. Romance novels are a lot like real life in that part of the fun in the mating dance is the tension, the glances and kisses and touches that you know are building up to something big. Without the tension, the big bang is more like a medium pop, kind of like a bottle rocket that only gets about ten feet off the ground rather than shooting all the way up into the sky. So in this way Gibson totally delivers, which is probably one reason why I keep buying her books.The other is her sense of humor. I almost always laugh out loud a minimum of five times whi
Morgsie on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I thought this book was fantastic, the beginning dragged a little bit but i kept going and am very glad i did! the passionate scenes were great without giving too much detail as it's a romance novel, not a mills and boon... nice light read and by the end of it you're really hanging on to see how this could possible turn out.
siubhank on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Author Maddie Dupree is back in Truly, Idaho for the first time since she was a small girl. The successful writer is on a mission. She found her mother's diaries after the aunt who raised her died. Now she wants to find out exactly how and why her mother was murdered.Mick Hennessy has lived in Truly most of his life, except for his stint in the Army. He is back, somewhat reluctantly, because his divorced, highly emotional sister needs him and her son needs a male influence.Neither Maddie or Mick is interested in the whole marriage, home and children scenario. But when Maddie engineers a meeting, the sparks fly and the air seems to heat up around them. Maddie does not want to have a relationship with the son of the woman who shot her mother. Mick is tired of carrying around the burden of being Rose Hennessy's son, the woman who shot her husband, his young lover and herself in the family owned bar.Mick and Maddie have some difficult things to work out before they can ever work out the relationship they might have. This is not Gibson's light-hearted romp, though it has some humorous moments. It's still a good read, just a little more depth than some of her other works.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Maddie has always been the tough one of her book writing friends and she is now prepared to take on the story of her lifetime. Her Past. When Maddie was five, her mother was shot along with her lover by a jealous wife who in turn, killed herself. Maddie has traveled to Truly, Idaho to uncover the truth of what happened. She knew it would be hard but what she didn't expect was to fall for the last person she should. The son of her dead mother's lover.When "Tangled Up In You" was suggested as the September monthly read, I didn't realize that it was a continuation of the story of four writers Rachel Gibson first introduced in her books, "Sex, Lies and Online Dating" and "I'm in No Mood For Love". I was quite happy to discover this and it did add to my enjoyment of the book. Although I really didn't like Maddie at first I did grow to like her. Especially after she adopted little Snowball. Mick Hennessy made a decent enough hero and was very easy to like as well. I didn't find the story terribly exciting, but with contemporary romances exciting adventure lines don't seem to be the norm. It thought this story was well written, easy to read and definitely a worthy third installment to Gibson's quadruplet of writer romances.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
True crime writer, Maddie Jones is determined to find out the details about the death of her mother. She buys a home in small-town Truly, Idaho, and proceeds to write a book about the details of the murder which took place in Truly. The last person she expects to meet and fall in love with is Mick Hennessy, son of the man her mother loved and of the mother who killed Maddie's mother and Mick'sfather and then turned the gun on herself. Gibson writes a story full of unique characters, a suspenseful plot and humor. Maddie is a feisty heroine and Mick is tough and their romance is hot. A great read. I'd like to read more by Rachel Gibson.
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Tangled Up in You by Rachel Gibson (Audio Edition) Narrated by Nicole Poole The Writer Friends #3 2 Stars - I was excited to read this. Loved the first two books in this series and I enjoyed Maddie’s character while in those books. I thought there was a ton of potential for her story, being a skeptical woman due to writing true crime, but I found this book pretty slow. There was way too much backstory, and loads of details and information that I kinda felt were unnecessary. Also, sadly for me, I did not feel any chemistry between Mick and Maddie, or really anything throughout the story. It all just felt like words. I started skimming the sex scenes due to this as well. This book seems to be the opposite to any other Rachel Gibson book I have read. I will be sure to read some more of her books though... cause everyone's allowed a dud at some point right? Nicole Poole did a fine job with her Narration. She has a variety of voices and clear pronunciation. ~ Paragraphs and Petticoats ~
PJ16 More than 1 year ago
Another Truly Idaho book that was great.  Rachel Gibson has a great story full of love, laughter, scenes that make your eyes water just a bit and tops it all off with some great sex.  Her books just make me smile and wanting to read another one.
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