“The most entertaining romance of the year.”—Lisa Kleypas
“Fresh, hot, and irresistible. Get Tangled Up In Love—you’ll love every page!”—Leanne Banks
From the Back Cover
ARE THEY FIT TO BE TIED?
Ever since Dylan Stone beat Veronica Chasen out of a prime position at the Cleveland Courier, they’ve been bitter rivals, engaging in a very public war of words in their competing newspaper columns. They routinely challenge each other to go bungee jumping, white water rafting, or into tattoo parlors to see who will wimp out first. But Veronica’s latest taunt may be Dylan’s toughest assignment yet: She dares him to learn to knit.
OR WILL DESIRE UNRAVEL THEM BOTH?
Dylan is notgoing to let something his grandmother can do scare him off. He’s man enough to make a scarf—and attend Veronica’s weekly knitting circle. But when the infuriatingly handsome Dylan shows up at the craft shop and charms all the ladies, Veronica starts to get all knotted up in something that feels a lot like love…
“Fresh, hot, and irresistible. Get Tangled Up In Love—you’ll love every page!” —Leanne Banks
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I have no idea what these other reviewers are thinking. They are either close personal friends with the author or loyal members of the Yarn Mafia. This book is filled with grossly repetitive inner dialogue that lends nothing but length to this book(I found myself skipping huge sections of text), imagined angst(ridicuous and boring), and completely laughable(and not in a good way) interchanges between the male characters. If this author has ever been in the same room with a man, I'd be surprised. There are pages upon pages involving an old woman with a magic spinning wheel. That's right folks. A magic spinning wheel from which she spins magic alpaca hair yarn that will make the protagonists fall in love. Uh huh. I spent money on this book!? And then there's the ending. Everything wraps up in a perfect, perdictable bow in two pages. Save your money. I wish I had. I would have to be tangled up and trapped to ever read anything by this author again.
In this "Battle of the Sexes" story, the H&H continually try to one-up each other, and things come to a head when Ronnie (short for Veronica) bets Dylan he can't learn how to knit. The bet forces them to spend entirely too much time together, and they end up falling in love. It's really a cute story, but I got a little annoyed with the Battle of the Sexes theme and I didn't connect with the overly independent Ice Queen heroine. And although the adorable cover makes this look like it'll be a sweet romantic comedy, I was surprised to find out that it's anything but tame. The sex is hot and graphic. I'd actually call this an erotic romance. Anyway, it's cute and sexy and was a lot of fun to read.
STORY BRIEF: Dylan and Ronnie both applied for the job of columnist at the Cleveland Herald. Dylan got it. Ronnie became a columnist for a smaller rival newspaper. They hate each other. In their columns they challenge and dare each other to go bungee jumping, white-water rafting, getting a tattoo, etc. to see who will wimp out first. Ronnie's latest taunt: she dares Dylan to learn to knit and complete a knitted item within the month. Dylan attends Ronnie's weekly knitting circle and has other interactions with Ronnie during this project.
REVIEWER'S OPINION: This was a pleasant story. It was fun watching Dylan and Ronnie fall for each other, going from hate, to lust, to love. The ending was nice. The characters and plot were typical for contemporary romance, but I'm looking for something a little different. I might have liked more unique and interesting character development. There were several sex scenes that seemed longer than expected due to a lot of conversation within those scenes. There is a hint of fantasy in the story. One character believes an item has a magical quality.
DATA: Story length: 296 pages. Swearing language: strong (including religious swear words). Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 8. Total number of sex scene pages: 39. Setting: current day Cleveland, Ohio, and Mercer, Pennsylvania. Copyright: 2009. Genre: erotic contemporary romance with a hint of fantasy.
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Over a year ago, Dylan Stone was selected as the Cleveland Herald columnist beating rival Veronica Chasen for the position. Ronnie is not a good loser as she takes a columnist position at the lesser read Cleveland Sentinel. They begin a weekly challenge of dares in which each claims their gender's superiority. She has played ice hockey goalie and bungee jumped while he leaped out of a plane in spite of his fear of heights; neither will surrender the contest although she has won from him his prize possession the Harrison Award trophy.
However, her latest challenge may prove the toughest yet even more than her tattoo on her butt. She dares Dylan to knit a polished item within a month. Dylan tries self help manuals but fails. He visits the Knit Wits club at the Yarn Barn run by Ronnie's Aunt Charlotte Langan who agrees to give him knitting lessons; which she ironically turns him over to her niece. Dylan offers Ronnie $1000 to teach him; so she wins either way. Charlotte knows the two obstinate adversaries are attracted to one another; so she brings down her grandmother's "magical" spinning wheel to knit the knot of love one stitch at a time.
TANGLED UP IN LOVE is an enjoyable whimsical contemporary romance starring two rivals whose attraction begins with the butt as he grows stiff admiring hers and she thinks he is Mr. Jackass. Fans will enjoy this lighthearted romp while wondering whether Charlotte's spinning wheel worked its magical spell as she believes or just being together outside The Penalty Box gave love the opportunity to knit two people into one relationship.
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Veronica has great friends, a great job , her only frustration in life is a rival newspaper columns Dylan. Dylan and Veronica continue to challenge each other to bungee jump, get a tattoo. Now Veronica has challenge Dylan to learn how to knit. Dylan finds Veronica very attractive and can't stop thinking about where she put the tattoo. This is very fun, sexual novel and a great beginning to a new series.
I am looking forward to more from the Chicks with Sticks series; Loves Me, Loves Me Knot -- Book 2 due out August 2009 and Knock me for a loop -- Book 3 due out February 2010.
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