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Marie Astor's This Tangled Thing Called Love is smart, clever, moving, and surprising at every turn. Funny and wise, this is a tale of looking for that perfect partner in the modern-day world.

This Tangled Thing Called Love is full of passion, excitement, despair, lies, painful choices, and glorious new beginnings that will make you smile as the characters realize that love always triumphs if you allow it to!

This Tangled Thing Called Love has all the components of the contemporary romance genre - thrilling characters, whirlwind romance, and intrigue - prepare to be swept off your feet!

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The music grew even louder once Claire had reached the next floor. Now it was a milonga waltz: a slow, sensual melody that made her shiver right down to her slippers. This music lover must be quite a connoisseur of tangos, Claire thought, about to ring the doorbell. She stopped halfway, remembering that in her fury she had forgotten to brush her teeth and comb her hair. Her hesitation was brief, as she decided that this grooming lapse was irrelevant at the moment. In fact, she thought that it might serve the purpose of her visit - her disheveled state should be enough of a deterrent to stop the culprit from further misconduct. She pressed the bell and waited.

Several minutes passed. The music continued, but nothing else happened. Frowning, Claire rang the doorbell again. Her lips drawn and her hands crisscrossed on her chest, she geared herself up for the speech she planned to deliver to the offender, but she was disappointed yet again as the door remained closed.

This time her finger nearly sank into the rickety doorbell as she kept the button pressed for almost a minute. Whoever was inside had to hear that, but apparently, she was mistaken again. Exasperated, Claire clenched her fingers into a fist and pounded on the door, but to her surprise the door creaked open under the impact. The blasting music seeping through the opening enveloped her, and under its spell, Claire made her way inside the apartment.

What she saw next defeated all of her expectations as she froze in place, mouth agape. The apartment consisted of one giant room. It must have been a one-bedroom at some point, but the dividing wall had been knocked down, leaving a vast loft. The room was empty save for a frumpy couch in the corner, a scant table and two chairs. Several large bags, presumably with clothes and other possessions, were planted on the floor sporadically. 

But this disarray had nothing to do with Claire's paralyzed state as she stared at the back of the man who was too absorbed by his task to notice her presence. He was shirtless, and his muscles rippled as he moved with feline grace to the sound of the mesmerizing melody. His feet were engaged in complicated dance moves, but his hands were busy with a paint roller as he coated the wall in front of him in red paint. His longish hair touched the nape of his neck, and Claire found herself swallowing uneasily as she stared on, hypnotized. 

The music lover - that was how she mentally called him - lowered his paint roller into the paint bin, and Claire caught his striking Roman profile. He was about to go on with his task, but he must have spotted her from the corner of his eye, because he abruptly turned around and stared right at her. Claire blinked and began rattling off the cause of her visit, at which the music lover signaled for her to stop and glided over to the iPod speakers on the table, which were the source of Claire's initial indignation. Gliding was the only word Claire could think to describe his graceful way of moving.

The music stopped, and Claire shivered uncomfortably, terrified by her current predicament. What had she been thinking, wandering into some stranger's apartment? He could have her arrested for trespassing, and that was the least alarming of the possibilities. Handsome or not, he could be a serial killer for all she knew, and now she was stuck there at his mercy.

"I'm Alec, Alec Brunell." The music lover smiled at her as he held her gaze with his dark brown eyes.

Claire made a mental effort to stop calling the man before her the music lover. His name was Alec, and she knew absolutely nothing about him except the fact that he was inconsiderate enough to blast tango music at eight in the morning on a Saturday, which was why she found herself in his apartment in the first place. That's right, her visit had a purpose, and now she would make it known. 

"I'm Claire Chatfield. I live in the apartment below yours..."

"It is a pleasure to meet you, Claire. Thank you for coming over to welcome me to the building." Alec reached for her hand, and Claire felt his warm fingers encircle her palm. "Would you like some coffee, Claire? I was about to have mine..." He half-turned to the tiny kitchen.

"No!" Claire heard herself shouting.

"Well, if you don't like coffee, I have some orange juice..." Alec went on, clearly taken aback by her reaction.

Get yourself together, Claire thought as she folded her arms on her chest, pinching her forearm. "Actually, the reason I stopped by is the music."

"You love tango, huh?" Alec's gaze travelled along her bathrobe. "It is beautiful..."

"No, I don't love tango," Claire snapped. This Alec character sure had his act down pat. Granted, he was a looker, but in Claire's book that did not give him the right to be so blatant about it. Sure, there must be plenty of women hungering for his mouthwatering flesh, but she sure as hell was not one of them. She had a boyfriend, and she had come there for a reason.

"You don't like tango?" Alec stared at her in frank bewilderment.

"I don't like any music blasting through my ceiling at eight a.m. on a Saturday. The building rules say no noise until ten a.m." Claire glared at him. She was in control now.

"Oh, I'm so very sorry." To her surprise, Alec blushed. "I used to rent a loft in a warehouse, and I forgot how thin building walls can be." He grinned apologetically. "I promise you that it will not happen again. Now, may I offer you a cup of coffee as a peace offering?" He winked at her, catching her irate gaze.

"No, thank you. I think I'll head back to bed and try to catch up on some sleep." Claire turned to leave. "And by the way, you need to have a building permit to do any kind of handiwork," she blurted over her shoulder as she shut the door behind her.

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  • File Size: 726 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078IPNCW
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Marie Astor is New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. In her spare time Marie enjoys being adventurous out-of-doors. She often gets new story ideas while she is hiking up a mountain or trying to avoid bumping into a tree while skiing.

Marie loves hearing from her readers and always answers all of her emails personally. Visit Marie at www.marieastor.com.

Books by Marie Astor:

To Catch a Bad Guy (Book 1 of the Janet Maple Series) - romantic suspense

Catching the Bad Guy (Book 2 of the Janet Maple Series) - romantic suspense

Bad Guys Get Caught (Book 3 of the Janet Maple Series - romantic suspense

Bad Guys Don't Win (Book 4 of the Janet Maple Series) - romantic suspense

Thirsty for Payback (Book 1 of Sinful Business Series) - contemporary romance / romantic suspense

Baiting Trouble (Book 2 of Sinful Business Series) - contemporary romance / romantic suspense

This Tangled Thing Called Love - contemporary romance about searching for love

Lucky Charm - contemporary romance about love, luck, and friendship

Smitten at First Sight - contemporary romance about the power of love

A Dress in a Window - a collection of short stories about love, serendipity, and fate

Over the Mountain and Back - young adult fantasy adventure

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This story was cute. It followed Claire a hard working architect and her most eligible bachelor in the city boyfriend David. From the outside they appear to be the perfect couple however looks can and are deceiving. David feeling the pressure to put up the perfect image for his father and his company decides Claire is the perfect girl to impress his father so that he will be next in line when his father decides to hand over his company. Only problem is that David has fallen for someone else, a much older someone else that he knows his dad will not approve of. In the meantime, Claire has come to discover her very good looking upstairs neighbor Alec who is too gorgeous to just ignore. Claire being the committed girl she is chooses to blow off Alec and be somewhat rude even though she cannot deny the attraction she has for him. This story was good however I was a little disappointed that the story focused so much on the relationship between David and his mistress but did not dedicated nearly enough time on Alec and Claire. Still it was a good read, just wished we got to spend more time with Alec, and David is an idiot who gets way too much of our time! :)
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Many words could be used to describe this book: romantic, fun, engaging.... But the description I really want to use is page-turner! This is a love story that had me hooked from start to finish. Claire, David and Alec are the kind of characters that define a great romance - they are human and flawed, making the reader believe in them and root for them (yes - even for David!). The author does a great job describing the supporting characters as well - a truly engaging and wonderful read.
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This is a great read about people searching for love. It weaves characters who are complete strangers into a web of chance interactions that change all of their futures and outlook on life. Highly recommended.
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Great story about best friends, cheating significant others, successful business women & romance. Wish she had spent more time on the female main character's romance than on the cheating significant other's, but it was significant to the complete story. There were a few editing and missing words but on the whole much better than the last one I read. This was a free book, I just wish there was a site that these authors could post their free books where readers could critique them before they're published & the authors could read their findings. Janice Mote
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This story was a Great story. Would love to read more from author. Beautifully written and easy to follow along.
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By CINDY F. on February 3, 2013
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I was really surprised that this book was so good, although I was a little disappointed at the ending. The author seemed to dwell quite a bit more on David and Claudia, than she did with Alec and Claire. I think the whole relationship between Alec & Claire was over-looked a bit. We didn't even get much of their story until right towards the end of the story. And that's another thing...in the end we still don't know how Alec & Claire ended up, it was sort of left hanging.

And not only that....but I was also surprised that Claire's life-long friend, Amber, was so willing to take David's side after knowing for a fact that he'd cheated of her best friend. IMO- that is so unforgivable.

Would I recommend this book? Yes.
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This was a great story. David and Claire didn't jive from the beginning, so I was waiting for the second half of the book to be about Alec and Claire. It didn't disappoint.
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"...to hell with everything else—age difference, money, fame. None of it mattered as long as you were loved." That was absolutely my favorite line in the whole book! This Tangled Thing Called Love follows the lives of Claire, Alec, David, and Claudia as they try to figure out their lives. I fell in love with Claire, whose is a strong female character with a badass job! She was funny, and a little unexpected—especially when it came to Alec. This book is a roller coaster of emotions with a fantastic ending, or should I say endings! This is one love story you're not going to want to miss out on!
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