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REVIEW: Tangled Like Us

Title: Tangled Like us
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genre(s):  Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Release: January 2019
Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭/5

"And while I'm in his protective, warm clutch, while we're alone, I feel safe to ask him anything. "I have so many questions," I say softly, thinking aloud. "I want to know all about you, but I can't ask fast enough- and when I think about you, I wonder what your hands have held. what your eyes have seen." My pulse ha skyrocketed, but I keep speaking. What your ears have heard and where your feet have landed.""

Hello guys, back with another review! This time it's a book I've been anticipating for over 2 years, ever since the first book in this series came out. This is my second most anticipated romance of the series, so I can't wait to dig into this review!

What is this book about?
Tangled Like Us is set in the Addicted universe, which has been going for a long time. The series (previously titled Billionaires and Bodyguards) is a spinoff of the original core six characters and settle around their children and families. Whereas the first three books were Maximoff's (Lily and Lo's son) romance with his bodyguard Farrow, this one centers around Jane Cobalt (Connor and Rose's daughter). When an ad appears in the newspaper that Jane Cobalt is looking for her Prince Charming, she is stalked by numerous suitors who want nothing more than to take her on a date. Her bodyguard, the stoic and protective Thatcher Moretti, needs to device a plan to keep her safe from the public madness. The two start a fake relationship to get the media and her stalkers off their backs, but what they don't anticipate is the attraction they both have for each other. 

What did I think about Tangled Like us?
While I thought the first three books were kind of disappointing, it's no secret, you all know. I thought this one was VASTLY different from the earlier intalments in the series. Moffy and Farrow's relationship did not work for me. I thought their banter was annoying and they had no build-up. They felt kind of forced and made me roll my eyes numerous times. The authors also had trouble reconciling the characters' sex life with their character development because .. the latter wasn't positive. 

That being said, Tangled Like us might be my new favorite KBR book. I genuinely think the problem is their inability to write healthy M/M relationships, because this book had none of the issues that previously bothered me. Jane and Thatcher's relationship was to die for. The promo for this book made me apprehensive that this story would verge on erotica, and it did contain numerous sex scenes, but none of those were cringe-y or insanely sexualised. They were actually really soft? This book reminded me of why I fell in love with this universe in the first place. 

"Her ability to be comfortable in her own skin, it's gorgeous. 
Flat-out, and for once, I allow myself to think it without reprimand."

Thatcher and Jane have a very healthy relationship together. Their love is supportive, healing, and sweet. I especially liked that Thatcher wasn't in any way afraid to let Jane take the lead in their relationship. At one point, he makes a comment that both of them are alpha males, which actually made me laugh because Jane soooo has him wrapped around her finger! Like I said, I was afraid they'd paint Thatcher as the stereotypical alpha-male who thinks with his genitals and turns into a possessive asshole 80% of the time, but this wasn't the case AT ALL. Instead of making him into some alpha-male archetype, KBR wrote him a lot more nuanced. I would even venture out and say he's the perfect romantic lead for me. His respect and carefulness when it came to Jane was to die for. He was SO attentive it wasn't even funny anymore. As if my standards for men weren't high enough. Their dynamic is one I really like and tend to go for when it comes to New Adult. I like it when characters contrast and compliment each other. Thatcher's stoic nature went really well with Jane's bubbly and soft personality, and made it easier for each of them to open up. Anyway, I love Thatcher Moretti and he's successfully managed to snag the spot of my favorite KBR love-interest (up until now)! 

Speaking of Jane, let's talk about her, shall we? I AM HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH THIS GIRL. Jane Cobalt is one of the best protagonists the authors have ever written. She made me so happy as a reader. Jane is the only Cobalt who hasn't found her passion in life, which, at 23, isn't a weird thing to experience. Her situation was so relatable to the point I nearly cried. She also doesn't conform to the stereotypical standard of feminine beauty and speaks very openly about this. There is a bathroom scene where, even though she genuinely loves her body and her shape, she sometimes has insecurities about her stretch-marks. She addresses how those don't fit within the perfect picture and still sometimes manage to make her feel uncomfortable. I thought this was so human, I nearly teared up. I just really really like her and it reminded me how KBR's strength mostly lies within their characters. 

"I just see all the side of Jane Cobalt.
Bold and soft. 
Outlandish and unabashed.
Feminine and eager.

That being said, I do think these books still don't carry a lot of plot, so if you're looking for a plot-heavy book, you might want to skip this series all together. However, if, like me, you like character-driven books and romantic storylines, this is the perfect book for you. It's on my list of favorite NA romances, ever. 

Lastly, I just want to mention my loves, Sulli and Akara, who are hopefully getting their own love story written out next year? Yes? Please? Whereas previous books I used to read merely for their tiny scenes, I found that wasn't necessary with this one because I loved the main couple so much, HOWEVER, that doesn't mean that I didn't love them any less. Their story is finally taking shape, and they're setting up their story very nicely for future books. Also, while we're on the topic of future books, the one relationship I'm not fully on board with (and probably never will be) is Luna and Donnelly. I can see where their story is going, I do, but Donnelly's character is just... badly-written. He has the personality of a fifteen year old boy who's dying to lose his virginity so acts like every woman in the world would want him, when in reality he's just ... not all that. Also don't get me started on his derogatory comments and behavior... no thanks. The only Tangled Like Us moment I didn't like included him (if you've read the book, you probably know the one).

However, to conclude, even Donnelly wasn't enough to not get me to give this book 5 stars. This is everything I look for in a good soft romance, and reminded me why I fell in love with this universe and these characters in the first place. I heard Sinful Like Us is supposed to come out in 2019 also, so I'm looking forward to a "cobaretti"-filled year.


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