Coffee Pot Reviews: Tangled and The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy

August 10th, 2013 Kimberly Review 50 Comments

10th Aug

Coffee Pot Reviews Welcome to Coffee Pot Reviews! These are short and sweet reviews done in the length of time it takes my coffee pot to brew! I have a yummy adult book and a YA novella to share with you. *Adult books contain mature content and are not intended for readers under 18 years of age.* I’ve got iced mocha coffee so grab a cup and enjoy!


Coffee Pot Reviews: Tangled and The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy
by Emma Chase
Series: Tangled #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchase
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?  He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.  Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?  Can Drew Evans win at love?  Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without

Can I go fangirl for a minute? Squee!! Whew, that felt good. Tangled was recommended to me by several bloggers and I am so glad I picked this up. Emma Chase delivered a deliciously funny, outrageous and smexy tale. I laughed and giggled aloud and even read bits to my husband. Drew Evans is a spoiled, entitled, smooth-talking, swoon-worthy rich boy who gets a beat down. The tale is told in the first person from his POV and Chase did an excellent job of giving him a voice. When he spoke to me it felt real and warm and even when I couldn’t believe what came out of his mouth I adored him. He may need a lesson in love, but he isn’t a bad guy either. Katherine Brooks is bright, and I loved the interaction between the two of them. Their banter was hilarious and I loved the whole angry to kissing moments. If you are looking for something fresh, funny and new I totally recommend this one!

Coffee Pot Reviews: Tangled and The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy
The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy
by Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles  #2.5
Genres: Steampunk
Source: Purchase
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Rating: One StarOne StarHalf a Star

Before he makes his appearance in The Girl with the Iron Touch, Jack Dandy had an adventure of his very own. Learn how his actions set the plot in motion in The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy, a short teaser story from author Kady Cross’s Steampunk Chronicles.  Jack Dandy didn’t become prince of the London underworld at barely twenty-one by being softhearted, even if a certain girl in a steel corset has wormed her way into his affections of late. He knows how to manipulate, charm and rob people blind. And if his criminal activities embarrass his aristocratic father, so much the better. So when a friend of Jack’s father hires him for an underhanded job, Jack is happy to oblige—for an outrageous fee, of course. Delivering a mysterious crate seems like an easy task—until Jack realizes just what is inside..

I am awfully curious as to why they released The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy in July of 2013 after the May release of The Girl with the Iron Touch since this is a prequel to that story. It tells of events that transpired with Jack concerning a business deal and this lead directly to his interactions with Finley and Griffin in book three. While I appreciated the insight into Jack and all of his smexy-ness I kind of felt let down. We did learn a little about his past, what drives him and get a closer look into his home. I could listen to his accent all day and enjoyed the trip inside his head, but any climatic feelings or excitement about what happens next was completely washed out since I’ve already read book three. While I still recommend this to fans of “Jack” it really isn’t necessary and is very short, and I mean snippet short. I love this series, but compared to The Strange Case of Finley Jayne novella this was a disappointment.

About Emma Chase

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

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50 Responses to “Coffee Pot Reviews: Tangled and The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy”

  1. Michelle

    Tangled sounds great! I keep seeing it around. I’m sorry the novella was a disappointment, it really sucks when the ‘extra’ portions of a series don’t really deliver.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I was really shocked because her books are always enjoyable.

  2. Maida

    I have Tangled for review and I am sooo excited to read it! I have heard nothing but amazing things about it, and I am really looking forward to getting inside a guy’s head and just experiencing what they think and feel for a change. Plus, I can’t wait to laugh out loud too! This book seems to have a lot of those moments! I’m glad you enjoyed Tangled!

    Too bad about TDDoJD though! 🙁 I have to check this series out, it sound very interesting! Hopefully, the novella (if there is one) in the series will be better! 😀

    Fabulous reviews!

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really love Cross’ steampunk series and this was the only novella that disappointed me..i so recommended the series. I cannot wait to read your review of Tangled! woot! 🙂

  3. Lauren

    Aww it’s a bummer that the Jack Dandy novella was a let down, but Tangled sounds awesome! I really want to meet Drew, and I’m glad to hear this had you laughing out loud. I need a read like that right now. I’ve been horribly sick and could use a pick me up! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh Tangled was hilarious and romantic and so enjoyable!

  4. Ellen

    I bought Tangled a while back because so many bloggers recommended it. Nereyda told me to move it to the top of my list, and you have definitely convinced me I need to 🙂

  5. Heather

    I enjoyed Tangled too! Did you ever end up reading Wallbanger, Kimba? I can’t remember–I’ll have to check your Review archive:) I preferred WB to Tangled–but it was close. It was cool to get the POV from the bad boy in a cont.romance as opposed to the standard pov from the woman.

    Btw: have you read any of Lisa Kleypas’ Travis’ books? I just went through and read three back to back–so fun. And I read Sarra Manning’s Unsticky after hearing such good things about it for years–that one was a winner too:)

  6. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter)

    I just added Tangled to my wishlist — it looks soooo good! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh it was such fun Kristilyn and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

  7. Aurian

    Hmm that first book sounds very good and original, I really can enjoy it when a man has to eat crow and relearn and rethink his habits.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      this was such a fun book, delightfully paced and hilarious with enough heat to curl your toes!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you do, I laughed so much and it was a sweet, smexy romance as well.

  8. Tanja

    I’m really not much of adult reader but Tangled sounds really good. I’m surprised that my co-blogger hasn’t read it yet. Anyhow I might give it a try. I haven’t heard of The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy, too bad it was a disappointment but I’m glad you still like the series. Great reviews 🙂

  9. Nick

    I just read Nereyda’s at Mostly YA Obsessed review of Tangled this past week and she loved it too, so I added the book to my tbr! And now I hear you loved it too! I’m definitely getting a copy of it for myself. 🙂
    Chase sounds like a charming and hilarious guy and I can’t wait to meet him. I can tell he’ll be a favorite of mine.

    I haven’t read this series yet, but I don’t think it’s for me either. I’m sorry this novella didn’t work for you, Kim. I’m usually not a fan of novellas because they are too short and leave me wanting for more, so even if I did give the series a try, I probably wouldn’t want to read this.

    Anyways, lovely reviews, Kim! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Her best novellas have been wonderful, and this was such a let down. I cannot wait to hear what you think of Tangled!

  10. Andrea

    Eeeee!!! I am so happy you loved Tangled, Kim! Drew was such a fabulous mc and Emma Chase was brilliant.

  11. Sarah

    I loved Tangled! Wish I had reviewed it for my blog when I read it months ago… Now I review everything I read, lol.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      you can still review it and build up some advanced posts. I am reading books now that won’t post for 2-3 weeks and I have a few sitting in reserve for illness etc.

      • Sarah

        It’s been so long, I doubt I could write a good review on it now. I’m the same, usually my reviews go up maybe a week or two after reading a book.

  12. Sam

    Ha! I love that you read some of Tangled to your husband. 😉 It sounds like a really fun and entertaining read. It’s a shame The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy wasn’t quite as good. Especially with that gorgeous cover! I love the colour of it.

    Great mini reviews, Kimba! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      some of the stuff he says is so over the top hilarious that even my hubby giggled!

  13. Candace

    I think I would want to read anything and everything about Jack Dandy but thanks for the warning, that’s rather disappointing. If this isn’t free I’m not sure if I should grab it if it’s really that short.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      sadly I paid 1.99 for this 35 page story. I totally agree I love Jack but this should have been a freebie on the author’s website for fans and nothing more.

  14. Jenea

    Tangled sounds really good, and I think The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy does too. I have read the first one in that series. 🙂 Great reviews.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Jenea I hope you continue the series and grab Tangled!

  15. Toni

    Great reviews, Kim! I may just have to put Tangled on my TBR list. It sucks that The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy was a let down. I haven’t started the series yet, but it’s good to know in advance.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the series but Jack was such a let down, and oh lord Tangled will make you was deliciously good!

  16. kara-karina

    I think there must have been some sort of publishing oversight with the second book 🙂 Someone got a serious bollocking me thinks!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      seriously..I agree and it was 35 pages for 1.99 *facepalm*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      it is a word…seriously! Here is the definition: (Adj)Embodying the qualities of sex appeal and intelligence

  17. Trish

    So glad you enjoyed Tangled. It’s refreshingly funny and I loved the showdown between Drew and Catherine in work. I need more by this author!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      that’s ok cupcake..I will tempt you another day *winks*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      ooh Ali it was such fun..i giggled so hard there were tears!