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This Tangled Thing Called Love

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  639 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Claire Chatfield has everything a girl could possibly wish for: looks, a promising career, and an engagement ring from one of New York's most eligible heir-bachelors! Life should be a dream and yet, it does not feel like one... When an enigmatic new neighbor, Alec Brunell, moves into an apartment above from Claire's, Claire is surprised to find herself wondering whether th ...more
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published February 12th 2012
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Feb 16, 2013 Melanie rated it it was ok
Ugh. This book just didn't cut it. It had such promise. How can a book with a Sexy Tango Dancer be disappointing? When the author spends more time developing the antagonists, that's how. Every time Astor switched to the crappy boyfriend's point of view I just wanted to fling my Kindle across the room. Sexy Tango Dancer didn't even really come into play until about 70% through the book... I almost forgot he existed. I feel like the whole novel was poorly sequenced, and it would have been so much ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Lindsey rated it it was ok
Just alright
It was actually way better than I thought it would be, I got into the characters and story but then the ending was so abrupt and fast it was almost like being cheated or that the author took the easy way out or something.
Mar 07, 2016 Deborah rated it it was ok
Contrived and Smutty

I'm currently working through all my unread Kindle books by author alphabetical order. Otherwise I probably would have skipped this one. Annoying characters, tedious plot, and the male point of view for the ultimate love interest was downright sleazy at times. I think I'm too old for this Sex in the City wannabe. And using Fink as the name of a competitor real estate business made me roll my eyes every time it was used.

Younger readers who like a bit of romance and sex may en
Ginny  Gallagher
May 29, 2013 Ginny Gallagher rated it really liked it
Marie Astor could not have picked a more perfect title than “This Tangled Thing Called Love” for her book.

Each character seems to be tangled up in their own idea of what the perfect love should be and struggles to step away from family, friends, and society expectations and define love on their own terms.

The story is told in multiple points of views so you really get to know several of the characters and what drives their decisions.

I really enjoyed reading this book and would love to get another
Gloria Antypowich
Oct 04, 2015 Gloria Antypowich rated it really liked it
Love is a tangle, before it becomes a Tango!
Claire Chatfield, once an ugly duckling, has become a swan…but she doesn’t realise it. She is still caught in her personal images from the past and is amazed when David Lawson-the only son of a wealthy family becomes interested in her. But as time goes by he becomes more deeply involved in his work at the family business that he hopes to one day run, and he spends less time with Claire even though he still insists that he loves her.
She meets Alec Brun
Feb 10, 2013 Alisa rated it it was ok
O Editor, where art thou? I read through to the end because the story itself wasn't terrible, if very typical of the chick-lit genre, but some of the writing was painfully bad. This book would really benefit from a good editor's red pen.

As another reader mentioned; the ending was abrupt. I found it extremely bizarre how she just all of sudden jumped to an epilogue, a propos of nothing.
Feb 26, 2013 Trish rated it it was ok
Very slow. Too much time was spent on the relationship that didn't work out and not enough on Claire & Alec. It was tedious and I was happy when I finally finished it. Also the dialog lacked a certain kind of flow, almost seemed too formal at times. I would hardly call this a "romance" book. The silver lining is that at least I didn't pay for it since it was free on Amazon.
Literary  Chanteuse
Aug 21, 2012 Literary Chanteuse rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
A really great mix of characters in this chick lit love story. A hot latin tango dancer, a wealthy playboy heir and an intelligent down to earth heorine. Enticing chemistry that pops up like the paparazzi and keeps you wondering who Claire will choose. Even though she endures some heartache she manages to stay strong and lets her heart be her guide.
Feb 01, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: women
Recommended to Emily by: free ebook on Amazon
Sweet romance. I liked this story very much.
Samantha Janning
Jul 30, 2012 Samantha Janning rated it really liked it
I received a copy of This Tangled Thing Called Love in exchange for an honest review. Claire Chatfield has the best life. She is successful, has great girlfriends, and has just received a massive rock from her now fiancé, David Lawson. David is one of the most sought-after bachelors in New York City thanks to his elite status and sizeable bank account. But Claire’s world is rocked when photos appear in a tabloid magazine of David locking lips with an aging Hollywood actress. Claire calls off the ...more
Book Synopsis

Twenty-eight-year-old Claire Chatfield has everything a girl could possibly wish for: looks, a promising career at New York’s top architectural firm, and an engagement ring from one of New York’s most eligible heir-bachelors! Life should be a dream, but when Alec Brunell, a sexy tango dancer, moves into the apartment one floor above from Claire’s, he unwittingly awakens Claire’s old insecurities, making her question her life choices. Will Claire brave her fears and allow herself t
Jun 25, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Claire Chatfield is engaged to the man of her dreams, or so she thought ... is she really in love with her fiance David Lawson ... or is she playing it safe instead of following her heart?

This Tangled Thing Called Love is a fun and sassy novel that raises the timeless question of when making choices about love relationships, do you play it safe and follow your head, or do you throw caution to the wind and follow your heart? Ah ... love is a many splendored tangled thing ....

The story is set in N
Jun 07, 2013 Kaitlin rated it it was ok
I know it’s been 12 days since my last review. It did not take me 12 days to finish this book – maybe 3-4 nights overall. Please see my vacation post for why I took a week off!

This is one of those books that I am not proud to admit I read – but I promised (well maybe I didn’t but I will from hereon) to review the good, the bad, and the ugly. That is what you get in reading “free” books. Some great ones, some not so great. Based on the title I knew what I was getting myself into and it’s what I n
Katie Daliy
Mar 14, 2013 Katie Daliy rated it really liked it
I decided to read this book because someone recommended it to me and I thought I would check it out. I also wanted to read it because it is the sort of book I am interested n. (You know all of the lovey dovey stuff.) I also thing the way that the book looked to me stood out and said read me.

I think on the bingo book this book comes under "A book with a female main character." Because it is a book all about love and it was good to have a female main person in the book. I think that this related t
Sandy Duncan
Sep 08, 2014 Sandy Duncan rated it it was amazing
Claire tangled life of love

I really enjoyed this story of love found, most and found again. Claire and David seemed perfect but looks are for stability does not mean true love for there also has to be passion. and why not add the dance of mango to the mix with Alex and an aging movie star Claudia. read and find out how all these characters interact. was a great story of life.
May 23, 2013 Fiona rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Cute story.

Claire is engaged to NYC's most eligible bachelor and she has a great job. Could she ask for more? When she meets the tango dancer/instructor who lives in her building, she can't stop thinking about him. But, she keeps telling herself, that she is in love with her fiance who happens to be working late a lot lately. No problem, right? After all, he's trying to please his father and take over the real estate business soon. That is until the local paparazzi magazine has her fiance passio
Anastasia Varga
Aug 08, 2012 Anastasia Varga rated it it was amazing
Claire Chatfield is engaged to one of New York's most eligible bachelors. Her fiancé, David Lawson is every girl's dream: handsome, successful and rich, David can have his pick of women, but he has his eyes set on Claire, or so she thinks, but David's busy work schedule makes it difficult to believe his amorous assurances... When a handsome neighbor by the name of Alec Brunell moves into Claire's building, she begins to wonder whether David is really the one for her. This is a story about follow ...more
Mar 21, 2015 Tracy rated it it was ok
too much time was spent building the story of the crappy ex and not enough with the sexy tango dancer. the abrupt ending was such a let down. also ould've used an editor's red pen
Sep 20, 2014 Mayas rated it liked it
This is an enjoyable ed asy read that keeps you in a triangle of who would be with who and why they are choosing the paths that they are on instead of following the words of their hearts.
Melissa Turner
Feb 06, 2013 Melissa Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Well, I have finished this one! I was pretty much dead on about this having all ingredients for chick lit. it was pretty good. I like the leading ladies being a little flawed. no one wants to read a book about some perfect woman.

Claire is an architect in a decent firm, engaged to a well known bachelor, David. Their relationship seems perfect, but as with everything in life, nothing is perfect.

Alec is a tangle dancer, and Claire's new upstairs neighbor. and of course I crazy handsome. He is tryi
Denise Whelan
May 18, 2014 Denise Whelan rated it really liked it
Good book. A little long winded in some areas, but okay nonetheless!
Shauna Stewart Hougham
Nov 19, 2013 Shauna Stewart Hougham rated it it was amazing
This was a good read. You root for Claire but you also find yourself rooting for David the slime ball as he stands up to his old man and breaks away and goes for his real love and Claire realizes she never really loved David and she falls in love with her neighbor the tango dance but also turn out to be connected to a bldg that she is trying to preserve. Don;t want to give to much away. But it is a good book, with stories involving three girls and their love lives and their careers. Marie did it ...more
Oct 17, 2013 Maurene rated it liked it
This was enjoyable chick lit, as long a you're not bothered by dense characters and predictable plots. This didn't bother me, as I knew this was the kind of book I was reading. Little things irked me though. For instance, Claire drinks a cucumber martini at one point, and then the rum in her drink is strong. If you're going to be that detailed at least name the proper alcohol. There were other examples, but that was one that I remember questioning. Otherwise though, it was an enjoyable beach rea ...more
Apr 13, 2013 Jo rated it really liked it
Claire has everything - a perfect job and a well to do and dishy fiance, David. Then things can change in an instant when David strays and she finds herself single. Examining what she wanted and finding out it wasn't what she thought after all

I really enjoyed this book, found myself reading it on the train to and from work, wanting to find out what the next chapter held for the characters.

Would definitely read others by this author, good flow, good humour and sensitively dealt with situations th
May 28, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Perfect chick lit beach read.
May 02, 2013 Lauren rated it liked it
2.5 stars for me.

Prim & proper Claire is dating an eligible and desirable David. She meets her new neighbor Alec and begins to wonder if the reliable and familiar romance is what she really wants...

I had a hard time getting into this one. The language sort of bored me. I never really connected with Claire- didn't know much about her other than her job and the fact that she was a chubby kid. I felt we got to know David and his family a lot more. By the time Claire relaxed a bit the book was
Zan Render
Jun 23, 2013 Zan Render rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked from the very first page: Claire is woken up by loud music early on a Saturday morning and in fury of irritation rushes to chide the culprit - a sexy new neighbor who had just moved into her building - and this is only the beginning. What follows next is Claire's search to find her true self and her true partner - the man she had been dreaming about her whole life, but was too afraid to look for. Will she find him? You'll have to read the book to find out - I'm glad I did ...more
Kristy Ledford
Mar 16, 2013 Kristy Ledford rated it did not like it
I didn't expect much since this was a free Kindle book and I was right. It took way too long to develop the characters and then among the handful introduced or referenced to, at least 3 were named Jake. How hard is it to come up with another name? I found the writing annoying, with dialogue that doesn't sound natural. It seemed like the author had her thesaurus and dictionary next to her, pulling out various words rarely used words to try to impress the audience. It just didn't work.
Jul 13, 2013 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
A contemporary romance, yes. Enjoyable? Not really. I got frustrated reading the first half of the book, and the epilogue tells most of the best parts. The main female character's name was Claire, but half of the time it was spelled differently - Clair, Clar, etc. An editor would be good, as there were other word mistakes (such as your instead of you) that spell check would not catch. I am not somebody to complain about these things usually, but it was bothersome in this book.
Cory Mace
Oct 07, 2013 Cory Mace rated it liked it
This romantic triangle proves that true love will always find you, even when your least looking for it. I enjoyed the character plots, just wished the two main characters in David's life did not begin with a C. It made you really pay attention to who he was with (Claire or Claudia) in one paragraph to the next. Not to mention the editor goofed in many places and used "Clair" in different places throughout the book. It was a cute, quick read, for a free download.
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Marie Astor is New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. Marie is a die-hard romantic, which is why she loves writing romantic suspense and contemporary romance. 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.

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