Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review: Twisted, by Emma Chase

There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself – and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice, the most important of my life. Drew already made his –in fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville. Alone. Well, sort of alone....

What I've come to realize is that old habits die hard and sometimes you have to go back to where you began, before you can move ahead.

TWISTED picks up two years after Tangled’s end, and is told from Kate’s POV.

4.35 out of 5 stars

Tangled was one of our top 20 reads of 2013, #3 to be exact, so needless to say my expectations for Twisted were pretty high.  When I found out this story would be from Kate's POV I was more than a little nervous.  Let's be honest...Drew's sense of humor and perspective are fresh, unique and being inside his head is what makes the escape so good, at least in my opinion.  While it wasn't the same experience as being in Drew's head and I didn't love Kate's POV as well as I do Drew's I have to say Emma Chase nevertheless did do an excellent job giving her a voice and I found myself enjoying seeing things through her eyes. 

I am surprised to say I found her to be funny and I loved how it often felt like the was talking to me, almost as if we were friends.  She realizes her relationship with Drew is crazy and intense, but he's also the love of her life and whether or not they make it as a couple she will never regret her time with him, or his impact on her own life.  What makes them work as a couple is how they really bring out the best in one another.

I think it's also important to note the tone of this story is far more serious than that of Tangled or Holy Frigging Matrimony.  While there is still plenty of humor the underlying story and issues the couple faces are much different, so keep that in mind when you start this sequel.  Twisted picks up two years since we left the couple at the end of Tangled.  Drew and Kate are blissfully happy living and working together and are every bit in love as before.  So of course, as if right on time you can cue the drama, frustration, angst and tears along with a serious dose of mis-communication.  Then buckle down and prepare to see whether or not our favorite couple can pull through all the chaos.  

I'm not going to lie, I was worried about these two and whether or not they were going to be able to overcome their stubborn personalities.  Drew frustrated me, there were points where I just wanted to scream at him for being so pig-headed and blind!  I was worried the incident would be something he may not recover from, but when you finally make it to the point where he pours out his heart and puts everything on the line, he completely redeems himself in perfect Drew fashion.

My favorite part, the epilogue, why??? Because we get to be back inside Drew's head.  And although this journey has changed him, he re-emerges more confident in his relationship with Kate, more appreciative of their relationship and just as funny as ever.  I cannot wait for Tied, another book from his perspective, which releases later this fall.

I was gifted a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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