Thursday, April 3, 2014

BLOG TOUR ~Twisted by Emma Chase~

Title: Twisted
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Tangled #2
Release Date: March 25, 2014

My Rating: 4 Stars
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. In this heart-pounding follow-up to Tangled by New York Times bestseller Emma Chase, Kate reveals that there is trouble in paradise, when unexpected circumstances force her and Drew to "renegotiate" their relationship.

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, Ohio, 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.

It's that time again... time for the Liked, Disliked, and my overall opinion :)

Twisted holds the same brash, quirky dynamic as Tangled. In my opinion, Twisted actually tugs at your heartstrings a little more. And while the major plot line is based on an absurd misunderstanding, the secondary characters lend the comedic relief that I love. Kate and Drew have quite a rough go of it in this book. They fight, argue, tears are shed, etc. However, I couldn't help but be draw into this crazy, off-kilter world of theirs. Kate has had a major overhaul as a character. I loved it. When we're introduced to her voice it's evident that she's brassy and ballsy on the inside, but she's softened a little on the outside. Drew, well his drunken stupor this time around was his own darn fault.  This couple holds a very awkward shaped piece of my heart. Which is fitting given their equally awkward relationship. It's almost hard to describe them and their world. I probably sound like a mad person when I'm explaining it to friends about how amazing it is. Especially after Twisted, where we get a glimpse of Kate's voice. I feel like I could sit down and chat for hours with these two. Truthfully, no, this book wasn't believable. That's why I love it though. Ms. Chase is an escape artist of reality and I have got a first class ticket for every crazy ride she takes her readers on.

Here's where it gets a little rocky. Obviously, my overall feeling of this book is positive but, there were a few hiccups. One, I needed more couple time. Once you read the book you'll understand a little better but, the gist is I needed Kate and Drew to have more of a connection in Twisted. Two, the apartment scene. No explanation on that. Read it. You'll feel my pain. Three, I needed MORE! I feel like this is a common occurrence with me. I always want more. This time it's a little different. I actually needed more. There were a few things glossed over, and I felt there could have a been a chapter well spent on a little more explanation. In short, after the sprint Ms. Chase took me on, I needed more of a cool down period. 

In the grand scheme of things, my likes FAR outweigh my dislikes. I love all of these characters just as hard as I loved them in the first book. Honestly, the chain of events in this book just screams Kate and Drew. Every step they took from beginning to end was a testament to their true characters. I can't ever ask any more from a book or author than that. If you do right by the characters and the integrity of the story, huge thumbs up! That's exactly what Emma Chase did with Twisted. Sure, I had dislikes about it but, I'm not the one with characters screaming in my head about what happens next. What's right for the readers isn't always what is right for the characters and story. So, am I pleased with this book? Hell, yes! Was it what I was expecting? Absolutely not. Then again, I love surprises, so Twisted was right up my alley.

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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Meet Emma:
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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