Friday, March 28, 2014

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Twisted by Emma Chase

(Tangled series, book 2)
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. 

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I think maybe I just expected a little too much. This was a fast read, and it was good – it just wasn’t great. Tangled rocked my world…hard…and I went into Twisted with Drew and Kate up on a pedestal so high I couldn’t reach it to knock them down, even if I wanted to. (Okay, I’m really short so I can’t reach a lot of things, but you get the point.) I should have pulled in the reigns a little, read the synopsis a few more times, and prepared myself a little bit better. If I had done those things, I would have realized that Twisted wasn’t going to be like Tangled. So really, the fact that it fell short of my expectations is no one’s fault but my own.

Twisted is told from Kate’s POV, and the only time we get the privilege of being inside Drew’s head is in the epilogue. I adore Kate and it was nice to delve more into her personality, to learn more about her. She isn’t the strong, independent, woman that she portrays herself to be; she has flaws, one of them being *gasp* dependence on a man. What?! No way. This is Kate we’re talking about here! I know – I was shocked, too! While I missed being in the very entertaining head of Drew Evans, this novel allowed me to see Kate in a new light. She became a little bit more human in my eyes. We get to see her insecurities, her fears, her true feelings towards Drew, and we get to see her, firsthand, evolve into a different Kate; a Kate that I like even more than I did before…if that’s possible.

The storyline was engaging, albeit incredibly frustrating at times. I lost count of the number of times I wanted to reach into my iPad and shake both of them while yelling, “JUST FIGURE IT OUT ALREADY!! DON’T YOU SEE WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?!” I felt for Kate, yet wanted to slap her for just assuming her and Drew were on the same page. Or even in the same frigging book! And Drew…I pretty much just wanted to junk punch him. Plain and simple. Even if they were talking about the same thing – nope, I need to shut my mouth before I give too much away. There’s a misunderstanding and I’ll just leave it at that. A frustrating misunderstanding. Okay. Now I’m really done talking about it.

Emma’s writing is just as wonderful as it was in Tangled, but again, I think I was just expecting more. Regardless, it’s still a good, fast read that takes you through the next phase of Drew and Kate’s relationship, and allows you to see them grow not only as a couple, but individually. I love these two characters, and I can’t wait to see where Emma takes them and how she wraps up their story in Tied. But I learned my lesson this time – not every book can be a Tangled. 



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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