Series: Tangled #2
Published by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster
Published on March 25th, 2014
Genres: Comedy, Contemporary Romance, Love & Romance
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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.
“Would you fucking stop! Why are you being like this?”
I glare up at him. “Because you don’t even care! I’m really upset here – and you don’t give a shit!”
His eyes open wide, incredulous.
“Of course I give a shit – I’m the one getting Jimmy Choos thrown at my head like Chinese freaking stars!”
“If you care so much, why don’t you apologize?!”
“Because I didn’t fucking do anything! I have no problem crawling on my hands and knees when I screw up. But if you think I’m gonna beg because you’ve been possessed by the Hormone Demon – you’re out of your mind sweetheart.”
Tangled was one of my favorite books of 2013. (See my review ➔ HERE) Compared to what was out there in the male POV, it was fun, different, snarky… I just couldn’t get enough of Drew Evans.Twisted has a completely different feel and I think it’s important to go in with that mindset.
Drew and Kate have been living as a couple for about two years now and they seem to be doing pretty good. They are both hopelessly in love with each other, but now we get to see their relationship through Kate’s eyes.
This book centers around one big huge clusterfuck of a miscommunication. A tiny lie turns into a misunderstanding, which turns into a huge mistake that leads to more misunderstandings and lots of pain for both Drew and Kate. It was so incredibly frustrating to read parts of this story when all that needed to be said was ONE WORD to literally clear everything up. Who skirts around in multiple conversations like that?! The drama and angst was a little much at times and because it was something so avoidable, it made the whole thing that much worse.
“I should have known better. Arguing with Drew is like dealing with a terrorist. He has no boundaries; northing’s off limits. There are no depths he won’t sink to to win.”
I liked Kate in Tangled, she was independent, strong, smart, a great match for Drew and a good heroine for this series. But… lets not kid ourselves here, we all read it for Drew, right? So it’s a HUGE change to not only have this book in Kate’s POV, but also have Drew completely absent for big chunk of the book. I did like that we get to learn more about Kate. She is in such a vulnerable state and what she was dealing with (without Drew) was heartbreaking at times. Although I didn’t agree with some of her decisions, I did try to put myself in her shoes and could understand where she was coming from.
“Forty-eight hours ago, I didn’t know what I was capable of, what kind of steel pumps in my veins. Now I do. And I guess that’s the moral of the story. You have to fall down, scrape your palms and knees, before you know you have the ability to pick yourself back up.”
Even though this book is very different than the first, it did keep my interest. I am genuinely invested in Drew and Kate as a couple and wanted nothing more than for them to figure their shit out and get some more face time with my main man. Drew is a scene stealer as usual and even with his stupid mistakes and crazy antics, he still completely won me over once again. I may have even teared up at one point, he can seriously hold his own in an argument and bring on the swoon!
He yells, “I want any part of you that you’re willing to give me!”
We both fall quiet.
Staring each other down.
And his voice drops low. Defeated. “I’ll take anything, Kate. Just… don’t tell me it’s over. I won’t accept that.”
“Because I can’t live without you, Kate. I don’t even know how to try.”
I still recommend this book for fans of the series IF you can go in without the expectation of it being like the first book. It does have that Emma Chase charm, I love how she writes. The narrative is fun and quirky as usual, with the narrator speaking directly to the reader. The side characters are as fantastic as ever, even though I would have loved more Steven! I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series and continuing on with more shenanigans from this crazy group of characters. Plus, this one has an awesome epilogue in DREW’S POV which is just perfection! ♥