Friday, May 14, 2021

Emma Chase - Twisted

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 hisin 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.

Comment: This is the second book in the Tangled series by Emma Chase. I had read the previous book last year and I liked it enough to want to read the sequel.

In this book, Drew and Kate have bee together for some time, they have had a steady relationship and things might get even more serious one day, although they are content with the way things are now. However, there is a situation which neither was expecting to happen and how each one reacts is the reason behind all troubles. Still, after all they have shared and how in sync they were, how could it be that their romance might going to end, will there be a way to fix things?

Despite the big fight the protagonists have, this is a book to make us smile and nod our heads at the misunderstandings and silliness they face and also a way to warm up when friends and family help and when they reunite. I don't think it's any spoiler to say they have a fight, things seem to be dire but, of course, att he end we only need to focus on the positive things and the "lesson" learned over such an experience.

Drew and Kate had become an established couple in the first book but it's possible to imagine they still could fave adversity and problems. However, I would say the plot of this book is extremely thin and I have to wonder if it was just a means to keep up the hype over the story...even though the biggest appeal  - Drew being the narrator - isn't the focus. The thing is, the reason why they fight is very weak, and a believable conversation would have solved it immediately, which would mean no story whatsoever. In order for something to exist, the author based the whole thing, all the misunderstandings on a ridiculous premise.

I might sound harsh but there is no way that two people in love, with time and a story between them, even if they had self doubts about how the other sees them (who doesn't?), would waste time discussing a subject without mentioning at least once the single word which would have avoided the whole issue? They could still fight over it or not agree on how they felt about it, although by the way their relationship progressed that might not be too plausible anyway, but there would be no silly misunderstanding. Also, besides this, would their common friends also never say the word that could explain it all out loud? It's very unlikely.

Well, after a long part of the story on the problems, which had their interest, especially on how Kate emotionally reacted over some details, the couple finally talks and they work on being better partners to one another. I like the writing and even though this is first person narrator, the author has talent to let the characters be witty and appealing and it's no hardship to follow their thoughts, although sometimes they appear to be a little over the top. This to say the bones of the story are good enough, the whole of the book is both funny and emotional at times, but separating each part or situation... ehh, perhaps not as wonderful as the first.

All in all, despite my critics, I had an easy time reading this and it was one of those "feel good" books if one puts aside the dramas, but the tone and the end more than make for that. I'm not certain I'll read more books by the author but I'm happy to end this one on relatively a positive note.
Grade: 7/10

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