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.
Yeah. Yeah. I am so late to this party. Drew Evans has been featured and adored by everyone else here at BT, but apparently I wasn’t paying attention. You can check out the review of Tangled by Tamie and Elena here. This book made their top ten favorite lists for 2013! Better late than never right?
SO when I was given an ARC of Twisted, I knew that Tangled was required reading first. It makes sense to review both books now, because well, they are equally great….
Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.
Drew Evans. Seriously. It bears repeating. Drew Evans.
Not sure I can put into words my thoughts about him. He’s exasperating and hilarious. Being in his head is funny, but kind of scary too. Who knew that guys really thought that way about women and sex? Life and family. Love and emotions. It was a learning experience for sure. I kind of felt like I was reading a version of “He’s Not that into You”. LOL
Some of my favorite quotes from Drew:
Fine’s a funny word, don’t you think? I don’t think there’s another like it in the English language that says so much while actually saying so little.
I don’t go to church. Not anymore. I’m a lot of things, but a hypocrite really isn’t one of them. If you’re not going to play by the rules, you don’t show up for team meetings.
You know on TV when there’s one of those awkward, shocking moments and all you hear are the crickets in the background? Well chirp fucking chirp…this is one of those moments.
I think that Kate’s thoughts on Drew actually say it pretty well here.
“That smile, your eyes, they really should be illegal. It was the only time in all my years with Billy that I wished I was single.”
“And then at the office I’d hear the secretaries talking about you. How you had a different girl every weekend. But after a while…I saw that there was so much more to you. You’re brilliant and funny. You’re protective and caring. You shine so bright, Drew. Everything you do–how you think, the things you say, the way you move–it’s blinding. I feel…lucky, just being close to you.”
Tangled is Drew’s version of how he meets Kate Brooks. It’s a funny and sexy ride that had me wondering if I should slap Drew or hug him. Drew’s history with women is interesting to say the least, but what kept me reading is his reaction to Kate.
Kate Brooks is the woman who isn’t available and doesn’t fall for Drew’s charms immediately. Who knew there was someone out there like that? At least according to Drew. She is smart, wants to be successful at her new job, and holds her own against Drew. Proving to me that women know how to stay focused even with a distraction as big as Drew.
I had my doubts on if Drew was really going to win Kate over, but when Drew decides that he wants something, he does everything in his power to make it happen. I have to say, I love his persistence.
While it’s pretty obvious that Drew and Kate are the stars in this crazy show, the secondary characters are no wallflowers. Drew’s sister Alexandra is pretty much the only person who can knock Drew on his ass with a word, like only an older sister can.
“Alexandra has deep-seated psychological issues. She’s unstable. You shouldn’t listen to anything she says. No one in my family does.
Technically, she’s never been diagnosed. But her ideas about justice and revenge are certifiable. Imagine Delores…with a decade more experience to perfect her technique.
When I was thirteen, I auctioned off a pair of Alexandra’s underwear in the boy’s locker room. Dirty ones. When she found out through the grapevine of older sisters, she played it cool–never let on that she knew. And then she spiked my Coco Pebbles with chocolate-flavored laxatives. I didn’t leave the bathroom for three days.”
Then there’s his niece Mackenzie who has Drew wrapped around her little finger.
“I can see now why Alexandra started the Bad Word Jar, since you seem to spend so much time with Mackenzie.
“She talks like you. It’s not every day you hear a four-year-old say Prince Charming is a douche bag who’s only holding Cinderella back.”
Then there’s the people in Kate’s life. Dee Dee and Billy Warren. I wasn’t necessarily a fan of Billy, but he redeems himself later. Dee Dee is a friend that every girl wants to grow up with, because she is fierce and funny. Oh, and she’s a rocket scientist.
“See, Drew, there are three kinds of males in this world: boys, guys and men. Boys–like Billy–never grow up, never get serious. They only care about themselves, their music, their cars. Guys–like you–are all about numbers and variety. Like an assembly line, it’s just one-night stand after another. Then there are men–like Matthew. They’re not perfect, but they appreciate women for more than their flexibility and mouth suction.”
Even though, the ending wasn’t necessarily a surprise or a cliffhanger, I wanted to immediately start reading Twisted, which is Kate and Drew’s story two years later. See summary above.
This book has a completely different feel, and not just because it’s told from Kate’s point of view. I went through the gamete of emotions in this book. Tears, anger, and of course laughter. The opening scene really sets the tone, for being a love scene. Intimate and sexy for sure.
You know that saying, “It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?”
That’s a crock. Whoever said it didn’t know a fucking thing about love. Ignorance is better; it’s painless.
But to know perfection–to touch it, taste it, breathe it in every day–and then have it taken away? Loss is agony. And every inch of my skin aches with it.
Kate finds herself feeling utterly alone, because of a serious misunderstanding between her and Drew. I wanted to strangle them both at times. Mostly Drew though, because his reaction was so over-the-top for me. But Drew Evans doesn’t do things half way. If he is going to screw up, he will do it to the extreme. When things go bad, I still kind of missed him though.
I recall Drew saying that Kate and him thought a lot alike, and I did see that in the second book for sure. Kate did sometimes slip into “Drewspeak”. So don’t be dissuaded by the change in point of view.
Dee Dee and Billy really show their true colors in this book, because Kate really needs people on her side. Besides, this book would have been put on my “love-angst” shelf if not for their appearances.
“Does someone want to tell me why I had to hear from my mother that there was a Three Musketeers’ reunion going on in Greenville that I wasn’t invited to?
Or better yet–would anyone like to explain why my best friend took off from New York like a bat out of hell, leaving behind a shit storm that makes Sandy look like an April-fucking-shower–and I have no idea why!?
Well?! You can’t keep me out of the loop, Kate. I am the loop!”
If Dee Dee seriously wanted to do Drew damage? She wouldn’t have wasted her time with his face–it would have been straight to the crotch.
I will say this about the book, it holds your attention, because you want to see Drew get what’s coming to him, but you also want to see Kate happy. Inevitably, that means Kate and Drew together. I always love a happy ending. What makes this book special is how our two crazy, stupid lovebirds work it out.
And sometimes, forgiveness is selfish. We give it not because it’s earned, but because it’s what we need. To find peace. To be whole.
I gave both books 4.5 laugh-out-loud stars and put them on my “favorite” and “top-shelf-outstanding-reads” shelves on Goodreads.
***I was given Twisted as an ARC from Netgalley, to give an honest review. Excerpts are from that version.***
The wait for Twisted is not too long. It’s coming out next week!! March 25th. *happy dance*