Thursday, February 6, 2014

An Exceptional Twist - Review

Title: An Exceptional Twist (Intertwined Hearts #2)
Author: Kimi Flores
Hosted By: The Book Avenue

What’s a girl to do when the one person she’s been forewarned about is the only one that her heart desires?

Leah Valdez is a sassy, intelligent, hard-working woman whose beauty shines from both inside and out. Friends and family have always come first, but it's time for her to start thinking about her own future.

Stefen Hunter is a rich, charming, sexy playboy. With seemingly no effort on his part, countless women flock to him. That is, until he meets Leah. He can’t understand why it’s so difficult to win her over or what it is about her that intrigues him so much.

When an unfortunate event intertwines their lives, Leah finds herself in a war between her thoughts and desires. To forgive, and ultimately trust, Stefen, she will have to put her heart on the line. After what he’s put her through, she’s not sure she’s willing to do that.

As compassion meets resistance, will Stefen be able to step out of his comfort zone and accept that he can become the redeemed man worthy of Leah’s love? Is Stefen and Leah’s connection strong enough to withstand An Exceptional Twist?

Kimi grew up in the San Gabriel Valley (mostly Alhambra) and still lives in Southern California. She’s been married to her high-school sweetheart and prom date for 21 years and they have two hilarious boys. 

When she’s not reading or writing, Kimi spends her time in the kitchen trying to come up with vegan meals that don’t taste like cardboard. Her family might disagree with this however. 

Although she doesn’t loyally follow or have favorite teams/athletes, Kimi loves a good hockey game or motorcross/x-treme sports event.

Volunteering is extremely important to her and she and her family work with several local non-profit organizations. A portion of her sales will always go to charity. 

She’s planning on publishing the last two books in this series by the end of the year. Book 3, Grafted Vines, is Dani & Zachary’s story and book 4, Tangled Paths, is Bri & Josh’s journey. And because every character has a story to tell, there’s a possibility of a novella about Stefen and Bri’s mother’s life. There’s a reason she acts the way she does and she may bug Kimi enough to have it written out.

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My Review

Falling in love with someone who doesn’t believe they want a commitment can only lead you to heartache. This is exactly what Leah Valdez experiences when she gets swept up in Stefen Hunter and all of his good looks.

Deep down there is more to Stefen than he is willing to let everyone see and Leah is able to catch glimpses from time to time. Once those slip-ups occur though that ‘ego’ of his must be seen again to balance itself back out. He isn’t looking for commitment and doesn’t want to get married or have kids. Leah on the other hand wants it all. She wants the happily ever after and believes that it is possible to have. She knows that is what she deserves and at one time believes that Stefen could be capable of it… until he proves her wrong. Stefen has to constantly fight those emotions he has for Leah until something changes…….

There were a lot of situations that I didn’t see coming and never expected. (I don’t want to reveal any spoilers but there are reasons behind some of the circumstances that are taking place in the story) I loved Madison and she brought some great humor in the story. I enjoyed reading the love that was shared between Abby and Caleb! Although Stefen and Caleb didn’t have the best parent’s in the world I enjoyed hearing about Leah’s family and the story of her parents. The story was told from both Leah and Stefen’s points of view which made it so much better getting inside of their heads! I loved getting to read Stefen’s thoughts and his struggles with the feelings he wasn’t use to.

This was definitely a great love story and a story or second chances!

“Nothing is too much for you, Leah. You deserve everything.”

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