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It seems strange to admit that I chuckled and swooned my way through a book about a town being hit by a tornado, but that's exactly what happened with this book. There were moments of utter sadness, and my heart broke for Avery as we learned about her childhood, but for the most part this was a sizzling hot, sweet, and fun book with a strong theme of optimism and positivity.
Avery was a really likable character – she was bad@ss in her own way, while still being a normal girl with emotions and feelings. So often the women in romance novels women with important jobs are either total ice queens or total unstable wrecks, but Avery was a nice balance of tough and in charge, while still being soft and vulnerable. I also loved that she was the fire chief and that there was never one moment of anyone questioning that. So often small towns are painted as too judgmental to accept a woman in a position of power, but that doesn't happen in this book. Nobody ever questions the fact that she's d@mned good at her job. Thank you for that, Ms. Nicholas! ***SPOILERS from here to the end of this one paragraph*** The only work-related time that I wish she had asserted herself more was when Jake presented his “plan”. She started to protest the mayor's baffling plan to bring people INTO Chance during twister season and the fact that he and his wife were giddy at the idea that they might get hit by one while the out-of-towners were there. I get that they were trying to take the stigma out of twisters and teach people to respect them but to take them in stride, but there is a reason that people evacuate when they know that a natural disaster is coming – because nature is dangerous and unpredictable and people die, even with the best duck-and-cover plans. Avery could see that it was a bad bad plan, but I was shocked and disappointed when she backed down and just let it go.
Jake was an interesting character for me. I liked Jake. I really did. But at times I found myself squinting at things he would say or think, wondering if he really bought into his own crap. He mentally bragged about having “a lot of sex” but when he thought that Avery might have had sex with someone else he dared get jealous? Seriously? I wanted to smack him for his pig-like double standards. Hard. BUT, he did get past those moments of arrogant self-importance and when he fell for Avery, he fell absolutely and completely. I LOVED that.
Although I really enjoyed this book, with the intense sexual attraction between Avery and Jake, I would have really LOVED flashback scenes to those kisses that happened between them in the year leading up to their big reunion. It would have built up that UST even more. I hope that someday we'll get a Twisted Up Extra Scene featuring the kissing bandit and his flustered target. I would read the heck out of that. Fingers crossed!
I highly recommend this one. If you like your books with spunky small town people banding together, a bar so perfectly named that I wish that I had thought of it, imperfect but lovable heroes, strong but fragile heroines, enough sexual chemistry to burn down the entire town, and a boatload of charismatic side characters, you should definitely read this one. I very much look forward to the next two books in this series.
Twisted Up – Book 1 of the Taking Chances Series by Erin Nicholas is a very well written book about two people that can have a second chance with each other if they would get over their own issues. Avery Sparks does not like chaos so she has become an expert in controlling things. One way she knows she can control almost everything is as the fire chief and head of emergency management for her small hometown of Chance, Nebraska. Jake Mitchell, Avery’s high school crush and first lover, moved away from Chance as soon as he was done with High School to join the Army National Guard. The national guard led him to become a national recognized leader for disaster recovery. When a tornado hits his home town of Chance he comes home to help his friends and family with the recovery. When he runs into Avery the sparks start to fly again and knows what buttons to push to make her react. Will the tornado bring the two of them back together or will it tear them apart.? This book did not have any violence and there was some sexual content but I felt all scenes were tasteful. This book was a very fast read and I had a hard time putting it down! I cannot wait to read book three to see the fireworks between the next two characters! I highly recommend this book!
Twisted Up is the first books in the Taking Chances Series. To be a complete dork you have to "Take a Chance" on this book. You will not regret it. Erin Nicholas is the queen of writing small town romances that have a plethora of characters you instantly fall in love with. In Twisted Up you have Avery Sparks, the Fire Chief of Chance, Nebraska, and Jake Mitchell a member of the Army National Guard and a specialist in emergency services. They have a turbulent past that ended the day after graduation when Jake left for basic training. Now 10 years later Jake is back in Chance and the chemistry between Jake and Avery is as strong as ever. Where else would a tornado and a workbench be so sexy but in an Erin Nicholas novel.
I loved this novel and both Avery and Jake and all of the Chance town folk and any author who can make weather sexy is aces in my book!
Avery is the Chief of the fire department, was left with a hateful grandmother at the age of two, and always felt she wasn't important enough to be loved. Jake took her to the prom and took her virginity after graduation but left the next day.
Jake was in the National Guard and now is up for a promotion to FEMA. He is the hero type, needs to fix and save everyone. When he comes back for their ten year reunion, a tornado hits and Avery and Jake get stuck in the shed behind the gymnasium. When they get out there is a mess to clean up.
The whole town helps out and Avery and Jake are forced to spend time together for the towns morale. They fight less and Jake realizes he loves Avery but he still has to figure out if he takes the promotion or stay and be Avery's hero.
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