Series: Taking Chances #1
on August 23rd, 2016
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Avery Sparks is a master at controlling chaos—and she gets plenty of opportunities as fire chief and head of emergency management in her hometown of Chance, Nebraska. The only thing she can’t seem to control are her feelings when she’s around Jake Mitchell, the man who was her first everything the night of their high school graduation. But Jake was so quick to leave Chance—and Avery—behind that she swore she’d move on.
While Avery’s job is to minimize drama, Jake embraces the chaos of an emergency. After enlisting in the Army National Guard, Jake became a nationally recognized leader in disaster recovery. Yet a life on the road has left him restless. So when a class-four tornado wreaks havoc on Chance, he’s eager to return home—and to the woman never far from his mind.
Now, Avery and Jake must team up to help their hometown weather a siege of violent storms. But it’s clear to them both that nature isn’t the only force they’ll have to reckon with. Will Avery and Jake’s whirlwind love affair be an all-new disaster—or can they recover from their stormy past to build a future together?
Anyone who knows me knows Erin Nicholas is one of my favorite authors, so I was stoked when I was able to read Twisted Up early. What I wasn’t anticipating was the heart-pounding suspense factor thrown in.
Erin mixed up her normally suspense-free books with some weather. Yes. Suspenseful weather. At least to me. I am terrified of tornadoes, so I was having some minor panicking going on for the characters caught up in the twister. I loved every minutes of the dread. 🙂
Avery was a wonderful heroine. A strong leader with a strong need to help people, which is how she came into the positions she did. Focused on her work and her friends. The only thing that trips her up is Jake. It’s hard to let go of someone who was your first, pretty much, everything.
Jake left for the Army National Guard and became a known leader in disaster recovery. Important guy to a lot of people. Just as Jake is Avery’s weakness, Avery is Jake’s weakness. He can’t help himself whenever he’s back in town and sees her. Although Jake had a spot or two where he was not a “perfect” gentleman (Find me one who is.) I enjoyed his character. I could tell that he had strong feelings for Avery and had finally woken up to the fact that he wanted more from her, and from life. It was so nice!
The secondary characters are such a great addition to the story. I hate when stories have so-so background characters. It brings the story down. The additions in this story (and the ones who will be getting their own in this series) helped add an additional layer of enjoyment to this tale.
Such a wonderful book that had me turning the virtual pages on my kindle at the speed of light. I cannot wait to read the next in this series! Let the countdown begin!