11 February 2014

An Exceptional Twist by Kimi Flores

~ Book 2 in a series but can be read as a stand alone ~

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?

*Contains mature language & adult situations*
Leah and Stefen were brought together when Abby, Leah’s best friend married Caleb, Stefen’s cousin.  On paper those two were not a match made in heaven. They probably shouldn’t even be in the same town,  Leah was old fashion, needing to establish a friendship first then an emotional connection before having sex.  Stefen was a one night stand kind of man, vowing to never fall for the traps of marriage and children. 
As Stefen was staying at the house while Abby and Caleb were off on their honeymoon, Leah had volunteered to show Stefen around town, keep him company but those plans seemed like a bad idea once she realized her heart was falling for him.  Stefen saw Leah as the next conquest, even though he had been warned by others to keep his hands off of her.  It didn’t matter how many times he reminded himself she was just another pretty lady, his heart kept telling him she was different.  Leah tried to show him the way of life for a hard working woman who grew up on modest means.  Stefen kept wondering how a person would survive in this world without the finer things in life. 
Events happen that lead to heart break for Leah and Stefen, vowing to never even talk again they try to go one with their lives.  Leah went back to her floral business, Stefen went back to his life in Chicago until life dealt Stefen a hand he wasn’t prepared for.  He found himself in need of care and support, but who would come to his aid?  He had pushed everyone away but Abby and Caleb.  Leah knew she had to follow her heart and stepped up to offer her assistance. 
The author takes us on a wonderful journey of watching two broken souls come together and build a friendship between them.  Where forgiveness and love can take a relationship was heartwarming in this book.  We saw both let down the walls, restructure how they viewed the world and each other.  I was drawn to the way the author once again shared a story of passion and love without having to use sex to sell the book.  I was emotionally invested in each character and if you have read It All Started with a Lima Bean, you will remember the adorable Madison.  She once again makes an appearance in this story that helped build a bridge between Leah and Stefen.  I adore this author’s ability to bring me a story that melts my heart and keeps me invested in the story with real life issues and no need to dramatize life events to make it sell.  She has stayed true to her beliefs that the human heart should be enough to make us readers care.  I really admire that about her and her writing talent just amazes me.  Make sure you get your copy of Exceptional Twist and be ready for her next book to come in this series.  

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