Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines ~ Review

Source:  Received eBook from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Book Description:

Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.
The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…

My Thoughts:

3 stars - Love Woods so much but Della didn't add up for me

I love Woods.  This is the third book that Woods has been in.  He was a secondary character in Fallen Too Far and Never Too Far.  While I wasn't his fan in the first, I learned to love him in NTF.  I was so excited to see him get his own story.  He needed that.  His father has set him up to marry some "name" to help business and I just couldn't deal with that.  I really wanted him to fall in love.  And he does in Twisted Perfection.

There was so much I loved about this story that it truly pains me to only give it only three stars.  I loved how Woods figures out how to stand up to his dad.  I loved how he figured out what he wanted and went for it.  I loved how the characters I loved so much from FTF and NTF where there.  I loved that there was some serious steam in this book.  I loved how the story was never slow and held my attention.  Loved the ending, right up to the cliffhanger.  Read it in about a day.

I also loved Woods and Della together.  They are so good together.  He silences her nightmares and she empowers him with the strength to make his own choices.  They bring out the best in each other.  They belong together, truly.

So now, you're wondering what's up with only three starts?  It's the details of Della.  She's sweet and broken but she is a puzzle that doesn't make sense to me.  Is my math teacher showing?  Maybe.  I can't really say too much about these things without being spoilery but let me say this.  Someone who has experienced as much emotional trauma as Della has doesn't leave her support system and venture out into the world alone.  Della believes that she will one day loose it and be totally crazy.  That is clear from the start.  Why would she leave her support system and why would her BFF let her leave?  I don't get that.

Other details bug me too.  I'm left wondering about how her father who was raised in foster care ever had an insurance policy large enough to support both her and her mom for years and years after his death without Della's mom needing to work.  That stopped me short.  Della's behavior around guys she'd just met was hard for me to get too.  Other things I just can't say without giving too much away.

Some of this, I could overlook.  But when it all added up to Della, I just didn't get her.  I wanted to.  I wanted her to be this sweet broken girl that Woods needs to take care of but it just didn't work for me.  Will I read book two for them?  Yes.  I love their story even if the details bug me.

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  1. Great review! I read this one a few day ago (my first by Glines) and I didn't much like either Woods (too controlling of Della) or Della. All those issues you mentioned about her are bang on - she was way too normal most of the time!

  2. Thanks for your thoughts. I have read a couple of her books and I think they were just okay.

  3. It's too bad that you didn't love this one, but at least you still enjoyed it and want to continue their story. Maybe Della will be better for you in the next one. Fab review chick!

  4. I love Woods, too! He's such a hot, sweet guy. I really liked Della, and assumed her dad had a good job or a job w/a great insurance policy. lol

  5. I really loved Woods and Della. I look forward to seeing where their story goes from here.

  6. Great review! My concerns with this book were that Glines' men are starting to sound the same. Since there were reviews that Woods sounded a little too Rush-y, I wasn't sure if I would read this one. He sounds great by your review :) Still, the idea of needing to buy two books to get a full story is getting tiring. Boo...

  7. Cool review. I like Woods and Della, but I wasn't into this book either.

  8. Thanks for a review! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it as much! But there is always characters that doesn't feel right in a books, but it sucks since its one of the main characters... I actually just got it..hmmm don't know if I should read it. I haven't actually read Fallen to Far yet, so I'll probably read that one first(:

  9. Thanks for your review. It is hard to get into books when you can't connect with/don't like or enjoy one of the main characters. This usually causes me to not be able to finish a book. I haven't read anything this series yet so I have to check them out.

  10. Thanks for a great review. Sorry you didn't like it as much as you'd hoped. It sounds like a really good story though and I hope to read it soon.

  11. I just purchased this book the other day. I've heard good things about it.

  12. I really loved this book, bummer you didn’t as much…
    I don’t understand what the big deal is with the ending. To me this wasn’t a huge or shocking cliffhanger ending. It was a nice TBC ending. I never got what the big deal was for FTF ending either, people act like these cliffhangers are the end of the world. Maybe after reading Richelle Mead’s and Cassandra Clare’s HUGE cliffhangers these don’t seem major.
    I’ve read so many books were myself and other readers express how they wish the story would continue and it annoys me that they complain about it now that it’s happening…
    As for the life insurance thing, do they ever say what his job was? I guess I never assumed growing up in foster care means having crappy life insurance.
    Glad you still liked it despite not feeling Della :)

    1. I didn't dislike the ending. It just wasn't enjoyable.

      As for the life insurance issue and faster care - I needed more explanation of how that worked out to have it not bug me.

      Just how it went down for me. Others will have different experiences.

  13. I'm excited to read this series but have heard mixed opinions. Thanks for your honest thoughts!