Title: Tangled Up
Author: Erin Nicholas
Series: Taking Chances #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 17th Jan
Storm chaser Max Grady can already feel it: there’s a tornado coming to his hometown of Chance, Nebraska. Max is going after it, and the only person he wants by his side is police officer Bree McDermott, fellow adrenaline junkie, his best friend, and the woman Max has secretly been in love with for years. But when a close call with a tornado leaves them lip-locked, Max knows that the danger is only beginning.
Bree is always up for excitement. Her close and sexy encounter with Max is unlike anything she’s felt before, and she wants more. As they work together to help clean up Chance, the air between them crackles with sexual tension. But Bree has a tendency to look ahead to the next thrill, and Max knows it. Now they’re all tangled up as they chase the strongest force of nature on earth: love.
Source: ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley
This was quite a friends-to-lovers ride, with two adrenaline-junkie besties who know each other better than anyone else in the world – or do they? With storms and tornadoes and a home town in desperate need of rebuilding, this story is emotional and enjoyable and is never afraid of raising the pulse rate.
Bree is a risk taker, a frantic whirl of energy always on the look out for the next fun thing. She’s addicted to the rush and is the last person anyone would describe as steady. I’ll admit I wasn’t sure about her at first. She seemed to be wilfully obtuse where Max was concerned and didn’t seem to notice (or much care) when she hurt him. But as the book progressed she definitely won me over, not least because she listens to what Max tells her and questions things that have always seemed true. She might be busy and addicted to the rush, but she’s also caring and responsible and always willing to pitch in. The conversation beside the fire with an old town resident brought tears to my eyes.
Max is the epitome of loyal. He’s loved Bree forever and is constantly tying himself up in knots to make her happy. At first I really felt for him and could understand his frustrations, but as the book went on I kind of lost patience with him. I hated the way he was always telling Bree who she was, focusing only on the points that related to him, rather than seeing all the other signs about how steady she could be. I also didn’t like the way he semi-blames her for his choices. He made them by himself, Bree never asked him to do that, and there were times I wanted someone to smack him on the head and tell him to stop being so foolish.
When I wasn’t frustrated with Max, though, I loved his relationship with Bree. These two have so much history, know each other so deeply and have such a level of trust, affection and care between them that they’re clearly perfect for each other. I loved the way they could support each other, have fun and find passion. It’s not all easy, of course, but there’s so much good between them that I always wanted them to succeed.
Set mostly around the same time as the first book of the series (Twisted Up), this can definitely be read as a standalone. It manages to introduce all the necessary characters and aspects of the town in a way that should work for both new and returning readers. If you like friends-to-lovers romances with real history, are up for a bit of meteorological excitement and enjoy a small town setting, then give this a go. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to see how Dillon and Kit’s tale turns out.
Tangled Up is out 17th January.
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