Sunday 9 February 2014

Blog Tour and giveaway ~~ An Exceptional Twist (Intertwined Hearts #2) by Kimi Flores

Title: An Exceptional Twist (Intertwined Hearts #2)

Author: Kimi Flores

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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?

 ARC received for an honest review

An Exceptional Twist starts off where It All Started with A Lima Bean ends, so you should read it first ~~ It could be read as a stand alone though if you wanted.

Stefen and Leah first met at his cousin's engagement party to her best friend, Caleb and Abby.

There is the instant attraction, but both have been warned off the other by their well meaning family and friends.  Stefen is a player, and Leah deserves better than that.

But the heart wants what the heart wants ~ and these two want each other.

There is so much more to Stefen than the playboy image he puts out there.  He is a commitment-phobe.  He doesn't believe in marriage, he is never with the same girl more than a couple of times.  But beneath it all, he is jealous of what his cousin has found, and harbours that want ~ sure, it is deep, deep down, but he wants that too.

Leah has spent her life building up her successful business with not time for relationships.  She is the complete opposite of Abby.  Where Abby is quiet and thoughtful, Leah is loud and outspoken.  She is a spitfire.  She also wants what Caleb and Abby has, but hasn't found it yet.

Where Caleb and Abby's romance was sweet, Stefen and Leah is fiery, animalistic.  What starts out as pure lust soon turns to need and much much more

Of course the road to love is never an easy one, and this has never been more true than with Stefen and Leah.  Their story is an 
After that step is taken, things take a turn, and Stefen and Leah are thrown together more than they expect or want.  A wonderful friendship grows from this time together, but can they have more?

It is a tale of love and hate, betrayal, need, sadness and happiness, forgiveness.  And as the title alludes to, there is a twist in the tale!

I wanted to love Stefen, I wanted to hate him.  He does some pretty deplorable things, but I couldn't hate him!

Leah's family are fantastic.  Her sister Dani is hilarious at times, but we learn a little more about her that makes your heart ache for her.  I hope we get more of her story soon.

We get more of Caleb, Abby and Maddy, starting off on their new life together..
Leah's mum plays a big part in Leah's story, and there are some funny interactions between her and Stefen.  The telenovellas scene made me laugh!!
"Your mom so watches porn" hahahaha!!!
This series is pure romance. No panty-ripping sex  every second page. I feel that this gives us a different, deeper connection with Stefen and Leah.

Ms Flores had me when she wrote It All Started with A Lima Bean, but she has excelled herself with An Exceptional Twist.  The character development feels natural, nothing happens at warp speed/insta-love like with so many books we read these days. 

I look forward to more of this series!


Kimi grew up in the San Gabriel Valley (mostly Alhambra) and still lives in Southern California. Shes been married to her high-school sweetheart and prom date for 21 years and they have two hilarious boys.

When shes not reading or writing, Kimi spends her time in the kitchen trying to come up with vegan meals that dont taste like cardboard. Her family might disagree with this however.

Although she doesnt loyally follow or have favorite teams/athletes, Kimi loves a good hockey game or motorcross/x-treme sports event.

Volunteering is extremely important to her and she and her family work with several local non-profit organizations. A portion of her sales will always go to charity.

Shes planning on publishing the last two books in this series by the end of the year. Book 3, Grafted Vines, is Dani & Zacharys story and book 4, Tangled Paths, is Bri & Joshs journey. And because every character has a story to tell, theres a possibility of a novella about Stefen and Bris mothers life. Theres a reason she acts the way she does and she may bug Kimi enough to have it written out.

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