Twisted Perfection: A Rosemary Beach Novel (The Rosemary Beach Series Book 5)
Another “sweet candy” read by an author that has delivered one of my favorite steamy sweet reads in the past (see my Fallen Too Far review). This one was quick and easy and I’d say on the heat level, absolutely the hottest Abbi Glines book yet. Apparently I had quite the face on me at one point, as my husband asked me what the heck I was reading… YEP. MY silly grin (and bugged-out eyes) said it ALL and had him chuckling.
And I know that a ton of you loved it (this was the one so many of you voted on as my next read, so I immediately purchased it)…
Melissa: Twisted perfection!! Why are you waiting??? Ahh Woods…
Trina: Twisted Perfection!!! Omgoodness…WOODS!!! Love Love!! But in all fairness, I have not read the other two….
Jenn: I read Twisted Perfection last night and LOVED it. One of my new favorites! Woods is fantastic!
Mili: Twisted Perfection. Abbie Glines did an amazing job with this story!!
Kathy: Twisted Perfection. I’m right in the middle of it now and can’t put it down!
Jaime: Another vote for Twisted Perfection! I read it last week and haven’t been able to get in to another book since. I want more Woods!
Maryse’s Book Blog: Okay. Twisted Perfection it is!
A great start!!! … but for some reason I didn’t connect as well to these characters (or even to Woods), as I did with Rush and Blaire. I don’t know why, exactly, but I’ll work it out here.
Sidenote: Warning for those who intend on reading this, beware of *possible* spoiler-ish type analyzations below. You know I won’t ever give outright spoilers or endings, but since I’m “working things out” in this review, there might be more detail than you need at this point.
Woods was a sweetheart hero, and has always been such a stand-up guy, and the heroine sure needed someone like him to heal from her emotional pain. As “easy” as the story was at times, it explored a certain depth, detailing the heroine’s dark past.
My psychologist had said it was a night terror. That my trauma was being expressed while I was asleep and my guard was down. Unfortunately, nothing I’d done had helped this. When I slept, my mother always came. Then the memories came with her.
Abused by her agoraphobic mother and forced to live a childhood life of isolation has sure done a number on her, and she’s on a quest to find herself before she loses herself completely (she believes the “crazy” runs in her family), so there was that certain depth to it.
But there was just something about this one, that had me… distant. Disconnected from the intense feelings they were expressing for each other. I wasn’t connecting to why he was so into her so quickly. I’ve heard some say this before for other romance books, and I get it. This is exactly what I felt with this one. What was it about her that he fell for so deeply? Woods was a guy that could have pretty much any great girl (or fantastic fling) that he ever wanted.
This one was a player, the kind a smart girl ran from. I wasn’t that smart though.
Hehe! That made me giggle… I “got” her.
But in this one, there was no real “hanging out”, getting to know one another or lengthy “just friends” discussions, that had me anticipating it. I was missing that sweet build-up that had me anxious for it to finally happen, or not happen (depending on the level of angst the author intends to lead us through). The angst was a mishmash of issues (Wood’s rich-boy country club lifestyle, what was expected of him…
“The job with your dad is worth all this?” Jace asked. I knew he was thinking I was a weak sonuvab!tch. I wasn’t strong enough to break free.
… and her own personal emotional struggles and fears).
“… you’re gonna find out real soon that I’m more of a mess than you already got a glimpse of the other night.”
They met one night, immediately got it on, parted ways the next day and each thought about how “great” it all was after. And then they ran into each other a few months later and it was on again, but full of feeling and possession and claiming too. Pretty much, right off the bat. I just… I dunno you guys. There were just some things about her, or stuff she did (sitting on Grant’s lap for example) that in real life, I dunno… might have actually turned Woods off.
But nope. Woods had his mind pretty much made up the minute she walked back into his life. It was big (personal) emotion, big (internal) decisions, big plans and maybe even big love so soon into their story and it was speeding so fast that I was barely hanging on to them as they raced though it. It was missing essential detail for me to believe it. I needed a slower pace, maybe more “quiet time” together instead of (or along with) the hot and heavy steam that was delivered. I dunno. I just… I didn’t get butterflies.
And then there was Tripp. So much potential in that possible epic friendship “side-story”, but… that too, was somewhat glossed over. That could have been all sorts of realistic angst in itself, making the connection to Woods even that much more intense.
I’m not saying Woods and Della wouldn’t be perfect for each other eventually, just that… I didn’t get to experience that craving of their potential. I didn’t get a chance to root for them.
And then his preposterous entitled family and the shady way that they “handled” things. GAH!!! Don’t even get me started on that part.
So that’s it. Perhaps it was simply a case of “my mood”. After all, a mood does affect a reading experience (especially what one is in the mood for). My craving for darker (more layered) reads lately should have indicated that maybe I wasn’t ready for sweet, steamy and easy just yet.
But no worries. As many adamant recommendations as I received for this one (some even saying it was her best yet) it’s obvious that it went above and beyond satisfying so many, and that’s a great thing!
P.S. Yes it has a cliffhanger ending, but not one that stressed me out like some of ‘em have. Just a hint as to what’s to come next for these two. And who knows? Where there are more books, there is potential for “anything goes”. What I’ve taken away from this one might change completely in the next installment. Authors can be sneaky that way.
Here are more enthusiastic reader reactions, to give you an idea!
Violy: i love della and woods!!! just finished reading this yesterday. can’t wait for book 2!!!
Jennifer: I am almost done with this book I love woods!!!
Amy: I loved it!!!! Don want to ruin it for anybody but dang…..
Loyda: Awesome book loved it!!! Abbi is amazing…. fell for woods hard this time lol
Rachel: I love Woods!!!!
Heather: It’s on of my faves by her yet!!!! So excited that there’s another coming.
Yashira: One of my favorite books by abbi so far … *Woods (sigh)
Takisha: I finished last night in one sitting…well early this morning…I am so so in love with Woods!!! This was definitely a good one!!! Currently waiting for my Jillian to finish so I can vent!! LOL