Monday, September 17, 2012

Twisted in Tulips

Author:  Nikki Duncan
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-61921-287-9
Genre:  {M/F} Contemporary, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

The military has left Jace Nichols broken in body, mind and spirit.  Being a hero has a downside that challenges Jace on a daily basis.  Now all he wants is to land a job that doesn’t bore him and get on with his life.  Jace wasn’t expecting to miss his job interview because of an attack, nor was he expecting to run into the victim he saved.

Her friend had been lecturing her on the importance of learning self defense but up until now, Misty Morgan had brushed it off.  Getting attacked on the way to work could have ended badly if not for the surly man who rescued her.  She already had one disapproving person in her life and didn’t need another one.  Jace’s archaic views were getting to Misty but so was his unexpected kiss.  She couldn’t figure the man out, but she certainly wanted to. 

Jace has done his best to keep from dealing with the emotions he has bottled up inside.  People treated him differently now and Jace tried to act as if it didn’t bother him.  Misty has made Jace want things he considers to be off-limits for him.  Her job and reputation are everything to Misty.  She takes pride in her work and her appearance and she doesn’t take kindly to Jace always giving his two cents.  Jace has demons and Misty understands that.  She’s going to help Jace rejoin the world of the living, whether he’s willing or not.  Helping him also helps Misty resolve some of her own tense family issues.

Twisted in Tulips is the second book of the Tulle and Tulips series and it rejuvenated my belief that people are still good at heart.   Jace could easily have not gotten involved in Misty’s attack and just called for help.  Regardless of what it cost him to stop and help her, Jace did it without hesitation.  I was impressed with his character and sense of duty, while at the same time crushed by his pain.  I wondered if he was broken beyond repair.  Misty was a confident woman who seemed to have it all.  Her confidence was her shining quality and I loved her “take it or leave it” attitude.  Her issues were different from Jace’s, but they were equally important in forming her identity.  Nikki Duncan did a wonderful job of combining heartache and heat between a couple that might seem to be opposites.  She created a damaged hero that readers won’t be able to resist falling in love with, just like I did.

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