Monday, 3 June 2013

Review of TWISTED PERFECTION by Abbi Glines

Author: Abbi Glines
Publication Date: April 24th 2013

"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…"

*I Hereby Award This Book 5 Wings!*

What would you do if you found the woman that taught you how to open up and how to love? Would you let her get away? Would her past bother you?
Most people would probably say this is Della Sloane's story, but for me it was just as much about Woods Kerrington.
Told from both POV's - each chapter alternates - this book is what's commonly known as absolutely astounding amazing!

Fiercely protective, loyal, loving, generous and not to mention ah-may-zingly HAWT; Woods Kerrington is top of every woman's wishlist. He ticks all the boxes!

Strong, determined, and maybe just a little damaged, Della Sloane is on a journey of self discovery. What she discovers is more than she thought would ever be possible. How can anyone love someone so broken? Well anyone with a big heart with room for a lot of love, that's who.

Della is on a journey to discover herself and have a little fun along the way. Her best friend Braden encourages her to go out and enjoy life. She's young, single and has no ties. But going travelling alone is something that Della isn't 100% prepared for. 

Woods is a man with a mission in mind. He is going to take over the family company that was bequeathed to his father in his grandfather's will. Woods got the house and his father got the business. But Woods is a hard worker, and now it's time he took his rightful place in the company. His father has made him work damn hard to prove his worth and now he is also being married off to Angelina, a woman who his parents have been wanting him to marry since his childhood.

Neither are prepared for what happens when their lives cross paths. 

Getting out of the house and meeting people was something new for Della. Her mother had always kept her locked indoors, telling her nowhere outside was safe. So Della grew up being home-schooled and she never got to leave the house. That is except for the nights when her next door neighbour Braden would come by and sneak her out to talk her.
So going out on the road was a new experience for her, one of many to come. She'd been out on the road for a while and realised she needed gas, the problem with that? She'd never learned how to pump gas. so she stopped at a gas station and an amazingly gorgeous guy offered his help. How could she refuse? She watched him pump gas and he watched her body and her tight little butt. 

After a little flirtatious coercion, Della gets in to the cab of Woods' truck and they have mind-blowingly good sex. Well that's one thing ticked off her list of things to experience. A chance encounter with a hot guy. Now it was time to move on.

For Woods, Della had been an amazing distraction from how mind-numbing his life had become. She was a hot as Hell 19 year old with a rockin' bod that he was lucky enough to have experienced first-hand and up close and personally. 

Woods went back to his dull life where he would take his rightful place at the Kerrington Club. And Della went on to the next little town, found herself a job to help save the cash until she moved onto the next place.

Trouble was, Della had an encounter or two with the guy who happened to be her boss. He didn't wear a ring on his finger and never said a word about his pregnant wife. 
After finding out, Della needed to move on and fast. Luckily, she had become friends with a good guy called Tripp who offered to call a friend and set up a job for her, and he gave her the keys to his condo so that she had a roof over her head.

Who would've known that the place Tripp sent her to would lead her right back to Woods?

Woods was hating every minute of it but he knew he had to propose to Angelina and marry her so that their fathers would get what they wanted. It was a marriage based solely on the needs of their fathers. Woods didn't love Angelina, Hell, he didn't even like her very much. She was haughty and strutted around like the world owed her a favour. He wanted to marry for love, but he was being put under duress by his stern father who would have it no other way.

Della walked into the Kerrington Club looking for a job and got more than she bargained for when she found out it was run by Woods. 

Della worked at the club and lived in Tripp's condo. She made friends easily with her laid-back, friendly nature. 

Woods didn't realise Della coming to work for him would have such an impact on his life. He hadn't even known it was Della he was giving a job to until she turned up. Neither one of them had expected to see the other again. But Della had been all Woods had been able to think about for months. He hadn't been able to get their sexual encounter out of his mind.

Being the dutiful son, Woods put an engagement ring on Angelina's finger. Unfortunately for Della, she was rail-roaded into singing at their engagement party. As she sang the words of Lady Antebellum's 'Just A Kiss', it felt like she was singing it to him.

The longer Della stayed in town, the more Woods was wavering in his loyalty to his father. He had been brought up knowing that one day he would take his rightful place as heir to the Kerrington fortune. But looking at his situation, he knew that he didn't want to marry his fiancée. And it all hinged on that pivotal moment. 

Della has night terrors. She can't help it after what she went through as a child. Her mother suffered from mental illness, seeing people that were no longer there, leaving plates of food out for when they finally returned home. Della grew up thinking that her Grandmother and her Mother were crazy and that she would one day snap and become crazy too. It was all just a matter of time. 

I really can't say more about the story. Partly because this is where the spoilers would come in and partly because this is where my tears start flowing. 

Abbi Glines is an amazing author and I am so glad that she has broached the subject of mental health problems. It's refreshing to see somebody tackle such a heart-wrenching subject. 
I adored the two main characters and their cast of secondary characters. Not one of them was a worthless character; they all had their place and time. 

Della is such a strong, beautiful woman and she just can't see past the fact that she thinks she will go crazy. 
Woods is a loyal, kind, fiercely protective man. He's like a lion, wanting to protect something he has come to view as his. He wants to protect Della and shield her from all the badness in the world. There were so many times in this book that I cried and the one thing that truly got me was how protective Woods was and the fact that he cared for her regardless of anything she told him about the the fact she was likely to go crazy.

I wish there were more people who were so relentless in their support of someone with these kinds of issues.

Woods has changed my view of 'book boyfriends' and what I have come to expect from them. I only wish he existed in real life. Can any future book boyfriend match up to expectations now? That's left to be seen. 

This book was a fast-paced, beautifully written story. It's main theme being the mental health issues Della believes she will inherit is such a brave thing for Abbi Glines to have written. I don't know whether she has first-hand experience of such a situation, but for me, knowing people that do suffer from different mental illnesses, it seemed as though either Abbi really did her research, or she does know someone in such a position. 

I love the fact that although this book is book one of a series, it does not end on a a cliffhanger. It could almost be read as a stand-alone novel, but if you are anything like me, you will be left desperate for your next fix of Woods Kerrington. I hope in the next book, Simple Perfection, that Abbi will give them the kind of happiness that they have worked so hard to deserve. 

Thank you Abbi for the signed copy of this book, I will cherish it, always.

Thank you to anyone who came by to read my review today. I do so hope you will pick up a copy for yourselves. It's a new NA book not to be missed!

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