Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Title: An Exceptional Twist (Intertwined Hearts #2)
Author: Kimi Flores
Hosted By: The Book Avenue

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?

Hearing the knock at her door, she opened it to find her favorite person wearing his fitted dark jeans, grey pullover, and black boots.
“I don’t know why you won’t just use the key I gave you, Stefen.” She strolled into the kitchen.
He followed close behind. “What would you do if you were standing in the living room naked, and I walked in on you?”
Die of embarrassment.  “Good point.” She nodded once.
She twirled around to find him twitching his lips. His pupil’s looked dilated.
Was he actually picturing it?  Oh my.
How much longer were they going to keep playing this game of touching and not touching?  Leah was getting worn out by it.
Looking at his lips, she shook her head to snap out of it. But she couldn’t. The desire between them was palpable.  He wanted her, and she definitely wanted him. Her hand slowly pushed up his chest where she felt his heart beating erratically. They both stood still. 
Oh shit, what are we doing? 
Stefen moved in closer, holding onto her waist as he pulled her body flush with his.  Moving his hand to her face, he rubbed his thumb along her bottom lip. “Leah,” he breathed out asking for permission.
“I feel it, too,” she whispered, blinking rapidly, feeling both fear and longing.
Closing his eyes, he moved his hands to the back of her neck, threading his fingers in her hair as he pulled her head to his chest.  Taking quick breathes he said the words that had already played out in her own thoughts.  “We have to talk about this.  I’ve been fighting it for a while, and it’s not going away.” 
“I know.  Can we wait until tonight, please? I don’t want to rush through it and there’s not enough time right now.” She took short, shallow breaths, closing her eyes as she listened to his pounding heartbeat.  As much as she wanted him, she couldn’t help the fear she felt.
Holding on even tighter, he grunted, “Okay. Tonight. But you make me wait any longer, and I’m coming after you.”

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

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

Although she doesn’t 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. 

She’s planning on publishing the last two books in this series by the end of the year. Book 3, Grafted Vines, is Dani & Zachary’s story and book 4, Tangled Paths, is Bri & Josh’s journey. And because every character has a story to tell, there’s a possibility of a novella about Stefen and Bri’s mother’s life. There’s a reason she acts the way she does and she may bug Kimi enough to have it written out.

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