ARC Two-fer Review – Tangled Up (Taking Chances #2) by Erin Nicholas

Two best friends forever, adrenaline junkies, start this read off by chasing a tornado and end up chasing after each others’ hearts!! ~ Rosalie, Guilty Pleasures 

Storm chaser Max Grady can already feel it: there’s a tornado coming to his hometown of Chance, Nebraska. Max is going after it, and the only person he wants by his side is police officer Bree McDermott, fellow adrenaline junkie, his best friend, and the woman Max has secretly been in love with for years. But when a close call with a tornado leaves them lip-locked, Max knows that the danger is only beginning.

Bree is always up for excitement. Her close and sexy encounter with Max is unlike anything she’s felt before, and she wants more. As they work together to help clean up Chance, the air between them crackles with sexual tension. But Bree has a tendency to look ahead to the next thrill, and Max knows it. Now they’re all tangled up as they chase the strongest force of nature on earth: love.


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I have always loved Erin Nicholas’ work so it pains me that Tangled Up fell a little flat for me. After much deliberation, I realized that the problem lies in that this is the second book in a three book series and this book basically takes place at the same time as the first book so I felt like I was re-reading a good portion of the first book during this one, the thing is I don’t know what she could have done to prevent that as still make each of these books be able to read as a standalone story. I liked this book, but I didn’t love it like I did the first one in this series and the rest of Ms. Nicholas’ other work. Given that this book takes place during and the weeks after an F5 tornado sweeps through the town, it is a bit chaotic which is too be expected but at times I felt like the romance had too many stops and starts and given the long standing friendship between this couple, I felt their communication skills should have been better, but I did enjoy watching them finally, finally figure out their feelings for one another and the fact they wanted to be together I just grew weary of their path to get there.

While I had some issues with Tangled Up, I still enjoyed the banter, the friendships, and the way the community pulled together to help one another and rebuild following the tornado. From the events in the book, it seems like the third book will take later in the timeline so I am very much looking forward to reading it.

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While I had some issues with Tangled Up, I still enjoyed the banter, the friendships, and the way the community pulled together to help one another and rebuild following the tornado. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures

Living in Nebraska is the perfect place for anyone that loves disastrous weather and storm chasing. Chance, Nebraska is no exception. Chasing after a tornado at the beginning of Tangled Up led to Bree McDermott and Max Grady stumbling upon something that both have known for many years; they weren’t just friends, they were compatible in every…way…possible. From the very first steamy kiss scene after touchdown, to the very last one, these two had heat the had my Kindle needing to cool down!

I will say that the road for these two was not absolutely perfect and Bree, from the very beginning, was beginning to worry about her addictive ways. In real life, people aren’t perfect and a lot of books have characters that are perfect from beginning to end. While I have loved these books, I loved that Bree was able to realize her potential for addiction and was able to gear in another direction; the direction being Max. With Max knowing FOREVER that Bree was the one that completed him, and waiting on her to realize it….le sigh! I loved that even though Max had been through women (he obviously wasn’t a virgin!), he knew that there was something missing. Seeing the pieces click for him as they did Bree warmed my heart!

Ms. Nicholas has always been one of my go-to authors, but t his was BY FAR one of my best friends to lover books I have read!

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