So Twisted is sweet, funny and full of heart, both of the warming and breaking kinds, and quite realistic though there is a dash of fairy tale style romance in the mix, with a cast of characters that keep you turning the page to see what they’ll do next.
Callie is determined to get her degree in elementary education, but is working herself into an early grave to accomplish it, that is until a job as a nanny comes her way. I really liked Callie. I loved her drive and determination to accomplish her goals. She’s sweet, kind and knows her way around a precocious four year old. And despite some of her hang ups she had a good sense of self worth and had no problem stick up for herself when necessary.
Aaron has one priority in his life and that’s his daughter, Delilah and because of what happened with her mother he has closed himself off to anything that would even look like a relationship. I adored how much he doted on and loved his daughter and yet didn’t give into her every whim. He’s the kind of parent I admire. He was sweet and charming, but never truly opened himself up to trust anyone other than his family.
Their journey was an interesting one. The start of it was what I expected. Not only were drawn to each physically, but because of how the other interacted with Delilah and how she reacted to them. There was lot of worrying about the stigma that comes with the whole nanny getting involved with the father thing and them fighting their attraction, then when they finally give in it was pretty damn hot and I couldn’t help but swoon a little. The chemistry between them was sizzling and they were showing signs that they could become a great couple if only they could move past some of their issues and insecurities, but then IT happens and holy hell was it intense. And though I can say that both Callie and Aaron both had a role to play in the implosion, I’m firmly #TeamCallie. Of course, they do work things out, but here’s where I give the author made props because she kept things real. There wasn’t a quick “Oh, I forgive you for it all” fix, nor was it drawn out any more than necessary. Their reconciliation was done well and I liked where they ended up at the end of the book.
The writing was engaging, the pacing of the story was good and I thought the dual 1st person POV was well done. There was a good balance of humor, heat, drama and heart throughout the story and thought that the supporting cast of characters were well written. Delilah was adorable precocious and a very typical four year old and the toy cucumber will do in history as a perfect moment. Abel, Aaron’s brother, definitely peaked my interest and I’m hoping he gets a book because I’m going to enjoy watching him fall.
~ Copy received from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed ~
Sometimes it feels good to be a little bad.
Callie has found the perfect job. As nanny for a single dad and his adorable daughter, she can pay off her student loans and live in a nice house in the heart of Chicago. There's just one problem-her new boss. Definitely no dad bod here. Just six-plus feet of raw, sexual energy. Whoever heard of a dad being so hot?
From the sparkle in his daughter's eyes, Aaron can see that hiring Callie was a good decision. But Callie's breathtaking smile and long legs have him thinking about his own needs. Aaron knows it's a bad idea to get involved with the nanny, but it's been years since anyone has captivated him like Callie.
When living under the same roof proves too tempting to resist, Callie and Aaron discover a mind-blowing passion unlike anything either has experienced. But with a curious child and a nosy family in the mix, their secret, no-strings fling soon turns into a twisted, tangled knot . . .
Melissa Marino is a full-time writer and part-time Storm Trooper collector. When she's not writing, you can find her watching Friends reruns, mastering her cupcake frosting swirl and hunting for the perfect red lipstick. Melissa lives in Chicago with her husband, son and very opinionated dachshund.