(Taking Chances #2)
by Erin Nicholas
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.
It was skydiving. That would always be more exciting than law enforcement in a town where people stopped to let squirrels run across the road.
‘I’ve read your blog… I even understood the big words’ … Okay, she had needed to Google a couple of the words. He didn’t need to know that.
He was the only thing she could imagine being better than liquor at making her feel good. Maybe she should tell him that. He needed to have sex with her to save her liver.
I know that you go all in, that when you’re in a moment, that’s all that exists. That’s what I want – to be that moment where you’re fully there and there’s nothing else that matters.
Tangled Up is a combination second chance and childhood neighbors/best friends to lovers story. The character of Bree was initially difficult for me to care for – she was a self-centered narcissistic thrill seeker; impulsive, flighty, immature, restless, easily bored, and had a rather short attention span. Max was a much more endearing character, observant, considerate, smart, and insightful. Having been raised in a rural area known as a “tornado magnet” Max had become a storm chaser as a teenager, which he turned it into a vocation by becoming an expert on reconstruction and a professor of meteorology. He had left his small town at age eighteen but returned periodically to see his friends and family and engage in daring outdoor adventures with Bree to indulge her adrenaline rush tendencies through skydiving, zip-lining, hiking, etc. Bree experienced an epiphany of sorts while up close and personal in a ditch during a tornado with Max, and started seeing her childhood best friend in a new light. She had taken him for granted all of her life, and despite knocking on thirty; she had never stopped to consider her future, assuming he would always be her traveling companion and fellow adventurer. But Max had contemplated the future and was just about out of patience with Bree. The storyline was sprinkled with amusing observations, humorous banter, and steamy and spicy sensual bits. The narrative was written from a third person POV while the plot was a bit slow to evolve; tending to be somewhat circular with a bit of re-treading of the same troublesome issues during the characters’ inner musings. I did enjoy the dawning of awareness for Bree and her ice cream metaphors, although I now have a rather extreme craving for a hot fudge sundae.