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Twisted [Format Kindle]

Emma Chase
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Twisted

Chapter 1


In high school, biology was my favorite subject. What fascinated me most were species that transform into a whole new being. Like pollywogs. Or butterflies. They start out as one thing, but end up something else entirely.

Unrecognizable.

Everyone always looks at butterflies and thinks, “How lovely.” But no one ever thinks about what they had to go through to become what they are. When the caterpillar builds its cocoon, it doesn’t know what’s happening. It doesn’t understand that it’s changing.

It thinks it’s dying. That its world is ending.

The metamorphosis is painful. Terrifying and unknown. It’s only afterward that the caterpillar realizes it was all worth it.

Because now it gets to fly.

And that’s what I feel like right now. I’m more than I was before. Stronger.

Did you think I was tough before?

Fooled you. Some of it was just bravado. A façade.

Dealing with Drew Evans is like swimming into one of those rogue waves at the beach. He’s overwhelming. And either you kick hard to keep up, or he rolls over you and leaves you behind with a face full of sand.

So I had to pretend to be a hard-ass.

I don’t need to pretend anymore, because now I’m granite. Impenetrable, all the way through.

Ask anyone who’s survived an earthquake at midnight, or a house fire that wipes out everything that matters. Unexpected devastation changes you.

And I mourn the old me. And my old life. The one that I had planned to share with Drew forever.

You seem confused. Sorry—let’s start again.

See that woman over there? On the swing, in this empty playground?

That’s me—Kate Brooks.

But not really. Not the Kate you remember, anyway. Like I said, I’m different now.

You’re probably wondering why I’m here, back in Greenville, Ohio, all alone.

Technically speaking, I’m not alone.

But we’ll get to that later.

The reason I’m in Greenville is simple. I couldn’t bear to stay in New York. Not for another day. Not after everything.

Drew?

He’s still in New York. Probably nursing a vicious hangover. Or maybe he’s still drunk. Who knows? Let’s not concern ourselves with him too much. He has an attractive stripper to take care of him.

Yep—I said a stripper. At least I hope she was a stripper. She could’ve been a prostitute.

Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Live happily ever after? Join the club. Apparently happily ever after only lasts two years.

Don’t check the title. You’re in the right place. This is still the Drew and Kate show. It’s just twisted around. Messed up. Welcome to Oz, Toto. It’s a fucked-up place to be.

What’s that? You think I sound like Drew? That’s what Delores says—that he’s infected me with his profanity. She calls it Drew-speak. I guess after two years, it kind of rubs off.

So I can see that you’re wondering what happened. You were so in love. You were so perfect for each other. Tell me about it.

Or better yet, tell the stripper.

Anyway—believe it or not—the real problem wasn’t another woman. Not at first. Drew wasn’t lying when he said he’d always want me. He did. He still does.

He just doesn’t want us.

Still don’t understand? That’s because I’m not telling it right. I should start at the beginning. See, last week I found out . . .

No, wait. That’s not going to work either. If you’re going to understand, I need to go back further.

Our end began about a month ago. I’ll start there.

Images

Five weeks earlier


“Well, hot damn, looks like we got ourselves a deal!”

The guy in the cowboy hat? Signing that stack of papers, across from me at the conference table? That’s Jackson Howard Sr. The younger version in the black hat, sitting next to him? That’s his son, Jack Jr.

They’re cattle ranchers. Owners of the largest cattle ranch in North America, and they’ve just acquired the most innovative developer of GPS tracking software in the country. Now, you may ask yourself, why would two already wealthy businessmen travel across the country to expand their empire?

Because they want the best. And I’m the best.

Or should I say we are.

Drew takes the final document from him. “Sure do, Jack. I’d start looking into yachts for business travel, if I were you. When the profit reports roll in, your tax adviser’s going to want something big to write off.”

Kate and Drew.

The dream team of Evans, Reinhart and Fisher.

John Evans, Drew’s father, definitely knew what he was doing when he put us together. A fact he proudly loves to remind us of.

To hear him tell it, he knew all along that Drew and I would be an unbeatable team—unless we killed each other. Apparently that was a chance John was willing to take. Of course, he didn’t know we’d end up together like we are now, but . . . he takes credit for that part too. Starting to see where Drew gets it from, aren’t you?

Erin walks in now with our clients’ coats. She makes eye contact with Drew and taps her watch. He nods discreetly.

“I say we go out and celebrate—paint this town red! See if you city folk can keep up with the likes of me,” Jackson Howard says.

Even though he’s pushing seventy, he’s got the energy of a twenty-year-old. And I suspect he’s got more than a few bull-riding stories up his sleeve.

I open my mouth to accept the invite, but Drew cuts me off.

“We’d love to, Jack, but unfortunately Kate and I have a previously scheduled appointment. There’s a car waiting for you downstairs to take you to the finest establishments in the city. Enjoy yourselves. And of course the tab’s on us.”

They stand and Jack tips his hat to Drew. “That’s damn fine of you, son.”

“It’s our pleasure.”

As we walk to the door, Jack Jr. turns to me and holds out his card. “It was a real pleasure working with you, Miss Brooks. The next time you’re in my neck of the woods, I’d be honored to show around. I have a feelin’ Texas would agree with you. Maybe you’ll even decide to stay and put down some roots.”

Yep, he’s coming on to me. Maybe you think that’s sleazy. I would have, two years ago. But like Drew told me then, it happens all the time. Businessmen are slick, cocky. They kind of have to be.

It’s one of the reasons this field has the third-highest rate of infidelity—right after truck drivers and police officers. The long hours, the frequent traveling, hooking up almost becomes inevitable. A foregone conclusion.

It’s how Drew and I started, remember?

But Jack Jr.’s not like the other jerks who’ve propositioned me. He seems sincere. Sweet. So I smile and reach out to take his card, just to be polite.

But Drew’s hand is faster than mine. “We’d love to. We don’t get a lot of work down South, but the next time we do, we’ll cash in that rain check.”

He’s trying to be professional, unemotional. But his jaw is clenched. Sure, he’s smiling, but have you ever seen Lord of the Rings? Gollum smiled too.

Just before he bit that guy’s hand off who was holding his “precious.”

Drew is territorial and possessive. That’s just who he is.

Matthew once told me a story: For Drew’s first day of kindergarten, his mother bought him a lunch box. A Yoda one. On the playground, Drew wouldn’t put it down because it was his and he was afraid someone would break it. Or steal it. It took Matthew a week to convince him that nobody would—or that together, they could beat the everlasting hell out of anyone who did.

At times like this, I know just how that lunch box felt.

I smile kindly at Jack Jr. and he tips his hat. And then they’re out the door.

As soon as it’s closed behind them, Drew tears John Jr.’s card in half. “Dickhead.”

I push his shoulder. “Stop it. He was nice.”

Drew’s eyes snap to mine. “You thought Luke and Daisy Duke’s inbred love child was nice? Really?” He takes a step forward.

“As a matter of fact, yes.”

His voice morphs into an over-the-top southern drawl. “Maybe I should buy myself some chaps. And a cowboy hat.” Then he drops the accent. “Oohh—or better yet, we’ll get you one. I can be your wild stallion and you can be the brazen cowgirl who rides me.”

And the funniest thing of all? He’s really not kidding.

I shake my head with a smile. “So what’s this mysterious meeting we have? There’s nothing on my schedule.”

He smiles widely. “We have an appointment at the airport.” He slides two airline tickets out of his suit pocket.

First class—to Cabo San Lucas.

I inhale quickly. “Cabo?”

His eyes sparkle. “Surprise.”

I’ve traveled more in the last two years than I had in my entire life before—the cherry blossoms blooming in Japan, the crystal waters of Portugal. ....

Présentation de l'éditeur

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. In this heart-pounding follow-up to Tangled by New York Times bestseller Emma Chase, Kate reveals that there is trouble in paradise, when unexpected circumstances force her and Drew to "renegotiate" their relationship.

There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself—and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice; the most important of my life. Drew already made hisin fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville, Ohio, alone. Well, sort of alone...

What I've come to realize is that old habits die hard, and sometimes you have to go back to where you began before you can move ahead.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4112 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 273 pages
  • Editeur : Gallery Books (25 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00EB9ZA24
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Même si c'est Kate notre narratrice dans ce second volet et plus Drew, j'ai autant aimé la lecture !
Tout part d'un malentendu, d'un quiproquo entre Kate et Drew et cela prend des proportions ahurissantes. Ceci dit, j'ai passé un bon moment, j'ai dévoré le récit et j'attends la suite qui sortira en octobre avec impatience !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 J'adoooore 20 mars 2014
Par oltelocin
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Tout come j'ai adoré le style du premier tome "Tangled", j'ai tout autant adore celui ci. La façon d'écrire est captivante te à plusieurs reprises, je me suis surprise en train de sourire betement en lisant. Cette fois ci on est dans la tête de Kate Brooks et on vit la suite de son histoire avec Drew. Un must read absolument
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 For me it is the end of my affair with Drew . . . 25 mars 2014
Par Beverly C. Lopez - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What Happened here? I mean Really, WHAT HAPPENED? I was so looking forward to read Twisted because Tangled was an amazing and funny story. Drew was incredible.

I'm going to be brutally honest here, because reviews are for that, so we can learn from our mistakes.

Twisted totally ruined the series for me. I don't think i will be reading anymore.

The story was weak and it was like reading a book knowing those were the characters I loved, but feeling like it was another book and the characters were brainwashed.

With a huge pain in my chest i will give it just 2 stars

I didn't laugh. I didn't cry. I feel nothing reading this.

Goodbye Drew. I will miss you.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 I just broke up with my book boyfriend Dre... 4 avril 2014
Par minivanmommy25 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I should probably start off with telling you that I LOVED Tangled. I thought Drew's point of view was refreshing, funny yet crude, with the perfect amount of romance to keep me wanting more. I recommended it to people, I read it more than once, and I had pre-ordered Twisted as soon as I could.

So, when Twisted was released (with a ridiculous price I might add) I was very excited to start reading. And then I read the Prologe and thought "what the heck did Emma Chase do to this series?"

*spoilers*

It starts off with a graphic anal scene, because you know... that's the best way to start a book. And without lube I might add, because you know... I'm sure it just slips on in with no pain on your first attempt with back door "luviv".

The story just goes downhill from there. Drew thinks she cheats, hires a stripper to pretend to screw him (oh wait, he doesn't want to pretend he actually wants to do the deed but God blessed him with erectile dysfunction so it didn't get that far), then grovels later and tells her he will share her if he must because even just getting her for part time is better than nothing. Romantic, right?

Then of course there is the pregnancy, we find out that Kate was a previous druggie who decides to get loaded while pregnant (but don't worry, she thought she lost the baby because the ER doctor obviously received his degree from a Cracker Jack box), and her ex comes back and tried to win us over (try to pretend you don't remember the daisys scene from Tangled) with their old memories and their new found renewed friendship, and that's pretty much all that's going on with Kate because she is really not very interesting.

*Done with spoiler*

I'm pretty sure there isn't one single redeeming quality of is book. You know how when you are stuck in traffic on the freeway because of an accident. The whole time you curse the people that slow down and look. You internally promise yourself you won't be one of them. Then you get up to the accident and its almost as if forced by God himself to look. Yeah. We all do it. But for $8 a download I highly suggest you tell God to force you to read something better worth your time and money!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 What did I just read? 25 mars 2014
Par eva appeloni - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Wait, what is this book? What happened? Drew was terrible in this; in the first book I thought he was a funny jackass. In this one, he's completely irredeemable. Completely. I won't spoil it for people who haven't read it, but what he does here is beyond forgiveness. I didn't even like her in this book. I'm so sad that this series is ruined for me but it is. I can't believe what I just read!

Edited to add that Kate sounds just like Drew here, and it's explained by oh, she's lived with him for two years so of course she's picked it up. But to me it really just felt like the author being lazy and not working toward expanding her voice in her writing at all. Ugh. So disappointed.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 I really hated it 25 mars 2014
Par Sandy Milan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm sorry but I didn't like this book at all. The first book was hugely entertaining and differently written. This one fell flat in comparison. I'd go so far as to say I felt ripped off by the price since the story was short and annoying. I refuse to call the male protagonist a 'H' because he's such an ass. As for the h, if she was prepared to accept all the c**p she had to put up with, then she deserves what she gets. I've seldom been so annoyed by a book. I will not be reading any more of these books.

+++Spoilers+++
Right near the beginning the h agrees to anal sex with Drew, which he recognises as her trusting him. Later when he mistakenly believes she's cheated on him, he throws this up in her face in an awful way along with making out in front of her, in their apartment with a stripper. No conversation, no discussion and it's over. The h meanwhile discovers that she's pregnant and has to go it alone and her ex, Billy, is there for her the whole way. I liked him way more and wished the h would ditch Drew for him instead. I really loathed Drew in this book, he couldn't be redeemed in my eyes and he got off way too easy. The author actually writes this from the h's pov and says that she knows she's letting him off easily but she loves him. Drew wanted the h to cut ties with her ex but she refused and I was glad of that at least. The h's only real stand was to live alone for a few months after they get back together but since she spent most of her time with him, seeing him every day at work, dating him and having sex with him etc, it didn't count for much in my opinion. The nail in the coffin was when we read that the only reason that he didn't sleep with the stripper was because he couldn't get it up, yet he was so jealous of the h. What a prince.

I know I'm inviting all sorts of hate responses with this review but I've sworn to always give honest reviews regardless. The only reason that this didn't get one star is because the author writes well and the book isn't full of mistakes.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Doing the pouty face... didn't get what I wanted... 25 mars 2014
Par kitkat40 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The book starts off pretty good... same ole' Kate and Drew... some very touching moments. But then...
There is a misunderstanding. Drew commits an unforgiveable sin against Kate. I'll be honest... this is where the book died for me. I can handle the immature Drew for the sake of romantic humor but since this book has a more serious tone, the realistic Drew was for me... a very unappealing character. I can't even believe what he did. I didn't ever want Kate to go back to him... still don't want her with him. I wish I had stopped with book one so I could still love him. It makes me mad and sad all at the same time.
Kate runs away to her mom as she should have... there are some touching emotional moments with mom that made me cry. It was these scenes that bumped the rating from one to two stars. The emotions were very real. Upsetting... but real.
I didn't like this weak version of Kate. I particularly disliked her POV. I felt like it was a mistake to step away from the romantic humor of Drew's POV to Kate's emotional and weak POV. It's just not what I wanted.
Depending on your level of sensitivity to certain topics and whether or not you can stomach the surprising change from the laugh out loud funny tone of book one... to the drama filled and quite emotional tone in book two... will determine whether or not you will like or dislike book two. And, whether or not you feel that Drew was worthy of redemption. I wasn't convinced.
I'm so disappointed that I didn't like this book... I really, really wanted too. Hope you guys like it better than I did. Now... I'm headed off to go pout in the corner...
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