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Tangled Paths ( Intertwined Hearts #3) by Kimi Flores (Josie’s Review)

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Synopsis

 

 

**Although this novel includes mature language and adult situations, there are no detailed sex scenes**

Is it possible to flee your past? Or does it sit patiently, waiting for your return?

Tired of traveling the world in order to escape reality, Bri Hunter has finally found a place to call home. Settled into Santa Barbara, close to her brother and cousin, she’s ready for a little peace. Wanting to avoid the tormenting, incessant calls she receives, she throws herself into helping her sister-in-law’s growing floral business. It doesn’t take long to run smack into the one guy she’d given up on ever seeing again.

It’s been five years since Josh Tucker has sobered up, left his Hollywood lifestyle far behind, and sheltered himself in his horse ranch in Santa Ynez, California. If it hadn’t been for his family, he probably wouldn’t be around to tell his story. When a beautiful brunette shows up at his cousin’s vineyard, something in her spiteful eyes tells him their paths have tangled together before.

As Josh begins to uncover who Bri is, he finds himself falling for her. Will he find a way to convince her to trust him? And will she be able to let go of the past and move forward? When a traumatic event strikes, Bri will have to decide if she’s going to let life continue to cripple her…or set her free.

~ Reviewers agree that although this is technically the 3rd book in the Intertwined Hearts series, it reads smoothly as a stand alone as well ~

 

 

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Josie's review

4.5 stars

 

 

This is the third book in the Entwined Series. I am going on the record here and saying Tangled Paths is by far the best one in this series. I love Ms. Flores writing. She has a way of writing a story with such passion and emotion that you feel a deep connection with the characters.

 

Josh and Bri’s story is an emotional journey where they each are dealing with demons in their past. Bri has loved Josh since college. She gave Josh a precious gift thinking she was special only to be left broken and shattered. Fast forward 7 years when their paths cross again. Josh has memories of a brown eyed girl but can’t remember much more then that since during that time in his life he was constantly drunk. Josh had left the Hollywood life behind and has settled in Santa Ynez California. When he sees a beautiful brunette at his vineyard he keeps seeing those brown eyes. This woman hates him and doesn’t give him the time of day.

 

With the help of some visiting friends, Josh finally remembers who Bri is and just how special the gift was that she gave him. Josh is not the same man he was 7 years ago. He lives a quiet life and wants to make up for the way he treated Bri. He remembers that he was comfortable with Bri and that she was special. Something he hasn’t felt in years. The author does an amazing job with showing the changes he has made over the years as well as his remorse for what happened all those years ago. You fall in love with Josh and can see just how nice of a man he is. Now that their paths have crossed again, Josh is determined to show Bri just how much he has changed and how much they are meant to be together.

 

“I’m sure you hate me and I can’t say I blame you, but can I please explain? Now that I know it’s you, I’ve gotta try to make up for this somehow.”

“That doesn’t matter anymore. It’s in the past and it’s over. The only thing we have to deal with now is that we’re going to keep running into each other.”


Ms. Flores created Bri’s character in such a way, that you really feel for this woman. Bri is strong, brave, tough, funny and even though her past is dark she is a fighter. Bri has been hurt before and the one person that is supposed to love her unconditional is the one that has done the worst damage, her mother. When Josh broke her heart, she thought she would never love again. She did not trust easily and never opened her heart to anyone else again. Eventually Josh and Bri forgive each other and slowly build a relationship. There is chemistry and sparks there but Bri just has to trust that Josh will not hurt her again. You can see and feel the true love these characters have for one another. I really could feel their passion, honesty and genuine love. Their relationship develops over time, nothing is rushed.

 

“I’ve often wondered, if there’s a place on earth where I actually belong.”

“Bri, you do belong. You’re important to all of us. You don’t even realize how much we all need you. And someday soon, I hope you’ll believe that you belong with me. Because I already feel like I belong with you.”

“Thank you, for caring about me, and for believing me. For seeing the good in me.”

 

I will warn you, their story is hard and it will make you cry and scream but I am so happy with the final result. Josh and Bri go through a lot to be with one another with their trouble pasts, shocking family secrets and learning to trust one another. The author does not write their story to be all hearts and flowers. She gives us some grit and some angst because honestly what relationship does not take work. I honestly think that is why I loved this book so much. It felt real, I felt their emotions and pain and I got their story. I am, excited to see what Ms. Flores will come up with next. After reading all 3 books in this series, I just know it is going to blow be away. A definite must read.

 

 

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Tangled Paths (Intertwined Hearts Book 3)

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It All Started With A Lima Bean (Intertwined Hearts Book 1)

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An Exceptional Twist (Intertwined Hearts Book 2)

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author bio

 

 

 

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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