Book Review

Told You Twice by Kristen Heitzmann – Emotionally Investing and Raw

About the Book:Told-You-Twice-fnl
Author: Kristen Heitzmann
Publisher: bHd Books (Indie)
Source: Author Provided (via Rel’s Author Services)
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Told You, Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

REVIEW: Stars are finally aligning for Alexis Murphy. She has an adoring fiancé, Jeffrey, and with him, she’s planning a fairytale wedding with Grace Evangeline. All is made sweeter since Grace is married to Exi’s cousin, Devin, the guy who still affectionately calls her by the childhood nickname. Her otherwise ideal life hits a snag when Exi meets Bo Corrigan, the one man Devin distrusts most.

Bo is walking, breathing trouble. Grace sees more to him, but when he expresses interest in Exi, all Devin can see is an infuriating charmer out to break hearts. Bo is struggling internally with his lifestyle. He isn’t sure what he wants and questions everything: including his sketchy past and his infatuation with Exi. All of which could cost Bo a great deal more that he is willing to give.

As with everything I’ve read by Heitzmann, this second Indie novel from her is another emotional roller-coaster. Like its companion novel, this digs beneath the surface of contemporary romance to look underneath all the uncomplicated happy moments most consist of. Primarily this might be because of the characters and their well-developed characteristics and strong personalities. As someone who grew up with the inspirational fiction that was of the proper variety – both as an emotional outlet and in terms of the procedures of the era (think historical prairie fiction), reading “edgy” fiction is something new. This is the reason why reading this novel is such a gratifying experience that, for those of us willing to look past the tragedy, is beautifully rewarding.

For many, the characters will be, and should be, the greatest incentive of this novel. They’re so well-written, explored and examined, there isn’t anything left wanting. Everyone is genuine and fighting to come out the other end of a “hopeless,” traumatic or unhealthy experience. Exi is seeking something she didn’t (really) know she was searching for. Bo, though aware of what people think of him, is, as Grace wisely knows, (in part) hiding beneath a façade. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t thoroughly disappointed in Bo over something he does that winds up being a key turning point in the plot. That said, I understand the reason for this and appreciate that it makes the journey, story and experience all the more satisfying. Fans of “Told You So” will relish in experiencing Grace and Devin in a healthy place as they are more than secondary afterthoughts. (A reason why you should read “Told You So” first.)

If you’re looking for something that will shake up the safety net of your usual reading, “Told You Twice” is it. If you’re hungering for a romance that, while about the attraction, digs beneath surface appearances, “Told You Twice” will not disappoint. It’s raw, powerful and unapologetic for its intentions. The story has a solid message that becomes its goal to tell, and in the end, it does this without fear.

Content: There are minor innuendoes or sexual references (all “behind the door” classy than graphic) in this novel on the same level as its predecessor. A (light) PG13 rating would likely be affixed to this if it were under the film rating system.

Sincere thanks to the author and Rel’s author services for a complimentary e-copy of this novel for the purpose of reviewing it.

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