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Aly Chase has worked for Paul Pierce for years, loving him from afar. He is handsome, rich, and the powerful CEO of Pierce Homes. Just when Aly has decided her love for him is futile and vows to move on, Paul begins to give Aly the attention she had always desired, forcing her to feel confused by his actions.
Then there’s Aly’s best friend, Ethan Baker. He’s sweet, handsome and charming. He is also in love with her. He’s accepted that Aly and he will only be friends, until one day Aly realizes that her feelings towards Ethan are way more.
Aly is caught in between the man she’s loved for so long and the man that has always been there for her. As her feelings are pulled and tugged in both directions, she must make a choice before her distorted life loses both of them.
Who will end up winning Aly’s heart?
Exclusive POV EXCERPTS:
As we stood there going over our notes for the meeting with Mr. Halliday, I couldn’t help but stare at her as she stood over my desk, looking at a document. Her blonde hair had fallen over her cheek and I ached to brush it behind her ear. I didn’t though as I’d promised her I’d stay professional at work but all I could think about was swiping my things from the desk again and having my way with her, again. She was so beautiful and I’d messed it up. I still couldn’t believe I’d thought my only option was to sleep with Casey to keep her from finding Aly in that damn closet. I would never forgive myself for that colossal error.
She looked up at me, obviously having asked me a question and her olive green eyes captivated me once again. How I stopped myself from slamming my lips to hers, I’d never know. I cleared my throat, shook my head, and asked her to repeat her question. This staying professional at work thing was going to kill me.
The moment I woke up and found her kissing me, was the best moment of my life. I was stunned but there was no way I was going to stop her. I had no idea what had changed but I wasn’t about to ask. Aly was kissing me. Thinking about it later, I still had a big grin on my face. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think things would change between us. I had told myself over and over that I’d rather be her friend than nothing at all but this change of events made my heart sing. I wanted nothing more than to pop the question to her but I knew I had to take things extremely slow. She was still a mess over what that idiot did to her. I was going to be there for her in every way she needed me. I loved her. All I wanted to do was wipe away the scars Pierce had left on her soul and show her just how much she means to me, to show her what she does to me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to.
I always like to read books from new authors. Authors we have no clue about and that there has been no hype about. DISTORTED by Laura Dunaway is one such book and author.
I went into this book blind. I like not having any expectations and reading without a preconceived opinion.
Let me say that for a debut novel, this is pretty solid. There are definitely things Laura can work on for her next book but for a first book and putting herself out there, she has done a good job.
The story line itself is was good. I enjoyed the philanthropic aspect to it as it gave Distorted sincerity and warmth. This aspect was almost like a sub story that made you cheer for the underdog. You definitely wanted Mr. Halliday to come around. The plot itself was well formulated and logical.
Let’s get right to the book boys, Paul and Ethan. Both have fabulous qualities that make you swoon. One is well versed in a high profile lifestyle filled with money, power and deceptive people. You can never be sure if you’re coming or going with him. The other is down to earth, unsuspecting in his attractiveness, kind and loyal to a fault.
The ladies of Distorted— well the antagonist, Casey is a right bitch and you so easily hate her character and have known one or two of her types in your lifetime. She is a surface beauty, conniving, dishonest and a full on bitch.
The protagonist, Aly’s heart is pulled in two directions. Her heart knows whom she wants but there are things that keep her in love limbo. Aly has a keen sense for business. She is passionate about what she believes.
Being this is Laura Dunaway’s debut novel, she is definitely finding her own niche and vibe to her writing style. Things that didn’t make Distorted a 5 star read were, there was some repetition in descriptions. The scenes were still great but towards the end of the book, I wanted to hear the passion and intensity with different words. The other thing that did not make this a 5 star read for me was I felt like I wanted more out of some of the characters. The development was great for Aly. However, with Ethan and Paul, I wanted more from them. There were times that Ethan was almost too passive. Don’t get me wrong he is still a fabulous book boyfriend to add to your list. With Paul I wanted to see more of his assertiveness and aggressiveness. He was a powerful businessman who got what he wanted. I wanted to see more of that man. Paul is all man and sexy as all get out.
The WTF moment was totally unexpected and a great base for the conflict in the story.
Distorted was a solid debut by new indie writer Laura Dunaway. I definitely feel there will be growth in her writing from book two, which will be from one of the guy’s POV’s. There will be a lot of story to run with in that one. I look forward to it. Distorted is an easy read and one that is great to use after a heavy read or one that leaves you with a book hangover. D 3.5/5
Laura Dunaway has been married to her prince for 17 years and together they are raising three amazing kids. While she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, it wasn’t until this past year that she finally realized she should pursue her dream of writing a book. After many many attempts at starting one, Distorted was finally the one that flowed and before she knew it, she’d written The End. When she’s not busy shuttling her kids to lessons and practices and making dinner, she’s busy behind her computer writing her next book.
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