Tangled Paths by Kimi Flores


 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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Most
people in society can’t even rationalize that there are young women out there
whose mothers do not love them.  To hear that a woman was abused verbally
and mentally by their mothers is just unconceivable to most but this was Bri’s
life.  With the knowledge that even her own mother couldn’t respect or
love her she went into her college life looking for someone to accept her and
appreciate her and found Josh.  She was good for one night, one
conversation and then she was excused to move on in her world again.  Bri
knew her brother Stefen and cousin Caleb would always be there for her, but
this was a heart ache that she couldn’t admit to them, so she carried this
silently for years.
When
the time came for Josh and Bri to reunite it was by accident and the bitter
feelings Bri held had become even stronger.  Josh was living a life style
back then that left him clueless as to what he had done or who Bri was, but
something in her eyes told him they had known each other before and it didn’t
end good.  Now he has gotten on track and left the old life style that
caused him to create his own kind of baggage.  He lost more than his pride
and dignity back then and he struggles daily even now to regain the trust and
respect he threw away when he was younger.  Will Bri ever give him a
chance to correct the mistake he made and help her heal the heart he broke?
Now
the two are forced together long term due to family and friend
connections.  When Josh learns the truth behind Bri he is on a mission to
make amends and see if he can resurrect those old feelings he knows is still in
Bri’s heart.  Bri is not going down that path again.  He made a fool
of her once and that was not going to happen again, until her heart became
louder than her resolve to kick him to the curb.  When she lets him in a
little bit as a friend he sees that the walls were not all created because of
him.  She is holding on to some deep scars that might not ever allow her
to trust another person again. 
Kimi
did a fantastic job as building a story based on human emotions and
tribulations.  She threw twists in the story that would either free the
characters or bury them in more baggage and destroy any chance they had. 
You could tell this was a character driven story; she stepped back and let them
tell their own story in this one.  With each book she publishes her talent
grows and her characters voices become stronger and louder. 
I
love how she brings back the members from her first two books to include them
in the current plot.  This group of characters would not be complete if
they were not in every book because each has been designed to give the plot
their own special touch.  In Tangled Paths, Kimi shows us what love,
forgiveness and letting go can do for a human soul.  She gives us a view
of true healing not only from the point of view of those who have been hurt but
from the side of those who caused the hurt.  Accountability was a clear
topic in this story, from making selfish choices to turning your back and
ignoring the abuse occurring.
As
with all of Kimi’s books, you have a real taste of life but more importantly
she has the wonderful compassion that flows from her story and into the heart
of the reader.  She makes you believe in the power of forgiveness and the
courage to love yourself again.  I would so recommend you read her series,
It All Started With a Lima Bean, The Exceptional Twist and now Tangled
Paths.