Two to Tangle
The back cover blurb makes this book sound like a really silly story. To give Leslie Kelly credit, not only did she make it work, she made it fun and believable, with very likable characters. What more could a reader want?
Chloe Weston finally has her life in order. She’s nearly completed college, she has a nest egg set aside for her sister, and she ‘s got a great job as a window dresser in a local department store. She’s not looking for a relationship until she’s working late one night and she sees her boss, Troy Langtree, stop to change a tire in front of the store. It starts to rain and he takes off his wet shirt, and Chloe drools over the picture of male perfection he presents. She admits to herself she wouldn’t mind getting to know him a little better, because previously she’d just thought of him as an anal bore, which couldn’t be true of the shirtless guy in blue jeans she saw soaking up the rain.
When Chloe runs into a jeans-clad Troy at a retailers’ conference at a resort, he invites her out for a drink. After much personal debate, she accepts the invitation, only to be a little thrown because he’s introduced himself as Trent. Figuring he’s pretending to be someone else as some sort of fantasy game, Chloe goes along with it. They hit it off so well that one thing leads to another and they end up in bed. Since she’s known Troy for some time, Chloe figures it’s okay – after all, it’s not some one-night-stand with a stranger. But when she finds out her lover is really Trent Langtree, Troy’s twin brother, she must deal with her embarrassment and decide whether she wants to risk her heart on a man she’s just met.
Chloe’s mistake stretches belief a bit, but it doesn’t make her seem stupid. It’s presented as a simple case of mistaken identity, and Chloe is never really in doubt which twin she wants. She’s had a tough childhood, where she had to be the adult with a flighty mother. Out of her need for security and stability comes a very plausible conflict: Trent quit the family business to start his own company, and Chloe fears he might be more like her mother than she likes.
Trent is sweet, and though he’s got the cliché evil ex-girlfriend in his past, he never confuses Chloe for her. Instead he treats her with respect, and when he learns she’s upset that they moved their relationship to the sexual level on the very first night, he pulls back and spends time taking her on platonic dates until she’s more comfortable with their relationship. Best of all, when there’s a possibility of a Big Misunderstanding, Trent does the most amazing thing. He actually confronts Chloe and talks to her. He listens, he reasons things out, and makes decisions based on fact. Even though he jumps to conclusions, he asks questions until he gets to the truth. I want to thank Leslie Kelly for this, because it makes Trent such a breath of fresh air amongst romance heroes.
Two to Tangle is an enjoyable read. The only drawback to this book is its length. Because it’s so obvious Trent and Chloe belong together, the author resorts to drawing out a subplot involving Chloe’s mother to meet her page requirement. Nevertheless, this is a fun little tale and great for a quick afternoon read. I look forward to Troy’s story; he’s quite amusing when we finally meet him.