Alexis Murphy is done messing with the wrong kinds of men. She could not be happier planning a personalized Grace Evangeline wedding with her fiancé, Jeffrey, who is so right for her. Or is he?
Stage star and spokesmodel, Bo Corrigan, could be the ultimate disruption. Alexis—Exi—is caught by his talent and sexual magnetism. Yet under the glow, she senses trouble, not only danger from Bo’s past mistakes, but something inside tearing him apart.
From the moment Bo sees Exi, he knows she’s special, but not only that—she’s real. Unlike the theater scene he’s been immersed in, she sees the man he is and won’t stop until she’s reached inside and brought that person from despair to life … if only they have time.
With violent forces against them, can they get beyond the damage to love that heals and restores?
SERIES: Told You #2
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: bHd Books
RELEASE DATE: August 11, 2016
“People are people, whatever their conditions, education, opportunities. Every soul has a shine.”
A friend and I were talking about this book a couple of days ago, specifically what IS it about fictional bad boys/troubled souls that we women are so drawn to? Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, Gray Carlisle in The Things We Knew, Ty Porter in Meant to Be Mine … and now Bo Corrigan from Told You Twice.
We first met Bo Corrigan on the pages of Told You So, but his supporting role in that book only scratched the surface of the complexities of his character. His “devil-may-care facade” is just that – a facade, masking a heart far more sensitive (the bouquet making scene!!) and broken than appears at first glance. Besides his gorgeous exterior, Bo is a character who truly fascinated me (his ability to shift into just about any persona!). He broke my heart more than once (someone warned me to have tissues handy – she was NOT kidding!) and yet at the same time he solidly won a place in my heart forever.
Y’all. Rock bottom isn’t pretty. When we’re wallowing in it in real life or when a favorite character hits it in fiction – no matter who’s down there it’s pretty sickening. Kristen Heitzmann has captured this journey down to the pit and the road home with authenticity, raw emotion, mercy, grace, and HOPE. Having only authenticity and emotion without the mercy, grace, and hope would leave us, the readers, destitute by the end. But she strikes the ideal balance – framing Bo’s story the way it needs to be told from start to finish. And in the process, we are reminded that our Abba… our Daddy God… does not look like an absentee Father or a harsh Judge. Rather, He waits for us to come home with open arms.
‘That’s the picture of God, Bo. Not sitting on his throne in judgment, but running, arms spread to welcome back his profligate son.’
Exi and Bo’s romance is also raw and authentic and covered with mercy and grace and hope. Their tale is not the same as Grace & Devin’s from Told You So – Exi and Bo’s downfall is one born of deep internal baggage rather than lust. While there IS some humor sprinkled throughout, Told You Twice (and Exi and Bo’s romance) is much more intense and emotional and agonizing than it’s more comedic predecessor. And it’s worth the ache and the copious amounts of tissues you’ll need before the end – because the romance itself is a picture of redemption and because when the mercy and grace and hope rain down, it hits you in the marrow of your soul.
Being able to reconnect with Grace & Devin & Eileen & Eddie from book one is another highlight of Told You Twice. In fact, these four characters are nearly as integral to Bo’s story as is Exi. Not in the same ways, certainly, but without his relationship with Devin in particular many parts of Bo’s story would have played out quite differently.
Bottom Line: The prodigal son has never looked so gorgeous on the outside as Bo Corrigan, nor as damaged on the inside. His story is impossible to put down so gear up for an emotional roller coaster ride that is equal parts exhilarating and heartwrenching. His romance with Exi, his friendship with Eileen, his rivalry with Devin, hitting rock bottom and climbing back out – all of this will grab your heart and refuse to let go. You will smile. You will swoon. You will cry. You will hold your breath. You may even find yourself praying for a fictional character. (Not that I know this from experience or anything) And as you turn the last page, you will find that you’ve once again breathed in exquisite grace and called it amazing.
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
Reviewer’s Note: Again, Kristen Heitzmann provides an authentic but tasteful picture of a prodigal. As such, there are a few instances of profanity (very sporadic) as well as a glimpse into the party scene as well as its aftermath. If you like “clean reads”, this still qualifies according to my personal definition 🙂
My Rating: 5 stars / FANTASTIC
KissingBook Level: 4 / keep those fans handy! Bo just can’t help himself.
Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of two historical series as well as ten contemporary romantic and psychological suspense novels, including The Still of Night, nominated for the Colorado Book Award; The Tender Vine, a Christy Award finalist; and the Christy Award-winning Secrets.
She lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountain foothills with her husband Jim and sundry family members and pets.
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What about you? What is it about a prodigal’s story that draws you?