26 July 2013

Bent by HB Heinzer - Book Spotlight, Book Review


Book: Bent
Author: H.B. Heinzer

If there’s one thing Julia Wilson has learned in life, it’s that you can’t push your own dreams to the background for anyone. Newly divorced, Julia returns to the hometown she once swore would never see her again. Her plan is simple; enjoy the cheap rent her friend is offering and stay just long enough to develop a plan to make her own dreams come true. 

It doesn’t take long before Julia realizes she’s made a big mistake. 

Micah Anderson came closer to breaking Julia than anyone else ever had. After promising her forever, he broke her heart the week before she left for college. Now, Julia’s back in town and he’s going to have to tell her the truth about why he left her. It’s not possible to hide a twelve year old child when you live in a town of 5,000 people. 

Is following your dreams worth it if it means giving up on a second chance with her first love? Is trying to make a relationship work worth it if his past becomes a threat to her safety?

“You’ve bent the hell out of my heart but for whatever twisted reason, I never stopped loving you.”
Second Chances is a common plot that has been used several times by a lot of different authors – but the plot never gets old. It gives you that feeling of hope – that perhaps destiny and fate really do exists. And when you’re meant to be together, no matter what other people does, or the circumstances are – you will find a way back into each other’s arms.

She didn’t expect she’d be back in Brooklyn over a decade after she graduated in high school. She was one of those people who couldn’t wait to get out of town. But after her divorce, she decided to come back home – what she didn’t expect is running into her ex who broke her heart into a million pieces before she went to college, a psychotic ex of an ex who will most likely kill her if she won’t leave him alone and a whole lot of secrets that has been kept from her.

He made a mistake, lost the love of his life, but gained one of the most wonderful things that have ever happened to him. After twelve long years, she was back in town. He might have been a changed man after all that has happened in his life, but he needed to come clean with her – and maybe, ask her for another chance.

Although I’d like to throttle her for running away like a coward, I believe she did what she thought was best and what she needed to do. She needed to find herself, and fulfill her dreams before finally settling down. Micah was willing to wait for her – the long distance was killing them both but what will probably end their relationship is another secret that Micah is keeping from her. (You wouldn’t believe how many secrets they kept from her.)

I enjoyed reading Bent – how these two people, whose relationship fell apart at a young age bump into each other years later, much older, more mature, and still very much into each other. I like how they tiptoed around each other, teasing, flirting and finally giving in. How she finally realized that she still loved him and it includes everyone he loves – but will a second chance be worth it?

Rating: ★★★★✩ 

With the exception of three years spent in the middle of Nebraska, H.B. Heinzer has called southern Wisconsin home. During that time in Nebraska, she imagined one of her favorite authors living on the far western edge of the county, just south of the highway. At the time, becoming a novelist was a distant dream for her. Now, she is the author living in that location. Ironically, she later found out that same favorite author lives just outside the town HB lived in for the first eighteen years of her life. 

Now, HB lives in the middle of nowhere but still close enough to the city to not feel isolated. It's the perfect place to let her two kids run and explore their huge yard, teach them about the food chain as they prepare their first-ever garden and debate building a chicken coop. It's one of those dreams that is only possible thanks to the amazing opportunities that have come through writing.

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