Misunderstandings

Misunderstandings

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by Tiffany King
     
 

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Just when she thought things were going up…

Two years after a devastating breakup, Brittni Mitchell has moved on from Justin Avery—or so she tells herself. But when she returns to Seattle for her best friend’s engagement party, Brittni finds herself the victim of a disastrously timed elevator breakdown. She’s trapped with the last

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Just when she thought things were going up…

Two years after a devastating breakup, Brittni Mitchell has moved on from Justin Avery—or so she tells herself. But when she returns to Seattle for her best friend’s engagement party, Brittni finds herself the victim of a disastrously timed elevator breakdown. She’s trapped with the last person she wants to face, and forced to recount the past she desperately wants to forget.

She’s going to have to look back…

When Brittni left her podunk hometown for a big city college experience at the University of Washington, hooking up with a guy like Justin Avery was not part of her plan. Between Justin’s attention-grabbing tattoos, cigarette smoking, and bad boy attitude Brittni quickly chalked him up as “Mr. Wrong.” But his charm was unrelenting, and Brittni’s decision to give Justin a chance quickly turned into the worst choice she ever made.

So that she might be able to move forward.

Now she’s stuck with Justin—literally—and the complicated web of misunderstandings that tied up the truth for two years is about to unravel.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/24/2014
After two years away, Brittni Mitchell reluctantly returns to Seattle for her friend’s engagement party. She knows it’s going to be impossible to avoid her ex, Justin Avery. But she doesn’t count on having to confront him instantly upon arrival—and for hours on end as they get stuck in an elevator together. King provides their history in a series of flashbacks; predictably, Justin’s serious misunderstanding of Brittni’s actions in college led to their very angry break-up. Their hours in the elevator allow them to clear the air and consider whether they can move forward together as friends. King’s second Woodfalls Girls novel (after No Attachments) benefits from Justin’s multifaceted personality, though he does act badly at times. Brittni, on the other hand, is naïve and quick to judge based on outward appearances. The story evaporates quickly, but the conflict is rich enough for readers to pass the time without regret. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (May)
From the Publisher
“A beautifully woven story of a love that can withstand anything.”—New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams

“Funny, real, moving and passionate, Misunderstandings is a MUST-READ for New Adult contemporary romance fans.”—New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young

“Sweet and sexy! Great characters and an intriguing romance…So good!”—New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack

Praise for No Attachments

“Super sweet and swoon-worthy!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425274798
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Series:
A Woodfalls Girls Novel Series
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,138,922
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“A beautifully woven story of a love that can withstand anything.”—New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams

“Funny, real, moving and passionate, Misunderstandings is a MUST-READ for New Adult contemporary romance fans.”—New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young

“Sweet and sexy! Great characters and an intriguing romance…So good!”—New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack

Praise for No Attachments

“Super sweet and swoon-worthy!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King has written a number of young adult titles: The Saving Angels series, Wishing for Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Unlikely Allies, Miss Me Not, and Jordyn: A Daemon Hunter Novel. She is also the author of the New Adult series the Woodfalls Girls, including No Attachments and Misunderstandings. Writer by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her lifelong dream of weaving tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats.)

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Misunderstandings 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
Okay - I LOVED the concept of Misunderstandings. Two people who were very much in love, but had a bad break-up, were forced to have it out when they're stuck in an elevator for hours together. You know how we always joke, "If I could lock you two in a room together..." Well, in this case, it really happened. Justin and Brittni were together for a whirlwind four months before a devastating breakup. So devastating that Brittni moved from the west coast back to her home state of Maine - for two years. Now, she's back in Seattle for her best friend's engagement party, and coincidentally Brittni and Justin run into each other in the elevator of a friend's office building. They are forced to rehash what happened two years earlier and both of them realize that there were parts to each other's version of events that were... misunderstood. I think my favorite part of Misunderstandings is that the details of what really happened were brought to light very slowly. Some might not care for that, but honestly, for me, it drew me in to the story and ensured that I stayed engaged and engrossed. I wanted so desperately to find out what in the world happened between these two that was so bad to have caused the intense hostility between the two of them in the elevator. It becomes apparent through the flashback story telling that, although Brittni and Justin had a bit of a rough start to their relationship, they eventually fell very much in love. The backstory was told in alternating chapters with the present day elevator situation. It seems that, after the event that separated them for good, Brittni was so destroyed, she left the city for good and hasn't been back. So, this is the first time they've seen each other in two years. It doesn't go well for quite awhile. They're both shockingly nasty to one another. But, after a few hours pass, they start to talk, and the real events from two years ago come out. They realize that things weren't as they had thought. That everything wasn't so black and white. And, worse of all, that, if they both hadn't been so stubborn and idiotic back then, they could've avoided two years of misery. Gosh - can you imagine what that would be like? I would be furious - mostly at myself for not opening my mouth back when I should have. And, the reason why they separated years before was a pretty big reason; it was something that should've brought two people together, not torn them apart. Eventually, of course, the elevator is fixed, and Justin and Brittni are released from their confinement. They now have to decide if the knowledge they gained gave them a big enough reason to give their relationship a go again. And they have to decide if they can put the ugly words and all that time behind them. Misunderstandings was told entirely from Brittni's POV. I admit, I wasn't a fan of hers in the beginning. She seemed to play games with Justin, stringing him along, not returning calls - that sort of thing. She was a little cold and not very likable. But, I eventually warmed up to her, as did Justin. The heat between these two was pretty awesome, too. Misunderstandings was a fantastic book to add to my new adult collection. There was a lot to love, including a little mystery. I can't wait to read more from Tiffany King!
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
It's been two years since the love of Brittni Mitchell's life crushed her heart, so much so that she ran away, back home, trying to get things back together.  Now her best friend is getting married and she has to return for the engagement party.  Justin Avery has been angry, confused, and has felt betrayed by the girl he loved more than anything.  He never thought she would betray him the way she did.  The last thing either of them expects is to get stuck in an elevator together for hour.  Forced to face one another, as the hours pass, the truth behind the misunderstandings becomes clearer, but will it be too little to late? Misunderstandings is written in a "then and now" type fashion, alternating between the past and the present, so you get a good feel of what went on to cause the rift between Brittini and Justin, and see where they are at in the present.  The hurt they both harbored gradually melds into regret for the way things were handled, especially when the truth comes out, but also provides opportunity for healing.  I enjoyed both of the characters, and you can see where both of them were coming in their beliefs and the way they handled things, and found myself rooting for each of them at times, while wanting to shake them at others.  I figured out what the misunderstanding was about early on, which was confirmed later in the book, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of it.  I enjoyed watching the relationship develop both from a past perspective, as well as being rekindled in the present.   Overall, Misunderstandings is a very enjoyable contemporary romance that is interesting, has that chemistry that a good romance needs, and provides and story line that will keep you turning the pages to see where Tiffany King was going to take these characters and their relationship.  Check it out. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a fan of Tiffany King since I picked up her young adult novel Wishing For Someday Soon, more than two years ago. I’ve enjoyed everything I read after WFSS, as well. With knowing King’s writing, and having some of her books as my “go-to” recommendations, I was a little disappointed when I was reading Misunderstandings. One of the main things I didn’t enjoy about this book was that it kept switching from the present to the past, between each chapter and even within chapters. As the description reveals, Brittni is stuck in an elevator with her ex, Justin. While in there goes over her relationship and its demise. That is where the meat of the story is, but the switching between the elevator and events from two years earlier kept pulling me out of the story. I also felt that I only got to see the characters on the surface, and what deeper understanding of the characters I did get was just told to me. It wasn’t shown in the writing. I found it hard to care for Brittni or Justin, or their relationship. This also didn’t aid in my connection with everything that happened in the later third of the book when the story started moving forward and stuck to being only in the present. There is a great story to be told here though. There’s a major plot point that could be used to pull in the reader, to sympathize with both characters (and even secondary characters). Even this wasn’t written much more than on the surface, for me. Despite this, I know there will be readers who’ll enjoy this quick read. And I will be looking forward to other releases from Tiffany King. I know there’s more to be enjoyed from her Woodfalls Girls books, after having read Cross Country Christmas last year. King fans shouldn’t pass this up, though. Maybe the format of how the story unfolds will be to your liking. I’m just on ereader.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
He claimed we brought out the best in each other. He was right until he was wrong. Eventually, we would get to the point where we absolutely brought out the worst in each other. *** Stuck in an elevator with her ex, who openly despises her, Brittni is forced to remember everything that led up to their breakup and Justin's obvious hatred for her. Over the course of a few hours, a truth so heartbreaking will be revealed. Everything will be laid out before them. When it is all said and done, will the two be able to overcome the heartache or will they just walk away from it all? From the moment that Justin walks into the book and opens his mouth by calling Brittni a horrible name...I was hooked. Weird right? But that was the moment I was pulled in. What in the world would lead him to be so blatantly ugly to her, calling her a foul name? I had to know what secrets were hidden in their past. I had to know how 2 people, who seemed so in love, could lose it all. As we get closer to the fallout, you start to understand why. But really, not everything is as it seems. I loved the switching from Present to Past. It was like you could see the story playing out in front of you. King did a fabulous job giving us hints each time the Past took over. I really enjoyed watching Brittni and Justin falling in love over time. It was sweet, it was romantic, and it had be grinning like a fool throughout most of the book. That is until the fallout happens. That is when I was hurting. I hated the way it all went down. I was mad at Justin and I was mad at Brittni. Both handled it ways that could have been better. But then I found my heart was seriously hurting also. Not only for Brittni, but for Justin too. There was a high mix of emotions that was abundant through the book. And I absorbed them all. If you are looking for a book that is sure to get you thinking…sure to have you feeling, then this is the read for you. 5 Emotional, Heart Stirring Stars!
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
After reading and loving Tiffany's No Attachments last year, I knew I HAD to continue to Woodfalls series and see Ashton's friends, Brittni and Tressa, find love. I am so glad I did! There's something about Tiffany's writing style that just pulls you in and keeps you engaged the entire time. I really enjoyed this one, as I felt Tiffany really showed her versatility as an author with the way she develops her characters and switches back and forth between the present and the past. Pacing: I thought it was great. I didn't experience any lulls in the plot and I could not stop reading because I was desperate to find out what had caused such an awful rift between Brittni and Justin. Storyline: I really enjoyed how the book goes back and forth between the present and the past. It is not distracting at all and I found I was able to keep up quite easily. For Brittni and Justin's story, I think it is critical to understand how their relationship was before and watch how it deteriorates in front of your very eyes. It gives you that added perspective as to why the characters act the way they do now and I think it really made the story that much more endearing and made your heart really ache for these two people. The title of this book is so fitting as everything comes down to miscommunication between the two and letting fear take over. Presently, Brittni and Justin are reunited and despite not speaking or seeing one another for two years, things are still tense between them. Justin still harbors a lot of animosity, bitterness, and hurt towards Brittni over how things ended between them. It was very hard to witness their happy memories together and watch their relationship develop and overcome their insecurities, only to see it in shambles now. Even now, there are still things Justin doesn't know about what really happened, but being stuck in an elevator together forces the two to confront the past and decide whether they can forgive and move forward. Characters: It actually took me awhile to warm up to the characters. Past Brittni is pretty judgmental. When she first meets Justin she assumes she knows his type and stereotypes him as a bad boy because of his flirtatious nature, his tattoos, etc. In reality, he is a pretty easy-going guy. He isn't easily offended by Brittni's statements and still wants to get to know her. He's a great brother, artist, and an incredibly passionate individual. He likes Brittni a lot, but has never really done relationships in the past. Brittni hasn't really either, which is why their relationship really took them both by surprise. Neither one expected to feel the way they did about one another, and while Brittni still had her doubts and insecurities, they actually really had a great relationship. Brittni is easily accepted into Justin's family and I loved seeing those scenes with Justin's mom, sister, and brother. Their fallout was something that really bothered me, as I felt they both acted prematurely and rather childishly. Justin has always been patient and understanding of Brittni, so it was hard to watch him make the decision he did concerning their relationship and then throw it back in her face. As scared as Brittni was, she should have told Justin the truth before they crossed a line they couldn't come back from. Present Justin is, as I stated earlier, bitter and angry at Brittni and was hard to like, as he was so closed off. Brittni still has her spunk, but is a little defeated at the same time. She was also hurt by the past and they both really handled things very badly. Now that they have a chance to clear the air between them, they will have to decide whether they can deal with the secrets of the past and forgive one another or if the weight of what happened is too great a burden to let go of. Final Thoughts: I enjoyed the second novel in the Woodfalls Girls series, as there is so much depth to Brittni and Justin's characters and I really liked seeing their story unfold. It is a great story about falling in love, second chances, and learning how to forgive and I am very excited to read Tressa's story in Contradictions!