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I always try to be prepared going into a book. I definitely do not like looking through reviews of others before I read something, because I’ve found that a lot of important things about a story can be easily ruined by reading reviews. But I do like to read the synopsis or other information provided by the author on their social media to get a sense and feel for any story.
I was wholly unprepared for the emotional roller coaster of this book.
This is a story about the most alpha kind of male character, that scares you and excites you all at the same time. Combined with a beautiful young woman, inside and out, that sees the best in everyone. To a fault. This causes her to learn some HARD lessons in life throughout the story. I don’t want to get too much into any of that because it will give away too many important elements. But I can tell you that you will enjoy this brother’s best friend, major alpha character of Alex and his amazingly sweet Ava.
Twisted Love can very easily be considered an #OwnVoices novel as well because the author is of Asian descent and the main character Ava and her family are based around these dynamics as well. Chinese culture is mentioned in relation to the malfunctioning of the family relationships which I thought was a really important element to explaining certain things that happen. Alex’s family is based on a Ukrainian family lineage and almost reeks of mafia style brooding as well.
These cultural elements built a really nice framework for the characters backgrounds and how they interact with the world around them and the people they associate with. The steam level in this one is HOT, but you’ll have to endure some long-term torture as the characters take some time to get to the goods. But is A++ worth it; I guarantee it. The ending leaves you with a nice little cliff hanger for other characters into the next novel in the series and I’d say I’m going to be reading that one as well. If Huang has me hooked with this one, I can only imagine how amazing the next one will be.
If you want to read about a young girl who truly faces her darkest fears and overcomes some of the most traumatic experiences with her own family and finding love you’ll want to read this one. Alex will have you shaking from fear and crumbling from steamy exhaustion on top of all the suspense. It’s a roller coaster read that had me breathless for so many reasons!
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He has a heart of ice…but for her, he’d burn the world.
Alex Volkov is a devil blessed with the face of an angel and cursed with a past he can’t escape.
Driven by a tragedy that has haunted him for most of his life, his ruthless pursuits for success and vengeance leave little room for matters of the heart.
But when he’s forced to look after his best friend’s sister, he starts to feel something in his chest:
A fire that could end his world as he knew it.
Ava Chen is a free spirit trapped by nightmares of a childhood she can’t remember.
But despite her broken past, she’s never stopped seeing the beauty in the world…including the heart beneath the icy exterior of a man she shouldn’t want.
Her brother’s best friend.
Her savior and her downfall.
Theirs is a love that was never supposed to happen—but when it does, it unleashes secrets that could destroy them both…and everything they hold dear.
Twisted Love is a contemporary brother’s best friend/grumpy sunshine romance. It’s book one in the Twisted series but can be read as a standalone.
WARNING: This book contains a possessive antihero, explicit sexual content, and profanity. No cheating or menage, but if you’re looking for a traditionally sweet, loveable hero, this is not the book for you. Recommended for 18+.