Twisted series by: Ana Huang

TWISTED LOVE

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 crack.

A melt.

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 neighbor.

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. “

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Potential Triggers…

  • Child abuse/trauma
  • Attempted murder [on adults and child]
  • Violence/blood/gore
  • Kidnapping
  • Stalking

I’ve been following Ana for months on Tiktok awaiting the release of Twisted Love. She teased us with so many videos that would show snippets of the story and I was instantly intrigued. That’s the fun part of being on Booktok…seeing all the creative ways in which authors promote their characters and stories. There are so many authors on Booktok that just make me want to run to purchase, their books before their 60-second video is over.

Going in, to Twisted Love, I knew it was going to fall into the “falling for my brother’s best friend” trope…which I’m 100% down for. I mean what person doesn’t grow up thinking about falling in love with their sibling’s best friend or falling for their best friend’s sibling?

In this book, we get to know Ana who always sees the positive and good in others. No matter what someone does she never loses hope that the world is good. We also get to know Alex who sees everyone as either an enemy or a tool to be used. Both Ana and Alex have dark histories that have shaped them into who they are now.

I loved that we get to see them go from “I find you annoying to be around” to “I can’t see my life without you in it.” Their journey to love, and acceptance, is long but is anything really worth it if you don’t put some work into it?

Do you enjoy the “falling for my brother’s best friend” trope? Are you a sucker for romance novels that have a strong alpha-hole who would burn the world just to see her smile? If either of those is true…you’re definitely going to want to check out this book.

Twisted Love doesn’t just give us a romance…it gives us a story of self-discovery, finding your strength, knowing it’s okay to be vulnerable…and so much more.


TWISTED GAMES

She can never be his…but he’s taking her anyway.

Stoic, broody, and arrogant, elite bodyguard Rhys Larsen has two rules: 1) Protect his clients at all costs 2) Do not become emotionally involved. Ever.

He has never once been tempted to break those rules…until her.

Bridget von Ascheberg. A princess with a stubborn streak that matches his own and a hidden fire that reduces his rules to ash. She’s nothing he expected and everything he never knew he needed.

Day by day, inch by inch, she breaks down his defenses until he’s faced with a truth he can no longer deny: he swore an oath to protect her, but all he wants is to ruin her. Take her.

Because she’s his.

His princess.

His forbidden fruit.

His every depraved fantasy.

***

Regal, strong-willed, and bound by the chains of duty, Princess Bridget dreams of the freedom to live and love as she chooses.

But when her brother abdicates, she’s suddenly faced with the prospect of a loveless, politically expedient marriage and a throne she never wanted.

And as she navigates the intricacies-and treacheries-of her new role, she must also hide her desire for a man she can’t have.

Her bodyguard.

Her protector.

Her ultimate ruin.

Unexpected and forbidden, theirs is a love that could destroy a kingdom…and doom them both. “

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Total honesty…I was expecting more action to take place in Twisted Games since it involves a Princess and her bodyguard. That being said I still really enjoyed getting to know more about Bridget and Rhys, their backstories as well as who they are together.

I think I would have enjoyed more of a conflict…like more of an enemy to lovers to go along with the forbidden romance trope. It’s weird to say but I guess I would have enjoyed more reasons as to why they couldn’t be together than the fact that she was royalty and he wasn’t.

This was a nice read but I don’t feel as connected, or invested, as I did when I read Twisted Love. I could easily see myself re-reading Twisted Love but I don’t know that I’ll re-read Twisted Games. January is when Twisted Hate comes out, and since the little morsel’s of the animosity between Ava’s brother and one of her closest friends, that we got in Twisted Love, I’m very excited to see what that book holds for us!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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