Twisted Hearts by Cora Reilly

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— BLURB —

Savio Falcone has a few non-negotiable rules when it comes to girls.

They need to be hot as f*ck.

Spread their legs without much prompting.

And leave as soon as the fun is over. Preferably minus any bitching or tears.
With his easy-going bad boy attitude, a last name that rules over Las Vegas and a body to die for, girls have always been at Savio’s disposal.

Unfortunately, the hottest girl in Vegas comes with a price Savio isn’t willing to pay. For Savio to get Gemma he’d need to seal the deal and put a ring on her finger. Settling down is out of the question, no matter how hot a piece of ass waits at the altar.

Gemma Bazzoli has had a crush on Savio from the first moment she came face to face with his arrogant smile, but for him she was always his best friend’s annoying little sister—until her hard-earned curves catch even his attention.

But Savio likes it easy, and Gemma is anything but. When she’s promised to another man, Gemma resigns herself to the fact that the man she’s wanted all her life, doesn’t want her badly enough.

Savio has to decide how much work he’s willing to invest, because bending the rules in his usual style might not be enough to get the girl that haunts his wet dreams.

(Can be read as a standalone)

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— MY REVIEW —

Ending 2019 with a fucking bang! Figuratively. (And in Savio’s case–Literally) 😜

“I’ll take you to the candy shop
I’ll let you lick the lollipop
Go ‘head girl don’t you stop
Keep going ’til you hit the spot, whoa”

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Ohhhhhh man.

I knew Twisted Hearts would be a real contender in knocking down Twisted Pride from top spot when Cora started teasing us with her plans. It’s a draw (just soz you know).. But damn! Twisted Hearts exceeded every possible expectation and hope I had for it. I LOVED every minute of it! Reading it was like a “punch in my heart”

When I started it, I was in no way expecting or even prepared for the impact it had on my emotions. I haven’t bawled my eyes out over anything I’ve read in… wait! I don’t even remember the last time I bawled my fucking eyes out.

Take Note: Tissues are a MUST!

This book… ughhh… this book wrecked me. There are things in this book that I was not prepared for. If I think back on it now, I’m still in shock! I ended up being an emotional ugly mess that I kid you not, I woke up the next day with slits for eyes–they were that puffy!

When it came to Savio Falcone, I admit I automatically assumed that his book would have the most humor, the most light-heartedness, the most banter. Whilst it had all that, what leaped off the pages for me was Savio’s sincerity, his loyalty, and a side to him he rarely reveals. Not even to his brothers (unless he lets it). I, for one did not see this side to him coming.

And what I found different and refreshing in comparison to the other books in the series is that Twisted Hearts is set in different stages of Gemma and Savio’s lives, rather than seeing only flashbacks of their pasts in a mostly present day setting. It starts out with them as kids and goes all the way through to their adulthood–so, you’ll see a lot of character growth. The world-building is already set by the previous books, and whilst the mafia side of things is still present, the story centers more around Gemma and Savio’s personal lives; their day to day with friends and family.

I also enjoyed the fact that there was more than one development playing out in this book. As much as I was invested in seeing how things would go down with Gemma and Savio, I became every bit as intrigued with the side characters.. *cough* Diego *cough*..

Why, hello there!? 😉😉

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I think I need to start a list of Made Men (besides the Falcones, Vitiellos and Scuderis) that I need to keep a watchful eye on. First there’s Samuel. Now Diego!

But all fun aside.. I always love the families Cora creates in her gritty, twisted reads. The relationship that Gem and Diego have is amusing, yet endearing. It almost gives me the same sappy feeling whenever I think of Serafina and Samuel. The over-protectiveness and love is so evident that you can’t help but roll your eyes and smirk at the same time.

I love Gemma’s family dynamics. It’s crazy adorable! And I may not be Italian but I could relate to a lot of the things Gemma grew up with because they’re the same in my family. Some things were so relatable I found myself snort-laughing with agreement.

And it wouldn’t be the same without the Falcone clan being there. I always wondered how a family so unconventional, so twisted, so screwy could work so well. Never a dull moment in the Falcone household.

Oh… *whispers* and keep a lookout for a few visitors in this one! *wink wink* I know it’s cruel to tease. But… *evil laugh*

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I sometimes forget with the hardships they’ve gone through in their lives that Fabiano, Leona, Remo, Serafina, Nino and Kiara are all still quite young in age. Whilst their books read as Adult Romance, in my opinion, Twisted Hearts has a more youthful/ NA atmosphere to it. For dark romance, it almost feels like a lighter read in the sense that this story doesn’t have as much of the heaviness that the previous books had where dealing with Mafia related business was in the foreground. Definitely more swoonage!

Despite Savio and Gem being young, the sexual tension between them is alive and kicking! There opposites, so there’s a lot of push and pull between the two. And I’m not gonna lie–it was frustrating at times. LOL. Hair pulling, high blood pressure and chocolate were present whilst I was reading it.

And for someone like myself who loves Mafia romance and anything Boxing/ MMA related, having it combined into one book definitely gets extra giddy points from me! I ate up all the gym training/ fighting/ sweaty abs scenes like a hungry desperado who hadn’t eaten a meal up until now! I only hope we get more of them in the future.

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There’s just so many things about this book I could mention that pulled at my heartstrings… but I won’t! Ohhhh but I want to so badly! Damn spoiler free review! 😜

All I can say is if you love banter–this one has it in spades! Family bonding? Check. Friendships? Yup. Some ass kicking? You know it! Heartbreak? Inevitable.

There is no doubt in my mind that Savio and Gemma’s journey was one that was well worth the wait. The highs and lows will have you pulling an all-nighter because there’s just no way you’d be willing to take a break from reading it.

Twisted Hearts is utter perfection. I couldn’t fault it. (I only wish it was longer. Hehe). Whilst getting a chance to read it early made my Christmas holidays even better, I just know Twisted Hearts will surely start the New Year off in the right direction for those waiting for its release in January!

Not long to go, you guys. YOU GOT THIS!! 😁

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RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

I think I’ve asked this in almost every review I’ve written for a Reilly book: Can someone tell me why Cora likes to tease us so much with all these characters, and possible scenarios and what-ifs?!? Anyone?? Heh.. I feel like everytime I read one of her books I have to keep my eyes peeled for clues and signs of possible pairings and future plot points. And every damn time, I’m left reeling and with dozens of questions. It’s torture. Lol.

Thank you to Cora Reilly for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly

Book Two: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

Book Three: Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly

Book Four: Twisted Bonds by Cora Reilly


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Hope you enjoyed my review! Happy reading, and catch you in my next one! Xo

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