Michelle Heard is a Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author who loves creating stories her readers can get lost in. She resides in South Africa with her son where she’s always planning her next book to write, and trip to take.
“It doesn’t matter where you run to, Little Rose, I’ll always find you.”
I am in giddy, blissful contentment, yet a part of me is also in utter devastation knowing that Captured By A Sinner was the epic conclusion to the Sinners series. Viktor and Rosalie’s story took me on a complex, in-depth emotional journey that I never wanted to see come to an end.
When it comes down to it, I was soooo not prepared for the heart-rending developments. From the moment Viktor and Rosalie’s worlds collided their lives altered and there was no righting it back. Not only was Viktor and Rosalie’s every interaction intense to the point where I felt like the oxygen was getting sucked out of the room, but seeing their relationship organically evolve over time whilst they navigate through an array of mental and emotional angst had me totally transfixed.
The connection that these two had throughout despite their age-gap and the captor/captive dynamic they’ve fallen into will have you swooning. The forced proximity, banter, and sexual tension made their coupling all the more entertaining. Viktor’s intentions and unique nature played an influential role in Rosalie’s life during her captivity, and in my opinion what sets their relationship apart from the previous couples.
I’ve found each of the books in this series pretty solid quality in regards to storytelling, and this book cemented how much I love each and every dynamic sinner and their gritty corner of the underworld, and how this series has fast become one of my all-time favourite mafia romances (alongside the Saints series). This fifth and final book was a culmination of the strong brotherhood, the fierce heroines, the “Saints” who paved the way and the “Sinners” who strengthen and diversified it.
Whilst all the books are interconnected standalone novels and can even be read in any order, this however is one story I strongly recommend you read last. The books prior build-up the suspense and complex developments between Viktor and Rosalie that by the time you do read this one, you’ll be buzzing with anticipation in seeing how their story will all unfold.
I love how Heard has laid out this particular story; providing a hearty backstory that gives you a full understanding of Viktor’s behaviour and reasons behind his motives— and ultimately Rosalie’s conflicting feelings. With their twisted backstories setting the gritty atmosphere for the rest of the book, it was more than a romance story. It was three-dimensional, genuine, and in many ways mirrored real-life experiences.
The author’s warning for this book is not to be taken lightly. It contains dark, sensitive subject matters that may be triggering for some readers such as, death, kidnapping, graphic violence, physical assault, sexual abuse, and trauma resulting from these events. It has strong adult content intended for readers 18+ only.
In saying that, Heard has consistently written grade-A romance reads that I highly recommend. Adding this one to that ever-growing list! Along with a well-balanced ratio of mafia to romance elements, I also found this story to be a refreshing and gripping approach on the stereotypical captive romance trope.
It’s well-paced, told from dual perspectives, and effortless to follow. There’s no easing into this one— it’s action-packed and explosive right from the get-go that you’re immediately transported to their world. It’s brutal, gut-wrenching, and filled with apprehension. But on the flipside, it’s also full of heart, hope, and an unshakeable love one dreams of finding in their lifetime. 😊
All in all, this final book had everything I could have ever hoped for— from the suspense, to the unpredictability, to the constant push-and-pull, to the panty-melting scenes! The appearances from the Priesthood, contrast of family dynamics, and the fleshed-out characters and plotlines topped it all off. It was all there for me. I can’t fault it and without a doubt enjoyed the hells out of it! If fellow mafia romance readers and avid fans of Heard are willing to bear the consequences of a hangover then I’m positive readers will eat this one up… and most likely in one sitting too!
Thank you Michelle Heard and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🧡
New Year has kicked off on a rough start for Alyssa Martinez. Pregnant, homeless, and alone, she has to figure out how to start over before her baby arrives.
Maddox Anderson has always been a brainiac. If only confessing to his best friend he has been in love with her his whole life would be as easy as coding.
𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐬𝐚𝐰 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝.
When Maddox finds out what’s going on with Alyssa, he demands that she move in with him. When sharing a bed turns into late-night snuggles, and movie nights end up with Alyssa straddling his lap, something will have to give.
But can Maddox prove to her they belong together when Alyssa is convinced that he deserves somebody better than her?
• MY REVIEW •
Don’t judge a book by its cover!
Who says nerds can’t be hot!?
Find and and secure oneself a Maddox Anderson!
Doe has done it again with Kiss To Belong! The consistent perfection of books in the Blairwood University series is driving me nuts! This was amazing, in-depth storytelling with genuine characters and broaches on relatable real-life issues.
Like all the pairings who’ve come before them, Maddox and Alyssa are quite a couple.
Childhood friends ✔
One-sided secret crush ✔
Complete opposites ✔
Heroine pregnant with another guy’s baby ✔
A best-friends-to-lovers romance trope that had me utterly intrigued to see play out. If you love the cruel angst of a slow-burn romance, Kiss To Belong might be for you. With a contemporary college setting, the drama that these characters find themselves in will kick you right in the feels and have you emotionally invested in seeing them simply catch a break.
A lot of the time their journey was an uphill battle, with Maddox a pillar of strength, love, and support. Although I couldn’t help but find Alyssa frustrating at times, I could also sympathize with her vulnerability and indecisiveness. With all the things that she goes through in this book, I can only imagine how I would’ve handled things if I was in her shoes.
Despite Maddox and Alyssa going through some rough unchartered territory, there was still a beautiful lightness to balance out the gloomy atmosphere. The friendships included brought about a strong support system, light-heartedness, and at times comic relief. If you’re up-to-date with the series, then this eclectic group of characters will not only supply you with their usual band of witty banter, but their appearances will give you insight into their lives since their own books. 🤗
I thought it was a solid story, that’s very well-paced. Doe has a way of creating engaging characters that parallels friends and family we all seem to have in our lives, in one form or another. It was these characters that immediately caught my attention and made this book all the more authentic. The unpredictably and the gradual transformation of Maddox’s and Alyssa’s relationship is what kept me glued to the pages. And just when I thought I was going to reach the end unscathed, there was one last momentous event that had me bawling my eyes out! Yeah…I didn’t stand a chance! 🙈😅
“Things might be changing, but there’s always going to be one constant in my life. Maddox.”
What makes this hero a little different from those in the previous books of Blairwood University, is Maddox is no athlete. Preferring video games and being a homebody to playing sports and partying. Whilst all the books in the series, including this one is told from dual points of view, this is the first in the series where it felt like the majority of the storytelling was from the hero’s perspective as opposed to the heroine’s. You get a lot more of Maddox’s side of the story because he’s the one who’s been keeping his feelings a secret for so long.
Aly’s and Maddox’s story was one emotional rollercoaster that had me anxiously gripping the edge of my seat. A lifetime’s worth of memories, constant companionship and bonding— their friendship is full of layers that can only have been developed from spending years together, and as the story progresses, you see how it genuinely shows.
With how mature these protagonists are and the responsibilities they take on, you tend to forget at times that they’re just in the beginnings of their adulthood, with Alyssa being twenty-one and Maddox nineteen. Friendship and romance go hand in hand beautifully in this story and it honest-to-goodness left me happy sighing.
This is one of the most touching, heartfelt, and all-around soul-stirring book series’ I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Kiss To Belong is the fifth book, and I’m honestly hoping there’s plenty more to follow. Doe’s writing is insightful and always seems to touch on subjects that a lot of readers can effortlessly connect with. I highly recommend this book and the entire series. There isn’t a single one I haven’t enjoyed reading. It’s a series of standalones but it’s best to read in publishing order to get the full experience as all the characters make appearances in each other’s books.
Thank you Anna B. Doe for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💙
🔔 Interested in reading Kiss To Belong? Grab your copy here: Universal Link
People like to say the devil made them do it. And they would be right. I can bend anyone to my will. After all, I am the devil of Pembroke Prep. Only one person dares defy me. The one person I’ve ever wanted to be an angel for. But she despises me almost as much as I crave her. Serafina van Doren is the one temptation I can’t indulge, not with the secrets that I keep. But with the clock running out maybe it’s time to tempt her to the dark side.
• MY REVIEW •
Oh sweet baby devil, this was one hell of a smoking hot, yet torturous love story! When it came to Serafina and Rhys I didn’t know whether to fan my face from all the blush-inducing scenes, or cry frustrated tears from all their taunting moments. 🙈 Either way I thoroughly enjoyed every little bit of their story!
“I smiled a little at the opportunity to have Sera all to myself. No friends, no underlings. Just us. The devil and the queen.”
Their romance was a long time coming since they were first introduced in Wicked Idol. Their intriguing dynamic only build-up suspense as more books in the series followed and it quickly became evident that they had quite an interesting history.
Like all the books prior, this had a zingy atmosphere that crackled whenever its protagonists were in near vicinity of one another. The banter was exhilarating and the constant one-upmanship between Sera and Rhys was as entertaining as it was jaw-dropping to see. 😈🤭
What I hadn’t expected from this story was the emotional rollercoaster ride that Rhys would take us on with his backstory and how much of his past is influencing his present day life. Have tissues nearby, because I have no doubt you will be as emotionally invested in Rhys and his story as much as I was.
The story progression was well-paced, perhaps a little brisk at times. But there’s never a dull moment as it continuously went from one development to the next, gradually turning Sera’s and Rhys’ fiery teasing into something more in-depth and heartfelt.
“Falling in love is not for the weak or the faint-hearted, because you cannot command your heart to do what you need it to do.”
They’re both outstanding individuals, and what I like about each of them is although this is ultimately a romance story, there’s complexity to these characters and they navigate through very real, very relatable life issues. I connected with Serafina’s struggles as a POC no matter her family’s high social standing. I found Rhys’ past and the impact it has had on his mentality understandable but nevertheless hard to swallow.
It was a relatively short read but it was punchy, multi-layered, and by the end left me feeling a sense of all is right with their world— as it should be. Told from dual POV, not only do we see character growth with these protagonists as they come to grips with their emotions, but it also provided insight to each of their lives outside of Pembroke Prep and into their contrasting family dynamics.
The suspense doesn’t disappoint. The band of supporting characters— the rest of the Hellfire boys and the girls who’ve all stolen their hearts have added extra oomph with their strong friendships and at times light-hearted and witty commentary. I ate up the unpredictability that came with Serafina and Rhys.
Overall, I thought it was a truly beautiful, bittersweet ending to the Hellfire Club. The much-anticipated wait for Serafina’s and Rhys’ story was well worth it. It ended up being the book from the series that evoked the deepest emotional outburst *cough* ugly cry *cough* out of me. I loved it and just like the previous books, this is one I will read again and again whenever I miss these charming Hellfire boys!
“Some things are worth the heartbreak.”
It really is the only set of books that had the right amount of pull in bringing me back to reading high school/ NA fiction again. I would absolutely recommend not just this book but the entire series to friends who love reading romance. With Rhys as the devil in disguise and Serafina as his goddess, their story had strong “love conquers all” vibes that was the perfect closer to the series.
Thank you Becker Gray and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💙
A nanny is what I am. I’m a good one, too. When I’m hired by a biker and his rich woman, I can’t say no. I can’t afford to say no. I’ve never worked for a biker before, and I certainly haven’t worked for one who is this damned moody and did I mention oh, so gorgeous? Still, here I am. I need the money. I need to escape my past. I need something, anything, to make the demons go away. What I didn’t sign up for was the rich bitch he decided to reproduce with. Not only does she hate me, but she’s from the most wealthy family in town. My days are now filled with country clubs, galas and dressing a baby in clothes I could never afford in my lifetime. Did I mention the other nannies? The stuck up ones? The ones who hate me? Yeah, there’s them. Lucky for me, I have him. A connection that’s undeniable. Only, he’s everything I shouldn’t want. A biker? Bad news. I’m their nanny, even worse. Yet, their relationship is toxic. A one night stand gone wrong. An attempt to make things right for a baby he didn’t know he even wanted. I’m not in the position to be in the middle of that… Yet, there’s something there… Something between us that’s undeniable. This isn’t going to end well…
• MY REVIEW •
A bittersweet ending to the Turf Wars series. I’ve enjoyed them all, as each one has been such entertaining reads. Clash of the Nannies is a secret/ nanny romance with a bit of a love triangle twist.
What made this book for me was Hugh. Aw swoon! 😍😍 He is probably the sweetest biker/ hero from the entire series, hands down! As the story progresses, you steadily see Hugh’s character growth from a biker with no commitments to becoming a responsible adult needing to take care of another human being.
Maggie is not your conventional nanny. She’s an opinionated heroine and she will put her two cents in for any situation. What made Maggie relatable to me is she’s a heroine of Asian descent—and to be more specific, one of a Filipino background. She represented some cultural diversity not just within this story but within the Turf Wars world, albeit she’s only partly Asian and her mixed heritage doesn’t play a huge part in her character, but it’s still a rarity (at least for me) to find a Filipino character in any of my reads, especially one who plays a main character.
The storyline also broaches on serious subject matters such as social standing, prejudices, and bullying. The experiences Maggie is confronted with are relatable, real-life situations, and although these topics are sensitive, especially for those who can relate, Jewel has written-in determined characters and has tried to keep the overall atmosphere as lighthearted to ensure it doesn’t become too dramatic or deflating.
Overall, another amusing rom-com with minimal MC elements in the background. Just like the previous books in the series, it was told solely from the heroine’s perspective. It’s a relatively short read with fast-paced storytelling, and because of that reason the conclusion ended quite abruptly with relatively quick resolutions (considering it’s the final book in the series). There are plot points that were left unanswered, and unexpected new ones introduced last minute that left me feeling a little taken aback. It was a lot to process in a short amount of time. 😱
I’m not a big fan of the ending, in general. Whilst bonds and friendships were constantly developing and expanding with each new book in the series, with this book it culminated with strong “end of an era” vibes that had me a little taken aback. As I mentioned earlier, it really is bittersweet.
However, putting the ending aside along with the quick resolutions, I did enjoy the growing friends-to-lovers relationship between Hugh and Maggie. It’s a nice change of pace from the enemies-to-lovers/ hate-to-love storylines from the previous books. It centres around Maggie’s day-to-day duties as a nanny in a high society environment. It has great balance of romance, family, and friendship within the storyline that I thought were real winning elements.
I recommend the entire series. Although it’s MC-lite, I honestly didn’t mind that the club was the background as it gave way to each of the hero’s personal life almost outside of it. You still get hot bikers without the dark MC elements. It’s a great series for readers who want to slowly transition into MC romance reads without having delve into the grittiness just yet.
Thank you Bella Jewel and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗
The moment I found the club, it felt like home, even though it was 1600 miles from Jersey.
As the joint SAA for the Houston Defiance MC, my job is to be protective. Keep my brothers at the club safe—be the first line of defense against those who seek to do us harm.
But what happens when those who defend suddenly need protection?
She upholds the law—the club lives by their own.
Never a good mix.
The pull to her is volcanic, seismic, earth shattering.
But there’s darkness surrounding her.
An evil lurking in the shadows.
With an already high enemy count, more mount up every day.
But maybe we can’t see the danger rumbling just below the surface.
When it erupts, all hope might be lost.
When all else fails, will Defiance rise through the ash?
From USA Today Bestselling Author K E Osborn comes the highly anticipated fifth book in the Houston Defiance MC Series.
• MY REVIEW •
Osborn has created another couple in the Houston Defiance MC who sizzles with chemistry. Their romance was angsty with a whole lot of slow-burn build-up that I was instantly anxious to see play out!
This is the fifth book in the series and I am just as hooked in the Houston Defiance MC as I was when I read the first book. Texas’ and Fin’s relationship was a gradual build-up long before their story was told in Protective.
It’s a sweet, somewhat of a friends-to-lovers story with Texas surprisingly being the biggest sweetheart from all the guys from the MC. I loved that he had the image of an all out brawny alpha, yet had the biggest heart. 😍 It was refreshing to see an alpha type hero who wasn’t pushy. And Fin stayed true to how she’s been portrayed in the previous books—determined, independent, with a fierce attitude!
The first half of the book was well-paced as Texas’ and Fin’s budding relationship gradually heated up, but the story quickly takes on a faster pace in the second half as situations start to amp up around them. Whilst I felt like there was an organic progression in Texas’ and Fin’s relationship, there was an overload of events that transpired in the book that, in my opinion, made the overall story busy. A lot of things happen in this book, some of which flowed naturally with the current situation that Texas, Fin and the MC found themselves in, but others just seemed like they came out of nowhere.
The first half of the book totally hooked me in and I was loving the little banters and moments between Texas and Fin. But putting aside their romance, I felt like the storyline split into different directions along the way leaving the second half of the book underwhelming. Situation after situation popped up only for it to be just as quickly resolved that I was having difficulty connecting with all. It lost the flow along with some of the swooniness from Texas’ and Fin’s relationship as it felt like they were put on the back burner whilst the MC dealt with said issues.
This story however, broaches on one particular topic, that in all honestly I never realized existed, and I admire Osborn for putting some light to a matter that may not be familiar to other readers either. The characters in this series all have their demons, tragic pasts, and issues they deal with on the daily. With Texas, you see the struggles he’s been dealing with for most of his life and how it affects him as a person.
What I like about Texas and Fin as a couple is there’s a sweet balance in their dynamic. They’re complete opposites, yet they connected with each other effortlessly and it didn’t come off stilted. The support, love, care, and admiration they have for one another is evident, long before anything romantic happened. So, when the time came when they decided to take a chance on their relationship, it felt believable.
Besides the romance in the forefront, like the previous books in this series, the addition of the secondary characters heightened the world-building and overall experience of the story. The comradery, family-like dynamic within the MC is one of my highlights. There’s a genuine brotherhood amongst these fictional characters that truly made me feel emotionally invested in them all.
(One secondary character in particular stood out and if it wasn’t for his added comic relief and all around cheery personality, I don’t think this story would be the same). 🙌
Whilst you can technically read each book as standalone, there are lingering storylines in the background that interconnect these books. I would recommend you start from the beginning of the series to really grasp the entirety of their world, although Osborn does a thorough job of giving you the gist of each couple so you’re up to scratch with everyone’s stories so far without having reading any of the previous books beforehand.
There’s equal parts romance to the MC elements. If you enjoy the angst of slow burn romances, then you’re in for a treat with Texas and Fin as they keep you on tenterhooks. If you haven’t read any of Osborn’s MC books, I should point out there can be some dark elements. Her stories (at least within this series) contain matters that may be triggering for some readers. Please note, Protective includes triggers such as graphic violence, displays of intimidation resulting in death threats and stalking, and domestic abuse (displaying the emotional and mental affects it has to those who’ve experienced it). It contains strong mature themes and sexual content intended for readers 18+ only.
Protective is a rollercoaster ride with a lot of twists and turns. It’s unpredictable and at times can be eccentric. Some plotlines I found realistic, whilst at other times a little out there. What I did find consistent and comforting where the relationships (and what I always look forward to seeing from each book in this series). For the most part, the atmosphere of the story was grim and edgy, but Osborn included some well placed light-hearted moments to break up some of the tension. You’re on the edge of your seat from the get-go, and whilst the second half wasn’t what I had expected in terms of plot lines, I still found the overall experience of reading this book enjoyable.
If you’ve read the previous books in the series, then this one is not to be missed, especially since Texas and Fin seemed like a long time coming. It’s suspenseful, action-packed, and like the others, will keep you reading until the end!
And speaking on the ending…. *eep!* 🙊
Osborn’s writing is so favourable! From the books I’ve read so far of hers, not a single one has failed in keeping me intrigued. I’m down for her characters, the stories she comes up with, and the developments. They’re complex and yes, they can be gritty at times, but she has striking characters who are relatable, and her stories are hearty romantic suspense that keeps you guessing. I love that whilst their great swoon-worthy escapism, there’s always substance in her romance stories.
All the books in the Houston Defiance are must reads, and Protective is a great addition to this ever-expanding MC. I’m looking forward to reading the next one!
Thank you to K.E. Osborn and The Next Step PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! ❤
🔔 Interested in reading Protective? Grab your copy here: Universal Link
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)
• 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”
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!? 😉😉
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*
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.
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!! 😁
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! ❤
Hell has literally broken loose. Demonic beings are everywhere and the only way to put a stop to these things forming into an unstoppable army is for Aelin to pull together her strength and finish the mission she started long ago. There will be unexpecting and old allies alike that will be called upon to fight but the question is who will answer, who will fight, who will survive and who will be sacrificed in order to keep Erilea from breaking apart? This is the 5th book in the Throne of Glass series.
— MY REVIEW —
⚠ WARNING WARNING WARNING ⚠
Guys, I’m putting a cautionary warning now incase I do somehow add spoilers in without thinking. So if you haven’t read this book, don’t read on. I don’t want to be the person who spoils a book that may possibly be just as amazing for you as it was for me!
THIS BOOK TOPS ALL THE BOOKS IN THE SERIES! I don’t know why I love this one the most, I just do! Maybe because all the characters I’ve been loving from Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows have bigger roles in this one. Or maybe all that I was hoping for from the last book came true in this one. It’s just beyond amazing. Well worth the anxiety!
Bare with me I have tons to say. I don’t even know if you would consider this as a review anymore but more of a rant/ questioning/ fangirling blog post. But I just need to let it out!
But before I try and put my thoughts into words for you guys in this review, let’s take a minute to appreciate another beautiful cover. I can’t say it’s my favourite cover but I can’t deny it’s still eye candy and if I knew nothing about this book, I would still buy it just for the cover! 😉
Okay, let’s start with any negatives..? Hmm.. maybe the fact that the pages are super thin. I get that the book is over 600+ pages and having thinner pages means the book won’t be as thick but c’mon I was practically able to see the ink from the other side. I have the paperback edition as well and I can say it’s the same thing. Just a tip, flip the pages slowly and carefully!
I also wasn’t a huge fan of Aelin in this book *ducks and hides* 🙈 I mean I’m used to her bitchy, I’m-so-good-I-can-kick-ass attitude from the previous books but there were times where I was like dude, c’mon on you don’t have to be that high and mighty and oh look at that.. it backfires anyways. I’m just relieved it was only in some scenes and it didn’t go on til the end of the book or else I wouldn’t have been able to give this one full ratings.
Um.. okay. As much as I didn’t like seeing where some characters were heading or what could very well happen to them, I can’t really say it was a complete negative either. It’s part of the story and as much as I don’t want to see any of my beautiful characters possibly dying, I still loved the storyline. I love the character developments. I love the relationships. I love everything!!
I might be in the minority here but whatevs. We can’t help who we like right? And I am liking…no wait… LOVING Lorcan! I knew he couldn’t possibly be that much of a bad guy from Heir of Fire/ Queen of Shadows. 😉 I love that there is so much possibilities with his character. He’s the character I’m most excited to read about in the next (and final) book. I need to know what happens with him and Elide too! Eeeeeek! I stopped breathing at how it ended with those two in this book. But I have a strong and nagging feeling he won’t live to the end of this series.
I also loved that Lorcan pushes Rowan and Aelin’s buttons so much and vice versa. I love that he has a history with Rowan that I think it helps readers see why he is the way he is. I love the Cadre – Gavriel and Fenrys. I would love to know more about them (hoping and wishing a possible Novella on Rowan and his cadre!?? Ugh!)
Okay… I think that’s enough Lorcan talk. It’s slowly becoming a Lorcan love-fest here. Hehehe #sorrynotsorry ❤❤
The development between Manon and Dorian I can’t say is exactly how I would’ve wanted it but hey.. baby steps! 😉 I’m also loving Manon a little more than Aelin in this one. She’s truly a Queen to me!
Aedion and Lysandra’s relationship in this book however was a rollercoaster ride. One minute it’s all fun and games, next you’re fearing for your life.. or should I say theirs? I can’t say I’m happy with what Lysandra has cooked up with Aelin that not only made Aedion sick to his stomach but shocked me as well! Like, are you kidding me girl?! I don’t even know how to process that fact the Aelin even thought of this scheme and that Lysandra agreed to it. Who cares if you’re her friend or you serve her. That is just messed up! Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks this?! My heart goes out to both Aedion and Rowan. And I suppose even to Lysandra. There’s a particular harsh line the Aedion says to her that even I was stunned by (no matter how hurt he was by the plan).
I can’t say I was surprised by the little announcement made by Rowan in regards to Aelin *cough* his wife *cough* and I’m also not surprised by the discovery of them being “mates” either. But I’m glad Sarah J Maas added it in there anyways to really cement the bond that they already have and in a way show readers who Aelin is really meant to be with. 😊
Sigh. There’s a lot of relationships happening in this book and it just strengthens my fear that nothing good ever lasts. And I just know one or more of these couples will tear my heart out!
The storyline itself is clever and it flows. Some parts I saw coming and some took me by surprise. So this is definitely another book you won’t want to put down once you start reading it.
I was a little taken aback that Chaol wasn’t in it all! I was seriously thinking that he was going to pop up just when Aelin and her court needed saving or when I least expected it but nope, nada. A bit bummed by that. I felt this was such a perfect book but then Chaol was missing..
Another reason why I think this is my favourite book is because all the characters considering where they’re from, who they’re fighting for – all came together and formed this “Court”. This seriously ass-kicking Court (even if it was only temporary).
I just can’t say enough good things about Empire of Storms. I don’t know how I’m going to survive the wait for the next book. I laughed. I cried. I kid you not, I yelled at the book at times. I had to take breathers, walk it off, get a snack before I could even delve back into it again. Oh and did I mention I cried? It’s that freakin GOOD!!
AHHHHHHHHH!! This is one book you cannot miss out on reading. I can’t imagine how Sarah J Maas will top this one with the final book in the series but I know somehow she will. READ EMPIRE OF STORMS! You won’t regret it!! 😁😁😁
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