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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 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. Twisted Love is a brother’s best friend/opposites attract romance with a hint of suspense. It's book one in the Twisted series but can be read as a standalone. WARNING: This book contains a possessive, morally gray alphahole; 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+.


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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 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. Twisted Love is a brother’s best friend/opposites attract romance with a hint of suspense. It's book one in the Twisted series but can be read as a standalone. WARNING: This book contains a possessive, morally gray alphahole; 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+.

30 review for Twisted Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    this was so good! i devoured it in one sitting! 🔥 brothers best friend 🔥 hates everyone but her 🔥 grumpy/sunshine the chemistry was off the charts between these characters and it had a much darker & action-packed plot then i was expecting but i loved that! i can't wait to read the next book in the series (which is going to be a princess/bodyguard romance!) this was so good! i devoured it in one sitting! 🔥 brothers best friend 🔥 hates everyone but her 🔥 grumpy/sunshine the chemistry was off the charts between these characters and it had a much darker & action-packed plot then i was expecting but i loved that! i can't wait to read the next book in the series (which is going to be a princess/bodyguard romance!)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    Once I got my hands on her, she’d be filthy. Broken. Just like everything I touched. But she’d be mine. And I was selfish and cruel enough that I’d take her with me while I burned down the world. Name the trope, you get it: Best friend's sister? "Touch her and I'll kill you"? "I hate everyone but you"? Morally gray possessive/jealous alphahole? Interracial relationship? Groveling? Sunshine heroine and grumpy hero? And even a hint of a "one-bed" trope? Take my money, Ana Huang, take it Once I got my hands on her, she’d be filthy. Broken. Just like everything I touched. But she’d be mine. And I was selfish and cruel enough that I’d take her with me while I burned down the world. Name the trope, you get it: Best friend's sister? "Touch her and I'll kill you"? "I hate everyone but you"? Morally gray possessive/jealous alphahole? Interracial relationship? Groveling? Sunshine heroine and grumpy hero? And even a hint of a "one-bed" trope? Take my money, Ana Huang, take it. Some also say this has an age gap, but there's only a four/five year age difference between the two characters (h is 22 and H is 26/27), and personally, I don't consider that age gap. Ava Chen's brother is leaving for Central America to study medicine. Being the overprotective older brother he is, he puts Ava under the care and protection of Alex Volkov, his best friend. While Alex and Ava may not have the best relationship, the two begin to see more about each other as they spend more time together. Ava is cheerful and optimistic, while Alex is cold and has a heart made out of stone, but the two find out there is more to each other. While their feelings for each other grows within each day they spend together, their secrets are always lurking behind them, especially Alex, and it's only a matter of time until Alex will have to tell Ava everything. That is if he does it on time. She was mine. She just didn’t know it yet. It's stated on the blurb, and it's been stated by the author, but PLEASE, if you are not into possessive and jealous alphaholes who claim their partner and call her a "slut" or "whore" in bed, this is definitely one you want to stay away from. No cheating or menage, but if you're looking for a traditionally sweet, lovable hero, this is not the book for you. (From the blurb). Admittedly, possessiveness and jealousy are not things I like in men, whether it’s fictional or real life. But although I knew it was a big part of Twisted Love, I couldn’t resist the rest of what it was offering. The author appeared on my TikTok FYP, which is how I heard about this book. Her video mentioned groveling, and I was sold. I then saw it featured a possessive and jealous hero, which honestly turned me off, but then she started naming the rest of the tropes, and I was sold once again. I, surprisingly, enjoyed this. Both Ava and Alex were two characters I enjoyed reading about, and I absolutely loved the dual pov. Ava's character definitely impacted me more compared to Alex's. She's actually a whole sunshine, a photographer who's always remaining optimistic and sure everything will turn out well. She puts others before her, and it took her a while to finally see for herself that she needed and deserved better. I found her character development to be a fresh breath of air, if I'm honest, because I could relate to how she puts others first, or how commonly she fakes her emotions to please others. Not only that, but I found her to be strong for putting herself in a position that would sooner or later trigger her phobia. Her fear of water was something she wanted to conquer, and while Alex was someone who helped her, I was so glad to see how it was something she took into her own hands as well. I’d thought myself free because I didn’t have a physical cage when in fact I’d been trapped by my own mind, by the fears that haunted my days and the nightmares that haunted my nights. I stuck with the safe choices because I thought I wasn’t strong enough for anything else. Alex, despite how his possessiveness was something that I did not like at first (because if I’m being honest, I don’t like possessive/jealous/controlling men), was another one of those types of hero's who are soft on the inside but cold on the inside. With his own demons chasing him, he was always stone-faced and cold, showing no emotion whatsoever to anyone, including Ava in the beginning. Even towards the end, he remained the same as he was, except he was the softie for Ava he always was, and honestly, I'm fucking cool with that. I love it when the men continue the "I hate everyone but you" trope instead of becoming softies and angels for everyone else as well. While I knew he was possessive and jealous, he was protective of Ava. Sure, he's not your traditional sweet and caring loveable hero, but I still found myself loving him. Exhibit A: When he tried Ava's asparagus, raisin, and garlic brittle cookies (they were part of a plan Ava and her friends made called Operation Emotion to show how Alex only shows emotions for Ava) and said they were fine, even though deep down he was probably gagging because he didn't want to her hurt her feelings. Exhibit B: When he canceled his date plans to watch movies with Ava. Alex widened the door and stepped aside. “Come in.” What? “But your date.” “Let me worry about her. I don’t know what’s going on with you, but since you broke your silent treatment to come over and ‘hang out,’ something must be wrong.” Exhibit C: When he taught her how to swim. “I’ll be right here. I won’t let anything happen to you.” He radiated calm confidence. “Do you trust me?” Exhibit D: The groveling. “I have enough in stocks, investments, and savings to last me the rest of my life. I worked because I wanted to. But now, I want to do something else.” I swallowed, my pulse thundering. “What’s that?” “Win you back. No matter how long it takes.” Not only that, but Alex also has big dick energy, as made from his possessive side, and it was sexy. Exhibit A: When he'd break any and every speeding law to get to Ava because he knew she was in trouble with Madeline. Exhibit B: How he threatened Madeline and her father's company after he found out she pushed Ava to the pool. “Pray she’s all right, or the downfall of Hauss Industries will be the least of your worries,” I said softly. “Do not contact or come near her or me again. Understand?” Exhibit C: When he punched Liam. “Mind if I join the fun?” I hauled Liam up by his collar, my lip curling at the sight of his watering eyes and bleeding nose, and socked him in the gut. “That’s for calling her a slut.” Another blow to the jaw. “That’s for holding her against her will.” A third hit to his already-suffering nose. “That’s for cheating on her.” Exhibit D: When he fucked Ava from behind while he was on a phone call. “I thought you were better at following directions, Sunshine,” he said silkily. “Didn’t I tell you not to make a sound?” That, my friends, was extremely hot. But, Alex also has his own traumatic past and wounds to heal. He carries his childhood trauma with him everywhere he goes and he relies on his uncle to help him find the people who killed his family. Like Ava, he has nightmares and flashbacks to that moment, the moment that changed everything he ever knew and changed the way he looked at life. There's no denying Alex can't be healed and fixed, but he tries his best to show his care and love to Ava in both the most romantic and sexual ways. Especially towards the end, when he has to earn Ava's forgiveness, which showed not only how in love he really was with her but how far he'd be willing to go. Some may say that everything he did is the bare minimum a man should do for the woman he loves, but I guess because many of us don't see it in real life, we find the bare minimum in fictional worlds amusing. “There’s something beautiful waiting for you, Alex. Whether you find it tomorrow or years from now, I hope it’ll restore your faith in life. You deserve all the beauty and light in the world.” However, regardless of everything I loved, there was nothing in this that felt. . . new. I've seen how this book is compared to Vicious by L.J. Shen, and I'd have to agree with them. Luckily for me, I didn't like Vicious, but I can guarantee you that you won't be able to stop comparing the two if you did. I hated Vicious. Not because of the bully aspect but because I felt zero chemistry between Emilia and Vicious and I found the sex to be poorly written. I also found Vicious's possessiveness and jealousy to be creepy. I don't know, personal preference I guess. Unlike Vicious, I couldn't help but love the tension between Alex and Ava. It was clearly there, and while it was angsty at times, it was also soft and beautiful. I never found Alex to be creepy like Vicious, which saved part of the story for me. But, after finishing Twisted Love, there were a lot of things that were similar to Vicious that ruined the story a little for me. For example, both Ava and Emilia have a past they carry that affects them. Ava had her aquaphobia and carries guilt with her because of her mother's suicide, while Emilia is looked down upon because of her mother's job of being a servant. Both Emilia and Ava fall under the artist component, and both Alex and Vicious end up buying from them. While Vicious bought the canvas Emilia made of him, Alex buys every collection in the gallery from Ava. Alex ends up being a mix of a stalker and bodyguard for Ava, while Vicious ends up waiting for Emilia at the subway every day. Also, both of them end up standing outside while it was raining and snowing. Vicious ended up appearing back in Emilia's life while there was a winter storm, while Alex ended up staying outside as it was raining when he walked with Ava to her place. These are similarities anyone who's read Vicious can note, and it can be either a good thing or an annoying thing. Along with that, I felt like the twists were predictable. I liked the mystery they added to the plot, but guessing the twists ruins the story for me. Adding on to that, it made the story drag a little. First, it felt like I was reading a romance story, then I was suddenly entering crime scenes with hints of suspense. The first half was better than the second half, in my opinion, although the groveling in the ending made up for it. Also, if I'm being honest, I expected much more for the sex. I knew it was steamy and spicy (although not enough), but there was actually fade to black here, and it was disappointing. What made it worse is how it would have been a sex scene Alex doesn't normally do. See, Alex doesn't make sweet love, he fucks doggy style. And hard. He has a no face-to-face contact policy with every woman he's been with. But with Ava, he ended up changing the rules and after having her from behind, he ended up being on top of her as she faced him, but THE SCENE FADED TO BLACK. Later on, they fuck again, but it's doggy style. AGAIN. I know Alex isn't that soft and lovable hero, but I actually wanted to read a scene where he didn't fuck from behind if I'm being honest. Also, I just expected more from the sex scenes. More detail? More angst?? More begging??? I just wanted more. He called me Sunshine one moment and his whore the next. And I loved it. Overall, this was still an enjoyable read, and I am really excited about the next book. Rhys sounds like a hottie just from what we know of him in this book, and it won't take long for me to fall in love completely. A forbidden romance between a Queen and her bodyguard? Yes, please!

  3. 5 out of 5

    mel ☽

    2.75 stars ✩⋆ when i saw that this book has groveling, best friend's brother, grumpy/sunshine trope, touch her and i'll kill you, i hate everyone but you, a bed-sharing scene, great friend group, and revenge plan (???), i ran so fast and downloaded this real quick. plus, this was being hyped in booktok so might as well read it. i don't know why but this book just made me evaluate my life- myself. why do you ask? well, WARNING FOR NON ROMANCE READERS THIS ⤵ QUOTE IS SPICY OK BYE : "And your pu 2.75 stars ✩⋆ when i saw that this book has groveling, best friend's brother, grumpy/sunshine trope, touch her and i'll kill you, i hate everyone but you, a bed-sharing scene, great friend group, and revenge plan (???), i ran so fast and downloaded this real quick. plus, this was being hyped in booktok so might as well read it. i don't know why but this book just made me evaluate my life- myself. why do you ask? well, WARNING FOR NON ROMANCE READERS THIS ⤵ QUOTE IS SPICY OK BYE : "And your pussy is mine. Every inch of you belongs to me, and if you ever let another man touch you- he'll end up in pieces, and you'll end up tied to my bed and fucked in every hole until my name is the only one you remember. Do you understand?" and at first i was like because there's things you need to know about me when it comes to my taste for irl men: 1. i hate bossy men (pls- i'm bossy enough as it is) 2. toxic? i rebuke this negative energy. 3. if you threaten to kill someone if they so much as touch me, therapy or 911? 4. if you call me questionable nicknames while having sex, BYE ✋ and normally, my attitude is why do men but when i read this? i don't know myself anymore. i don't know what came over me but suddenly i... i um.. that quote above... i LiKe it... so if you know me, no you don't. but anyways, going back to the book, i like both Ava (h) and Alex (H) as individual characters. Alex is literally THE definition of a "fictional character" because that man is too perfect. basically, he has an IQ of 160, created a software thingy that made him a multimillionaire in high school and became the COO of a real estate agent development or something and has Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory aaand knows Krav Maga AAAND apparently fucks like a porn star? i- that's too much perfection ma'am. i thought Ava and her friend group were also fucking perfect because ✧ Bridget is a literal princess (i'm not joking) ✧ Jules is jessica rabbit (??) apparently (also, fingers cross for a Jules and Josh book) ✧ Stella is this influencer who has 400k followers (???) can i be a part of this fictional friend group pls and thx. i thought the romance was cute in the beginning. usually, in a brother's best friend book the girl is always pining for the guy while the guy plays a martyr act and becomes a ho to "push" the girl away even though he has feelings for her. i'm glad that's not the case here and love the fact that Ava was even a little indifferent towards him at first. and honestly? the smut scenes were kinda hot. overall, this is a very chill book. at least for me. though there are some tw (spoilers) // parental deaths, violence, and child abuse -`,✎ WHY NOT A HIGHER RATING? ➳ since uh, when? i really did think the romance and the whole Operation Emotion thing in the beginning was cute, though, their feelings for one another went from 0 to 100 very fast because Alex really went from not caring that Ava was having a nightmare and acting all cold and "heartless" to: "She was mine. She just didn't know it yet. I hadn't known it myself until I saw her in Colton's arms and every instinct raged at me to tear her away. To claim what belonged to me." i only sensed attraction but i didn't get the feeling they were already at the "she's mine, he's mine" stage. one chapter he's acting all nonchalant and cold and then in the next he “desires” her and tells us how badly he wants her and i was like bish when? most of the things he talked about in his pov was about his revenge and a little bit of attraction and with ava's pov it was all the operation emotion so them having intense feelings for one another felt kinda quick. their banter was cute the scenes were cute but personally it wasn’t enough for me to be convinced with his new macho man personality towards her. there wasn’t enough depth to be honest. like i didnt get the vibes he cared enough for her to call her “his” because even when he saw her having night terrors in the beginning, i got the vibes he didnt care for her that much and still acted like she was a nuisance. ➳ telling >>> showing when they got together after the first time they had sex there was a lot of telling >>> showing of how they are as a couple and that really bugs me because i'm the type of person who wants to know everything. apparently, they went on dates, alex was suddenly making jokes (?), and they talk through the night but because of the 0 to 100 energy and telling >>> showing, I. STILL. DONT. SEE. THEM. DOING. ALL. THAT. like- what do they even talk about?? and because of this, i wasn't really convinced with their “love”, i just didnt feel it because i wanted all the details of how they are as a couple and we didn't really get that. once they have sex, most of the romance were written in the inner monologue and it's mainly because the last half focused more on the revenge plot. also, even the the grovelling was telling >>> showing. noo, i need more. ➳ Vicious reincarnated no, but everyone is right tho- i can definitely see the Vicious in Alex. he likes fucking classy women, has insomnia, and has a revenge plan that includes the heroine. i see no difference. ➳ OW drama don't worry, it's nothing bad but i just find it icky when Alex says that the OW fucks like a porn star or when he was about to go on a "date" with the OW (don't worry, Ava ruined his plans) or when the OW says this to Ava's face: "Alex doesn’t do either of those things. It’s well known amongst a certain segment of D.C.’s female population. No kissing, no face-to-face contact during sex. But he will take you from behind. Choke and fuck you till you see stars. Call you the filthiest names and treat you like a slut." and then Ava thinks this is hot. personally, if someone says this to my face about the guy i'm into, i will dip because that's an ick for me (please blame my virgo sun and my high standards). you're telling me you're gonna fuck your girl the same way you've fucked your past hookups? ew no thx. -`,✎ OVERALL THOUGHTS again, i thought the romance was cute but it was just ok. the first half was full of cute moments but the last half kinda went down with all the telling >>> showing and i was kinda disappointed with the groveling because of this. like- you're just gonna describe how Alex has grovelled for a YEAR in just a page? no ma'am i want to see everything. also, i wanted more scenes of them of how they are as a couple because i just don't see Alex being all soft towards Ava. i'm excited for the next book, aka Bridget's book tho! i love the whole princess/bodyguard, forbidden trope. plus, her future mans name is RHYS. that name will forever be sacred so this fictional man who has the privilege of being named after that sacred name better live up to my high af standards. »»━━ Twisted series ━━«« #1: twisted love — ava x alex ➳ 2.75 stars #2: twisted games — bridget x rhys ➳ tbr #3: twisted hate — *fingers crossed* jules x josh (??) // tbd ➳ tbr #4: twisted lies — tbd ➳ tbr

  4. 5 out of 5

    Phuong ✯

    ↬ 3.25 stars "If you let lesser people determine your self-worth, you'll never reach higher than their limited imagination." tropes: brother's best friend, sunshine-grumpy, forced proximity, interracial romance, good grovel ࿐ PLOT Ava Chen's brother, Josh, is going abroad and asked Alex Volkov to look out for his sister while he's gone. What better way to achieve that goal then by moving next door. They couldn't be more different. Ava who has barely any memories from her childhood and Al ↬ 3.25 stars "If you let lesser people determine your self-worth, you'll never reach higher than their limited imagination." tropes: brother's best friend, sunshine-grumpy, forced proximity, interracial romance, good grovel ࿐ PLOT Ava Chen's brother, Josh, is going abroad and asked Alex Volkov to look out for his sister while he's gone. What better way to achieve that goal then by moving next door. They couldn't be more different. Ava who has barely any memories from her childhood and Alex who remembers everything about his haunted childhood and seeking revenge, but together they work so well. Most people thought the biggest sacrifice they could make was to die for something. They were wrong. The biggest sacrifice someone could make was to live for something–to allow it to consume you and turn you into a version of yourself you didn't recognize. Death was oblivion; life was reality, the harshest truth that had ever existed. WHAT I LIKED → Alex. Love me some cold & calculating Hero. Alex invented a financial modeling software in high school that mde him a millionair before he was even 18. Hello (sugar) daddy. 😌 He has an IQ of 160, so how about sharing some brain cells with me? Alex has also this whole controlling alphahole vibe going for him. "Say it. Who do you belong to?" "You," Ava whispered. "I belong to you." "That's right." I slipped my fingers out of her pussy and thrust them into her mouth. I hummed in approval when she sucked and licked her own juices off without my asking. "Do you taste that, Sunshine? That's the taste of you signing your life away. Because from now on, I own you. Body, mind, and soul." → Ava. Miss little sunshine. I love that she Asian (three guesses why lol). When Ava said that her father is disappointed when she's not bringing home staight A's, boy that hit too close to home. 🤣 It's such cliché, but often than not that one is true. What else I liked about Ava is that she's sweet, but she can hold her own against Ava. She's protected by her brother and now by Alex, but it's not like she's taking everything without a fight. → the girl gang. I love great female friendships. Jules, Stella and Bridget were great side characters and friends to Ava. Can't wait to see more in Bridget and Rhys book, even though I'm not really sold on royalty romances. But I look forward to Jules' book the most, cause she's my kind of gal! I can already feel the Jules/Josh hate sex pouring through the pages. Enemies-to-lovers here we go <3 → the romance. It wasn't anything I can shout from the rooftop or you won't see me waxing any poetry about Ava and Alex anytime soon, but it was cute enough that I continued reading. It doesn't sound promising, I know, I'm just having a hard time writing a lot about something that I enjoyed, but wasn't IN LOVE with yk, but I promise they are cute and the two sex scenes were hot too. "Do you ever smile?" I asked, peeking inside the box to make sure they hadn't messed up the order. "It might help with your condition." "What condition?" Alex sounded bored. "Stickuptheassitis." I'd already called the man an asshole, so what was one more insult? I might've imagined it, but I thought I saw his mouth twitch before he responded with a bland, "No. The condition is chronic." → Alex's grovel game is strong!!! Everything he does to get Ava back is swoon worthy. → Ava and Josh's sibling relationship. He is so protective of her and it's so endearing how they can talk for hours about the most mundane things. WHY NOT MORE STARS? — predictability. Ava and Alex's background story and all the twist that came with the second half was revealed in such a predictable way, which was very anti-climactic to read. Personally, these twist were ridicioulous. I thought I was reading some weird soap opera–entertaining but also cringy. Alex's revenge was a bit laughable for me, because he has planning it for years and when it happened .. I was like "that's it?" Lana Myers still has the best revenge arc ever. 💅 There was also a bit of a disconnect between first half of the book and second half. The first half was all focused on Ava and Alex's relationship, where the second half is focused on the plot and how the characters background story merged together. That could have been a little smoother. — I have this annoying habit of comparing everything I read. And I don't know how to stop. There is only so much you can change up in contemporary romances, before things/scenes get recycled. What I want to say with that is, that's my problem and not on the book itself, and a reason why it held me off from truly loving this book, because Twisted Love reminded me of a weird mix of The Maddest Obsession and Vicious . The Maddest Obsession comparison: ✧ I saw the name Alex Volkov and knew I had to read this, because I thought Alex is Russian and I have a thing for Russian Heroes lol. Alex is acutally Ukrainian, so no comparison here. But both Alex and Christian are cold, unfeeling and ruthless, a genius + have this whole alpha jealous possessive thing going for them. Tbh I didn't mind that at all, because A LOT of Heroes are like that. ✧ Alex has rules when it comes to woman he's with: No kissing & No face-to-face contact. You know what I noted for that highlight? → "Hello sir, is your name Christian Allister?" ✧ Ava and Alex are neighbors and Ava bakes cookies for Alex as an welcome-to-the-neighborhood gift. She brings them over, Alex doesn't know what to do, Ava saying "we are neighbors, we should call a truce." and then furthermore Ava telling him to just take the cookies and do whatever he wants. It reminded me so much of Gianna ending up being Christian's neighbor, bringing him Tiramisu etc. Vicious comparison: ✧ Ava is an artist (photographer) & Emilia is an artist (draws). Again that profession is in thousands of books and nothing special. Before I get attacked by someone, I'm only mentioned these facts, because it's something that I noticed. ✧ By the end of the book Ava has a grand exhibition & Alex attending and doing some grand gesture reminded me of when Emilia had her art gallery opening and Vicious acting like a doting boyfriend and buying one of her portraits. ✧ but especially the GROVEL. Both Alex and Vicious have to do a lot of grovelling after screwing up. Alex acting like Ava's own bodyguard and appearing every day to walk her home. Vicious basically did the same, but Alex's grovel is better tbh, because he didn't do it only for months, but for a whole year. Alex gets bonus points for patiences and endurance for sure! Both of the above mentioned books are some of my all time favorite books and why I have all these scenes memorized. I just saw too many similarities, that made me feel disconnected to Ava and Alex. Ava and Alex, individually as well as together, are good characters and cute together, but I keep comparing them to other characters (again that's on me and not the book). CONCLUSION Pretty solid book for the first book in a series with likable characters. Can't wait to read the rest of the series! ┍━━━━━━━━━━━━━┑ TWISTED SERIES #1 Twisted Love – 3.25 stars #2 Twisted Games – tbr #3 Twisted Hate – tbr #4 Twisted Lies – tbr ┕━━━━━━━━━━━━━┙

  5. 4 out of 5

    EmBibliophile

    The first half of the book was so fun and so enjoyable, specially all those “Operation Emotion” phases! Unfortunately, it was less fun and less enjoyable by the second half. And the change was so abrupt, it wasn’t smooth and I didn’t get a chance to adapt. Like in a chapter I’m enjoying their relationship and all of that and in the second chapter they’re together and I’m bored. I liked the characters tho and the broody hero/sunshine heroine trope. The female friendship is my favourite thing about The first half of the book was so fun and so enjoyable, specially all those “Operation Emotion” phases! Unfortunately, it was less fun and less enjoyable by the second half. And the change was so abrupt, it wasn’t smooth and I didn’t get a chance to adapt. Like in a chapter I’m enjoying their relationship and all of that and in the second chapter they’re together and I’m bored. I liked the characters tho and the broody hero/sunshine heroine trope. The female friendship is my favourite thing about the book. I love a good supportive girl gang and I’m already interested in reading all of their books, specially Jules! Also, I appreciate a good grovel and Alex’s was perfect! I appreciate all what he has done to get her back and that she didn’t make it easy for him. Overall this was a solid start of the series, I have high hopes for the rest.

  6. 5 out of 5

    alluring B ❄︎

    2.5 stars “Every inch of you belongs to me, and if you ever let another man touch you—” My other hand closed around her throat. “He’ll end up in pieces, and you’ll end up tied to my bed and fucked in every hole until my name is the only one you remember. Do you understand?” Believe me when I say a quote has never made me download a book and jump into it as quick like Twisted Lies did🤠 And the fact that the heroine’s asian?? oof i was soLD sold! As expected, Alex’s dirty talk game 2.5 stars “Every inch of you belongs to me, and if you ever let another man touch you—” My other hand closed around her throat. “He’ll end up in pieces, and you’ll end up tied to my bed and fucked in every hole until my name is the only one you remember. Do you understand?” Believe me when I say a quote has never made me download a book and jump into it as quick like Twisted Lies did🤠 And the fact that the heroine’s asian?? oof i was soLD sold! As expected, Alex’s dirty talk game did not disappoint. I’m a sucker for brother’s bestfriend trope so that’s a bonus. The was hooked for the first half of the book with sunshine/grumpy trope but that only lasted for awhile. I loooved the angst but by the time they got together it felt a bit anticlimactic(?¿) He was behaving all aloof w Ava and then suddenly he’s emotionally all about her so i wasn’t really convinced :/ I also didn’t care enough to actually be invested in their romance. I didn’t care abt Alex’s plan for vengeance and didn’t care for any of the flashbacks—they just didn’t grip my attention 🤷🏻‍♀️ Anyway, everyone seems to love this so take my review with a grain of salt and maybe give this a try! I might actually check out Ana’s future books in this series bc excuse meeee, i need Josh and Jules’ book like yesterday 👀 • • “Alex and I spent the rest of the weekend locked in our suite, subsisting on room service and orgasms and christening every surface—though I’m not sure “christening” was the right word to use, considering how filthy our activities were. Sex with Alex was sex like I’d never known it. Raw. Animalistic. Soul-destroying in the best possible way. It shattered every preconceived notion of who I was and molded me into something darker, more depraved.” ⬇️ Every time an author does this I can’t help but to think- judge me

  7. 4 out of 5

    ❀ Rose ❀

    Ok but I just stalked the author’s instagram and now I’m pretty freaking excited about this😩 ———————- Mmmm I think I’m intrigued Fr tho, gotta love the grumpy/sunshine trope loll.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ♡tanaz♡

    4.25 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ this book was a serve i didn't expect... 🌈 TROPES ✨ sunshine x grumpy (opposites attract) ✨ brothers best friend ✨ age gap (H- 27, h- 22) ✨ forced proximity/neighbours ✨ interracial romance (ava is chinese or half chinese & alex is ukrainian) ✨ slight suspense/mystery/revenge plot 🌈 PLOT ava chen is a photography student living with her brother josh, a medical student until he has to spend a year abroad for his studies. as an over-protective sibling, he doesn't want to leave her home alo 4.25 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ this book was a serve i didn't expect... 🌈 TROPES ✨ sunshine x grumpy (opposites attract) ✨ brothers best friend ✨ age gap (H- 27, h- 22) ✨ forced proximity/neighbours ✨ interracial romance (ava is chinese or half chinese & alex is ukrainian) ✨ slight suspense/mystery/revenge plot 🌈 PLOT ava chen is a photography student living with her brother josh, a medical student until he has to spend a year abroad for his studies. as an over-protective sibling, he doesn't want to leave her home alone and thus recruits his best friend of 8 years alex volkov to temporarily live with her. ava thinks alex is hot and intelligent, but an unfeeling, emotionless robot. their interactions over the years have been stoic and mostly small talk, so when he moves in, ava and her girl gang (jules her roommate who is an aspiring lawyer, bridget who is a literal royal princess and stella an instagram influencer) all get together to create operation make alex feel emotions from happiness, fear to jealousy. as ava and alex spend more time together, they not only become close but alex realizes that he has the ability to actually care for and love someone else. 🌈 CHARACTERS ava - she *IS* the sunshine girl trope. as a photographer she looks for the beauty in everyday things, with her big heart all she ever wants is to love and to be loved. she lost her mother at a young age and does not have a strong relationship with her father, but her brother josh tries to make up for that absence. she was always drawn to the cold alex throughout the years but she never got close enough until now. she really bought out his playful, sarcastic, alpha, and possessive side. due to traumatic events that occurred in her past (something she and alex had in common), she developed aquaphobia but with the help of alex and eventually her own strength she conquered her fears, deceit, and lies from certain people and eventually heartbreak. i loved how strong ava was especially in the end when alex ultimately fucked up. she didn't take him back easily she made him work for her trust whilst she worked on her own self. alex - now this man is sexy. he is the embodiment of I HATE EVERYONE EXCEPT FOR MY GIRL, get that man a shirt that says 'i simp for ava and ava only' because he went from a cruel asshole who only fucks girls doggy style with no kissing into making love to ava (but don't get it twisted he was still hot af with ava and treated her like his lil slut). as a genius, who also went through a big trauma in his life causing him to lose his parents and sister, alex knows pain and has decided that love just isn't in the cards for him, but ava opened his eyes and heart. he fell for her knowing he had to put his friendship with josh and his revenge/vengence plot aside. having said that alex still managed to fuck up, but you can't help root for the guy because his POV really showed his reasoning behind every decision. his groveling in the end was a thing of beauty. was it sort of cheesy and cliche? yes. but it worked. because underneath all that ice was just a big fat scoop of vanilla ice cream waiting to be devoured by ava. 🌈 GIRL GANG jules - sassy redhead who i'm almost positive will have an enemies-lovers book with josh (avas brother) and i'm lowkey here for that. although josh is a complete manwhore so my mans will need to step tf up. bridget - our princess turned *queen*, i cannot wait for her book next with mr bodyguard rhys. i love the forbidden bodyguard trope, exhibit a) my love for Heartless Hero, Rules of Protection, Tangled Like Us, Bound by Temptation and Something About You. stella - we didn't get much of her here, but it'll be interesting to read a book about an instagram influencer, something i haven't read about before, and hope we get a glimpse of her potential hero in the next book. 🌈 MY THOUGHTS i've never heard of this author before, but the hype around this was crazy on my goodreads TL, so i'm really glad i gave this book a chance because it was amazing. the book and series to come followed the same formula as L.J. Shen books, which includes your cute/sunshine heroines and grumpy alphahole heroes. it's not a full 5 stars due to the change of alex from being portrayed as this ruthless CEO to a complete sap for ava, which was a little too quick for me personally, i wanted the depth of a slow burn and more angst. also, the whole vengeance plot for alex i felt was quite rushed and having both alex and ava's mysteries be revealed simultaneously made it seem a little too unrealistic and a bit far-fetched but it is fiction and the main plot point. i just wish it was explained a bit better and wasn't so predictable with the plot twist.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    This started off slightly ridiculous, too many clichés and the writing felt a bit...meh? Operation Emotions or whatever it was called was a bit juvenile (and needed development) but as the story progressed and the darker elements/tone were brought to the forefront, I began to enjoy this story LOT more. I really liked our characters and the direction the author took with them. I had a bloody good time with it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    I’ve been enjoying Ana Huang’s books so much lately! This is my third one and it might be my favorite so far. It’s got all the tropes I usually love: brother’s best friend, grumpy/sunshine, neighbors, stone-cold hero who becomes obsessed with the heroine. It’s a bit over the top with the suspense towards the end but I just rolled with it because I was having so much fun reading this. Ava and Alex’s romance is steamy and full of banter. Alex is perfect if you love a jerk hero with a filthy mouth I’ve been enjoying Ana Huang’s books so much lately! This is my third one and it might be my favorite so far. It’s got all the tropes I usually love: brother’s best friend, grumpy/sunshine, neighbors, stone-cold hero who becomes obsessed with the heroine. It’s a bit over the top with the suspense towards the end but I just rolled with it because I was having so much fun reading this. Ava and Alex’s romance is steamy and full of banter. Alex is perfect if you love a jerk hero with a filthy mouth who ends up adoring his woman (...and would literally kill anyone who hurts her). I’m also in love with this girl friendship group and cannot wait for each of them to get their stories!

  11. 5 out of 5

    mila

    Tropes: brother's best friend, opposites attract, grumpy - sunshine dynamic, age gap, a little bit of suspense and revenge. Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[abuse, childhood trauma, violence. (hide spoiler)] ❝She felt like heaven to my hell, the closest I’d ever get to salvation, and yet I still wanted to drag her into the depths of Hades with me.❞ Twisted Love is the first installment in the Twisted series, and also my first Ana Huang's book, but surely not the last (since I'm already obsessed Tropes: brother's best friend, opposites attract, grumpy - sunshine dynamic, age gap, a little bit of suspense and revenge. Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[abuse, childhood trauma, violence. (hide spoiler)] ❝She felt like heaven to my hell, the closest I’d ever get to salvation, and yet I still wanted to drag her into the depths of Hades with me.❞ Twisted Love is the first installment in the Twisted series, and also my first Ana Huang's book, but surely not the last (since I'm already obsessed with this girl gang, forgive me). Cold and dangerous Alex Volkov has a new task; take care of his best friend's little sister. Reluctantly he's now his neighbor, forced to be in the vicinity of sunny Ava, but time and this new presence in his life is making him see that there's much more beside work and seek revenge for the events of the past. Ava Chen is trapped in memories of her past that she cannot even remember, they are just there, haunting her even when she decided to put on a happy and calm exterior for her friends and close ones. But now she has Alex and a new mission to put her mind elsewhere, but the more time passes it no longer feels like a game between her and her friends, but like something real. The romance: Okay full disclosure, this book was steamy when it should be, AND IT WAS🔥🔥🔥. But the rest of the romance? It's a classic, but I love myself a good romance where the damaged male character believes that he's beyond love, but then he changes only for THAT person. Always looking for her comfort, her safety, giving her what she always expected from a relationship, I don't know, the butterflies made a mess of me here. Also I don't want to spoil anything here, but we know there's always a bit of drama where the couple break up for a while, it's usually the man who fuck it up and grovel for like a second (meh), but, yeah... That didn't happen here, and you've never heard me scream "YOU'RE DOING AMAZING SWEETIE" louder. Ava Chen really made him drop everything for her and most definitely not for just a second. The girl gang: I love them, that's all I have to say. I'm drawing the adoption papers as we speak. The only thing that didn't work for me was the time jumps, which I found a bit confusing at first, but after reading a bit more things started to fall into order. Plus there are some slightly predictable twists here, but who doesn't love a well-done cliche? even if I was able to get ahead of some events in this story, I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Overall, I think this was a great starting point for a new series, I loved every minute of this book and I can assure you I read it in one sitting because I couldn't really put it down! Now I can't wait for the second installment, even when it's a trope that I don't like very much, BUT THE ANGST! THE FORBIDDEN ROMANCE! THE VIBES!!! OMG BYE, I'M SO EXCITED FOR MY GIRL 👸🏼 ARC provided in exchange of an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Edit update: I love this bad boy here because you know what he doesn't have!! Toxicity!! Lmao! Why I can relate to this MC! I was going with the flow when I was reading this & yes, it’s plain, and SIMPLE. But I don’t think it was boring to me because of the plot twist. Ana didn’t add any force or extra dramas, but the right amount which I love. It balanced this book out perfectly, she wasn’t trying to do too much where it was unnecessary bullshit needed. The sex scenes are good, but it could imp Edit update: I love this bad boy here because you know what he doesn't have!! Toxicity!! Lmao! Why I can relate to this MC! I was going with the flow when I was reading this & yes, it’s plain, and SIMPLE. But I don’t think it was boring to me because of the plot twist. Ana didn’t add any force or extra dramas, but the right amount which I love. It balanced this book out perfectly, she wasn’t trying to do too much where it was unnecessary bullshit needed. The sex scenes are good, but it could improve. This book was sweet & lighthearted & we have a hero who’s swoon worthy & actually deserving of the heroine because some of y’all authors need to take notes & know how to work your men like Alex when he grovels his way through to get his women back. I liked the heroine very much, someone who had common sense throughout the whole book. Lmao! Also extra points because I’d really liked how the author embraced Asian/Chinese culture in this storyline with the stuff being shown & talked about a little bit of here & there, it’s something I can understand & relate to the heroine & I really enjoyed the secondary main characters which is Ava's group of girlfriends she has because I loved their friendship + sisterhood in this. I’m looking forward to each of the girls getting their own book. I dislike brother’s best friend trope type of shit. But I saw so much hype of this book & she’s already a best seller on Amazon, so I’m like why not. Let me see what’s up, if Ana is legit like all these readers are raving about. Lmao! Well, I’m glad I took the chance because my first read by this author & I’m WOW by her. Someone get me a man like Alex Volkov because if you ain’t him, I don’t want you. Lmao!! “I never claimed to be Prince Charming, and my love isn’t a fairy tale type of love. I’m a fucked-up person with fucked-up morals. I won’t write you poems or serenade you beneath the moonlight. But you are the only woman I have eyes for. Your enemies are my enemies, your friends are my friends, and if you wanted, I would burn down the world for you.”

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dilek VT

    3,5 stars This book has a haunted hero hell bent on revenge for the murder of his family. I was OK with his brooding nature and I liked his passion and his possessiveness towards the heroine. The heroine is a bit too naïve, too trusting but I liked her too because she has a backbone when she needs one. I thought I would love this book very much with its decent writing and interesting characters but unfortunately, it went down for me when they started having sex. When he called her "my little slut 3,5 stars This book has a haunted hero hell bent on revenge for the murder of his family. I was OK with his brooding nature and I liked his passion and his possessiveness towards the heroine. The heroine is a bit too naïve, too trusting but I liked her too because she has a backbone when she needs one. I thought I would love this book very much with its decent writing and interesting characters but unfortunately, it went down for me when they started having sex. When he called her "my little slut" and said things like "suck my c*ck like a whore", I wanted to drop the book. I did drop the book. I just can't stand those words during sex - being called a "slut" or a "whore" sounds so very distasteful to me. I stayed away from the book for a while but then a few hours later, just out of curiosity, I read the ending of it to see how his revenge plan was resolved. When I saw they were apart for a long time, I read some more to see how he hurt her. Then I read how much he begged her to forgive him and I was happy about his groveling... Aaaaand, that good groveling made me go back to the book and continue to read it. Ha ha, am I bipolar or something? Whatever! When I saw how much he loved her, I decided to ignore my dislike for his words and went on reading the book. ********************************************* All in all, I can't say this is a bad book; actually, it is one of the good ones; however, it was the wrong book for me. If I liked their intimate scenes, it would easily be a 4-star book for me or maybe more but I am deducting -1 star for him calling her a "slut" and a "whore" during sex. Other than that, although there is a good mystery and the characterization is good, the pacing and the length of the book bothered me a bit. Most of the time, I wanted it to move faster and also I needed the book to be shorter but maybe it was me. ********************************************* If you don't mind the things I have mentioned, you can try it and maybe enjoy it more than I did. Me still loving this hero after all says something good about the book, right 😄 ? ********************************************* Writing: Dual point of view, 339 pages Safety: No cheating. Separation for 6 months during which they are both celibate and in addition to it, a year-long groveling until they are together again. ********************************************* Some QUOTES from the book “If you let lesser people determine your self-worth, you’ll never reach higher than their limited imagination.” *** “Do you ever smile?” I asked... It might help with your condition.” “What condition?” Alex sounded bored. “Stickuptheassitis.” I’d already called the man an asshole, so what was one more insult? I might’ve imagined it, but I thought I saw his mouth twitch before he responded with a bland, “No. The condition is chronic.” *** I couldn’t resist—I scooted closer to him on the couch and pushed his shoulders forward so I could run my palm down his back. His muscles bunched beneath my touch. “What,” he said in a tight, controlled voice. “Are you doing?” “I’m searching for your control panel.” I patted his back, trying—and failing—not to notice the sculpted contours of his muscles. I’d never seen Alex shirtless, but I imagined it was glorious. “You must be a robot.” I received a stony glare in response. See? Robot. “Do you have to swap out your batteries, or are you rechargeable?” I teased. “Should I call you R2-D—” I yelped when he grabbed my arm and spun me around until I straddled one of his legs. My blood roared in my ears as he tightened his grip on my wrist—not enough to hurt, but enough to warn me he could easily break me if he wanted. Our eyes locked, and the roaring intensified. Beneath those jade pools of ice, I glimpsed a spark of something that sent heat curling through my stomach. “I’m not a toy, Ava,” Alex said, his voice lethally soft. “Don’t play with me unless you want to get hurt.” I swallowed my fear. “You wouldn’t hurt me.” That mysterious spark crystallized into anger. “This is why Josh was so worried about you. You are trusting to a fault.” *** He wasn’t the man I thought he was. He was so much better, even when he tried to convince me he was worse, and I wanted him like nothing before. Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. I wanted every shadow of his soul and every piece of his beautiful, multilayered heart. I wanted to pour into him every drop of light I had to give until he consumed me whole. Until I was his, and he was mine. *** I hated how much I wanted her, and I hated that she wasn’t smart enough to run away from me while she still had a chance. Though let’s be honest, it was already too late. She was mine. She just didn’t know it yet. *** “Tell me who or what I need to kill,” I growled. “What happened at your father’s house?” “I told you, nothing. It was just the lake.” Ava eked out a wobbly smile. “You can’t kill a lake.” “I’ll drain every fucking lake and ocean in the world if I have to.” A tiny crystal tear slipped from her eye. “Alex…” “I mean it.” *** “I never claimed to be Prince Charming, and my love isn’t a fairy tale type of love. I’m a fucked-up person with fucked-up morals. I won’t write you poems or serenade you beneath the moonlight. But you are the only woman I have eyes for. Your enemies are my enemies, your friends are my friends, and if you wanted, I would burn down the world for you.” ********************************************* You can follow my Instagram page from here

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "Josh has the worst taste in friends," I bit out. "I don't know what he sees in you. I hope that stick in your ass punctures a vital organ." Then, because I'd been raised with manners, I added, "Thank you for the ride." This book was such an interesting blend of genres! It's definitely a steamy romance, and there are quite a few dark aspects to it, but there was also this delicious grumpy/sunshine trope full of hilarious banter. It takes awhile to get to the meat of the story, but we eventually g "Josh has the worst taste in friends," I bit out. "I don't know what he sees in you. I hope that stick in your ass punctures a vital organ." Then, because I'd been raised with manners, I added, "Thank you for the ride." This book was such an interesting blend of genres! It's definitely a steamy romance, and there are quite a few dark aspects to it, but there was also this delicious grumpy/sunshine trope full of hilarious banter. It takes awhile to get to the meat of the story, but we eventually get some backstory on Alex and why he is the way that he is, and I love seeing him and Ava finally succumb to their feelings and embracing what they have. There's a little bit of thrilling intrigue in this one as well! Overall, a very exciting and engaging romance. If you enjoy: -interracial romance -grumpy/sunshine trope -age gap -brother's best friend -"forced" cohabitation This book is for you! *Many thanks to Wildfire Marketing for my review copy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader

    This book is so good!! I love Ava and Alex! They are so perfect for each other. Ava brings light to Alex’s life and he is just so protective and loves her so deeply my heart just melted. Also the chemistry between them is off the charts! I also really enjoyed Ana’s writing, it just pulled me in and never let me go. I can’t wait for the next books in the series. I highly recommend this book and if you like the grumpy/sunshine trope you are going to love it! This book is so good!! I love Ava and Alex! They are so perfect for each other. Ava brings light to Alex’s life and he is just so protective and loves her so deeply my heart just melted. Also the chemistry between them is off the charts! I also really enjoyed Ana’s writing, it just pulled me in and never let me go. I can’t wait for the next books in the series. I highly recommend this book and if you like the grumpy/sunshine trope you are going to love it!

  16. 5 out of 5

    cait

    4 STARS tropes: brothers best friend, grumpy/sunshine, morally grey H, interracial couple(h is Chinese), forced proximity i just want to start by saying that i haven’t enjoyed a book this much in so long and i’m so glad that ana reached out to me with this arc. things i liked: ava is a huge ball of sunshine and i loved her disposition. i admire her strength to keep seeing the positive in the world even after so much has happened to her. she’s adorable and such a lovable heroine. alex on the other ha 4 STARS tropes: brothers best friend, grumpy/sunshine, morally grey H, interracial couple(h is Chinese), forced proximity i just want to start by saying that i haven’t enjoyed a book this much in so long and i’m so glad that ana reached out to me with this arc. things i liked: ava is a huge ball of sunshine and i loved her disposition. i admire her strength to keep seeing the positive in the world even after so much has happened to her. she’s adorable and such a lovable heroine. alex on the other hand, is such a grumpy-silent hero with a soft spot for ava. like ava, he’s experienced so much in life but he uses it to spur him to keep going. i love how he’s cold to everyone but ends up warming up to her and even laughing(please my heart, be still). i honestly try to stay away from the brother’s best friend trope because it can be a cliché but this didn’t have those and was like a breath of fresh air. their relationship is a cute soft one but at the same time, full of heat when they’re alone. i loved the groveling aspect towards the end and ava’s tenacity in really making him beg for it. things i had a problem with: the pacing was a little off for me. i felt some things happened too fast and there would be time jumps that would leave me confused. though, i soon understood that there was a time-jump, it still left me a little confused and wondering what happened in the time that wasn’t shown. not only that, but i found some things to be predictable and wasn’t really surprised about certain parts of the book. overall: this is the first time i’ve read one of ana’s books and it won’t be the last! ana’s writing is honestly so good and it had me hooked, leading me to binge this whole thing in one day. aside from that, i loved the tiny bits of information on Chinese culture she threw in here and there. being Chinese myself, i really appreciated this and made me love the story more. God, i can’t wait for rhys and bridget’s story!

  17. 5 out of 5

    danielle marie &#x1f41d;

    3.5/5 ⭐️ Good read - was looking to be a 3 star read for me and then some twists and turns sparked excitement halfway through and I was thinking 4, but there were some parts that dragged and I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I’d like, as well as some of the writing felt a bit cliche. Otherwise still a decent read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK Twisted Love is my first book by Ana Huang but it will certainly not be my last. I loved this story and how it was written and how every page kept me captivated. Alex and Ava were two very different characters but that's what made them so amazing together and I really enjoyed getting to see Ava try her hardest to break through Alex's walls. There was also some suspense going on that had me so involved in the story and just dying to figure out what was going to happe NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK Twisted Love is my first book by Ana Huang but it will certainly not be my last. I loved this story and how it was written and how every page kept me captivated. Alex and Ava were two very different characters but that's what made them so amazing together and I really enjoyed getting to see Ava try her hardest to break through Alex's walls. There was also some suspense going on that had me so involved in the story and just dying to figure out what was going to happen. I'm a huge fan of the brothers-best-friend trope so I've read a ton of books with that theme and can say that this is one of the best ones. The tension was off the charts hot and the chemistry between Alex and Ava was evident and had me falling for them. There's a point in the book where it turns even steamier and holy hell did I think my Kindle would combust from all the heat. There were a lot of layers to this story, the romance, suspense, smexiness, and it was all brilliant. It worked together very well and never became too much going. Overall, this is a must read and get's a huge recommendation from me. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ❤️ Nanda ❤️

    I was with this book sitting on my kindle for a couple of weeks, and I was curious about this author's style, since she's new to me. This book have a mixture of a bunch of tropes that I love, and although I can't picture none of them as the main one, I did enjoyed a lot the diversity that she put on her characters. Ava Chen is the rainbow girl here... She's a photographer in college, living with her best friend and next door to her brother,  she's a always available kinda of person, carin I was with this book sitting on my kindle for a couple of weeks, and I was curious about this author's style, since she's new to me. This book have a mixture of a bunch of tropes that I love, and although I can't picture none of them as the main one, I did enjoyed a lot the diversity that she put on her characters. Ava Chen is the rainbow girl here... She's a photographer in college, living with her best friend and next door to her brother,  she's a always available kinda of person, caring, smiling, happy and loving. Alex Volkov is everything that she isn't. He's best friends with her brother, but that's the extension of his close friends. He's a loner, cold, grumpy, rich, arrogant and obviously... handsome as hell. Both have a different but traumatic childhood, and while Ava can't remember hers, Alex can't forget one single second of his. I liked both characters and the way that their relationship happened. I wish that their love story could've been more developed, but it was nice to see their banter and the way that he was different with her. He did everything to help her conquer her fears, and that was beautiful. There's a couple of predictable twists in the story, but that didn't make them less entertaining, and the groveling in this book is a real thing! 😂😂 The sex scene was hot as hell, and I reaaaally wished that it had happened in full description more than just one time... What can I say? Alex dirty mouth is too good to be contained. I also wished to see more about how Alex had become so powerful, and capable of controlling so many things and people, been so young. Ava's 3 best friends are also a huge part of the story, and their books will be the next ones in the series. I'm highly curious about the princess and the bodyguard for sure! 😍 Thanks to my sweet babe @the_romantic_baker for the buddy read. It's always a pleasure to read you you babe! ❤️

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elisa ❀

    this book has all the tropes/things I love (i don't enjoy brother's best friend, but it was ok here) * grumpy x sunshine * brother's best friend * touch her and die * amazing female friendships this book has all the tropes/things I love (i don't enjoy brother's best friend, but it was ok here) * grumpy x sunshine * brother's best friend * touch her and die * amazing female friendships

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ana Huang

    Twisted Love is coming in April 2021! Blogger signups for ARCs and cover reveal now available ➢ http://bit.ly/TwistedLoveEVENTS Add to your Goodreads TBR ➢ https://bit.ly/3mZvepF ✔️Brother's best friend ✔️Opposites attract ✔️Interracial romance ✔️Neighbors ✔️Cold, possessive hero & soft heroine ✔️High heat Cannot WAIT for you to meet Alex & Ava! ❤️ Twisted Love is coming in April 2021! Blogger signups for ARCs and cover reveal now available ➢ http://bit.ly/TwistedLoveEVENTS Add to your Goodreads TBR ➢ https://bit.ly/3mZvepF ✔️Brother's best friend ✔️Opposites attract ✔️Interracial romance ✔️Neighbors ✔️Cold, possessive hero & soft heroine ✔️High heat Cannot WAIT for you to meet Alex & Ava! ❤️

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Thank you so much to the author for providing me with an arc! <3 When Ana Huang contacted me to see if I would like a review copy, I was shocked! I have never been contacted by an author, and when I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this one. Twisted Love follows Ava, our 22 year old heroine of Asian descent, who has a very close relationship with her brother Josh. When Josh gets a job opportunity in Central America, he rents his home to Alex, his best friend, in order for him to kee Thank you so much to the author for providing me with an arc! <3 When Ana Huang contacted me to see if I would like a review copy, I was shocked! I have never been contacted by an author, and when I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this one. Twisted Love follows Ava, our 22 year old heroine of Asian descent, who has a very close relationship with her brother Josh. When Josh gets a job opportunity in Central America, he rents his home to Alex, his best friend, in order for him to keep an eye on Ava while he's gone. From there, ensues a brothers best friend, lowkey enemies to lovers, romance 👀 Boyyy was this good. It took me a little while to get into, because I was binging a rockstar romance series before this, but once I got into it, I had such a good time. The banter in here was top tier and I loved Ava and Alex's relationship development from enemies to friends to lovers, a very slow descent. Alex is a lot darker than we could have expected; the plot twist, SHOOK! I knew something had to be going on with all of Ava's flashbacks, Alex's ability to remember every single detail of everything, and his plot for revenge for his family, in which we have no idea who he's going after. My one gripe with this, hence why I only rated it a 4 and not a 5 was the telling and not showing. That happened a lot in this, where parts were left out and the characters would say something and tell you an event happened but we never got to see it. That annoys me often in books, but it didn't necessarily take away from the story here. I thoroughly enjoyed this. It is low on the steam scale, only including a few steamy scenes but the ones we got, they were SPICY!! I can't wait to read Bridgets book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pick a Book

    4 stars I don't remember why, but when I first read about this book I thought it would be a little more darker, more suspenseful. It has a bit of suspense but it's not defined by it. I think is a mixture of forbidden brother's best friend, NA, funny scenes AND suspense. And this mix totally worked because I enjoyed so much reading it. This is my first book by Ana Huang and I already love the other characters so I want book 2, book 3, I want it all. I loved Ava from page one. I loved how natural h 4 stars I don't remember why, but when I first read about this book I thought it would be a little more darker, more suspenseful. It has a bit of suspense but it's not defined by it. I think is a mixture of forbidden brother's best friend, NA, funny scenes AND suspense. And this mix totally worked because I enjoyed so much reading it. This is my first book by Ana Huang and I already love the other characters so I want book 2, book 3, I want it all. I loved Ava from page one. I loved how natural her dialogue with her friends were and how she was spitfire when close to Alex. And Alex was a mysterious guy. He didn't showed much about him, but for some reason was best friends with someone opposite of him: Josh, Ava's brother. He had a dark past and that made him be more cautious, more reserved. When Josh has an opportunity and will be away for a year he asks Alex to keep an eye on his little sister. And, yep, that's when all the fire in the book begins. Like I said before, ir has a bit of mystery and secrets. I discovered one, but another was a huge surprise. I loved when an author can surprise us especially when we were not expecting it. I think the epilogue was a a bit fast, I expected more of Ava and Alex, but it also gave us a glimpse of the next book of this series and that made me curious for Bridget story. TWISTED LOVE is a really well written story, with amazing characters. I highly recommend it. * I received an ARC of this book. _____ 4 estrelas Não me lembro por quê, mas quando li sobre este livro pela primeira vez pensei que seria um pouco mais sombrio, mais cheio de suspense. Tem um pouco de suspense, mas não é definido por isso. Acho que é uma mistura de melhor amigo do irmão, novo adulto, cenas engraçadas e, sim, suspense. E essa mistura funcionou totalmente porque eu gostei muito de ler. Este é o meu primeiro livro da Ana Huang e já adorei os outros personagens que aparecem e quero o livro 2, livro 3, quero tudo. Eu amei Ava desde a primeira página. Amei o quão natural era seu diálogo com as amigas e como ela era explosiva quando perto de Alex. E Alex era um cara misterioso. Ele não mostrou muito sobre ele, mas por algum motivo era o melhor amigo de alguém oposto dele: Josh, irmão de Ava. Ele tinha um passado sombrio e isso o tornava mais cauteloso, mais reservado. Quando Josh tem uma oportunidade e vai ficar fora por um ano, ele pede a Alex para ficar de olho em sua irmã mais nova. E, aí sim, é quando todo o fogo do livro começa. Como eu disse antes, tem um pouco de mistério e segredos. Eu descobri um, mas outro foi uma grande surpresa. Eu adoro quando um autor consegue nos surpreender, especialmente quando não estávamos esperando. Acho que o epílogo foi um pouco rápido, esperava mais da Ava e do Alex, mas também recebemos um vislumbre do próximo livro dessa série e isso me deixou curiosa pela história de Bridget. TWISTED LOVE é uma história muito bem escrita, com personagens incríveis. Eu recomendo fortemente. * Recebi um ARC desse livro.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    If your on tik tok then you Know about this book It’s not really that the plot was a bad idea But the writing was kinda terrible no lie Add to the fact that this was filled with cringe NA tropes .... yeah thank no I didn’t like how nothing flowed together and there interaction felt forced and how the grumpy/sunshine trope wasn’t here when I was promised mutable times on tiktok that it would be. Also the sex scenes.... bruh take a look at my reads the Steam in books is what I live for but this um If your on tik tok then you Know about this book It’s not really that the plot was a bad idea But the writing was kinda terrible no lie Add to the fact that this was filled with cringe NA tropes .... yeah thank no I didn’t like how nothing flowed together and there interaction felt forced and how the grumpy/sunshine trope wasn’t here when I was promised mutable times on tiktok that it would be. Also the sex scenes.... bruh take a look at my reads the Steam in books is what I live for but this ummmm There are really some authors who shouldn’t write sex scenes. Really if you can’t deliver the tension then you can’t write a sex scene either. And saying how many times the hero clenches his jaw when he’s jealous gets really old Like girl weren’t you tired with how many times you wrote “ I clench my jaw” for him? Also I’m not into guys who talk about what they like in sex or how big there dick is.... yeah boo we get it you got a big dick takes special peeps to ride that thing very big got it And you like hardcore sex .... okay cool your not different from most guys who like sex chill Two stars because of the Asian rep

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ini

    2.5* I feel like this had all the right elements but didn't utilize them properly. My biggest problem was that it felt insta love/lust. Their first interactions had a lot of potential but then everything went from 1 to 100 really fast, the grumpy-sunshine trope was kind of lost to me, the sex scenes were ok, but i wanted to see more of the different way he was with her compared to the previous women. Also I don't mind predictable twists but they weren't fleshed out well enough. However, i did like 2.5* I feel like this had all the right elements but didn't utilize them properly. My biggest problem was that it felt insta love/lust. Their first interactions had a lot of potential but then everything went from 1 to 100 really fast, the grumpy-sunshine trope was kind of lost to me, the sex scenes were ok, but i wanted to see more of the different way he was with her compared to the previous women. Also I don't mind predictable twists but they weren't fleshed out well enough. However, i did like the couple, how he helped her with conquering her fear and that the usual brother against the relationship conflict was avoided. Also loved how she didn't take him back immediately but he had to grovel for a year, during which they build their relationship and trust back. Looking forward to Bridget and her bodyguard and Jules and Josh in the next books. I hope I like them better.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela Almeida

    This book suffers from the "too much" case: causes: - Too much drama 😑 - The main boy is too much (We need to understand the difference between the alpha male and a stalker/ abusive boy) - The sex scenes are too much (this topic is influenced by how uch you like sex scenes and how they are described) 🙄 - Too much things going on Symptoms: - You will be irritated by the attitude of some characters. - You want to read other things because the characters are annoying - You will roll your eyes a lot - Desir This book suffers from the "too much" case: causes: - Too much drama 😑 - The main boy is too much (We need to understand the difference between the alpha male and a stalker/ abusive boy) - The sex scenes are too much (this topic is influenced by how uch you like sex scenes and how they are described) 🙄 - Too much things going on Symptoms: - You will be irritated by the attitude of some characters. - You want to read other things because the characters are annoying - You will roll your eyes a lot - Desire to kill someone (the someone being Alex) 😈 The cure: - You should focus on the side characters (like dear Josh) because they have complex personalities and strong relationships that I hope to see more in other books (I hope) - This book has diversity (the main character is Chinese and Josh too) - The writing is very good and the plot is fast - Josh 🥰 - Read the next book ( I think it will be better because as I said the side characters are the best) Warning: This case is different from person to person. You might enjoy this book more than me (or less). Give it a try

  27. 4 out of 5

    simrooooooooooon

    I don't know if its because, ive read too many books with the same toupes but lord was this boring. So boring. And believe me when I say, im not a person who skips anything while reading, cause i go with the book even if its shit. But damn it was so difficult to continue this book. Maybe the writing was not for me or whatever, but even the 🍑🔥 could not save this for me. I don't know if its because, ive read too many books with the same toupes but lord was this boring. So boring. And believe me when I say, im not a person who skips anything while reading, cause i go with the book even if its shit. But damn it was so difficult to continue this book. Maybe the writing was not for me or whatever, but even the 🍑🔥 could not save this for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    WhittyReads

    Brothers Bestfriend Grumpy Sunshine I hate everyone but you Damaged hero If you want an addictive, steamy, and suspenseful romance this is perfect for you . I finished this book in a day because I just couldn’t stop reading it. I encourage you to go into this story blind and enjoy the journey Ana Huang takes you on. I loved the romance, side characters and the darker elements of this book. Read this and thank me after you read it! I am so excited for the next book as it’s a bodyguard romance. I c Brothers Bestfriend Grumpy Sunshine I hate everyone but you Damaged hero If you want an addictive, steamy, and suspenseful romance this is perfect for you . I finished this book in a day because I just couldn’t stop reading it. I encourage you to go into this story blind and enjoy the journey Ana Huang takes you on. I loved the romance, side characters and the darker elements of this book. Read this and thank me after you read it! I am so excited for the next book as it’s a bodyguard romance. I cannot wait to read more by this author! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you to the author for a eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nura

    edited to add : arc received in exchange for an honest review this book was full of drama, angst, steam and A LOT of tension. alex is tasked with looking after his best friends little sister; ava. and when he says he'll do something, he sticks to it and he does it properly. hence, he moves in next to her to keep a very close eye on her whilst her brother is away. this book has an amazing mix of plot and romance. without saying too much and giving away the storyline, i thoroughly enjoyed this boo edited to add : arc received in exchange for an honest review this book was full of drama, angst, steam and A LOT of tension. alex is tasked with looking after his best friends little sister; ava. and when he says he'll do something, he sticks to it and he does it properly. hence, he moves in next to her to keep a very close eye on her whilst her brother is away. this book has an amazing mix of plot and romance. without saying too much and giving away the storyline, i thoroughly enjoyed this book to the point where I could not put it down and all I wanted to do was get to the next chapter and find out more. this was, quite literally, a page turner. what i will say, though, is that the side characters have DEFINITELY caught my attention and i can't wait to read their books too.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amz

    An extra star for the interracial love, but this was boring and nothing special.

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