Series: Twisted #4
Release Date: June 30th, 2022
CW: stalking, kidnapping, blackmail, anxiety, death and graphic violence, emotional abuse, mentions of suicide, secondary character with Alzheimer’s
Charming, deadly, and smart enough to hide it, Christian Harper is a monster dressed in the perfectly tailored suits of a gentleman.
He has little use for morals and even less use for love, but he can’t deny the strange pull he feels toward the woman living just one floor below him.
She’s the object of his darkest desires, the only puzzle he can’t solve. And when the opportunity to get closer to her arises, he breaks his own rules to offer her a deal she can’t refuse.
Every monster has their weakness. She’s his.
His only exception.
Sweet, shy, and introverted despite her social media fame, Stella Alonso is a romantic who keeps her heart in a cage.
Between her two jobs, she has little time or desire for a relationship.
But when a threat from her past drives her into the arms—and house—of the most dangerous man she’s ever met, she’s tempted to let herself feel something for the first time in a long time.
Because despite Christian’s cold nature, he makes her feel everything when she’s with him.
Theirs is a love twisted with secrets and tainted by lies…and when the truths are finally revealed, they could shatter everything.
If you’ve read the first three books in this series, then you already know what you’re in for with Ana Huang’s storytelling. It’s epic and intense, it’s sexy and beautiful, there’s some danger and there’s some badassery. But most of all, you’re treated to a whole host of characters and the wonderful friendships that exist underneath all of the darkness that lurks in the world of these stories.
“Darkness was always drawn to light, but I wasn’t just drawn to her; I was fucking obsessed. I would throw myself into her flame and let it burn me alive if it meant her warmth was the last thing I felt before I died.”
In Twisted Lies, you’ll find:
✨ a morally grey and slightly twisted hero
✨ a heroine struggling to make her mark on the world
✨ faking a relationship to get ahead at work
✨ protectiveness and possessiveness
✨ the best girlfriends
✨ loads and loads of secrets
✨ sexual tension filled slow burn
✨ that glorious moment when he falls first
Since Ana hinted at Christian and Stella in the previous books, I have been champing at the bit to get my hands on their story. While not my favourite of the series, I really did enjoy watching these characters fall in love, deal with all of the complications that come with a fake relationship and pretending for the sake of other people. Ana Huang always does a good job creating characters that captivate you and it’s no different with Stella and Christian.
From the moment you meet Stella in book one, you’re insanely protective of her. She’s the more quiet and subdued one of the girlfriends and I love that underneath all of that lurks this woman that won’t back down from a fight and stands up for what she believes in. As a fashion blogger, aspiring designer and social media queen, Stella has a reputation to uphold and so much of her life now depends on this as well, so she does what it takes to make it all work for her. I love how driven and passionate she is, how focused she is on what she’s setting out to achieve.
And then there’s Christian. He’d come across as mysterious when we first met him in Twisted Games and he continues to be that in this book. There’s so much about him that we uncover and the dark side of his job as well as his soul, and as someone who’s never been drawn to morally grey heroes, I was drawn to Christian a lot. There were some things that he did that scared me (believe it or not), but I love how focused he is about those things. His air of mystery really adds to making him an interesting character as well, which only made me want to get to the root of it all as the story progressed.
“Because love is ordinary. Mundane. And you, Stella…You’re extraordinary.”
Stella and Christian’s relationship is a delicious slow burn, it’s filled with resisting each other and fighting the pull and falling in love without realising that you’re falling in love. It’s about taking what they want, but not giving back the right way. I liked the push and pull, the chemistry was pretty insane and the tension was explosive. I’m always a sucker for when the hero trips over himself and falls in love with the heroine and doesn’t know how to handle it and that’s what happens here.
I’m also really excited for Ana’s next series, because with all the hints that she’s dropped about Dante and Vivian in this one…I can’t wait to see where all of that goes in King of Wrath.
Thanks to Valentine PR for generously providing me with an advance copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.