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Release Date: December 26, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense.
Helen Hardt has done a great job with this series as her readers are always anxiously waiting for the next release. Even more, readers never know what to expect and the twists and turns keep us eagerly flipping the pages in anticipation of what is going to happen next. If you haven't read the series as of yet then I highly recommend starting from the beginning otherwise, you will be totally lost. This is a series that MUST be read in order because it follows the same "plot force" throughout all of the books. Perhaps some readers may become confused because there are different romances being staged in different books BUT if you read them in order you will understand. In the first three books readers will get to know Talon and Jade. It is also in these books where the plot is being set up for the rest of the books in the series. In the next three books we move to a new brother, Jonah and his love interest, Dr. Melanie Carmichael. The plot in these books become even more mind mending as these brothers are still on the hunt to fund out HOW a kidnapping took place within their family. In the final three books (this being the second of the three) readers will get a closer look at Ryan. He is the third brother in the Steel family and perhaps the one the is embroiled the most in the happenings. I won't say HOW or WHY as that would spoil everything for future readers but be aware that his story is going to both answer questions and leave readers left wondering.
More about the series
This is a dark series as it features some pretty disturbing content (view spoiler) but it is not what really in your face content. The stories are mainly about solving the mystery as to who was behind the brutal abuse of one of the characters and their search for answers. Flashbacks will display the disturbing scenes but it doesn't make up the entire story.
Romance is one of the main features of course and readers will be along for the ride when these three men who have been through hell find love in the most unexpected ways. Sex is a huge part of their relationships so I would consider a lot of the book to be erotic in nature as the scenes are pretty descriptive and blush worthy.
All of the characters that I have met have become near and dear to my heart and while I couldn't necessarily connect with them on a deep level, I enjoyed getting to know them and their relationships with their women and family.
The plot is THICK with tension. Readers will be on the edge of their seats and flipping the pages erratically in anticipation of what's to come. There is a lot going on within the plot which is probably why the entire story takes 9 books to tell and I like how the author split it up so it wasn't too much at one.
With all that being said, I WOULD recommend this book (as long as you start from the BEGINNING) to readers who enjoy darker stories and romantic suspense. It has been one of the few series that I have read each release as they come out and has held my interest the entire time. I look forward the the 9th and final book which is coming next year.
WHAT I REALLY LIKED ABOUT TWISTED
➜ The slow burn relationship between Ryan and Ruby. These two have both been through a hell of a lot of stuff in their life and were slow to come together. Had they been rushing it I wouldn't have believed it at all so I am glad the author didn't force these two together quickly.
➜ The TWISTS. I thought I had seen all the possible twists and turns we could get in the previous books but I was so wrong. Helen continues to amaze me with the layers of her stories.
➜ The romance. I am not really one to enjoy erotically charged romances but I couldn't help but become invested in these two even through all the sex. Helen does a wonderful job at bringing flawed and broken characters together in a timely fashion that doesn't seem fake.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE ABOUT TWISTED
➜ Half of the book is sex scenes. Yea, I know sex is important in any relationship and becoming close to another person this way is natural and important. But, the book could have been cut in half the pages if there wasn't so much sex in it. To me, this takes away from the plot (it kind of sidetracks me).
➜ The number of books in the series. I think this series could have easily been brought down to three books (each featuring one of the brothers). As I mentioned above, most of the scenes in all of them is SEXUAL so if we cut some of that out the books would have been shorter. Even more, these books (individually) are only around 250 pages each. Had the author written them as one per brother, it wouldn't have been that big of a book in the first place and readers wouldn't have had to wait a month for the next one.
➜ The Cliffhangers: Each book HAS A DANG CLIFFHAGER. I applaud the author for keeping readers interested this way but when you have a cliffy in 8 books readers may become tired of it and stop reading.