Overall: 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
~QD STORY DETAILS~
Genre: Romantic Suspens, Dark Romance
Location: Various but mainly Chicago, IL
MC age range: mid-late 20s
Love interest(s): Dierdre
Tear jerker: No
~QD BOOK INFO~
Kindle Unlimited: No
Paperback page count: 288
Series: Stand Alone but in the same universe as A Twisted Fairy Tale
Release date: Thursday, 05/28/2020
Sex/kink type: Manual, oral, penetrative, anal, consensual, rape
Possible triggers: Violence, rough sex, dubcon, rape, human trafficking, organized crime, murder, abandonment
The Quick and Dirty: Something twisted indeed! Niall and Deirdre reconnect under very precarious circumstances and even as they realize their feelings for each other, still have the task of escaping from the chains that currently bind them to Chicago.
Niall and Deirdre may have started off as something sweet but fate tore them apart and put them through the wringer. Years later, Deirdre’s possible involvment in a murder has her and Niall’s paths crossing again, only for her to end up exactly where she was trying to escape from. Niall, now a hardended soldier for one of the cruelest Irish families in Chicago, is tasked with extracting information from Deirdre about the murder. As they get closer, they realize that their feelings for one another run deeper than they anticipated but their ties to Chicago make it difficult for them to be together, and escaping may be even worse.
The level of twists and turns was definitely something that rivaled Ace’s earlier novels within the Twisted Fairy Tale universe, however I didn’t quite connect with Niall and Deirdre the way I did with Cole, Elle, Horse and Conrad. I think I was hoping for something that felt just as intimate and genuine as the previous books; a blend of darkly violent and achingly tender. In Something Twisted, as we get to know Niall and Deirdre, there is a level of immaturity to their relationship, despite the seriousness of their predicament, that made me want to shake them both at times. There were also important situations that I felt were glossed over or I wasn’t given enough to truly feel and connect, while others embellished that made the scene feel less genuine and more for shock value. Overall, still a good dark read and I still love Ace’s work, this one just wasn’t my favorite in this universe.
I’d spent my life as a plaything. A toy to be used by powerful and deadly men in whatever way they pleased. So I was just as surprised as anyone else that I had feelings left. Feelings that lead me to fight for true love while damning myself.
And that’s just where this story begins.
Desperate and alone I turned back to my childhood home. The first wicked place I’d known with the darkest villain among them. My stepfather. But I could weather his storm in exchange for safety. I had to.
What I didn’t expect to find was Niall McDonough. The only man I’d ever really loved had reappeared only to become one of them. Someone ruthless and cruel. He wants to ruin me. As my stepfather’s savage soldier he might just do it.
But then again, twelve years ago a fortune teller predicted I’d need just such a soldier to save both my heart and soul.
***this book can be read as a complete stand-alone or following Twisted Secrets/as the fifth book in the Twisted world***
****This book contains graphic sex, violence, uncomfortable sexual encounters, and dub con. It’s intended for mature audiences, over 18 only****
Ace Gray is a best selling author, self-proclaimed troublemaker and connoisseur of both the good life and fairy tales. After a life-long love affair with both books, she undertook writing the novel she wanted to read. Ten books later, she’s gotten to live in the world of billionaires, twisted murders, and sweet small towns. She’s made her heart race both with suspense and serious swoon and wouldn’t trade one minute, one word of it.
When she’s not writing, she owns a taco truck in a ski town in Colorado even though she can’t cook a lick (that’s all her husband). She loves paddle boarding, snowboarding, camping, basically anything outside… and hosting dinner parties (though she’s only in it for the drinks). Oh, and of course, writing more words.
Ace is the author of Strictly Business, Bad For Business, Family Business, Twisted Fate, Twisted Death, A Twisted Love Story, Twisted Secrets, Of Smoke & Cinnamon: A Christmas Story, Pretty Young Things, All The Letters I’ll Never Send You and All The Letters I’ve Ever Read. These titles are available on Amazon.