Once again Cynthia Eden has proven why she is on my list of must read authors. She has a knack for making her characters come to life and at every page turn one can't help feeling as if they are living the story at every page turn. Twisted is the second book in the LOST series and like its predecessor, it takes the reader on one heck of a ride. It’s a fast paced and riveting story that’s filled with romance, mystery, drama and suspense.
Figuring out who the guilty party was not an easy task. Just when I thought I had it pegged in comes a twist that puts me on another trail. It did not take me long, however, to figure out who the bad guy was. This, however, did not take away my enjoyment of the story. The way in which everything played out more than made up for this. The prologue was chilling and this effect lasted throughout the story. I was on the edge of my seat at every page turn. To say I was hooked on the story would be an understatement. I was totally bowled over. I found it difficult to put this book down. I stayed up late reading as I was eager to find out what was going to happen next. It was worth the loss of sleep.
The characters were strong, determined, believable and quite motivated. The reasons for their actions were evident. I could clearly understand why they reacted the way they did. I felt like I could see into their minds. It was this trait that helped me to figure out who the villain was. The name of the book was quite fitting as the mind of the killer is twisted. I agree he is smart and it appears he is always one step ahead of law enforcement. However, his arrogance made him underestimate the steely determination of Emma and Dean as well the solid investigative skills of the members of the Last Option Search Team.
This story possessed a good balance of romance and suspense. One did not overshadow the other. The story was well written and it flowed flawlessly. If you like psychological thrillers and if you are a fan of criminal minds, then you will enjoy Twisted.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, but I guess I have to be patient as it will not be out until October 2015. In spite of the long wait, I know it will be worth it.
Series: MacLachlan Family & Friends #10
Published by Avon Books, HarperCollins on 2014-08-26
Genres: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Victorian Romance
Isabella Aldridge is in dire straights. After being let go from her latest post, she is having problems landing a new one, owing to the fact that she is very pretty. Her last interview did not go very well when she was propositioned by the Earl of Hepplewood to be his mistress instead of his governess. Spitting mad, she refuses the offer, no matter that she still has two siblings to raise and to protect from her lecherous cousin. Still desperate, she rethinks the mistress situation and asks help from her former employer, who was a courtesan, La Seductrice. She makes inquiries and unknowingly pairs Isabelle with the Earl! Without any other options, Isabelle agrees but then discovers the sexual depravity of the Earl. When Isabelle responds to his sexual demands, a fine line between pleasure/pain ensues. And when Isabelle’s family is threatened, Tony will do anything in his power to protect the woman he loves.
I really don’t know how to review this book. To say this book is a shocker is an understatement! I mean, I read erotic romance (in fact, I enjoy them!) but what shocked me is that I wasn’t expecting this book to be an erotic romance! I honestly do not have problems with the unexpected BUT this book does veer from Ms. Carlyle’s usual historical romances. To be honest, I had a hard time connecting with the hero and heroine at all. I didn’t feel any emotion at all, other than the S&M aspect. It wasn’t the sex scenes that did me in, I think it was the unexpected shock of reading this type of romance by Ms. Carlyle.
This book was an easy enough read for me, but I honestly had a hard time finishing it. Fortunately, I did because it does get better, if you overlook the S&M, pseudo-masochist aspect of it.
The Earl’s Mistress feels like an erotic romance. There is some graphic sex and S&M in the book. Although there are scenes like this, it does not overpower the whole book.