Twisted Love: Twisted, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
Contains mature themes.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 41 minutes|
|Narrator||Cindy Kay, Aiden Snow|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 07, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,624 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#8 in Multicultural Romance
#29 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#120 in Multicultural Romances
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2022
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The book is nothing unique or new, I feel like I’ve read stories like this countless times but like many romance readers, I can read the same exact story over again because the universal fantasies attached to said story.
The story was more entertaining than it was mind blowing. The first part of the book feels kind of romcomish. It’s hard to explain, you really have to read it to see it, but the the climax of the book it goes dark, so it’s almost like she didn’t know what she wanted to do with it and just decided to do it all.
What I do appreciate was that this wasn’t a mafia book. When I saw he was Ukrainian I thought it might shift to that and while I’m not yucking someone else’s yum, I just can’t lose myself in a mafia romance because that lifestyle isn’t s*xy to me. Anywho, the lead heroine was Chinese descent, which you don’t see a lot in mainstream romances. Although…..outside of her saying she was Chinese American, there was no other indication that she was East Asian. She didn’t eat Asian food, she rarely described herself and when she did it was laced in insecurity. She could have been palm colored and it would not have mattered because there was nothing distinct about her character that distinguished her from a yt girl. That was my biggest complaint I think. All the yt ppl she ever encountered were described in great and flattering detail. I read a WoC in a romance I want her to stand out and this heroine was a bit wishy washy so she was forgettable. She was also super infantilized and I couldn’t relate to that at ALL. She had no spunk and was far from independent.
The weird thing was the location floated from MD and DC and there was no mention or semblance of Blk folk Kind of made me feel like the author has never been to MD or DC because there was no mention of DC culture at all. I’m reading it goingIs this Maine or DC? Obviously no other readers mentioned that but as a Blk reader, it’s just something I’m privy to.
Their trauma made them bond and clearly the twists made the later half pick up in the sagging middle but I just needed Alex to grovel moreHe apologized a total of 3 times and that just wasn’t enough for me😆
Imma read the next book because a bodyguard romance sounds like my cuppa tea. Overall I give the book a 3.75 but rounded it up to four because it was unrealistic and entertaining af.
The story follows Ava and Alex. Ava (F) falls in love with Alex (M) who is her brother’s best friend. He’s a grumpy, tall, brooding with god complex kind of guy, a self made billionaire hottie with an arrogant, know it all attitude. She’s the opposite, sweet, kind, sees the best in everything gal, and HIS sunshine.
There were moments that the characters frustrated me to no end, specially him, he’s so infuriating at times that I really felt for Ava. But, and im not ashamed to say it, he easily made me swoon the other times.
I loved Ava, she’s Chinese-American, this is the first time I read a book that one of the main characters are Asian so that was exciting. I do feel that the fact that she was of Chinese descent was not talked about more, I often forgot the fact, and it would have been cool if the author showed a little bit more about it. But I felt very connected to her and the story in general.
The story is well written, keeps you on your toes, you won’t want to put this book down. Believe me, I had a hard time doing so. It’s that good. It has some topics that I would recommend to check the trigger warnings on the authors website. But all in all it is a very enjoyable book and it’s easy to fall in love with all the characters.
So, if you like grumpy/sunshine, opposites attract, brother’s best friend tropes, with a bad boy morally gray vibes H this book is definitely one that you won’t want to miss.
Ava is an aspiring photographer and she’s finishing up with college. I really like Ava. She clearly has had some trauma in her past dealing with her family, but she has this great optimistic view on life and with people that I wish I had more of. I think part of the reason I really liked Ava as much as I did because she has a fear that she has to overcome throughout the course of the book. I’ve been a person who has some trauma in my background and fears to overcome, so it was nice to see it represented in a really believable way. I like the relationships she has with her friends and her brother, and ultimately the relationship she develops with Alex.
Alex is a tortured soul. He’s on a mission for revenge and he is playing the long game. He’s handsome and rich, but he’s also not exactly likable. He’s gruff around the edges, doesn’t let anyone in except for his uncle and his best friend Josh (Ava’s brother). So it’s really great to see him kind of open up throughout the book when things with Ava start to come together. He’s got a long journey to travel in this book, some of it unexpected, some of it I guessed, but it worked for me.
If I had one complaint about the book it was that by the end it felt a little more anti-climatic than I thought it would. I think maybe the drama happened a little too far back from the ending that I had come down from it before things wrapped up. That being said, I really liked the writing style. I found things about all the characters, main and side, that I like and was able to identify with. I would be more than happy to read more by this author in the future.
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Once I got into it I absolutely loved Ava & Alex and needed more of their story. Ava is such a unique character. She has had such a rough upbringing but she never lets any of it deter her from seeing the good in people. Whereas, Alex also had a traumatic childhood he took a different route when it came to viewing the world. He uses his pain to seek revenge for his family. He’s very much one of those people who hates the world and everyone in it but Ava! And I loved that about their dynamic. She was the light to his dark & the sunshine to his grumpiness!
Also, the plot of the book was amazing too! Ana seriously knows how to throw in plot twists. I really did not see that coming about Ava’s dad. The book wasn’t just romance and spice (which we’ll come back to in a minute), it had a story with lots of mystery. Both Ava & Alex were trying to seek out the answers to their childhood and Ana delivered on that part too. Back to the spice, along with everything else the spice didn’t disappoint. The hotel/phone call scene was by far unforgettable and lives in my mind rent free!
Finally, I could go on and on about this book but i just think everyone should read the twisted series because its just that good. I really enjoyed it! I may not have read the rest of the books in this series yet but I don’t doubt I’ll be disappointed there either.
I was expecting this book to be heavy on the smut and low on the plot but I was pleasantly surprised that it was the other way around. While the spice wasn’t the focal point of the story, when it was there it was 🥵🥵🌶🌶
This book had everything I love in a romance book:
Brothers best friend
The author managed to make me love each character separately before they even got together. That is always something special because you know you will love their bond even more then. There’s always something about the grumpy antihero that makes me love them even more, and Alex was no different.
“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.”
This book is defiantly in my fav of the year list, with its plot, suspense, romance, character development and the authors writing.
But Ana brought me out of that weird slump. Her writing style is smooth. After a couple of chapters, I was absorbed into the story, liking Ava for her sunshine like personality and intrigued by Alex and his mysterious past. The story is in dual POVs so we get to know both of them.
The plot is evenly paced and quite interesting! A steamy read with a perfect mix of darkness and light, the mystery surrounding both the characters and the suspense weaving its way throughout the story. Although predictable, I certainly didn’t see how everything would play out.
There’s Ava’s cheery character and playful moments with her friends. Intermingling with that is Alex’s and Ava’s dark past catching up to them. Alex has some hidden motivation, Ava’s just trying to keep the hope of light in her. There are some villainous characters out to get them. It made for a really interesting read. Ava Chen is a sweet, naive girl, with a past that haunts her. What should have broken her, instead made her a strong person. She refuses to drown in the darkness and she’s this ball of sunshine, striving to believe in the goodness of other people.
I loved her genuineness. She didn’t come off as being naïve in a deliberate way. She loves her brother Josh and has an amazing group of friends. They are a close-knit group, and I wish I was a part of that!
Alex… well, I started reading this book for him, and damn, he completely took over my mind. From his first entrance, this enigmatic character intrigued me. Best friends with Josh, he’s always looked at Ava as his sister – we know how’s that going to go lol. Eventually, when Josh entrusts Alex to take care of his sister, he moves into Josh’s home, right next to Ava’s.
Alex is a sexy, dirty alpha male. He remembers everything that’s happened in his life. (Hyperthymesia – It was a new term for me.) His dark past drives all of his actions (which the author brilliantly laid out in chapters – giving us bits and pieces). I love how possessive and protective he is about Ava. He exudes this cold, emotionless personality to others, but those walls come crashing down with Ava.
Ava and Alex have amazing chemistry. They just balance each other out. Throughout the story, you see them growing together as individuals and as a couple. There’s also the darkness in their story that plays in.
One of the reasons it jumped quickly into my favorite list is the NA Romance that took me back to those days where I would devour literally any college/brother’s best friend romances.
Twisted Love by Ana Huang kept me engaged, made me love the main and the supportive characters. It has a unique touch despite the cliches. I recommend this book if you love New Adult Romance reads.
It very difficult to find Chinese /Asian authors that write a good and entertaining story.
Love this book,highly recommended( Can anyone recommended any authors or books )