Title: Twisted Truth
Series: Truth Vs Lie #1
Author: Maria Macdonald
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 22, 2017
I used to believe in true love.
Until he broke me.
Where there’s love, there’s lies.
I used to believe I wasn’t what she needed.
Until I let her love in.
I’ve changed for her.
I want her to believe in me like I need to believe in myself.
Isaac James stayed out of my life for five years. He wasn’t to blame, after all, protecting me imprisoned him.
Now he’s back. The chemistry is still there, the tension is still there, the love is still there… the pain is still there.
Isaac James was my rock, my first love… my family.
Olivia McKenna has always been my weakness. I’d do anything to protect her, which I proved, despite it taking me to prison.
I’ve stayed away, trying to do the right thing. I thought I was still protecting her. But, I’m lost without her… even if I’m not sure I can be what she needs.
Olivia McKenna was my forever… for always.
** This book is set in the UK. First cousin relationships are tackled within this book; please be aware those relationships are legal within the UK. **
I have a really bad habit of buying books on the cover alone. And Twisted Truth was no different. When I saw the cover on this one, I immediately requested the ARC. Because let’s face it, this cover is absolutely stunning!
I finished this ARC up late last week, and I’ve been going back and forth on my rating for this one since.
I loved the concept for Twisted Truths. Isaac and Via had known each other their entire lives, and were each others first loves. But something happened that drove them apart, and caused Via to lose all that was truly important to her. The book starts at a point in her life when she is truly struggling with who she is and her self worth. It’s a great premise, and I love second chance stories like this.
However, I thought Twisted Truths was choppy in its writing, and the story didn’t flow as well as it could have. There were a few times, as I was reading, that I thought I had missed something with one of the characters. It wasn’t until I did some further research that I discovered that many of the secondary characters are all from their own series that was also written by this author. This story is written in a way that expects that the reader would have already read the previous series, and it seems to assume that the reader will understand things that are alluded too. But this story is advertised as a the first in a new series of interrelated books, and as a stand alone. So I found that to be really confusing.
Overall, I liked Twisted Truths, and I loved the story of the two characters and the different directions the author took to bring the two main characters together. It was original and entertaining, and kept me interested in the story. I just think that this book could really benefit from a few more rounds of editing, so that it reads more like a final copy, and less like a first draft. Also, if it offered some more background to the secondary characters and alluded less to things that a new reader wouldn’t know anything about, it would be a much smoother ride. In my opinion, it’s still worth checking out, and I’d still recommend it, especially if you love stories with secrets and intrigue!
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Maria is a full time working Mum, she has two beautiful daughters, both of whom love books as much as she does.
Maria has loved to write since she was a little girl.
Reading and loving books, as well as blogging, has inspired her to write and publish.
Maria, her husband and children now reside in Wiltshire, England.