Note: This ARC was provided by Fido Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Twisted is the second full-length novel and fourth release in the rock star romance series entitled Lost in Oblivion by bestselling authors Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott. This installment spotlights Grayson "Gray" Duffy, the band's rhythm guitarist, and Jasmine "Jazz" Edwards, the band's drummer, and their years-long journey towards finally acting on their feelings for each other. The book is told from a third person point of view and the chapters alternate between flashbacks of their time together as teenagers and the present.
At sixteen, Gray has gotten used to his parents taking in foster children to care for but when he meets and gets to know his latest foster sister, fourteen-year-old Jazz, he's taken by how beautiful a person she is inside and outside. They become quite close but that closeness could never have been described as something siblings would have since the affection they both have early on quickly develops into something deeper, even at their young age. Their love of music is another thing that bonds them together, both being quite gifted but Jazz more so than Gray.
When something happens to Jazz, she makes the decision to walk away from Gray and his family and their love story which never truly got started is put on pause. Even years later, the button seems to have gotten stuck on pause, with neither of them truly acting on their feelings for each other. However, when they become members of Oblivion, the two are forced to confront and acknowledge what's been simmering between them for eight years but yet again, any further development is stalled, no thanks to one fateful night that Gray seems unable to move forward from.
With their careers skyrocketing, Jazz makes a conscious decision that will affect her friendship with Gray, changing it in a manner that they've both been wanting and craving for. Still, Gray and Jazz have their own insecurities regarding their worthiness of the other and Nick's presence looms over them. As they feel their way towards finally becoming than best friends, a secret Gray has been keeping from everyone comes out from the unlikeliest of sources, and it may affect their fledgling relationship and the his own future with Oblivion.
This was a great read, especially since friends to lovers romances always have that touch of a foundation having already been built early on. Gray and Jazz were well-developed characters and while there were moments of frustration regarding Gray's bullheadedness and Jazz's naivete, I never stopped cheering for them because after all this time, these two seriously needed to just get on with it (i.e. becoming more than friends). On a side note, let me just say that I loved Nick here and I can't wait where his story will be heading. All in all, this is highly commendable book and Twisted gets 4.5 stars out of five. ♥
Release Date: 02 December 2014
Date read: 02 December 2014