Review: The Twisted Duet by L.L. Collins (Twisted #1-#2)


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

“Tell me nothing’s going to change, Li,” he says, and a tear spills out over his cheek. It’s not often I see Blake McIntyre be anything less than stoic, and it rattles me. 
“It’s not,” I cry, trying but failing at keeping the tears behind my eyes where they belong. “I promise, Blake. I’m yours. You’re mine. Us leaving here today doesn’t change that.”

L.L. Collins is an author who has yet to disappoint me (Knock on wood!) and I've devoured more than half of the books she's released in her career so far, including Twisted Souls and Twisted Paths, the two novels that make up her Twisted Duet, which has just been released as a boxed set. This second chance love story begins as a young adult (YA) tale before transitioning into an adult contemporary romance. We meet Blake McIntyre and Liane Kelly, best friends since they were five, and see their journey from friends to lovers when they're teenagers. There's a pause to their love story, one that doesn't necessarily have to be considered an end, but it's enough that you're left wondering how they'll be able to even get to their happily-ever-after with the changes they're about to face apart. When they see each other again, eighteen long years have passed and Liane is now Liane Collier, married to Ronan and mother to Carter. So much between the former best friends and lovers has changed, but one thing seems to still burn bright. But if these two are to have a happy ending, they'll have to traverse the twisted roads leading to it.

Have a box of tissues by your side when you read this duet because I had to go looking for something to wipe away my own tears as I read both Twisted Souls and Twisted Paths. Blake and Liane's love story begins with such hope and promise, that innocence of first love springing forth. When they experience the end of their romance, my heart broke alongside theirs and I so wanted to blame someone but had to remember that those involved were all teenagers who didn't know any better. And then that hope blossoms once again, but how do Blake and Liane even attempt to find happiness together when Liane has been leading a life separate from Blake for nearly two decades? Questions are raised but they're also answered, which is one of the great things about having both books ready and waiting for you instead of getting all frustrated over the cliffhanger that's in the first book. I know all about that frustration based on personal experience. But I so enjoyed re-reading Blake and Liane's tale of true love, forgiveness, and moving forward and I hope you love the Twisted Duet as much as I and others did. Five-plus stars! ♥

Release Date: 12 July 2017

Date Read: 12 July 2017

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