Review: Desire & Regret by Max Henry (Twisted Hearts #1-#2)

Note: Regret is an ARC provided by the author via Foreword PR & Marketing in exchange for an honest review. Desire is a personally owned copy.

This is a joint review for author Max Henry's Twisted Hearts duet which is composed of two full-length novels, Desire and Regret. This forbidden, May-December romance needs to be read in order, with the first book ending in a cliffhanger of sorts, and while the second one picks up three years after the events in the series starter, it does continue the very same love story. Have no fear, cliffhanger haters, both books are already available, so there isn't any sort of waiting period. And trust me, this duet proved to be an entertaining double first read for me.

Desire introduces us to eighteen-year-old Belle, a girl whose heart belongs to two men--her father and her father's best friend. It was her father that raised her, the one who stayed when the woman who gave birth to her upped and left without a care in the world. It was Zeus, however, who saw her as more than a girl. Her father's thirty-five-year-old best friend--one that knew of Belle even before she was born--looks at her like she's a woman. Desirable. Worth falling in love with. But theirs isn't exactly the kind of romantic relationship that inspires parental approval.

Okay, there may be a bit of a spoiler or two here, so be warned! Regret has Belle and Zeus leading separate lives, something they've been doing for three years. They've moved on in almost all ways but one--they're still in love with one another. But the obstacles that were in their way three years prior are still around. Is Zeus ready to lose his friendship with Belle's father, and is Belle prepared to stand up to the first man to love her unconditionally and make her dad see she's no longer the girl she once was? Is their love worth fighting for or something they regret?

Max Henry is a new-to-me author, and she's left me happily impressed with this duet of hers. I love angst in my romance novels, and she gives me exactly that but not the eye-roll-inducing kind. Zeus and Belle's romance is complicated from the get-go, but Henry throws in a twist near the end that I wasn't all that surprised by but the manner in which it came to light and the aftermath are what left me a wee bit shocked (in a good way!). Desire and Regret may have been my first and second foray into the author's writing but they won't be the last. 4.5 stars each. ♥

Regret Release Date: 28 February 2018

Dates Read: 27-28 February 2018

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