Title: Twisted Truth
Series: Truth Vs Lie #1
Author: Maria Macdonald
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Cover Design: Sofie Hartley, Hart & Bailey Design Co.
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. **
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Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF
The cover!! The designer has done wonders and the cover for Twisted Truths is more than eye catching in every sense of the word. Beautiful cover for a beautiful book. I may be a little biased here about Twisted Truth because it contains some of the author’s older characters, from books I loved. You could read this as a standalone, Maria has been clever in the way she has written those back characters into her new story. But – you’d be doing yourself a disservice. To get the most out of this book, you need to go back to the beginning, back to Love Reflection and read that first series. Maria brings you full circle with Twisted Truth, and although you won’t necessarily miss anything by not reading those early books, I honestly think you’re reading pleasure might be a little diminished if you haven’t. Still – standalone it is, and a very good one at that. Twisted Truth will bring in new readers for this author, I have no doubt.
Twisted Truth has a tinge of YA at the beginning, and they are some of my favourite chapters. Maria Macdonald encapsulated the character of Olivia perfectly. You could read the difference in tone and attitude as you read through those early chapters. I loved it, you really get a sense of Olivia’s character right from the offset. The author then moves into NA once we leave those chapters behind.
This is the complete story of Isaac and Olivia – or Via – as Isaac calls her. Twisted Truth is intense, angsty, edge of seat at times and a little bit of naughty, (okay, there’s more than a little but it’s proportionate to the plot). There’s frustration aplenty in the story as well, and not just from the characters. I think the reader will feel it too, which is not a bad thing whatsoever. This is a book you can get lost in, the pace with which Twisted Truth moves is just enough to keep the reader turning those pages and craving more. Some sensitive subjects are tackled by Maria Macdonald, done with respect I have to mention.
Character wise, Via is not your typical romance lead. She has a very definite mind of her own and it shows through most of her actions. I liked her a lot. I did need a little warming up to the adult that she became but it didn’t take long. Isaac is your alpha male with only one woman on his mind. Some of his actions needed a good flipping slap across the face, again the story dictates his actions and they are understandable. Yip, Isaac is a hottie and those people that hoard ‘book boyfriends’ will most likely take Isaac under their wing. The chemistry and sensuality between the pair is off the charts. I loved how the author showed that very distinctly. Some scenes were steamy, phew! Supporting characters fit, and moved the plot along at times. Some I liked, some I didn’t, and that’s what they are there for.
I’m not plot spoiling, in fact I haven’t really mentioned plot at all. The blurb for Twisted Truth gives you enough and I don’t want to give anyone anything. I believe you need to dive into this book and let it run, let it take you where it may. If you haven’t read this author and this is your first book from Maria Macdonald – I absolutely envy you. You are getting a cracker. I would say this is up there with her best, if not on the top. Loved it, highly recommend it!
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.