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Title: Twist Me (Twist Me #1)

Author: Anna Zaires

Release Date: February 10, 2014

Genre: New Adult Dark Erotica

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Synopsis

Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.

I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely.

Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful – a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.

My captor is an enigma. I don’t know who he is or why he took me. There is a darkness inside him – a darkness that scares me even as it draws me in.

My name is Nora Leston, and this is my story.

WARNING: This is NOT a traditional romance. It contains disturbing subject matter, including themes of questionable consent and Stockholm Syndrome, as well as graphic sexual content. This is a work of fiction intended for a mature, 18+ audience only. The author neither endorses nor condones this type of behavior.

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My Review

3.5 Sweetly Cruel Stars

***New Adult Dark Erotic Novel***

WARNING: This is NOT a traditional romance. It contains disturbing subject matter, including themes of questionable consent and Stockholm Syndrome, as well as graphic sexual content. This is a work of fiction intended for a mature, 18+ audience only. The author neither endorses nor condones this type of behavior.

Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.
Yes. Please.

Nora is an 18 year old average high school graduate. She is young and trying to figure out what she wants. Her whole world crashes down around her after Julian, the dark, mysterious, handsome man who has taken a liking to her, decides she will be his. He wants her and no one will stop him from having her as his. Even if it means taking her against her will. Nora is taken to a private island, where Julian has made it his mission to show her all the ways he can pleasure her and satisfy his needs. He wants to possess her as much as she has possessed him.

He just touches me. Like he has the right to do so. Like I belong to him – something deep inside me senses that he could’ve easily gone further, that he doesn’t play by the normal rules. That he’s probably the most dangerous creature I’ve ever met.

SO, I love dark books. I love twisted books. When I read the blurb….SOLD!
But. This one fell a little short for me in the dark factor. When I think dark, I think non-con, abuse, human trafficking, a ton of “OH MY GOD” moments that make you cringe. But, to me, this was missing some of the darkness that I was craving. I felt that this was more of an erotic romance with a slightly dark twist and BDSM…but it all worked with the storyline and the characters.

It did have it’s dark elements….like kidnapping, Stockholm Syndrome, and a mysterious lead male with a dark past and certain proclivities.
I felt that the first half of the story was slow to start. I must admit, Nora’s narration in some of the sex scenes was just dull. Granted, she is inexperienced, but some of the word choices turned me off.

The second half of the book is when the story really takes off and the pace picks up. This is the half that really captured my attention and had me wanting to see what was going to happen next.

I felt that Nora really came into her true self and accepted her feelings and desires.

I never knew pleasure and pain could co-exist like that, but there’s something strangely addictive in that combination, something dark and forbidden that resonates with a part of myself I never knew existed.

I feel that the author ended it in a good spot. Perfect for the lead into Keep Me. I will definitely be reading book 2 to see where the author takes us with Julian and Nora.

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About the Author

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Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels.

Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.

In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband.

She loves hearing from her readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact her through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.

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