Monday, August 21, 2017

This Is the Route of Twisted Pain by MariaLisa deMora

Legends are born from moments like these. Folktales spun around a single point in time so perfect, you can almost hear the click resonating through the universe as things align.

George Bell, aka Twisted, knows the odds are against him. Have been all his life. Born in a Louisiana bordello, raised around the rough and rowdy men of a motorcycle club, he’s never been the lucky type. But he believes luck can change, so when fate gives him a glimpse of breathtaking beauty, he’s more than willing to roll the dice. Chancing upon what could be the woman of his dreams, he’s prepared to push this streak as far as he can.

Penny Dane’s background gives her an edge in the life she’s chosen to lead. Raised in a can-do family, she’s resilient, rolling with life’s punches and landing on her feet. But, when the past holds painful secrets—when a single misstep can turn deadly—can she trust the passion this man stirs in her?

On the surface, Bell and Penny don’t work. Their mismatched worlds are too different. But like a backwater bayou, what you see is not the whole story, there are mysteries buried underneath. Penny is the red-haired beauty caught up in a web of lies. Bell is like no one she’s ever met before. The problem is, he knows it.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a wild, gritty ride and I loved every moment of it. I was hooked from the first page and madly in love with ‘Twisted’ George Bell by the end of the first chapter. Born to a whore in a bordello, Twisted survives a brutal childhood before joining his grandfather’s MC.

This is as much the story of Twisted’s life as it is a romance. His relationship with his mother and grandfather. His unshakeable friendship with Po’Boy that takes the two men from childhood to leadership of their MC. The bloody, harsh world of MC politics. His delicate navigation through a world of brothers, allies, and traitors. Twisted’s life is harsh and often ugly. He has his own moral code and I love the way the author immerses readers in his world.

There is romance in this story. Twisted needs a woman strong enough to hold her own against him, his brothers, and their enemies. Raised in an allied biker club, trucker Penny is willing to sacrifice herself for family and she’s strong enough to earn the club’s respect and to be patched in on her own merit. When Twisted meets her, she is beautiful, clever, and recovering from a horrific ordeal. I loved the connection between Twisted and Penny. It is a cerebral as it is sensual. They feel like partners from the moment they meet and Penny makes Twisted and his brothers stronger.

I devoured this story in a single afternoon and fell in love with a new-to-me author before I’d finished this first book. I love the characters, I love Twisted’s world, and I can’t wait for the next book.

This is my first read by this author and I was not disappointed.

I really liked the beginning where you get a sense of why Twisted is like he is. His past is what made him into the man he is. I was so invested in the storyline and the characters. The secrets that were kept, the twists and turns, and the suspense kept me rooted to my seat until I got to the end.

Penny and Twisted meet at a truck stop. Penny isn't naive in the ways of life, she's tough, and she can hold her own. The connection between them is immediate and seriously page-burning hot.

The author gives this world life. I haven't read her previous books but I will make it a mission to go back and read the others! I can't wait to see what's next.

Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says “I’ve always loved to read, but then I discovered writing, and found I adored that, too. For reading… if nothing else is available, I’ve been known to read the back of the cereal box.”

A hockey fan, hiker, gamer, and single mom of a special needs son, she embraces her inner geek and has been working in the tech field for a publishing company for a couple decades.

Music is a driving passion, and she says, “I love music of nearly any genre — jazz, country, rock, alt rock, metal, classical, bluegrass, rap, hip hop… you name it, I listen to it. I can often be seen dancing through the house in the early mornings. But I really, REALLY love live music. My favorite thing with music is seeing bands in small, dive bars [read: small, intimate venues]. If said bar [venue] has a good selection of premium tequila, then that’s a plus!”

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of This Is the Route of Twisted Pain (Neither This, Nor That #1) by MariaLisa deMora to read and review.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed Twisted and his Shiny Penny. <3 ~ML


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