A Twisted Love Story by Ace Gray
A couple things first…
•This can absolutely be read as a stand-alone. I have not read the first two books, and I never felt lost. You better believe I will be going to back to read the first two books because holy…I just can’t. I need more Horse, Cole, and Elle. Like, I feel a void in my book loving heart right now.
•This a dark and gritty world filled with violence and crime. The characters are amoral, and many of them have no souls at all.
•This is still a love story. It is just filled with depraved characters. It is filled with many relationships that morph and evolve over the course of the story. At its core, thought, it shows light in the darkness and the darkest love still shines bright.
5 WILD & SAFE CROWNS
One of the best discoveries of 2017 was picking up the book Of Smoke & Cinnamon. Not only was it a great story, but it brought me to the words of Ace Gray. Her prose from the minute I read that book, spoke to me. It is beautiful and honest. Her stories just reach into my heart and twist it around, making me feel so many emotions, and no story had me all mixed up like Horse. It is one of those books that I’m
not sure my words will be able to articulate what I feel for this book, but I’m going to give it a shot.
Horse is such a complex character because of his dichotomous nature. He is good and bad, light and dark, hate and love, and death and life. He, however, sees none of the good. He sees the death and mayhem he creates and brings. Watching the people who love him show him the good is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever witnessed with a hero. I also love his openness with sexuality. He truly does not in any way have a preference. He just likes it all. Every person. Every act. He craves a bit of aggression, and it isn’t a surprise with the life he lives. I enjoy the acceptance of it in the novel. Although several acts in the novel are violent and aggressive, it is often what the characters want, especially Horse, and what turns them on. There is never judgment, well, maybe Horse judging himself, over what is done. It is a part of who they are. Horse is also a man who loves fiercely and wholeheartedly, even if it decimated him in the end. He is the dark hero, the man who seems evil but truly is man searching for love and family.
There are so many “others” in Horse’s life that I can’t characterize each of them, but each person serves a purpose in the evolution of Horse, his journey to the man he is at the end of this story. Whether it is the man who forces him into the darkest parts of his soul, the man who gives him reprieve, the woman who has been his family and seeks love in the violence, the man who has his soul, or the two who bring light and peace, each one plays an integral part to the man I fell in love with (and yes, I fell for this violent, broken, and beautiful man).
This story is a journey, a war per se. It is Horse fighting for himself, for the people he loves, for some type of redemption. It is emotional. I read this story with my mouth gaping, with tears in my eyes, with my hand gripping my chest. It was hot, it was heartfelt, and it was, at times, depraved, and I was completely enraptured by every moment, every line, every word. I never wanted it to end, but I cannot explain my joy with the ending she gave the readers. It was perfect. ABSOLUTELY. PERFECT.
If you read dark romance, one-click this book RIGHT NOW! It is a world unlike any other. If you have thought about picking up a darker romance, read this. You will be carried away by this world. I’m truly in awe of her writing. It captivates me. It works its way into my heart. It riles me up. It speaks truth, even if it is the darkest parts of humanity. It is violent beauty.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
Boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl. Boy marries girl. And they both live happily ever after. Right?
I fell for the boy. So slowly I barely noticed, then all at once. I loved my best friend with my entire heart, letting him fill up the holes my family had dug. But boys don’t fall for other boys. Just ask him.
So my story turned into boy meets boy. Boy falls for boy. Boy gets rejected. Boy meets girl. Boy meets boy. Boy loses them over and over and over again.
Pretty twisted, right?
My life story was really just a screwed up love story. A search for the one person that understood the darkness inside me. The monster I’d become. But sometimes the holes are too deep and far too bloody, for anyone—boy or girl—to fill.
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About the Author:
Ace Gray is a self-proclaimed troublemaker and connoisseur of both the good life and fairy tales. After a life-long love affair with books, she undertook writing the novel she wanted to read, which culminated in her first release STRICTLY BUSINESS. When she’s not writing, she owns her own business teaching Pilates. She loves rainy days, shellac manicures, coffee shops and bourbon—all of which are bountiful in her adopted home of Portland, OR where she runs amok with her chef husband and two huskies.
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