Twisted Circles by Claire Contreras

5 STARS

Release Date: July 13, 2020

SYNOPSIS: When someone tells you who you are, do you believe them? The first question the cops asked me was if anything out of the ordinary happened to me lately. When I woke up this morning in the room of a mental institution I couldn’t remember a thing – not my name nor how I got there. Not how I left or how I ended up in that interrogation room.The only thing I knew came from the contents inside my bag. A wallet, a student ID, a key that opened an unknown door, and two notebooks. They tell me my name. It matches my IDs. They tell me my story. I shut my eyes and try to piece it together, but can’t.

They tell me why they picked me up in the first place. They thought I was my sister. My brain stays stuck there. I try to rewind and fast-forward, as if my memories were on a videotape, but it’s no use. I can’t recall having a sister. They put me back in the car and drop me off in front of a mansion they call The Manor and I discover what the mysterious key in my backpack opens the front door, and just as quickly wish I’d never unlocked it at all.


REVIEW: How does Claire Contreras do it? I mean this series has been spectacular. When I read Half-Truths, I felt like I had never read anything like it before–seriously, I had the biggest book hangover. I knew I had to get my hands on Twisted Circles, because even if it was half as good as Half-Truths, I knew it would be great. Luckily, Claire Contreras has done it again. Twisted Circles is the romantic suspense I never saw coming. Every twist and turn made the story more mysterious.

I found myself deeply invested in the characters as we learn more about them and watch them handle the deceptions they’ve been dealt. Eva is such an awesome female lead. With everything she’s been through, she has so much strength and it really shows in her pursuit of the truth throughout this book. She’s an inspiration. One of the things the secret society aims to help its members with is achieving their full potential. You would think that Adam is well on his way by being the president of The Swords, doing well in school, and scoring an impressive internship. But I felt Adam truly started to see his full potential as he self-reflected on the events that were occurring and his part in The Swords. It was a beautiful and relevant moment, that really added to his character. Adam is just perfect as a supportive man in Eva’s life. Something I love about the romance in this one is that there isn’t relationship drama. The romance and relationship are a small part of the overall plot, but it’s total relationship goals.

I loved this book, and I cannot wait to see where Claire Contreras takes this series and if we’ll see more of the side characters. I’m going to go recover from my book hangover now, make sure to hit me up to take about this mind blowing book once you read it!

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Check out book 1 in the series!

5 Stars

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Meet Claire Contreras


 
 
Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages. 

She was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Miami, and now lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two adorable boys, and French Bulldog. When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book. 

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The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

5 STARS!

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Publisher: Avon Impulse

SYNOPSIS

As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the Countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. Showing up at the Countess’ London home, she hoped to find a challenge, not a woman who takes her breath away.

Catherine St Day looks forward to a quiet widowhood once her late husband’s scientific legacy is fulfilled. She expected to hand off the translation and wash her hands of the project—instead, she is intrigued by the young woman who turns up at her door, begging to be allowed to do the work, and she agrees to let Lucy stay. But as Catherine finds herself longing for Lucy, everything she believes about herself and her life is tested.

While Lucy spends her days interpreting the complicated French text, she spends her nights falling in love with the alluring Catherine. But sabotage and old wounds threaten to sever the threads that bind them. Can Lucy and Catherine find the strength to stay together or are they doomed to be star-crossed lovers?

REVIEW

Female/female romance. SIGN ME UP! But a Female/female historical romance, I am beyond intrigued. I went into this with high expectations, and they were totally met! I loved this story for many reasons. The writing was done so well that I really felt the depth of the story. I think my favorite part was that both women were in such unhappy places in their lives when they first met. They share a connection through astronomy, but one does not have fond memories associated with it. The women are also struggling with the expectations of the time period and how those expectations limit their lives and pursuit of joy. Watching Lucy and Catherine build a relationship and grow together had me utterly enthralled with this story. It was a little slow in the middle, but I usually feel that historical romances have a slow part somewhere that I could skim through (it’s a personal problem haha). Overall, I feel that this book was exactly what I wanted it to be and I would definitely recommend it!

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Like You Want It by Jillian Liota

5 STARS!!!

Release Date: March 25, 2019


SYNOPSIS

“Sometimes, wanting someone just isn’t enough.”

I don’t want to believe those words. Because I’ve never fallen for someone like Fin Callaghan. And I can’t imagine that this feeling isn’t enough.

CARLY
To say my first interaction with Fin leaves much to be desired is an understatement. He infuriates me, barely speaks, and glares at me all the time. Not to mention he thinks I’m a mess.

It isn’t in my plans to start to like him. To fall for him. To want something more. But Fin’s past is filled with a pain that makes any kind of us impossible. He can’t seem to figure out what he wants, and truthfully, neither can I. 

All I know is that I want more than what he’s willing to give.

FIN
All I should be focusing on is my family as we try to sort through the wounds left by our past mistakes. I have more than enough on my plate, have sacrificed too much to fracture my focus. I shouldn’t allow a woman to get in the way. Especially one like Carly Palmer.

She’s different. Wild. A bright burst of color in my world of black and white. Before I know it, she’s all that I want. All I can think about. But it doesn’t matter. I’ve been through betrayal that still singes my skin, eats at my soul.

I won’t allow it to happen again.


REVIEW

This was a story that didn’t know I needed. This story resonated with me Down in my soul. I laughed, I cried, and I highlighted so many damn quotes. The characters we’re messy and flawed in very realistic ways, and it was such a joy to go on the journey with them as they grew through what they were going through.

Carly is one of those people you might find kind of annoying, but you also wish you could be her. Her optimism is like the sun, and she takes the time to really think about the whole picture. I love her friendship with Susie, and how Carly builds her up and supports her. Carly is really good about being selfless. Her friend Dina is hilarious and brash, and I’d love to get to know her more.

That brings me to send Fin, who I want to call something else, but don’t want to give it away. Just wait until you hear Carley’s nicknames. Fin is dark and broody and definitely flawed, but his journey of growth in the story is so fulfilling. It was so satisfying to see the different sides of him show up throughout the story. With his and Susie’s family, there are issues but there is so much love and loyalty. The family dynamics for both characters were so realistic and really added to the story.

I think what made this book really impactful, is all of the wise words throughout the story. There is an open communication portrayed in a very realistic way, where characters struggle to have it, but eventually get to it. The relationships just become so healthy, and it really is wonderful to see that depicted in a book. The positive portrayal of therapy in this book is like a breath of fresh air. The therapist has this magnificent line when someone thinks therapy isn’t going to work for them—it wasn’t therapy is good for everyone and I won’t spoil for you because it’s so good, but it just made me say, “YES, that right there, YES!”

This story has so much damn heart, and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a romance with ALL THE FEELS.

Thank you so much to Jillian Liota for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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