Roiling in political corruption and the raging violence of drug cartels in the California/Mexico borderlands, Twisted Love explores the redemptive power of love even amidst the most brutal and privileged echelons of contemporary society. Julietta Aguilar, a young archaeologist with a dark past shrouded with sordid family secrets, discovers a hidden chamber under the ruins of the Templo Major, in the heart of Mexico City. She soon finds herself enmeshed in an ancient mystery even as she tries to solve her father's senseless murder.
Now followed by cartel killers, deadly supernatural spirits and thwarted by her own family, her quest for peace seems almost insurmountable – until she meets a man in black with a nefarious background who goes only by one name. Rocky.
This book is incredibly gritty. It delves into a story of love, lust, hard work, pain, and life in the underworld of drugs and killing. The title of the book somewhat makes you believe that love will prevail with a bit of a twist. It is that for sure but it does not really give hint at how twisted it is. The characters are well developed and believable. Some characters I felt pain for, others, I loathed.
There are scenes in the book that are hard to swallow and at times I wanted to throw up at the thought of them. Yet, they were written with true imaginative power and not so graphically. The author was brilliant how he wrote those scenes and the love scene that was in the book as well. I enjoyed the twists of them.
Do not get me wrong though, this is no romance novel! The author does a great job at picturing what it might be like to live as an archaeologist and what dangers it could impose. He manages to twist ancient theories of the Aztec people with a ghostly dig. He gets political corruption in there too. If that is not enough, there is also an intertwined story of an ex-marine turned hired blood-cold killer, turned conscientious lover into the story. I was truly amazed how it all came together in the end.
This book is one roller coaster of a ride that was really hard to put down at times. However, I had to because there is so much, that I had to breathe on occasion just to grasp it all.
Do you want a great thriller to read? Then this is the book for you. 5 stars!
NOTE: I do want to warn my readers of some possible triggers: Graphic murder scenes, uncomfortable sex scenes, and language.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ with yours. ~Michelle
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