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Twisted Love (Twisted Series #1) by Ana Huang Review

Read Time: 5 minutes
Published On: January 30, 2023
Twisted Love by Ana Huang

Twisted Love is the first standalone book in Twisted Series. It is a classic brother’s best friend trope with some mystery sprinkled in.

About Twisted Love

Author: Ana Huang

Series: Twisted #1

Publisher: Little Brown Book Group

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Other works from the Author: King of Sin Series

Audible Listening Time: 10 hours and 41 mins

Page Number: 360 Pages

Goodreads Rating: 3.78/5

My Rating: 2/5

The plot of Twisted Love is not that strong. It has many plot holes. The story revolves around the trope of ‘Brother’s Best Friend’ where Alex takes care of Ava at the request of his best friend, Ava’s brother by moving beside her apartment as a neighbour. Because for some reason a grown-ass woman like Ava is not capable of taking care of herself. This put me off from the beginning. I don’t like this belittling in romance books.

Then there is the family drama between Ava & her father. That mystery is a bit far-fetched for my liking. It is too unbelievable. Also, Alex’s hidden motive doesn’t make sense. Why would he wait years to finally achieve his goals? Why didn’t he set his plan in motion years ago? No one knows!

Ava as a character is a weak one. She fights with her brother and Alex when they interfere too much in her life. But eventually, she just gives in and goes with the flow. I didn’t like that about her character. She is always a passive character in her own story.

Alex’s character is joked about being a psychotic serial killer. But he really comes off as one. A dark & broody male character is fine. But Alex is not that. He does seem psychotic. But it was not taken seriously and was joked about which reduced the intensity. Because of this reason, I couldn’t like Alex. As we all know that the male character in a romance book can make or break it completely.

I can’t say I enjoyed Twisted Love much. I use to like this trope but have grown out of it years ago. Since this is the first book in the Twisted series it is bound to have some flaws. I am going to continue the series as each book follows a different couple. Overall, I am not a fan of this book. The romance doesn’t blow my mind like King of Wrath.

Favourite Quotes

“If you let lesser people determine your self-worth, you'll never reach higher than their limited imagination.”

“You are the light to my dark, Sunshine,” he said in a raw voice. His lips brushed against mine as he spoke. “Without you, I’m lost.”

“Alex gripped my chin and brought my gaze to his. “What did I tell you? You’re mine, Sunshine. You’re never touching another man unless you want him six feet in the ground. So yes, we’re fucking exclusive.”

“You want the world to think you have no heart when in reality, you have a multilayered one: a heart of gold encased in a heart of ice. And the one thing all hearts of gold have in common? They crave love.”

“There’s something beautiful waiting for you, Alex. Whether you find it tomorrow or years from now, I hope it’ll restore your faith in life. You deserve all the beauty and light in the world.” … “There you go, romanticizing me again.” Alex didn’t move as I took another step toward him, but his eyes burned with intensity. “It’s too late for me, Sunshine. I destroy everything beautiful that comes into my life.”

“You told me once there was something beautiful waiting for me, something that’ll restore my faith in life. I’ve found it. It’s you.”

Amazon Blurb

He has a heart of ice...but for her, he'd burn the world.

Alex Volkov is a devil blessed with the face of an angel and cursed with a past he can’t escape.

Driven by a tragedy that has haunted him for most of his life, his ruthless pursuits for success and vengeance leave little room for matters of the heart.

But when he’s forced to look after his best friend’s sister, he starts to feel something in his chest:

A crack. A melt. A fire that could end his world as he knew it.


Ava Chen is a free spirit trapped by nightmares of a childhood she can’t remember.

But despite her broken past, she’s never stopped seeing the beauty in the world…including the heart beneath the icy exterior of a man she shouldn’t want.

Her brother’s best friend. Her neighbor. Her savior and her downfall.

Theirs is a love that was never supposed to happen—but when it does, it unleashes secrets that could destroy them both…and everything they hold dear.

Twisted Love is a brother’s best friend/opposites attract romance with a hint of suspense. It's book one in the Twisted series but can be read as a standalone.


WARNING: This book contains a possessive, morally gray alphahole; explicit sexual content, and profanity. No cheating or menage, but if you're looking for a traditionally sweet, loveable hero, this is not the book for you. Recommended for 18+.

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