TWISTED (Lost in Oblivion #2 ) by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott-a review
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 29, 2014
He’s always saved her. Now she’s going to return the favor…
Gray Duffy never thought he’d end up as the co-lead guitarist of Oblivion, one of the hottest rock bands in the country. Even better? He’s sharing the experience with his best friend, Jazz. Since the day she’d showed up as his family’s new foster kid, Gray has protected her. Loved her. And not just platonically either. After all these years of wanting her in his bed, he still doesn’t know what it would be like to have her mouth on his.
Except for that one time. The time he’d shared her with Nick. The best worst night of his life.
Now they’re living their dream. They’re making music together and spending every waking moment trapped in tight quarters. With success at their fingertips, the time is right for him to finally make his move toward the woman he needs.
He just never figured he would lose control. Or that she would find out.
They’ve loved each other through everything. But what if this time love just isn’t enough?
REVIEW: TWISTED is the second full length storyline in Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott’s Lost in Oblivion series focusing on the members of the rock band Oblivion. This is drummer Jasmine (Jazz) Edwards and guitarist Gray Duffy’s storyline-a friends to lovers trope that looks at second chances and forgiveness. TWISTED can be read as a stand alone but for background information, the band’s beginnings and cohesion I would strongly suggest reading in order.
Told from third person point of view alternating between past and present TWISTED follows the introduction between fourteen year old foster child Jasmine Edwards and Grayson Duffy-the young man who would one day break her heart-to present day. Jasmine grew up in foster care and at fourteen found herself living with the Duffy’s. Long story short, Gray and Jazz were attracted to one another immediately with Gray playing the protector and big brother to Jazz’s fragile ego. But a caustic and dangerous moment in time found an eighteen year old Jazz on the run, leaving Gray heartbroken and lost. Two years would pass before Jazz reconnected with the Gray and Gray was a changed man. Now that both were members of the up and coming rock band Oblivion, Gray’s life will begin to spiral out of control following a night he will never forget between Nick, Jazz and himself.
TWISTED is a storyline that follows present day with the rock band Oblivion alternating with a story about the past. Jazz never had an easy life and thought she had found a loving family with the Duffy’s but like many families there is a dark and dangerous side, one that Jazz would experience first hand. Even with Gray’s love and protection, Jazz would find herself alone again, on the run, with no one to care. While the members of Oblivion find themselves in lock down to get over their attitude and destructive egos, Jazz and Gray will take the next step in their relationship. The realization that Gray is falling deeper into addiction and despair comes with a darker threat against the woman that he loves.
All of the members of Oblivion (Simon, Nick, Deacon and Harper) including new PR manager Lila play an active role throughout the premise of TWISTED. As manager, Lila is the one who will have to take control when the band begins to implode and slowly destroy what is left of their image. Social media, addiction, inflated egos and revenge will take center stage for a band on the cusp of making it big.
Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott pull from the reality that is the rock and roll lifestyle. There is betrayal, jealousy, excess and love. Everyone will be affected by the fall out of one night of passion between three friends, resulting in a tense relationship between the members of the band. LOST IN OBLIVION is an intense, dramatic and addicting series with moments of passion, heartbreak and erotic imagery.
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Reviewed by Sandy