Title: Twisted Paths
Author: L.L. Collins
Series: Twisted #2
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Life is a series of choices, and every one we make sends us down a different path…
It is easy to look back at your life and see the mistakes you’ve made and wonder how it all could’ve been different. But when the path you thought would last forever comes to an end and you have to choose a new one, do you follow the route that looks the straightest and easiest? Or do you follow your heart and choose the one that might have more twists and turns but could lead you to the happiest tomorrows?
Twisted Paths is not a standalone. This is meant to be read after book one in the Twisted series, Twisted Souls.
I could not have been more impatient while waiting for this book. L.L. Collins left my heart broken and bruised at the end of Twisted Souls and I desperately needed to hear the rest of this story. My head was swimming with questions and I had to have more Liane and Blake! Twisted Paths was everything I hoped for and so much more. L.L. Collins did an incredible job with this story, taking me on an emotional and heart wrenching journey with her words. I experienced so many feelings that for a moment I was sure my chest would burst before the book was done. L.L. Collins has truly outdone herself with this complicated story that unravels to reveal truths you should have seen coming since the first book. She expertly hid each and every piece of the puzzle, until you can’t believe you hadn’t already figured out how this story would end.
“She had been the reason why I could never fall in love. Not the right way. Not the everlasting way. That love was born with Liane Kelly and died the day she became Liane Collier. That was the day I became a shell of the person I used to be.”
Li and Blake are all grown-up and they live with the scars of their pasts. L.L. Collins transformed these characters so completely from the first book that I was stunned. Gone were the young, carefree teenagers of Twisted Souls, leaving readers with characters that had been disappointed by the direction of their lives and jaded by circumstance. Li and Blake were both clear reflections of the paths they’d traveled down over the past 18 years and it absolutely broke my heart. There was also an incredible growth that was evident as the story progressed and Li and Blake learned to define their own fate. I’ll never get tired of L.L. Collins’ characters. She gives them so much depth and personality that they feel like someone you’ve known forever. The flame between Li and Blake proves to never have extinguished, burning quietly over the years, waiting for that small drop of gasoline to provide permission to rage in all its fiery glory.
“He closes his eyes but doesn’t say a word. I can understand him wanting to shut out the world, because that’s sometimes the only thing we can do to try to survive what’s happening.”
In some ways, Twisted Paths was easier on my heart than Twisted Souls, while in others it managed to cut me even deeper. While I was relieved that Liane finally saw Ronan for who he really was, I was also concerned by the added adult complications of established families, jobs, and homes. There were moments while reading where I could feel the butterflies building in my stomach as the love between Li and Blake radiated off of the page. Tears found me when their lives began to unravel and my heart hurt every time another lie was exposed. Somewhere along the way L.L. Collins’ characters had managed to infiltrate my heart and claim a piece of it. The writing in Twisted Paths absolutely consumed me until I was drowning in Li and Blake’s world. L.L. Collins has a talent that is captivating and seriously magical. I already miss this remarkable couple. Twisted Paths is the perfect companion to Twisted Souls and you definitely won’t want to miss it.
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Don’t miss the first book in the Twisted Series:
Twisted Souls (Twisted #1)
LL Collins is a teacher who loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and boys, reading, and writing. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. The Living Again series: Living Again, Reaching Rachel, Guarding Hearts, Finding Forever, and Breaking Free: A Living Again Novella are available now in both eBook and paperback. The beginning to her new series, Twisted Souls, was released March 3, 2015 and the second and final book in the series, Twisted Paths, will release April 7, 2015.
LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out to try to make her lifelong dreams of becoming an author come true. She has been a teacher for over ten years, a wife for 15, and a mom to two boys, 13 and 11.