Potential Spoilers Ahead; Read at your own risk.
Book Title: Twisted Bond
Series: The Holly Woods Files
Author: Emma Hart
Point of View: Single
Writing Style: First Person
Setting: Texas, USA
Genre: Adult Contemporary Comedy Romantic Suspense
HEA: No cliffhanger. Good ending. Keep reading the series is my advice.
I’m an Italian-Texan woman in a family full of cops. I’m passionate and shoot before I think. You only f*ck with me if you’re stupid.
Photograph cheating spouses. Hand over the evidence. Cash my check.
That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator.
Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeah… Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason I’m single is because of my job.
Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until I’m hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash. My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch.
Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life.
So now all I have to do is avoid my nonna’s blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones.
All while I hunt down the killer.
Sounds totally simple—until a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences don’t always end up that way…
I should probably start out by saying that not only have I read this book before, but I’ve read it multiple times. Which might beg the question, why am I writing a review now? Well I figured it was about time. Plus the fifth book comes out at the end of the month, and I started a book club with two/three of my IRL friends and for the first book I suggested Twisted Bond. So now we’re all reading it and I’m actually making notes while I read so its basically the perfect opportunity for me to finally show my respect and love for this series. I have mentioned before that I’m not usually for comedies, lately I’ve found a few that have dragged me in, won me over, and made me piss my pants. This series had a lot to do with that (well this series and The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn – read my review HERE).
I honestly love this book, and sometimes when you re-read a book you like it less, but I just find more reasons I love it everytime I read Twisted Bond (and the rest of the series). While its classified as a ‘suspense‘ the girls in my Book Club interpreted this as mystery. But it isn’t really. In fact when one of them brought up the fact that the ‘mystery‘ didn’t engage them I ended up replying this; “To be honest the series is more about romance than the actual mysteries. But as the books progress Hart does a much better job of crafting the mystery. At least from what I can recollect and in my opinion. I actually think most of the mystery isn’t about the murders but about Lena and her life in the first book. Just an observation as I’m reading.” And I really do believe that, as the stories progress the story behind each murder in each book becomes more of a mystery more suspenseful. I don’t know whether that’s intentional or not but either way I don’t care. Hart’s writing is engaging and her characters and their interactions are laugh out loud funny. My favorites were of course Noelle and Drake (plus any scene featuring them in it is steaming of sexual tension and its awesome), but also the friendship between Noelle and Bek (they also compliment each other and my names is Rebecca so duh, course I like her). But the most important character and every interaction forthwith her is of course Nonna. Oh Nonna. Every scene with you, in every book makes me laugh. Plus the advice mentioned in Twisted Bond (that I can only assume was given to Noelle long before her grandmother began fearing for her zitella granddaughter) is crazy good.
“Nonna thinks the best kind of love is the one where you hate each other at least once a day. Something about caring enough to get pissed off.”
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (p. 97). . Kindle Edition.
A smart man, a good man, will always underestimate a woman. Not because he thinks she’s worthless or beneath him, but because he knows she’s on a pedestal towering above him.
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (pp. 122-123). . Kindle Edition.
It isn’t fighting in a relationship you have to worry about. It’s when you stop fighting, ’cause that means you’ve stopped caring. As long as there’s something to piss you off that’s worthy of complaining about, it means you still care with all of your heart.
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (pp. 260-261). . Kindle Edition.
See, what sage advice Nonna has for us all.
As I touched on before the ‘mystery‘ doesn’t seem to be the main point of the book. The ‘mystery‘ aspect or more so the crime solving gives a time setting to each story so there’s a beginning and an end, and both careers allow Noelle and Drake to have alpha personalities (thus creating 80% of the storyline/tension in the books). So if you want ‘mystery‘ or real ‘suspense‘ probably go pick up a Kathy Reichs book or something similar, this book is all about the LURVE. Or lack thereof, in part. Man do I love me good love/hate relationship (I blame Darcy). Yeah, so basically the crimes in this book seem to just act as a setting stone for a start and end as well as reason for the characters to interact. Afterall if they hadn’t worked ‘together’ on this case they probably would have continued to ignore each other. Or at least until Nonna went down to the police station to find her an Italian Catholic husband. You know, cause slim picking of those molds in Holly Woods Texas.
I just love this series, lately especially I’ve really been into Adult books like this (not eroticas) – the comedy style, banter. But even without that being my current book ‘faze’ this series is superb. I found it to be well written, there was only one ‘typo’ I found in the first book and it hardly warranted mention (but if you were wondering at one point it says NWPD instead of HWPD). I found the plot to be engaging, not including (when I say not including I kind of mean I’m separating the love plot to the murder plots because only one is continued throughout the series since each book is a new case) the murder investigation, which in itself was kind of weird but unravelling Lena’s life made it suspenseful and engaging. When I first read it I had a feeling she was mentally ill (and which mentally ill she was) but seeing it all unfold to Noelle (and later Drake) was fascinating.
Another great thing about this book/series is all the cupcakes. Holy shit, Noelle goes through so many cupcakes and not only am I jealous over the fact that she hasn’t turned into a cupcake herself but of all the amazing flavours she can have. No such flavours here in Tasmania *sigh*. Seriously, cupcakes are as important to Noelle as shoes and her guns.
Cupcakes are like sex for stress. Just a lot cleaner and slightly less pleasurable.
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (p. 153). . Kindle Edition.
I highly recommend this series to any adults (if it were a movie I’d rate it M) who love romance, cops, love/hate relationships and alpha personalities. Because this book has all of that in abundance. Also a little suspense, but if you’re like my friend I mentioned earlier and you like a real mystery this probably isn’t the book for you. But even if it isn’t, it’s free on Kindle so what harm could it really do? And unlike quite a few free ebooks, this is edited well and has a great story. I’d definitely call it a lite read, there isn’t much ‘heaviness’ (except for you know.. The death?) and it really is a fairly quick read. The romance and banter is great, the sexual tension is off the charts (I mean at least for me it is). I love the dynamics and my all time favorite aspect of this book (series)? Bond family dinners. I can’t wait for the fifth book, Twirled Bond (released 21st of July 2016) I’m so excited!
You can also order personalised signed paperback copies over at Emma Hart’s website (Linked HERE)
PLUS: Until the 27th of July (2016) you can get the ebundle (books 1-4) for only $0.99 (USD) which is amazing and a huge bargain given the other ebooks are $4 each.
You can find the Kindle Bundle HERE.
The Book Depository: Paperback
Now I’m going to
share bless you with some of my favorite quotes. Just cause I can.
“I’ve never known anyone to go off on a tangent as much as you two.”
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (p. 37). . Kindle Edition.
“I don’t have a temper!” I snap. And pause. “I’m simply passionate.”
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (p. 41). . Kindle Edition.
“Am I wearing a gun?” “Three.” My eyes flick to his arms.
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (p. 42). . Kindle Edition.
I reach behind me and grab Drake’s shirt. “You. Come with me.” “Kinky.” “Bite me.” “Still kinky.”
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (p. 73). . Kindle Edition.
His lips are soft but harsh, and he tastes like coffee and cupcakes. Triple-chocolate torte cupcakes.
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (p. 114). . Kindle Edition.
“Your adrenaline is a badass gene that flares the fuck up every now and then.”
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (p. 144). . Kindle Edition.
His thumb brushes my hip.
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (p. 154). . Kindle Edition.
Her heart is in the right place. Her heart is also in the wrong place. Bless her heart.
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (p. 156). . Kindle Edition.
He’s my nemesis and my ally, my dream and my nightmare, my anger-inducer and my pleasure-bringer.
Hart, Emma. Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files, #1) (p. 258). . Kindle Edition.
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