Twisted by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott #Review

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Twisted by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott #Review

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Series: Lost in Oblivion #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by Rainbow Rage Publishing
Released on December 2, 2014
Pages: 402
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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I started off by reading book one in the Lost in Oblivion series since I got Rocked free on ARe during their Earth Day celebration. While that book was long, I was hooked on the band and how they all fall in love. These aren’t easy books that were created. The band doesn’t always get along and sometimes they do things that alienate each other so bad. With Twisted, they are trying to get back to being a band, writing and creating new material and dealing with a new record label.

When I met Gray Duffy in the first book, I didn’t get a great sense of who he was because he talked very little, and was involved very little. He states he just wants to play. In this story we get a lot of his backstory and what caused him to be in the place he is at the moment. We meet Gray as a 16 year old who’s family takes in foster children from time to time. Jasmine is the latest and right away Gray feels a connection to her through their music. Jazz’s mother gives her up to the system after she has another child and can’t raise them both. Her mom is a pill and says bad things about Jazz.

The story moves back and forth between current times and the past that come to a head in the future. Confusing? Just know that about every other chapter is one in the past with Jazz and Gray as teenagers and then another on in the current time as they are finally getting together.

So a fight breaks out in the band and the label executive decides to split the band to work on songs. Jazz, Deacon and Simon go to an exclusive resort to work together while Gray and Nick got to an upscale cabin.  One, Gray and Nick have a lot to work through because Nick and Jazz were once an item. It doesn’t help that in book 1, Nick made a deal with the first record label that cut out the other members besides Simon from some profits. Nick has a pretty bad attitude, but as they work together, we see a side of Nick that isn’t one the public sees.

I was right in book one about Gray being on drugs. He wants to say something happened that drove him to it, but in the end I put the blame squarely on his shoulders that he started doing the drugs and kept saying he could stop. Jazz is kind of naive and sweet. She doesn’t see what the others know about Gray. Gray is just the man she loves that she thinks never sees her.

Through the story we watch Gray battle his addiction and the fact he owes his dealer a lot of money. We walk with Jazz as she takes the reins on her love for Gray, but naively not figure out what is going on with him. In the end, the two have some huge decisions to make, paths to walk and some hearts to break.

Again, there was way to much sex that drowned out the real problems these two had to deal with that they ignored. Gray likes eating out women and there is a lot of that. Throw in he uses sex to hide his addiction. I agreed with the decisions Gray ultimately makes even if it does hurt. I also agree with the decisions Jazz makes, but I found it hard to deal with as well.

This can be read as a standalone book, but you might get confused on the back history of the band. If so, you can read my review of Rocked to get a sense of who all the band players are and their personalities.

There is a sequel to Gray and Jazz’s love story in Untwisted, book #2.5. I immediately started that book to make it feel like one whole story. So I know much more than I can say in this review. Untwisted’s review will be up soon!

Challenge Info:

Literary Pickers: sunglasses
Pervvy Girl: Face sitting
Books ‘N Tunes: Life is Beautiful by Sixx:A.M.


About Cari Quinn

USA TODAY bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story–a bible parable–in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. She attempted her first romance in junior high, long before she’d ever read one. Writing what she knew always took a backseat to what she wanted to know, and that still holds true today.

Though she also fires up her computer as a graphic designer, proofreader and editor, she can’t resist the lure of disappearing into a world of her own creation. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars.

The only thing she loves more than writing is hearing from readers! Please visit her at her website at

About Taryn Elliott

I’m USA Today Bestselling author Taryn Elliott. I’m a music freak who loves everything about telling stories. I have way too many ideas rattling around in my head, but music almost always ends up in the story somehow. I’m very lucky to have a job that allows me to slip into the shoes of musicians, actors, business women, tycoons, bodyguards, chefs, bakers, carpenters, inventors, bartenders, wine makers, artists, and so many more characters to come. Talk about living the dream.

Oh, and I write 85% of this with my bestie and writing partner, Cari Quinn. We also write super sexy paranormal romance and erotic romance under Taryn Quinn.

Enough about me…go read about one of my hot guys. They’re far more interesting. 😉

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
5 years ago

Intense stuff, then. He sounds pretty messed up and I can only imaging the pain they go through when she understands what he’s into.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
5 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

She is a very strong heroine. A little naive that she wants to believe in the world, but also street smart that sometimes you have to deal with the bad. Gray can do no wrong, until he does. Those rose colored glasses get broken big time. Gray for his part really tried to quit. He does something really stupid towards the end and realizes he isn’t handling it the way it should be handled. I commend him for deciding he has to fix himself before he can fix anything else.

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
5 years ago

Shari I love that there’s a deeper feel than just a run of the mill rock star romance, thanks for the beautiful review!

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
5 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes! It is very drama ridden and not the happy go lucky rocker who is lily white. I love that they hit some hard issues head on even if I at times just wanted to move on.

5 years ago

More rock …one day

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
5 years ago
Reply to  Blodeuedd

I will continue to read rock stories.