Twisted Games (Twisted #2) by Ana Huang
Review,  Romance

Twisted Games (Twisted #2) by Ana Huang – swoon-worthy forbidden romance

Twisted Games is a gripping, addictive, and swoon-worthy forbidden romance with an amazing plot and characters.

Twisted Games

Twisted Games (Twisted #2) by Ana Huang

Publication Date : July 29, 2021 (First published)

Read Date : May 2, 2023

Genre : Romance

Pages : 456

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Previous book in Series –

Twisted Love (Book #1)

Synopsis

Stoic, broody, and arrogant, elite bodyguard Rhys Larsen has two rules: 1) Protect his clients at all costs 2) Do not become emotionally involved. Ever.

He has never once been tempted to break those rules… until her.

Bridget von Ascheberg. A princess with a stubborn streak that matches his own and a hidden fire that reduces his rules to ash. She’s nothing he expected and everything he never knew he needed.

Day by day, inch by inch, she breaks down his defenses until he’s faced with a truth he can no longer deny: he swore an oath to protect her, but all he wants is to ruin her. Take her.

Because she’s his.

His princess.
His forbidden fruit.
His every depraved fantasy.

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Regal, strong-willed, and bound by the chains of duty, Princess Bridget dreams of the freedom to live and love as she chooses.

But when her brother abdicates, she’s suddenly faced with the prospect of a loveless, politically expedient marriage and a throne she never wanted.

And as she navigates the intricacies—and treacheries—of her new role, she must also hide her desire for a man she can’t have.

Her bodyguard.
Her protector.
Her ultimate ruin.

Unexpected and forbidden, theirs is a love that could destroy a kingdom… and doom them both.

Twisted Games is a contemporary royal bodyguard romance. It’s book two of the Twisted series but can be read as a standalone.

Warning: This book contains a possessive alpha hero, explicit sexual content, and profanity.

Review of Twisted Games

Twisted Games is addictive and swoon-worthy romance of Bridget and Rhys. This is more or less the same as the first book but with forbidden romance and royalty falling for normal person trope. I think this can be read as standalone but as this includes some events from the previous book I recommend to read this in order.

Writing is gripping, emotive, and entertaining. I loved the idea of the time jump here that is divided in two parts. The first part of the book in the same time frame as the first book while the second part extends the timeline. As it covers 4 years of timeline the first half is a little slow but it builds the story so well.

Plot is amazing in this book, even better than the first book and there also is suspense and mystery that I couldn’t guess until it was revealed. Characters are of course as amazing as plot and in this book too I absolutely loved their back story. There are many side characters both old and new. I liked Andreas and Christian. I can’t wait to read Stella and Christian’s story now. It was lovely to get to know both Bridget and Rhys.

Bridget is Princess of Eldorra, second in line who was never supposed to be a queen but when his brother abdicates for love, she has to take his place as Queen of Eldorra. There is lots of pressure with the title and her feelings for Rhys make it even more complicated. I couldn’t say what she will choose, Rhys or throne, and if she is choosing both then how.

Bridget is smart, lovely, compassionate, regal, and down to earth. I loved her in first book for how she was with her friends and her love for animals. She loved her freedom and normal life in U.S. and after her brother’s abdication I could see how she felt trapped and scared. It pained to see her vulnerable side. I agree with what her cousin said, “The throne is most powerful seat but also the smallest cage in the palace” and it was proved many times throughout the book. But she is also survivor, determined, stubborn and a risk taker. I could see why she, not Nikolai, could figure out how to repeal the Royal Marriage Law.

Rhys is hot, grumpy, overbearing, protective and possessive. I loved how much supportive he was. Bridget’s title and her higher position never bothered him. He won my heart when he helped Bridget with her bucket list. His back story brought tears to my eyes. It hurt to read how his childhood and later his time in the military caused him complex PTSD. I felt happy for him when he not only got Bridget but also found family.

There is insta-lust but the romance is slow burn. There are many beautiful and lovely moments. I absolutely loved when Rhys put up tent and created an indoor festival for Bridget and their time in Costa Rica was amazing. I loved how it shifted their feelings and relationship. Their love, pining, passion, and chemistry is fabulous.

Climax is predictable and inevitable. I was anticipating it as they both were pretty much reckless. I was just surprised their tryst could go so far. What I loved most was who Rhys’ father turned out and what he discovered about him and also the mystery behind who leaked their pics. I absolutely loved Bridget and Rhys for confronting the Speaker. End is lovely, uplifting, and refreshing.

Why 4 stars –

As much as I loved Bridget I didn’t like when she crawled to Rhys on his command. What happened to self-respect and dignity! And I also didn’t like Rhys for telling her to crawl. His possessiveness didn’t affect me until that point.

Some scenes and dirty talks were uncomfortable but I think now I know this is same in whole series so I didn’t let it affect me that much and focused on the plot that I very much enjoyed.

Overall, Twisted Games is a gripping, addictive, and swoon-worthy forbidden romance with an amazing plot and characters.

I recommend this if you like,
Possessive Alpha hero
Royalty romance
Royalty falling for normal person
Bodyguard Romance
Forbidden romance
Slow-burn
Insta-lust
complex PTSD
Grumpy/Sunshine
Age gap

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