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Twisted Truth

(A Truth Vs Lie Novel #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  63 reviews
I used to believe in true love.
Until he broke me.
Lesson learnt.
Where there’s love, there’s lies.

I used to believe I wasn’t what she needed.
Until I let her love in.
I’ve changed for her.
I want her to believe in me like I need to believe in myself.

Isaac James stayed out of my life for five years. He wasn't to blame, after all, protecting me imprisoned him.
Now he’s back
Published September 22nd 2017
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Eve (Between The Bookends)

Super bummed, but this one just wasn't holding my interest. :(


DJ Sakata
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He’ll have his pick of women, and no way is he going to choose a whiny, bitchy moose.

God, it smells like a skunk had a bar fight in here…

My Review:

Twisted Truth was a full-on angst-fest, I kid you not, it was unrelenting and relentless! Angst is not and will never be on my list of favorite things; and when it accompanies repeated and devastating heartbreak, stubborn and uncommunicative characters that can’t get out of their own way, and constant tension and conflict
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF

The cover!! The designer has done wonders and the cover for Twisted Truths is more than eye catching in every sense of the word. Beautiful cover for a beautiful book. I may be a little biased here about Twisted Truth because it contains some of the author’s older characters, from books I loved. You could read this as a standalone, Maria has been clever in the way she has written those back characters into her new story. But - you’d be do
My first book by this author & not my last.

Twisted Truth is a great story that captures everything I love in a contemporary romance with the added cherry on the cake of a childhood to adulthood love story.

There's military ops action, angst, danger, at times I got frustrated with the characters but it all leads to a happy ending. The author balanced everything out brilliantly and had me constantly turning the pages.

Via and Isaac grew up together they are cousins but with Isaac being a
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Twisted Truth by Maria Macdonald was my first read by this author and I enjoyed it. This story has twists and turns that will keep you intrigued.

Isaac and Via have grown up together and have always been there for each other. They love each other, but as they grew older, circumstances have kept them apart. When Via is hurt, Isaac is quick to defend her, but ends up in prison. They spend years apart and Isaac has kept secrets from Via. To protect her, he is distant and cold to her.

So, begins Isa
Anne Milne
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maria wrote one of my all time favourite couples Dane and Nova to me their love could not be rivalled but then she gave me this gem to read. Isaac and Olivia his Via and I didn't just fall in love I was obsessed with their story.
From the moment we met Via and Isaac I knew nothing was going to be easy for them. Missed opportunities, misunderstandings and separation take their toll on not only their friendship but on them as individuals.
I loved Via she's ballsy and funny but where Isaac is conce
Morgan Terry
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This book feels like all my favorite Maria Macdonald moments put into one phenomenal story. The feels, the characters, the heartache and happiness, and the absolute love laced with utter sadness are rolled into one amazing story that I did not want to put down. One that I've read more than once because it's impossible to not fall in love with these complex, enthralling, and passionate characters.

From the start, Via and Isaac's connection is captivating. Despite the opposite way their lives seem
⏃ : ✦ villainous_vixen ⏃ : ✦

"Where there's love, there's lies."

My emotions were all over the place.

First of all Twisted Truth is the first book I have read from the lovely Maria Macdonald, and I'm HOOKED!!!

" brain says to forget him, but my heart still loves him, and I fear it always will."

Okay Julia.... calm down... Take a chill pill....

I just finished Twisted Truth not even five minutes ago and tears are flowing! Isaac and Via's story is a rough one. Love isn't easy, but
Bookish Affair
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Filled with so much emotions... I Loved it!!
Review to come soon!!
C.J. Fallowfield
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Macdonald is fast proving herself an incredible author, and one that's been moved up to my short list of must read authors. Twisted Truths was a great contemporary romance novel with an unusual plot, which is always a bonus in my eyes. Set in London I'm not giving anything away that the author hasn't already warned about when I say that it deals with a mild taboo of relationships between cousins. I really liked the heroine Olivia AKA Liv and Via. A tattooed striptease artist with a fiery persona ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know, there is always one author out there who you desperately wish more people knew about. An author that gives her all to her words, her stories and her characters. An author whose books are brilliant. Maria MacDonald is that author for me.

I have read every book of Maria’s so far, fallen fast and hard for characters she's penned and stories she's slaved over. Only, with Twisted Truth, Maria demolished all her previous works and produced something way above anything she's ever written befo
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Twisted Truth is my first book by the author and in the first two chapters I was hooked.
It has a little bit of something for everyone, there's first love, suspense, a little military and a whole lot of uncertainty among the characters.
Isaac I immediately loved, when his reasons became clear I adored him for what he was doing.
Olivia on the other hand, she may have taken some warming up to, at times she had her head on straight an then boom lets take a ride on the crazy train an go way off the ra
Sarahjane Keeler
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this book. It was so good and had me thinking about what would happen next. I totally get why Issac done what he did but I also understand why Via was the way she was. I felt so many emotions reading this book which made me love it even more. It dragged me in and made me feel as if I was living the story. I can't wait for more 😃 True love knows no bounds ❤️
Ashley Carr, LSoR
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Macdonald and it won't be the last. She pulls you right into the book, I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster. You feel the emotions right along with the characters in the story. This book is based on Issac and Olivia and the struggles to be together. The first hurdle was they were cousins, but really not. They have been raised as cousins. Then Issac joined the army, but got leave to come home for Olivia's birthday and tragedy strikes. Now Issac ...more
Helen Whitelaw
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness what a fantastic read!!

It's a complete rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish! From laughing out loud to crying into a tissue!

The only way to describe this is an EPIC love story for Via and Issac. Two souls destined to be together!

I was completely hooked! Maria your an amazing writer and you know how to tell a love story!

Definite must read!!! 5 Stars!!!!!!!!
Renee at Book Happiness
I received this for an honest review...

OH MY OH ISSAC how I love thee let me count the ways!!

LOVE LOVED this book... it really is no secret that I adore this author from the very first book I read of hers I have been a HUGE fan.. This book takes it over the top in a super amazing way!!!

This book just OH MY GOD I just truly dont have the words to explain the emotions that I went through with this book!!

Such a wonderful second chance... AMAZEBALLS~~
Analia Almonte
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Just perfect, amazing!

As always Maria writes with her heart.  I'm following her writing style since the beginning and let me tell you she nailed it once again.  This story is really beautiful and amazing, the connection between the main characters were perfect, and the originality about the story had me hooked.  Is was a fantastic read that will put your emotions like a roller coaster.  I felt every single part like I was there. I'm not one of the full page reviews, but overall the book was rea
A cocktail of Love, Death and Devastation that is shaken, stirred and poured to perfection...

I first came across Maria Macdonald earlier this year when I reviewed Dazed. I loved her writing style and her storytelling, however I have to admit that going into Twisted Truth I was expecting one thing and I got got something completely different and unexpected. Firstly, I need to say a little something— the blurb for this book does not give anything away.. well, not the things that make your eyes pop
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've had the pleasure and honour of Beta reading this.. I've gripped my seat as I awaited each new chapter and cheered this characters on ..and at times cursed the author!! lol. it is another fantastic novel by Maria Macdonald with twists turns and a ballsy heroine! add to that a hot as hell hero and side characters with spunk too... and you have your next TBR right here !!
Laura Jane
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! I have felt everything throughout reading this book. I love Isaac and Via and I just want more and more. Thank you Maria for yet another outstanding book.
Cee Cee Houston
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maria has kind of gone back to her roots with this one. If you read her Entwined Hearts series, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The kids are all grown up now and it’s Olivia and Isaac who take center stage here. The first chapters show Olivia’s early childhood from 6 to 16 and they are funny, endearing and just too cute.
But, then the story starts to get more grown up, just like the characters. On Olivia’s 18th birthday, she finally gets what she wanted with Isaac, but it’s short lived. Isaac
Elizabeth Horbaczek
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

When I started reading this book, I never expected how it was going to be. I really liked the twist at the beginning on why Isaac left. It's usually for a really dumb reason, but I felt it was honorable with what was happening in the story. It's starts off telling you Olivia's side when she was young, how she and Isaac were inseparable. They were best friends and how he protected her throughout her young life. When she got older the feelings ch

Twisted Truth contains so many feelings and you are left wondering what is the truth and why the secrets and lies? The one thing you will see though is that no matter what these two were meant to be soul mates. This is my first book by this author and I cannot wait to see more on this series cause the mystery of what is the truth and what is a lie keeps you hooked from the beginning to end trying to figure it out.
Isaac James AKA Kane puts on a good front when he separates these two alter egos o
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bittersweet return…

If you have read the Entwined Hearts series than you may feel just like I did when reading this first entry in its spin-off series. If you haven’t read it, please, READ THAT SERIES! I can’t recommend it highly enough. While Via and Isaac’s story could be read stand-alone, the emotional punch was even harder knowing what went on with their families before.
This time out I was…

Excited. To see what was happening with much-loved characters and find out what their kids were up t
Sarah Goulding
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewing on behalf of Amo's Book Corner.

Olivia and Isaac are cousins, but more than that they are in love and always have been. It's as though they were made for each other. But things have happened in Isaac's life which had a negative impact on them both. Isaac went to prison and then disappeared for 5 years which devastated Olivia to the point that she fell off the wagon and screwed up her future career. Isaac did what he had to do to keep Olivia protected, but Olivia doesn't know any of it -
Rebecca Austin
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Olivia McKenna has been in love with her non-blood cousin, Isaac James for years. When she turns 18 they spend one night together but in the morning he is gone and will spend the next 4 years paying for proecting Olivia.

Now Isaac is back and Olivia can't understand why he won't contact her. Olivia believes they are meant to be where as Isaac believes that he is bad news for Olivia.

Will Olivia be able to show Isaac that they are meant to be and that he is good for her or will his anger and his jo
2OCC Reviews
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gemma
Twisted truth was an interesting story that has some enjoyable moments within it. It did take me a little bit to get into the story, but I found the story to be enjoyable. The chemistry between the characters was apparent from the start of the book and only grew as the book went on. I love the way the author wrote the story in a way to show the emotions of the characters and the type of relationship that the two main characters had. There were a lot of twists and turns throughout the story that ...more
Yvonne Eason
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start with leaving my review for this book! I honestly don't think words would be able to describe the emotions this book brought out in me.

After reading the Entwined Hearts Series by Maria, it was lovely to catch up with some of the characters again. Even though it did open up old wounds.

I loved the 1st chapter in this book. It had me laughing out so loud at the beginning. I can just see that happening in real life as we know children have no sensors on what comes out of their mout
Johnaka- Amity Book Blog
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Twisted Truth by Maria Macdonald
“Love that can withstand time, 5 stars”

Liv has loved Isaac since she was a little girl. He was the one she wanted as a teenager and then when she got him it was short lived. Isaac basically disappeared, now years later he’s back and avoiding Liv. If you really love someone can you let them go or will they always be with you?
Isaac has always loved Via (Liv), but life took a nasty turn and kept him away from her. Now he’s back, but he’s not ready to claim his woman.
Susan Trewick
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read by this author and it was another great read, I was hooked from the first page and spat out at the end. The story follows Isaac and Olivia, Olivia has always liked Isaac more than a cousin should, he's always been there for her, one fateful night changes their relationship and life beyond recognition. There's a lot of lies, missed chances, twists and turns but ultimately a love that has survived a separation of years. Although both Isaac and Olivia lost a part o ...more
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Maria Macdonald is an author who writes sometimes, but mostly procrastinates.

She's a serial Netflix watcher, an avid reader (often meaning she burns the dinner) and occasionally she'll throw a book out to her readers. She also likes tea and chocolate!

She writes Paranormal YA, romantic suspense, Coming of Age, MM, New Adult & contemporary romance.

Originally from London, she now lives in South Wes

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