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(Off Balance #4)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  558 ratings  ·  193 reviews
Rocked to her core, Adrianna is faced with an incurable illness. She's aware of what she's up against and is willing to risk what’s left of her for what she loves. With one last chance, and despite her doctor's orders, Adrianna struggles harder than ever to achieve her dream.

Tired and torn, Kova embraces his flaws as he watches Adrianna reach her breaking point. Unable to
Published November 19th 2019 (first published November 18th 2019)
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5 Team Kova Stars

From the very first page, you are quickly thrown back into the mind fuck that is the Balance series. Immediately you are overwhelmed by the world that is Kova and Ria and all the raw emotions that comes with this. A coach and athlete relationship that is so far beyond professional that you have no choice but to leave your morals and conscience at the door.

As these are not standalones, each book in this series must be read in order. Twist just thrusts you back into the next life
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m just going to rate this a 5 right now, because that’s what it’ll be.

(UN)patiently waiting...
Carla Bulian
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a book!
⏃ : ✦ villainous_reads ⏃ : ✦

***4 "Ya lyubuyu tebaa navesgda" Stars ***

Be prepared to ugly cry. More than once. I can guarantee you that you’ll be full-out sobbing at one particular scene. But know this, it is absolutely worth every single tear. Twist is the most heartbreaking, emotionally stunningly beautiful love story I have ever read. This book holds a dear place in my heart. Kova & his Malysh makes you believe in hope, love, and fighting for what is important. I am blown away and have the biggest book
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
How do you write a review for something like this? Ria & Kova’s story is truly unlike any other. Full on angst, passion, lust, anger provoking, swooning, chills, just simply an unputdownable read!! I can’t believe we are almost to the end. Lucia writes like no other, and I love her for it. She isn’t afraid to go “there” with her characters, and to push them off the freakin cliff!!! I feel like I literally can’t breathe right now. I have felt every emotion under the sun with this book. So ...more
Alecia (The Staircase Reader)
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
***4.5 STARS***

This is a highly addictive series.
Kova and Ria's story will test all your morals.
You'll feel anger, sadness, sympathy, and joy.
You'll think the best is FINALLY happening....
Only to be thrown through the emotional wringer all over again.
You'll feel so much anger for these two....
But you'll also feel hope that they can finally get their shit together.
Each book will leave you wanting more and leave you hoping for the best but expecting the absolute worse. So be warned, once
Whoo Gives A Hoot
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The newest installment in Kova and Ria's epic journey SLAYED every inch of my soul and I am still trying to pick up the shattered pieces of my heart, even days after devouring all the words. Lucia Franco's unique storytelling ability has wholeheartedly stolen my breath away and I can't stop thinking about all those drama filled twists and turns that totally had me turned upside down. Just when I think things couldn't get any crazier, lets just
Lucia Franco can write a sex scene. That's why I'm here. It's basically book Porn. Oh and gymnastics and things.

Gimme more Hayden, and don't you dare try to keep the road you are on with demonizing his character. I love Hayden!

Maliyaaah Libro
Nov 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Idk how I lasted this long into reading this series but I’m 9 chapters in and it feels like I’m reading someone torture themself. The child is sick but and needs medical attention but the adults around her are letting her do whatever she wants. What could possibly go wrong?
This series could definitely been 3 books. We don’t need to read about Adrianna barely eating and stretching and warming up 50x.
Emily (Emily Reads)
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH MY DAMN HEART!!! Wow!! Twist was everything I ever wanted and more! I have to admit that I was a bit scared once I read the dedication to the readers at the beginning of the book, I wasn’t sure what would be happening!

Well let me back up a few steps here and say that this book has even more amazing chemistry and steamy scenes between Kova and Ria! My gosh are those two on absolute FIRE together! Here I was thinking I couldn’t love Kova anymore than I currently do, but Lucia Franco has proved
Kim Whitehead
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was freaking phenomenal and epic!! Written with so much passion and emotion! I mean heart and soul was poured into it!! I literally devoured it! Every time I had to walk away due to life and reality, I became frustrated because I was so consumed! I felt all the pain and anxiety that the characters experienced! Brilliantly written!! I need the next installment ASAP!! Phenomenal story!!!
Anne Melvine
Can we all just agree for once and for all that this is the best forbidden romance series ever written?
I f*cking love every single one of the books. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
I’m absolutely stunned with that ending, and all i can think right now is that i wanna go lay on the floor and stare at a wall until the next (and final) book comes out, but instead for some reason i’m writing this review. Why? I don’t know cause I can’t process my own thoughts.
I’m absolutely terrified for what’s to come, please
Book Maniac Forever

5+ "Tell Me You Love Me" Stars
It’s been hours since I’ve read the very last line of Twist and I’m still not okay! That cliffhanger was so cruel and devastating!!! I’ve been thinking about this outstanding story all day long, obsessing over Ria and Kova! This fourth installment in the Off Balance Series is the best yet in my opinion! It’s saying something as the previous books were already phenomenal! Lucia Franco killed me and revived me time and time again during my read of this highly
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5+++ stars!!
I am emotionally wrecked!!! All I’ve done the last couple days is read this book. It’s my favorite book of 2019. This series is my addiction and I’ve loved every moment of it. My most anticipated book of 2020 is the 5th and final book, Dismount. My love for this series runs deep. I’ve never felt this way reading a series. Every single book is an emotional roller coaster and even when you’re not reading it it consumes your brain. You never know what’s going to happen and you will
5 +++ Stars! Forbidden Romance. OMG, what the fuck did I just read! And a damn cliffy to go with it! Lucia! How could you do this to us? Fuck, I’m devastated! How long before we get the last book, because I’m dying here. This series is so freaking addictive, the angsts level in this one was over the top and on another level, this woman’s writing is phenomenal. Kova, you fuck, I knew this was going to happen. Poor Adrianna. I can’t wait for the next book. This series is crack, I tell you, pure ...more
The Smutbrarians
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feels 5
Steam 5
Storyline 5
Overall Rating 5
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Reviewed by Lindsey

Omg! I am so messed up right now over this book. I devoured it only to be life miserable again. I’m seriously afraid the wait for the final book is going to decimate me! The angst and tension throughout the entire book was insane and addictive as hell. Franco has quickly become one of my most favorite authors. I felt like I’ve been put through the ringer after I finished this book and it was worth it. Great
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was nervously excited to read this story, because as an obsessed fan of this series I know that Ria's lies cannot (channeling Kova speak) last forever and when Ria finally reveals her truth it will be devastating to not only herself but everyone she loves.

In Twist, Ria is facing a reality she has used gymnastics, denial, and anger to hide from. Ria may be sick, but this girl is a fighter and she will not give up on a dream she has sacrificed so much of her life to achieve. She needs Coach
Ashley Estep
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-must-reads
What the actual fuck did I just read? I'm reviewing only part of a book because no on would leave us like this!! Lucia Franc has slaughtered me with this book! This emotional roller coaster of a book has left me needing an emotional support group and asking her for more at the same time.

Lucia Franco delivers another phenomenal read! She has upped her game even more with Twist and I wasn't even aware that was possible. I feel like I say this which each of the books in this series but it reigns
I literally can't even form the words to explain how much I loved this book. Just when I think Lucia wont be able to top her last book, she comes back proving me wrong every single time.

I feel like I'm one with these characters. They've woven themselves so deep inside of me that I'm almost afraid for this series to end. The emotion that was so clearly put into EVERY SINGLE PAGE in this book, was at times hard to get through. Kova showed us a side to him that we don't always get to see. His
Nov 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
After the last book I decided to give up on this story but seeing as I’ve got a free KU trial I thought I might as well read it.

This story is dragging on and on. There’s really no need for 5 books. There are pages and pages of gymnastic training it gets rather tedious.

Adrianna is now 17 and has discovered she has Lupus and Stage 4 Kidney disease. She needs dialysis urgently and a kidney transplant but instead decides to carry on training. It wasn’t pleasant reading how ill she felt during
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 twisted, amazing stars that will light up your world and become a contender for the top book of 2019!! This book has EVERYTHING - steamy scenes, deception, secrets, forbidden romance/age gap that will rock your world!! It is a gritty, raw and angsty forbidden romance that will leave you with your mouth hanging open and wanting to throw your kindle!! Lucia Franco is one amazing and twisted lady!!! She has never disappointed me and continues to get better and better!!

This series is one that
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: age-gap, taboo
Have you ever had your heart mended only to be torn to shreds by one of your unicorn authors? I have and my god does it hurt.

If anyone can break me, it's Lucia Franco. She can turn up the steam like it's no ones business and she can also rip your heart to shreds like no other.

When I picked up Twist I knew I was in for one emotional ride and my gut was not wrong. Twist is one loaded book.

Twist is full of all the passion and steam we have all grown to know and love from the previous books in
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Ok where do I start?

This book will wreck you. It will take you places where you go “wtf?”. Back in Release we had a different side of Kova, he was sweeter and giving her space. However in Twist he was like screw that she’s mine which I absolutely loved!!

I felt so bad for Ria all through this book because of her struggle and of course all the stress of competing and trying to hide her relationship with Kova. There were a few moments where my hurt truly
Manda Bibliophile
"I can only love him in the dark"
This book was everything I didnt know I needed. Seeing her struggles knowing what she was facing and how she handled everything was incredible. This book has so many amazing moments and quotes that I reread over and over just to take in the moment. We got too see relationships come back together, we got to see secrets come out and truly see how strong she is and what she is capable of. But that ending killed me in more ways than one. I was left
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucia Franco absolutely did what Lucia Franco does. Which is magic. She is such a talented writer and I just love every word she writes.

Twist starts off with Ria coming to terms with her diagnosis. She’s still reeling with what she’s learned, while also having the best season of her gymnastics career. We get to witness her struggle, her pain and her broken heart. We learn even more about Ria in this book than Release and I am all #teamRia.

If I didn’t love Kova before, I am MADLY in love with
Twist continues Adrianna and Kova's tumultuous and taboo love story. They have new hurdles to overcome both individually and as a "secret couple." Also, let me just say that Ms. Franco writes some seriously HOT sex scenes....and she definitely didn't hold back in this book! There was a lot of activity going on in this book and it ends with a doozie of a cliffy! So, now I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, Dismount.

Sooo here’s the deal. Before going into a Lucia Franco book I have a ritual I have to do. First I talk my brain in to desensitizing any emotions from my heart. Then I freeze ice over my heart. Next, I jab it a few times to make sure nothing chips. This kind of works. Not really, but I’d like to think it helps because if there is one thing I’ve learned from this author is she will make you see red. Literally. I have never loved and loathed a set characters from any book the way I do these two.

Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having something with Adrianna in a hurtful way is weird, but I can't just let go...
Kova and his lack is abbreviation is something else.
What a story, what a love, what a fucked up situation!
How forbidden, how angsty, how crazy and how great!
Thank you, Lucia, and now give me the next book!
Much love!
Joleen Grace
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know if I have the words in me. Slaughtered. Pulverized. Demolished. I swear that’s my heart right now. Lucia really did a number this time. This book is everything one can wish for plus so much more. It keeps on giving. Keeps on pushing. The lines are not just crossed but obliterated. Each book has topped the next and the story just draws you more and more in, this obsession with the life of Kova and Ria is real!!
Rhonda Ziglar
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 OMG STARS!! All I can say is OMG, OMG, OMG....Lucia Franco has killed me dead. Ria and Kova story will give you all the feels from good to bad. This series gets better with every book it is such a intense story that pulls all you heartstrings. Kova and Ria have engraved themselves on my heart....I will remember them forever they have became part of my family in my story land. You must read this series if you have not started it now.
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A competitive athlete for over ten years, Lucia Franco currently resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and two boys. Paranormal romance was her first love, but she has a soft spot in her heart for small-town and reunion romance stories.

When Lucia is not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.

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Other books in the series

Off Balance (5 books)
  • Balance (Off Balance, #1)
  • Execution (Off Balance, #2)
  • Release (Off Balance, #3)
  • Dismount (Off Balance, #5)