Sebastian Tate never imagined his YouTube music video would go viral, sky-rocketing him to acting success in Hollywood. Okay, maybe he did. After all, he's a cocky dude who knows he's hot-as-hell, and it was only a matter of time before his stars aligned.
But life in Tinseltown is never what it seems. Spying on his gorgeous and mysterious new neighbor with binoculars seems innocent enough, but quickly escalates into an erotic game between two very unlikely people. Twenty-year-old Violet St. Lyons is a world-renowned violinist who's lost her mojo on stage. She hides away in a Hollywood mansion, trying to find her way through her twisted past in order to make her future.
He's the life of the party with girls chasing him down for his autograph. She's the introvert with a potty mouth who doesn't even know who he is. When they meet, stars collide, sparks fly, and clothes come off.
"Ilsa is one of those authors I can count on to take me on a journey every time and Very Twisted Things was no different. The book started with a BOOM and never let me down after." (Red Cheeks Reads)
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A very compelling story!
Yes, I would like to someday re-listen to the entire series in order without the gaps. Each novel has been fascinating and this 3rd one lived up to my expectations.
‘Nothing mattered but V.
Not money or power.
Not being the star of the next blockbuster or recording a number one song.
Not even world peace.
Because the only thing that makes a difference in our lives is love. My parents had it. Leo had it. Violet. Love. Us.'
I’d never heard either narrate anything prior to this novel. Overall, I liked most of CJ's acting choices, although I wasn’t super crazy about her voice acting for Sebastian. Roger was a new-to-me-narrator as well, and I especially liked that he made bold choices for different character voices.
I wanted to hug V when she reflected back on the sacrifice her father made so that she could survive the plane crash and how fully living again would honor him. It had taken her a long time to even remember how she survived, so I felt happy for her to finally have that knowledge back. Only then was V ready to really risk her heart 100% with Leo who'd also lost his parents in a tragic way but had coped with his loss much differently than she had.
In no particular order, there were a lot of random things I liked:
The opening! It was hard to hear about Violet and her parents’ fateful plane crash, but her tragic backstory sucked me in immediately.
The pre-chapter quotes for Violet and Sebastian! I think even Spike got one, ha!
Their mutual spying on each other! I couldn’t believe V’s bold almost full striptease after she finished her violin performance for her then unknown spying neighbor.
Swing sex! Who wouldn’t want to try this under the stars at least once in their youth?
V’s and Sebastian’s mutual need to help the young kids at Lyons Place. I loved that they eventually raised enough funds to run the charity organization for years to come as well as open an additional charity center.
The epilogue's where they are now kind of feel!
immature and annoying