Twisted, the fourth novel in the Never After series by Emily Mcintire, was recently released and I loved it.
The Never After series is a series of standalone books that are all spicy, fractured, twisted fairytales where the villain is the main character. If you want to see my reviews on the first three books you can check them out here (Hooked, Scarred, Wretched).
Twisted is a fractured version of Aladdin. The fmc is Yasmin Karam, a beautiful young woman in her early 20s and heiress to a luxury diamond business called Sultans. The mmc is Julian Faraci, the right hand man to Yasmin’s father, Ali. Ali is dying and wants to see his only daughter marry before he dies so he knows she is taken care of. The problem is Yasmin has been secretly seeing Aidan, her childhood friend, for a while now. She believes her father would never approve of her marrying him let alone dating him because he is a servant. Julian also has a problem with all of this because he’s dedicated the past 10 years of his life to Ali and Sultans and Ali plans to just let whoever his daughter marries take over Sultans. But if Julian marries Yasmin, even though he thinks she’s a spoiled brat, then he can take over. Meanwhile, they have a team in Egypt searching for an elusive lamp that is worth a fortune.
The storyline and characters were so good in this one. Yasmin was really likable and Julian was the perfect morally grey mmc. They start off borderline hating each other. She had a crush on him when she was younger, but now she thinks he’s just an arrogant jerk. He has always assumed she was a lazy, rich girl who had everything handed to her. But as they get to know one another they learn there’s a lot more to the other than what they had thought.
This was a great fractured retelling of Aladdin. Read this if you’re in the mood for a spicy, fractured fairytale, slow burn, age gap, arranged marriage/marriage of convenience, enemies to lovers romance.
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