Twisted Bond by Emma Hart ✭ Book Tour ✭ Review & Excerpt
Happy Release Day to Emma Hart!
I'm so excited for you all to read this book. Being a HUGE Emma Hart fan, I've been eager for this book to get out into the world since it's so different from anything she's written before.
Read on for my review and I'll explain just why I love the start of this new series.
I’m an Italian-Texan woman in a family full of cops. I’m passionate and shoot before I think. You only f*ck with me if you’re stupid.
Photograph cheating spouses. Hand over the evidence. Cash my check.
That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator.
Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeah… Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason I’m single is because of my job.
Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until I’m hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash.
My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch.
Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life.
So now all I have to do is avoid my nonna’s blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones.
All while I hunt down the killer.
Sounds totally simple—until a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences don’t always end up that way…
(Twisted Bond is book one of the Holly Woods Files series and while it does not end in a cliffhanger, it is not a standalone.)
“Noelle,” Drake calls after me, narrowly avoiding the main door slamming in his face.
“Hold them,” I order when Grecia holds my messages out.
She freezes as I storm past her and up the stairs.
“Later!” I yell at Mike, jamming my key into the hole and turning it violently.
“Noelle!” Drake finally growls.
I shove the door open so harshly that it slams into the wall behind it and then fix him with my gaze. “In there. Now.”
His chest heaves, and a long moment passes between us as he stares at me, both Mike and Bekah staring at us from their office doors.
“Did I not make that clear, Detective?” I tilt my head to the side. “Now means now, not in five fucking minutes.”
Drake’s in front of me in two long strides. “Watch your damn attitude, Noelle,” he warns me quietly, his breath skating across my cheek. “You might get away with sassin’ your family, but you won’t with me.”
“When you’re on my property, I’ll do whatever the hell I want.” I lower my voice. “And you might not realize it, but I’ve been shitting myself ever since I saw that body yesterday, so unless you want me to rip out a pair of stilettos and tear you a new asshole until you’re forced to tell me what I need to know, you’ll drag your ass into my office.”
“Another threat.” He whips his handcuffs out and dangles them in my face. “Want me to use ’em, ma’am?”
I step closer to him, moving the cupcake box out of the way of our bodies, and fix him with a stare that I know is as potent as his. “I dare you to try, sir.”
We stand off against each other, barely a few inches separating our bodies. My heart is thumping in my chest, and hell, I’m turned on. My lower stomach is burning, and the heat is seeping between my legs because all I can think about is Detective Drake Nash putting me in handcuffs.
He lowers the restraints and attaches them to his belt again. Then he nudges me away from the door and slams it shut with his foot. I open my mouth to speak, but he grabs my arm and spins me against the solid wood surface. I gasp and drop the cupcake box as my back collides with the door and his chest presses against mine.
“Don’t ever dare me, Noelle,” he whispers, his tone thick with a seduction that crawls over my skin and joins the heat between my legs. “Because if I get you in cuffs, there’ll be no trying about it. You’ll be beggin’ for it, babe. Keep getting up close and personal and that’ll be sooner rather than later.”
“You wish,” I breathe. Yes. I do. I damn well do.
He dips his head so his mouth is hovering above mine, and every breath coats my lips. “I couldn’t give a fuck if we’re smack-damn in the middle of a murder investigation. You keep pushin’ me the way you are and I will take you. I’m not afraid to give you a real reason to shout my name.”
“You give me a hundred reasons every day.”
“’Bout time I gave you a good one, don’t you think?”
Good logic. Bad execution. “No. I don’t. I think you should tell me what I need to know.”
“I just did,” he murmurs.
Noelle Bond, ex cop turned private investigator in the small town of Holly Woods, Texas.
Exposing adulterers by day and handling her persistent, Italian grandmother (who is determined to marry her off) by night.
One day after lunch, a dead body is found in the dumpster located on the property of Bond P.I. Suddenly, Noelle and her P.I. team are trading in the usual married cheater case for something a bit more sinister.
The issue arises when Detective Drake Nash walks onto the scene. Sharing a familiar past due to their law enforcement backgrounds doesn’t mean these two get along. While they’re busy bumping heads and tossing around sexual innuendos, the bodies begin to pile up and a connection starts to link the victims together.
As much as Detective Nash wishes Noelle wouldn’t implement herself in his case, they come to find out that she’s stuck right in the middle of the investigation no matter what. Is there a threat on Noelle? Can Drake protect her from danger? And more importantly, will they be able to set aside their differences in order to catch the killer before they add to the body count?
Noelle Bond is a force to be reckoned with and as long as you buy her cupcakes, you’ll stay on her good side. She is a badass that gives that ol’ James Bond a run for his money. She oozed wit and sarcasm all while slinging a gun (or two) and eating a cupcake.
On the other hand, there were moments where I wanted to slap her across the face over her thoughts and feelings toward Drake that seemed to be all over the place.
You could say they have a form of a push and pull relationship, but it’s certainly more of the former. They no doubt had a lot of heavy chemistry between them that really amped the overall flow of the story. The “romance” side of their relationship—which is practically non-existent—was again, all over the spectrum so I tended to push it aside and focus on the mystery at hand.
With all the questions floating around of who was who and who did what, it was so easy to become wrapped up in the storyline. I felt like I was right there with Noelle and Co. solving the case. I had my suspicions from the start and though I had the real culprit pinned right away, there were several moments where I began to consider other possible killers. Certain revelations had me stumped and questioning everyone’s motives.
Some truths were revealed, but then they just opened up more questions. Slowly but sure, more pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place and the twists were the perfect treat to keep me entertained and engaged.
This new series from Emma Hart shows a lot of promise. Authors embarking on something new is always nerve-wracking and can either thrive or crash and burn. Fortunately, Emma's impeccable writing ability places The Holly Woods Files series on the path to success. Long time fans have seen the sexy and sweet sides of her work, but Twisted Bond proves to be refreshing with its spontaneous thrills and mysterious events.
You should have no reservations about picking up this new suspenseful novel. You'll still get comedy and sexiness, but just add a huge side of murder and mystery. Think Agatha Christie... Only sexier!
As stated in the note along with the synopsis, this book doesn't end on a cliffhanger. However, it is not meant to be read as a standalone. You can surely read it like one, but don't expect to get a happily ever after in the romance department. Above all, this book/series centers around the mysterious murders and crimes taking place in the small town. While there is a small romantic aspect to the story, it is not at the top of the agenda. I recommend following along with the entirety of the series if you’re looking to add something new to your reading list.
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