Sunday, February 12, 2017


AUTHOR: Autumn Sand
PUBLISHED: October 28, 2016

SOURCE: Author via Quirky Blind Date
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Before he became Tony Delaney’s right-hand man, Tick lost his dreams of being happy. After ten years, he is still haunted by the sudden loss of his fiancĂ©e and unborn son. Going through life thinking he doesn’t deserve happiness, his nights become filled with endless one-night stands. That is until he rescues Cyma. As quickly as he saves her, she walks out of his life, disappearing into the crowded Manhattan street. Days later, he accidentally runs into her at a party and his attraction grows stronger.

Cyma’s hard life has been nothing but pain and sorrow. She labels the charismatic stranger who saved her as a knight in shining armor. A chance meeting days later and Tick turns her world upside down. She's scared to hold on to the fairy-tale dream of being with him, but she's even more afraid to let him go.

Can these two somehow heal each other? Will their love survive all of the obstacles that are thrown their way? 

I read Bedlam, the first book in the Twisted Hearts Love Story series, which for me was an ok read. I had it in my intention to read Mayhem, the second book in the series, but never got around to it.  Thanks to Quirky Blind Date, I finally got the chance to take it off my TBR list and placed it on my read list.

 First off, I have to say that I enjoyed this instalment more than I did the first one. Please note that reading Bedlam before Mayhem is not necessary, however, the characters from book 1 make an appearance in the second instalment.

I enjoyed the story line, which is not typical of what one would come to expect from romance novels.  Romance,  suspense, and drama permeated the pages of the book and it was enough to keep me entertained.  The story pulled me in from the first page and at that moment Dante, aka Tick captured my heart.   When I met him in Bedlam he did nothing for me, but learning about him in this instalment changed my entire perspective about him.

The protagonists were dynamic.  They were two broken souls living in the pain of their past.  Dante lived his life constantly in a prison of his own making. He blamed himself for the loss of his family, even though it was beyond his control. He has lived with this guilt for 10 years.  I could relate to him on this matter, having lost someone who was very dear to me. I know first-hand how easy it is to blame ourselves, believing we did not do enough.

Cyma (An unusual name) has been through hell and back. I understood her fears as it relates to getting involved with Dante. I did not blame her after all she had been through its only logical. I admired her strength and independence. I did not like how she almost allowed her pride to prevent from accepting help to save her daughter.

I found the situation with Cyma's daughter heartbreaking. I empathized with Cyma, having to watch her daughter deteriorating before her eyes, not sure if she will be able to get her help in time.  There was a point when I thought all hope may have been lost, but then things turned around for the better. That made my heart leap with joy.

I liked almost everything about this book, except for the part where Dante in practically every thought he had about Cyma kept saying 'My woman'. I did not see the need to reiterate it.

Mayhem was a heartwarming story about two broken souls who never expected to have a second chance at love. It was a captivating read from start to finish. It is a story about loss, love, and rebirth.  It demonstrates that grieving the loss of loved ones is natural, but we should not allow it to consume us.  It also shows that accepting help does not take away from our independence.  We all need help at some time in our lives as 'no man is an island, and no man stands alone'.

I received this book from the author via Quirky Blind Date. My review is voluntary. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

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