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Twisted Truth by Maria MacDonald is a story about Olivia “Via” and Issac.

So initially I wasn’t sure about this story because the author tells you Issac and Olivia are cousins, but doesn’t really explain why she thinks it’s okay for them to be in love. Some of the language of the book indicated she wasn’t an American English speaker, and when I looked her up I saw she was from London.

Stylistically it didn’t impact my experience in a negative way, but it had me questioning everything I knew about England and it’s view on cousin relationships. I realized they were not related by blood, Issac was adopted, and his adopted parents were the relation to Olivia. Doesn’t make them any less family, but scientifically speaking there isn’t anything that could cause issues. I was okay with the relationship until the author repeatedly brought up the fact that they were cousins. It was easier to pretend that wasn’t an issue when it wasn’t in your face.

The relationship between Issac and Olivia was good. Especialy considering they both had self-esteem issues, and other dramatic events pulled them in different directions. I wish Issac had been a little more decisive. He portrayed his self as this alpha male, and then waffled when it came to claiming his woman. Not because he didn’t love her or desire her, but for other reasons BS or not.

Overall I did enjoy reading the book, and can’t wait to read Shelly and Toby’s story in the next book.


Title: Twisted Truth
Series: Truth Vs Lie #1
Author: Maria Macdonald
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 22, 2017


I used to believe in true love.
Until he broke me.
Lesson learnt.
Where there’s love, there’s lies.
I used to believe I wasn’t what she needed.
Until I let her love in.
I’ve changed for her.
I want her to believe in me like I need to believe in
Isaac James stayed out of my life for five years. He wasn’t
to blame, after all, protecting me imprisoned him.
Now he’s back. The chemistry is still there, the tension is
still there, the love is still there… the pain is still there.
Isaac James was my rock, my first love… my family.
Olivia McKenna has always been my weakness. I’d do anything
to protect her, which I proved, despite it taking me to prison.
I’ve stayed away, trying to do the right thing. I thought I
was still protecting her. But, I’m lost without her… even if I’m not sure I can
be what she needs. 
Olivia McKenna was my forever… for always.

** This book is set in the UK.
First cousin relationships are tackled within this book; please be aware those
relationships are legal within the UK. **


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Author Bio

Maria is a full time working Mum, she has two beautiful daughters, both of whom love books as much as she does. 

Maria has loved to write since she was a little girl. 

Reading and loving books, as well as blogging, has inspired her to write and publish.

Maria, her husband and children now reside in Wiltshire, England. 

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