Sunday, January 18, 2015

Release Blitz & ARC Review- Bitter Sweet Love (Twisted #1) by R.C. Stephens

Title:  Bitter Sweet Love (Twisted #1)  
Author:  R.C. Stephens
Publication Date:  January 18th 2015

Plot:  After enduring an abusive childhood and having her heart broken by the only boy she trusts, Alexis White vows to never let anyone hurt her again. She's left her troubled past behind and starts a new life at college. For the past seven years, her social calendar has been filled with frat parties, drinking, and meaningless sexual hook-ups. Until one night she unexpectedly gets saved by a tall, dark, and handsome French foreigner, Luc Blanchard. He's charming, sophisticated, and very interested in Lexi, who has presented herself as a challenge when she tells him relationships aren't her thing.

She finds herself sucked in by his own intriguing past. But everything changes when Dylan Priestley, the gorgeous boy who broke her heart and shattered her faith in friendship and love, suddenly shows up in her life again while back home on a visit. Dylan doesn't hide his feelings for Lexi, but she can't forgive or forget being betrayed by the one person she ever truly loved.

Despite the pain Dylan's caused her, Lexi is once again drawn to the blue-eyed-boy-next-door. Will Lexi choose the man who seems perfect but hides a dark side or the boy who smashed her heart into pieces so many years ago?

Warning: this Book Ends in a cliffhanger. This is book one of a trilogy. Release dates will be held close together.

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC via Southern Belle Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆


Alexis White has not had an easy in life and much luck in love. After being spurned and betrayed by the one person she trusts the most, she decides to never let any man hurt her again.

She then leads a wild existence full of partying, alcohol, no strings attached sex, and heavily distancing herself from the naïve girl she once was.

Until….she meets Luc. The enigmatic Frenchman who knocks her world upside down and raises feelings Alexis thought was once buried. Now with Luc in the picture, and slowly mending Alexis’ broken heart, it’s only a matter of time that…..
Dylan—Alexis’ first love, and the boy who broke her heart, returns to the scene and is determined to win Alexis back.

Dun dun dun!

What will become of these characters? Who will Alexis choose? Newcomer Luc or the one that got away? ....And when danger lurks its ugly eye, will Alexis find true love in any of these two suitors? Or find heartbreak and disaster in the end?

#A wonderful and deftly crafted introduction to the Twisted series! Author R.C. Stephens intricately flushes out all of the characters’ POV’s, backgrounds and emotions out so delicately and realistically that it was easy to empathize with all protagonists’ plights and where their thoughts and emotions were coming from.

I’ll definitely be on the lookout for bk 2! Especially after that cliffhanger that the author left us with! And what a surreal coincidence that this is an author’s book debut! So awesome!!  Congrats!!



My Rating:


January 2013
Have you ever been at such a low point in your life when you saw the light to the other side? I thought it was something that people experienced when they were old and gray and had lived a life full of hopes, dreams, accomplishments, and family. I never thought that the angel would come for me at twenty-five. It’s my birthday.
It’s also the day I die.
She’s here. I can see the light around her and feel the warmth of her presence, amber liquid pouring too quickly over my head. The heat flows between my legs.
What’s happening? So much blood leaves my body. I can’t feel pain. I see only light and crimson. This is my end, but I’m not ready. I have so many things left unfinished, so many mistakes to correct. This is all my fault. The baby will die and I did this.
He will never forgive me. I need to see him one more time. I need to tell him the truth. He needs to understand what happened. I thought life would be different. I thought I had more time. If only I had more time.

My life can’t end like this.

 About the Author 

R.C. Stephens was born in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from York University with a Master’s Degree in Political Science.

The First Novel Bitter Sweet Love part of the Twisted Love series is set to release this fall. Followed by the sequel Sweet Love Forever.

Her husband was her first teenage love. They live together with their three children in Toronto. Loving Canadian winters, she could never think of living anywhere else.

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      Facebook Event

R.C. Stephens and Wicked Women Book Blog will be hosting a Release Day Event on Facebook. Feel free to spread the word for the event on Sunday, January 18 at 6:30 PM. Join here! She’ll be giving away a Kindle Fire HDX 7, plus I’m sure much more.

 Buy Link 

All proceeds from Jan 18 – Feb 1 will be donated to the SickKids Foundation.

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