Hell’s Bastard Series – Book 3
By Emma James
I’ve decided there’s no virtue in patience.
It’s f*cking torture.
And that goes for DM Christmas songs too.
Be afraid of me.
It will make my job easier.
Until she’s caught between a desk and a Hell’s bastard.
I am a shell to be f*cked with.
But I am a survivor.
I have my own Sasha Fierce.
Just give me a reason.
You haven’t seen my bad side yet.
It will leave you speechless.
Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.
Survival has become a waiting game, choreographed by a schedule to keep me complacent.
Mathias and Rose are my constants.
What happens when Cezar turns the tables?
Just remember to breathe.
Contains adult situations which may offend and graphic violence, but it is one hell of a fictional ride. Strap yourself in. For mature aged readers 18 +.
Writing this review has left me dumbfounded. I’m not quite sure where to start or what to say so that I don’t give away spoilers. I have attempted to draft this review several times only to hit delete. I am really struggling to find the right words to do this book and this series justice. So let me begin by talking about the series itself.
The Hell’s Bastard Series must be read in order to grasp the full intent of the story unfolding. Each book is delivered with a perfectly synchronized installment that drives this series in a new direction before reaching it’s ultimate climax. Making it unpredictable.
The Hell’s Bastard Series by Emma James is unlike anything out there. It is a dark romantic thriller that touches upon human trafficking, captivity, violence, abuse, and psychological torment. At the same time it also showcases the things that make life valuable, such as family, friendship, love, integrity, and confidence in oneself to stay true to their inner self. It’s all blended in a shroud of mystery, suspense, and danger at every turn. There is more than a warped evil villain contorting each and every move. Each installment in the Hell’s Bastard series contains one word and one word only. Pay close attention to the word title of each book. Look up the definition of each word. The title is what propels this series to the next level.
past tense: wrenched; past participle: wrenched
pull or twist (someone or something) suddenly and violently.
past tense: warped; past participle: warped
become or cause to become bent or twisted out of shape, typically as a result of the effects of heat or dampness.
“wood has a tendency to warp”
synonyms: buckle, twist, bend, distort, deform, misshape, skew, curve, bow, contort
past tense: contorted; past participle: contorted
twist or bend out of its normal shape.
Contorted is the third book in the Hell’s Bastard series. It picks up where Warped left off. Whisper is being held captive by Cezar Pavel in a secret location. His psychological games are contorting what’s coming. While Whisper is desperately hanging onto her sanity and hope that Edge will find her, she’s slowly losing the battle. The things she thought she feared most are turning into something else, not quite as frightening. The unimaginable fears are beginning to materialize. It’s only the tip of the iceberg. What Cezar Pavel has in store for her makes her years in captivity with William Dupre look like childs play.
Cezar Pavel is biding his time and conditioning the girls for upcoming main event. He’s carefully chosen his sentinels to do his bidding. His rule is unquestionable. To question is not without consequences. He’s personally conditioned his executioner to kill without questions or remorse. He carefully hides their identities behind Venetian Carnival masks. These masks instill fear and complete obedience . No one knows his real identity or those of his sentinels.
Edge is desperately trying to find Whisper. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. In the ordinary world Cezar Pavel does not exist. In the underworld there is barely a trace of Cezar Pavel. He has completely hid his existence, he hasn’t left any crumbs to follow. The only thing that Edge can do is follow the small trail of crumbs he uncovered at the secret air hanger. It’s a waiting game where time is running out before it began. The only thing he can do is enlist the help of Boomer and his crew (Whisper’s family), call in the Soulless Bastards MC, the Lions Den MC, and Slade Malone (Ocean Beach Series). Following that one crumb turns into a meticulously synchronized rescue attempt that turns into an unpredictable and explosive cliffhanger.
As an avid reader, I am not one to shy away from dark thrillers that portray extreme violence and inhumane actions. I accept these conditions as part of the overall story. Usually at this point in a series I have an idea of what direction the series is going. I can usually loosely predict what is to come next. Contorted was a different story, what I thought was coming did not unfold. The players were as unpredictable as the plot. I was completely SHOCKED by the outcome. I cannot even imagine what could come next because I was left with so many questions as to the who’s, the why’s, and how are they all connected. I am sure Emma James has a lot in store for the readers with the last two books before Whisper can finally find her happily ever after… or should I say true beginning… true freedom. The next book is Entwined and will release in 2017. The title itself assures me that I will get some answers but will probably end up with more questions before the final book, Venerated releases.
Emma James has proven beyond a shadow of doubt how truly talented and brilliant her writing is. The vivid descriptions ( which had me Googling like crazy) and synchronized scenes told from many different POV’s made this story come to life. It was a consuming reading experience!
The Hell’s Bastard Series
Hell’s Bastard Series – Book 1
By Emma James
My name is Dallas ‘Edge’ Masson and I’m the Soulless Bastards MC’s enforcer.
I was raised by an evil bastard.
The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
I have personal business.
Whisper is my business.
I will be her judge and jury.
My father may have been Hell’s Bastard, but he was still my father.
They say blood is thicker than water.
I’m about to find out.
Life has been a bitch to me.
I don’t even know my full name.
I was a secret.
Miss Catherine changed my life.
I have friends.
I trust in people.
But then it all had to be wrenched away from me.
Hell’s Bastard Series – Book 2
By Emma James
The Hunt Is On.
I was never meant to be free.
Evil has taken from me again.
I’ve lost the two people I’ve grown to love because another of Hell’s bastards has staked his claim on me and stolen me away.
What gives another human being the right to take another’s innocence and try to destroy their soul?
We were never meant to meet.
Our lives collided and spun out in different directions.
Now it’s a race against time.
Time she doesn’t have.
This is on my head.
I f*cked up.
What happens when a Soulless Bastards MC enforcer is on the hunt for the f*ckers involved in taking the sweet and wild girl?
No Mercy happens.
Hell’s Bastards Series – Book 3
By Emma James
Hell’s Bastard Series – Book 4
Coming Soon in 2017
past tense: entwined; past participle: entwined
wind or twist together; interweave.
Writing has been a part of Emma James’ life for many years until she decided to take a leap into the self publishing world and see where that journey takes her.
Writing words on paper is as important as the air she breathes. There’s nothing more satisfying to her than writing all day to bring to life amazing characters who will stay in your heart.
Life is about finding that one thing that you know you can do well and living it.
It’s never too late to find it.
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