Monday, 1 June 2015

Review: Twisted Bloodlines Series by Linda Jackson


Twisted Bloodlines
Twisted Bloodlines #1
By- Linda Jackson
Genre- Paranormal Romance

Megan has never had what most would call a normal life.

Her childhood and teen years were spent on the run with her family, hiding from a horror so great it defines their world. Friends and homes are traded at a moment’s notice to escape from their worst nightmares.

Years pass, and her mother settles down with her new step-father, a kind man who does his best to protect them. Life lulls into a safe pace, and Megan finally feels as though she has control of her future for the first time in her life. But that peace is shattered with the arrival of a new family member, one that bears a striking resemblance to a savior of her past…

Confused by her deep emotional connection to him, things unravel fast. She learns that the people she lives with, even her own family, are not what they seem. Her only friend who helped her piece her life back together changes overnight, and she is left dealing with the fallout on her own…

As events unfold, Megan finds herself face to face with the horror that has haunted her since childhood. But will she be able to escape from her twisted bloodline?

 I found the start of this book to be a bit rushed and I believe this was done in an effort to get the actual story going, but to also add some back story, while allowing the reader to be introduced to certain key characters. Once Megan learned the truth about her heritage and the reason her father was such a monster, the story eased up a bit, and I was able to enjoy it more.
This book was quite sexual, and while I found the elements of incest a bit disturbing, it was great to have a story that was so honest and open. Jackson never tried sugar coating things, and even though it made me cringe at times, it came with the territory and I could fully understand the characters reactions to certain events.
Megan's father has to be the most despicable character I have ever encountered, and I cannot wait for the day when karma pays him a visit. This book was intense, heart-breaking, but also one filled with hope and love. A good start to this series.

Conceived From Evil
Twisted Bloodlines # 2
By- Linda Jackson
Genre- Paranormal Romance

Having been rescued from a living nightmare by her newfound friends, Callie tries to come to terms with what was done to her. Distraught with the way she feels towards one of the residents in her new home, she finds herself the object of another unwanted affection as things soon spiral out of her control.

Finding out she is no longer the orphan she thought she was, her family begin to creep out of the woodwork. She soon realizes they are more terrifying than the beast who lives in her nightmares. With her enemy list growing by the minute, Callie finds out she is not so different from the people around her as fiction becomes reality, leaving Callie, and those she loves, fighting… for her life.


My heart was in shreds when I first met Callie. To be brutalized the way she was at the hands of Deacon and his men was sickening, and I was hoping she'd find some solace. Devon was the perfect match for her and as Callie learned the truth about her family I was glad she had him and his family to lean on.
Once again, Deacon's reach was sure to rain havoc, and Callie found herself at the hands of a monster, trying to protect those she cared about. To top it off she had to contend with the fact that her feelings to Devon were totally forbidden which only added to the chaos, especially with the introduction of Luke.
Her punishment was cruel, and even though Luke stepped in to help I have to wonder what his end game is. His dislike for the panthers is obvious, so perhaps his intentions weren’t as admirable as they seem. I look forward to more from this series.


Curses and Deception
Twisted Bloodlines # 3
By- Linda Jackson
Genre- Paranormal Romance

After the dramatic rescue of Megan, Trey wakes up to find himself held prisoner, trapped in a dreary dungeon with the beast inside of him bound. Being away from the chaos of his everyday life, he has a chance to get his head on straight and figure out how to tame the wolf. Or so he thought. His dungeon cellmate has captured his attention, and the beast inside is far from happy about it.

With a battle of wills raging inside, Trey and his cellmate attempt to escape the dungeon, but it’s only the first hurdle. With time ticking against them, they make their way through the maze ahead, desperate to escape. Will Trey get to explore his feelings towards her?

Or will the beast scare her off for good?




Trey has been an intriguing character from the beginning. With his special bond with Megan, that only added fuel to the fire, I was excited to learn more about him. Talia was a great addition to this series, and I loved that she added something new and unique to the shifter world. Not only was she an outcast to her own people but having been cursed the way she was only seemed to dampen her spirit, although she was still feisty when need be.
There was an obvious attraction between Trey and Talia and I couldn't wait to see them explore it more. Of course, that would have to wait as they battled the forces that have plagued these characters from the very beginning, as well as the threat that hung over Talia.
Once again, it seemed that deacon had his finger in all the drama and I have to wonder if his vindictiveness has any end. This book left me one the edge of my seat and with so many questions, and I cannot wait to see where the next installment will lead.


Temptations From the Past
Twisted Bloodlines # 4
By- Linda Jackson
Genre- Paranormal Romance

They say never return to the past, but what if the past returns to you?

Sean’s job is to return Becky to the human world where she belongs. He has no way of knowing his past will threaten to drag him back into the murky depths of his youth. The beast that he has fought so hard to control has slipped its leash and is ready to resurface thanks to the female who has shadowed his entire life. Now that she’s back, all of Sean’s efforts to retain his humanity are shattered. Previously forbidden to him, she offers herself on a silver platter, playing to his weaknesses. Should he succumb to her wishes, there is a heavy price to pay - his very soul. Tempting him at every opportunity, his quest to return Becky is rapidly losing its importance. His brothers are along for the ride and being hunted by a mage with a vengeance. Sean desperately wants to fight alongside them and take revenge for the price laid on his brother’s head. But the temptress from the past will ensure that all his attention is on her.

This was my favorite book from the entire series so far. By now I feel like one of the family, and with everything that has transpired in the first three books I have become very protective of these characters - especially where Deacon is concerned.
It was great to get to know Sean and Paul better (my heart broke for Paul in the last book), and I was also excited to see more of Jase and Luke. Things started off tense between this foursome, with Becky only adding to their discomfort, but by the end of the book they'd been through so much together, I can only hope that they will learn to accept each other a bit more.
As the story developed, so the more complex things became. The addition of new characters certainly stirred things up as each of the men had to deal with major changes that only meant more drama for them.
I was completely appalled by how twisted Deacon was and the sick game he continues to play with his family is just shocking. As new details of an even more devious plot were revealed, so the intrigue skyrocketed. I can only imagine how much more thrilling this series will become, and if the final conversation is anything to go by, it is going to be explosive. I cannot wait for more.

About the Author

I love to write, always have done since I was a child. I also love to draw anything and everything! Reading is also my passion as is music.My first book in my paranormal book series is due out on 5th June 2013, published by Moon Rose Publishing.

Twisted Bloodlines Website-

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