“Twisted Innocence” by Terri Blackstock

  Holly Cramer’s past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.

Though Holly’s stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily’s father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family—she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he’s a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.

Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller-the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he’s innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can’t trust a man who has held her at gunpoint . . . even if he reminds her so much of herself.

Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.
 No book will make you turn pages faster than Twisted Innocence.  It has more takedowns than a wrestling match and events move twice as fast.  Part of that is due to this book’s placement in the series.  As the last book in the series, this book centers around Holly, but it also wraps up loose ends from the previous stories.

Holly is the consummate bad girlonly she isn’t.  Although she spent years rebelling against her Christian upbringing, she’s trying hard to stay on the straight and narrow, but that isn’t easy when the bullets are flying and her old friends are back in the picture.  Her emotional and spiritual journey make for a fantastic backdrop to the action in this story.  The contrast really shows just how important it is to stick to our guns – no pun intended – when life gets tough, and this was my favorite part of the story.

The action was pretty cool, though, too.  The good guys looked like the bad guys and the bad guys were desperate, which kept the stakes high and the action flying.  I’m happy to live a suspense-free life, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy reading about other people’s, and Blackstock excels at these types of stories.  She masterfully creates realistic characters and then throws them into action-packed situations, and with bombs, snipers, corrupt cops, and poison, to name a few, Twisted Innocence really has a lot for this cast to survive.

If you’re a Blackstock fan, then you won’t want to miss her most current masterpiece; and if you haven’t read her work before, then this is an excellent book with which to start.  Twisted Innocence – it’s that and more.

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Terri Blackstock has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of “Intervention,” “Vicious Cycle,” and “Downfall,” as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, Restoration, and Moonlighters.

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I received a free copy of Twisted Innocence from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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