• Twisted Pretty Things

  • Shadows of London Series, Book 1
  • By: Ariana Nash
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Something wicked is moving in the shadows of London.... 

In the underground world of glitzy illegal auctions, fast cars, and stolen magical artifacts, John "Dom" Domenici knows he's out of his depth. But he needs the job at Kempthorne & Co like he needs to breathe. The alternative - going back to the organized crime gangs of London's East End - is unthinkable.

So when Alexander Kempthorne, boss of Kempthorne & Co Artifact Retrieval Agency, wants him on a special case to track down an illegal artifact dealer, Dom can't say no.

It shouldn't matter that Kempthorne's world is full of deadly secrets. It shouldn't matter that the billionaire is sexy as sin, and it really shouldn't matter how there's an American agent stalking Dom, an American who knows more than he should about Dom's case, including the real reason Alexander Kempthorne hired Dom.

The only thing that really matters to Dom is solving the case and finding the artifact dealer. Because there are worse things in London than a conflicted billionaire and a trigger-happy American. Something wicked is stalking London's streets, and if Dom doesn't stop it, its shadows will rise and consume them all.

Contains mature themes.

©2021 Ariana Nash (P)2022 Tantor

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Love this

This book is so fun, I can’t wait to listen to the next one. My only issue is the sexy scenes are slightly less sexy when the narrator makes the noises or says the curses. It’s pretty cringey and I skipped them 😅

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3.75 Stars 🌟

I'm beginning to realize that I seem to like most everything that Ariana Nash writes. I really need to go back and look at her library and at my ratings, but she definitely impresses me.

What I like about this book (an a lot of her writing) is that yes, this is a M/M book, but that is only a bit of background between the actual story and the story arc. And boy is the story arc interesting. Her world building is fascinating and unique. Yes, this is the first book in the series so there has to be a lot of the story dedicated to world building, but she doesn't forget the character building. The characters are beginning to be fleshed out, and there is also room to keep developing them and their relationships with each other.

One of the male MC's is extremely complicated- well, that's quite the understatement. Cocky, cold and standoffish are a few words that come to mind. The other MC is a bit of an unreliable narrator because he has a LOT of baggage and his personality is a bit harsh. Aggressive, impulsive, cagey - those are the words that come to mind for him. And there is another character that gets a lot of page time that is too good to be true. Do I know that for a fact? Nope - I just think he is and do not trust him yet. So...this makes for a fun series to unravel.

This society in London is filled with "Latent's" - people who exhibit some type of a "trick" or basically some type of magic. There are also "artifcacts" - almost like a wand that is used to focus the magic. Then there is the "agency" put in place to manage them. Oh, and these Latent's, they are supposed to be registered but guess what? Not all of them are.

As I mentioned before... I can't wait to get into this series and discover what is going to happen next :)

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what is the prize how good it is

idiot I just surprised how good the story is and they where they handling it it's surprising me that how well it's written I've heard stories before about this kind of thing but not as well written

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Wow

Started out with a bang and ended with chaos! All the characters were so in depth!

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Twisted Pretty Things was an enjoyable, cozy-thriller. A few dark themes sprinkled throughout as well.

The book definitely felt like an introduction to the series because there’s still so much to learn about the characters and magic system in order to make me REALLY love them (which I always do when I’m glued to the final pages of Ariana Nash’s books ha!) I’m hoping the next book in the series will examine the magic system in depth because I’m a nerd like that.

Overall, TPT is full of action, mystery, and varying (frustrating) degrees of sexual tension lol. On to book two ~

Finally, Cornell Collins … WOW. What a rockstar. Utterly gripping!


PS: As an American who used to boil water in the microwave, I feel that Dom would be proud that I now own an electric kettle 😂

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simply amazing! 👁👄👁

a wild ride with an amazing narrative and a heart thumping twist at the end? you got yourself a die hard. I love these books that hurt so damn good. I can't wait for the rest man! 😌
and the Narrator oh. my. stars. sir, your voice carries this whole book darling. love love love it!!

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  • Jacquie
  • 02-07-22

gripping

Between the narrator's different voices (that suit each character) and the fast paced storyline I was hooked

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  • C M Silver
  • 08-03-22

Dazed and Confused

Strange confusing tale. It's either been written by an American or Americanized for a US audience in American English. Set in modern day London, Dom a "East End" boy uses no cant/slang of the region ie apples and pears for stairs, bees and honey for money etc, but uses non British expressions ie "Rookie mistake" and gotten. As there is also an American character: "Hollywood" who you'd expect to use such expressions, it just confusing. On top of this we find sidewalks and city blocks mentioned throughout. It's all made worse by the narrator's efforts to "act" all the parts somewhat over dramatically, so there is no contrast; again it's just incongruous and confusing.

The story might be better read on Kindle, as this audiobook is just awful. Gave up after 2 hours. NOT GOOD

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  • linda
  • 03-18-22

Great story

Great storyline, interesting characters. Loved the narrator's voice made the story come to life. Highly recommended