Review Post: Twisted Desire (The Knot Duet #1) by M. Mabie


From M Mabie comes the angst-filled Knot Duet featuring a one-woman man and the woman he can’t resist. An intense story spanning years of lust, friendship, love, and heartache.


TWISTED DESIRE | Knot Duet, Book One

I wasn’t looking for Nora Koehl, and she sure as hell wasn’t looking for me. We were two people speeding in opposite directions. Our relationship was born out of lust, curiosity, and compromises neither of us intended to keep.

Being with one person wasn’t Nora’s style, and I refused to share her.

Then everything changed, and together we bent every rule we’d ever made… until they broke. Our need for each other led us to the lies we told. Mistakes we made.

We’re tangled and twisted—bound by our desire—but anything less than all of Nora will never be enough. Now this knot in my stomach only gets tighter, wondering if I can accept and love her for who she is.

Will it even be enough for her to love me back?

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NOTE: TWISTED DESIRE & TETHERED LOVE are a re-launch of a previously released novel titled KNOT from 2016.

*****5 Unforgettably Amazing Stars*****

Reagan Warren and Nora Koehl are hands down two of my favorite literary characters ever. I would even go so far as to say they are two of my favorite people ever because those two are as real to me as anything. To say I love them is not doing my affection for them both justice. My love for those two is fierce. My love for them is unending. My love for them is permanent.

I have loved Reggie and Nora since I met them in Bait all those years ago, and I needed their story in my life like I needed my next breath. Seriously. I have been enthralled and intrigued by those two since the start, and getting their story was one of the best things ever.

I first read their story in Knot a couple of years back, and getting to revisit them as I reread the first part of their story in Twisted Desire felt like coming home again…you know if that home was the most gloriously filled angst fest ever. Twisted Desire is the first part of the breathtakingly emotional and heart rendering story that will take you for one helluva ride for these two, as the one woman man starts to fall for the one woman he can’t quite catch. Their story spans years, locations, time zones, and it exemplifies every lick of what these two share together.

It might be messy, it might be raw, and it might be a roller coaster ride of emotions, heartbreak, and sensuous fire, but let me tell you that ride is worth every second because what you get with these two is unforgettable.

Twisted Desire is a book that you feel, a book that you breathe and take in every word of, and a book that you experience every single second of right along with its dynamic characters. This is a book that will have you within its pages, experiencing every moment of its phenomenal, viscerally emotional, and pulse racing story, as you invest yourself in every way possible in what it’s giving you.

If you think you’ve experienced angst, wait until you read Twisted Desire (and the rest of Reggie & Nora’s story in Tethered Love) and want to equally throw your e-reader across the room, scream at the top of your lungs in adamant love and frustration, all while simultaneously wanting to hug the book closer to you, as if that will somehow get you closer to these characters and all their feels.

If you think you’ve experienced an undeniably heated and emotional connection between two characters, wait until you read this story and get your hands on Reggie and Nora and all that they will give you. Wait until they make you cry or laugh or melt or swoon or break into a million pieces, and then break those broken pieces of your heart even more. Just. You. Wait. You have never felt a book as much as you will with this one. Trust me on that one.

If you think you’ve experienced a love between two characters that’s worth fighting for, a love worth giving everything to, and a love worth investing everything in, wait until you read this book and are thrown right into the thick of it with these two. That love and fire and connection you get with them will make you and break you and pull at every emotion you didn’t even know you had, just as it does with Reggie and Nora. Through all of that you will be right there with them, in the thick of it, fighting and trying and giving it your all, in hopes that it might work out.

If you think you’ve read a book like this one, think again my friend, and just wait until you experience every wickedly sensual, heart wrenchingly emotional, and exceptionally written word of this book.

  1. Mabie brings it all to life with her incredible writing in a way that will have you on the pages of this book, fighting and giving it your all right along with Reggie and Nora, all while you experience every part of this story unfolding with them. M. Mabie’s writing is a delight in every way possible. It is mesmerizing, beautiful in a way that perfectly weaves together meaning, life, color and vibrancy, with so much impact. Her words have a way of owning you. Heart. Body. Mind. And soul. And let me tell you, you will never be owned quite like you are by M. Mabie’s writing and her exceptionally crafted stories.

They are in a league of their own for a reason. Her writing is that good, that powerful, and that extraordinary. Her words have so much behind them, so much heart and emotion and life and love. She pours her soul into these words and that shines through on every single page, which is just part of what makes this story, and Reggie and Nora, living and breathing exceptional things.

Twisted Desire is the first chapter in a story of what happens when two people, who are seemingly opposite in so many ways, can’t help but be drawn back to one another. It’s a story of second chances and third chances and so many more chances, all of which you will feel in your bones while reading. It’s a story of what happens when two people share a connection so fierce, so alluring, and so life changing that they can’t seem to fight or stay away from it, no matter how much it hurts, and no matter how much they know they will never be the same after experiencing a connection like that.

It’s a love story about two people who have just about broken each other’s hearts more times than they can count, but trust me they’re really counting, and how despite what they do to one another, they can’t help but be drawn back to each other and that fierce connection theyshare. This is a story about what happens when you meet the one person who changes everything, when you meet that one person who tilts your world’s axis, and who makes you see and feel and experience everything differently…and ultimately how that equally tears you apart as much as it puts you back together again.

It is a story about falling and breaking and picking yourself back up again, again and again. It’s about that pull that you can’t ignore, that fire you can’t douse, and that unyielding spark you can’t deny. It’s about Reggie and Nora and every lick of what they share as they try to figure out what in the world they’re doing and feeling.

I have loved every single one of this author’s books, but getting to go back and revisit my favorite book of hers, with my favorite characters what everything I needed and more.

I was shown over and over again why this book is some of her best work, and why it is hands down one of the best books I have ever read. What I got with Reggie and Nora as they pushed and pulled, as they fought and conquered, as they fell and broke, and as they let themselves and their hearts and emotions bleed out so intensely on the pages of this book was everything. EVERYTHING. And then some.

Those two opened their souls and every part of themselves to me as I read and experienced this book. They weren’t afraid to be vulnerable, they weren’t afraid to put it all on the line, and they weren’t afraid to fight or take that chance to take that leap of faith when it really mattered. They were themselves through every single page. Raw. Complicated. Dynamic. Unforgettable. Distinctive. Them. Reggie and Nora through and through, and I honestly can’t tell you enough what that will give you with them.

This book was the perfect first chapter into their story. It laid the groundwork, it set the bar, and it raised the stakes. This first taste of Reggie and Nora will have you practically salivating for more and dying to get your hands on the rest of their story. Trust me. Once you meet them, once you have, and one you’ve been spellbound by their authenticity, intenseness, and literal amazingness, you will have to have more of them. You’ll need them, you’ll crave them, and you’ll be beyond ready to see how it all comes to be in the final book of their story.

I said it before and I’ll say it again, this is some of M. Mabie’s best work, her strongest writing and storytelling, and it is contemporary romance at its finest. This book is emotional angst heaven and you are going to rejoice in every single word you get in this story with Reggie and Nora. Trust me. Those two will steal your heart faster than you know how, and you will love them for it.

You will love them, envy them, hate them, feel for them, all while simultaneously needing more of them, and that is just a fraction of what makes this one of the best books I have ever read.

So seriously, run yourself to this book, to this couple, to this world, to this angsty, emotional, intense, and utterly breathtaking story. Do not walk, do not pass go and collect 200 dollars, and do not dilly dally. Stories as epic and consuming as this one do not come around very often, and I am telling you, the second you get within this books’ pages and meet Reggie and Nora, is the moment you will instantaneously love them and need more…

And M. Mabie has a hell of a lot of more in this book and its follow up, so buckle up y’all and enjoy the unforgettable ride.

I know I did.

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TETHERED LOVE | Knot Duet, Book Two | Coming March 29

I’m lying to myself, but I can’t stop.

At least, not until Reagan’s hands bring me to life. He lays claim to me like no one else and makes promises I can’t keep.

I push him away because he deserves more, but wherever I go, he always pulls me back.

My heart is tethered to his. Across miles. Through every lonely night apart. The feeling of him never goes away.

Love never lets go.

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M. Mabie is the writer who made thousands of readers hate to love (and love to hate) the angst-filled contemporary romance, Bait.

She lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody “real-life romance.” She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne’s World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head.

She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost never happens. Almost. M. Mabie usually doesn’t speak in third-person. She promises.




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