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Hello sassy people! Today’s post is about The Twisted Roads Home by K.B. Barrett! Thank you, K.B. Barrett and RMWB for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review!

Escaping Christmas by Marie Landry

The Twisted Roads Home

by K.B. Barrett


She grew up in the perfect American family.
He’s from the wrong side of the tracks.
She’s just starting out in life.
He’s got baggage from his past dragging him down.
She believes marriage is a joke.
He’s been waiting for someone like her his whole life.
She needs someone to help her believe in love.
He needs someone who will never give up.
Can two people finally let their guard down enough to grab ahold of what is in front of them, and learn to never let go? And what happens when forces outside their control try to rip them apart?


Genre: Romance, ARC

Publisher: Indie

Year: 2022

Nº of pages: 304

Is it on KU?: Nope

Subgenres: Contemporary Romance

Tropes: Marriage of convenience, Mountain Man, Small Town Romance, Tenant

Smut factor: 🔥 🔥 🔥 3/5 (sex on the page)

Spice scale: 2/5 🌶️🌶️

POP (Put Out Percentage): 33%

TRIGGER WARNINGS (Based on StoryGraphs): Addiction, Cursing, Death of a parent, Drug Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Gun violence, Injury/Injury detail, Misogyny, Sexism, Sexual Content, Stalking, Toxic relationship


Main characters: Branson and Emma

Hero: Asshole Hero

Heroine: Father’s Daughter

Pacing: Medium

Mood: Blah, Unorganized

Plot or character-driven: Character Driven

P.O.V.: Third person

Character development: Deep

Diverse Cast: Nope

Read in: 2022


My Rate: ⭐⭐ 2/5 

I started this book liking it very much. The tropes in it appealed to me: Mountain Man, Redemption story, a cute kid, the tenant of a cabin in the mountains, it seemed like an awesome book. But then came the insta love. After that, came the super quick and honestly very blah sex scenes. Then the hero became aggressive, yelling and cursing and being an absolute a-hole, that alone is a huge red flag for me. He apologized but then he did it again so that to me is a HUGE sign of a toxic and abusive relationship. Then there was the solution to the whole adoption thing, that for me felt weak and kinda bonkers/nonrealistic. Then the scene with the waitress, the sexist and honestly disgusting way he humiliated that woman, in front of the whole town. And after that, the attempt at an action plot, which to me just felt weak and pointless. Adding this all up, even though I read the entire book and did like a few parts of it, my rate is 2 stars.


Equality rate: ⭐⭐ 2/5 

Like I said above, this book not only portrays but romanticizes very toxic, very abusive behaviors (this list is inspired by the negative behaviors on the (USA) National Domestic Violence Hotline and other resources for abusive relationships) like:

Aggressive behavior, Controlling issues, Dangerous power dynamics, Dominating decision-making process, Emotional violence, Insta love, Insult or humiliation of the love interest in front of friends and colleagues, Love interest believes in rigid gender roles, No Communication, Possessiveness, Sexism, Sexist Language, Slut-shaming, Unprotected sex (consensual or non-consensual)

I couldn’t find one positive behavior on my list, but lots of negative ones. And this just took out all the enjoyment I was having. I came out of this hating the hero and not liking the heroine, and disappointed because I liked the book in the beginning.


Adjectives and general thoughts: This book had a lot of potential, but the lack of structure and also the very sexist, misogynistic, violent, and honestly disgusting language here made me rate it down. 


Well, that is all for today, I hope you like this post, hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Feel free to leave your opinion about it in the comments and I will see you next time! 

Bye sassy people! 


  • I know that some comments I make about decent guys on my posts are the bare minimum a guy should do, so no, they don’t deserve to be treated like gods for doing the minimum, but at the same time, I’ve read a lot of sexist books and I appreciate authors who make characters that can serve as role models and examples of how a decent guy acts and what a loving and respectful relationship looks like. I believe we should always encourage these authors and bring attention to the ones that still write sexist characters and stories. 
  • I make a lot of comments about sexism and healthy role models in books, but a lot of times these characteristics don’t make the book a bad book and definitely don’t make the author a bad author. Please never shame these authors and these books for these comments, I simply feel that we need to have awareness of the less than ideal situations some books bring us, and not use the romanticized problem as examples of what a relationship should be. Most of these authors are still amazing, and the content they write doesn’t reflect directly with their personal views and opinions. Always make sure to respect and be kind to everyone, even while criticizing their content. 

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