Format Read: e-book provided by the publisher through Netgalley
Number of Pages: 320 pages
Release Date: October 1st 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Series: Sultry Springs #1
Formats Available: Mass Market Paperback, e-book, Kindle Edition
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When Mae-June July Augustine hightailed it out of Sultry Springs, Texas, with her heart in pieces, she swore she’d never return. But nine years later, one thing stands between June and her dream of opening an upscale martini bar: a month of community service under the supervision of the devilishly sexy Luke Gallagher, her first love and ex-best friend. As lust turns to love, June must decide where she belongs: in the glorious anonymity of Austin or back in Sultry Springs with the man who intoxicates her like no other.
Don’t you love it when you stumble upon a new author and realize their book is probably one of the best things you’ve read this year? Yes that IS a rhetorical question you don’t have to answer. Sultry with a Twist is the 1st book in the Sultry Spring series, and oh boy I will definitely read the next books!
I think the 1st thing I should mention is how hilarious this book is. I cannot count how many times I burst into laughter at the most inappropriate of times (maybe I shouldn’t read in public places) . The dialogues are witty and just plain funny. I just loved the banter between Luke and June and even more the exchanges between Luke and Trey (oh Trey you funny beast <3).
Just to prove my point, the heroine is named Mae-June July Augustine, June for short. She’s pretty sure her parents lost a bet or something. June is forced to put her projects to open her own bar on hold and to go back to her home town for a month. June hasn’t set foot there in years and when she runs into Luke, she realizes her past cannot be forgotten. Oh Luke…Luke is just so adorable. Well don’t tell him I said that. Luke and June grew up together but they didn’t part in good terms. You find out piece by piece what happened to them and how they broke off any relationship between them.
Luke thinks he’s no better than his mother who abandoned him when he was still a kid. He doesn’t have a good opinion of himself and it just broke my heart. He’s doing all he can to be someone respectable but he doesn’t think he’s good enough for someone like his Junebug.
June on the other hand has become a very empowered woman. She’s trying to realize her dream and open her very own bar. She loves making new drinks and you can see she’s passionate about her job. It was very easy to love June because she’s a very honest and passionate woman. She was raised by her very religious grandmother (who’s also a very endearing secondary character) and I couldn’t help but laugh at her way of swearing:
“You sanctimonious son of a bi—”
“Biscuit eater?” he offered with a cocky grin that enraged her even more.
June is a problem magnet. Either she doesn’t have much luck or she’s very clumsy but she always end up in crazy situations.
Now I said it was a very cute and funny romance but it’s also pretty hot. I could see my Ereader steaming up when Luke and June got alone together. The sexual tension between them was very palpable. I loved that they had unfinished business between them. And wow…the 2 of them together was just perfect. They were made for each other. I didn’t even mind that the story set-up was a bit over the top, it still made me feel good and that’s the most important.
There’s something magical about Small town romances, and Sultry with a Twist is the perfect example of this magic. Macy Beckett delivers an hilarious romance that will make you feel all tingly and happy. I can’t recommend it enough. I will be impatiently awaiting the next book (about Trey *squee*) in this series.
I give Sultry with a Twist 4,5 Stars!