The Book Worm: Review: Sultry with a Twist

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Review: Sultry with a Twist

Book Review: Sultry with a Twist, by Macy Beckett


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.

Genre: contemporary romance

Publishing date: October 2012

Mature content: yes

Review: I really liked the first half of this book. Yes, it's partly predictable, and the starting point is a bit far-fetched, but I found it funny and enjoyable. But it all went downhill from there. The second half of the book almost has no plot, it is just a repetition of the same scenes over and over. June is shocked when she learns what her grandmother went through in her absence, but she was the one that spent nine years away and suddenly expects everything to fall into place. She wants to teach Luke how to love (her words, not mine) but she also wants to go back to Austin in a couple of weeks. June and Luke get together, then fight and one of them leaves, and then they go back together once more. Again and again. After a while, it wasn't funny anymore and the plot was going nowhere. I got bored and just endured the rest of the book until the expected happily ever after. 

I didn't like June very much. I found her self centered and childish and the way she replaces foul words with sugar related alternatives to avoid swearing would have been funny if then she wasn't so bad mouthed in bed. I was liking Luke a bit better until the part when he lashed out and blamed June for all the things that went wrong in his life lately. That was rude, uncalled for and verbally abusive, and Luke went down several notches in my consideration. Not a very good basis on which to build a relationship.

I felt the book was overly long and there was no follow up on some of the important issues on which the plot was based,  such as the legal issue that brought June back to Sultry Springs. I was hooked on the first pages of Sultry with a Twist, and then felt a bit cheated and disappointed towards the end. It's not overall bad, but it's not amazing either, so just three stars.

Happy Tuesday!

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