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Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (October 2, 2012)
Welcome to Sultry Springs, Texas: where first loves find second chances…
Nine years after June Augustine hightailed it out of Sultry Springs with her heart in pieces, one thing stands between her and her dream of opening an upscale martini bar: a bogus warrant from her tiny Texas hometown. Now she’s stuck in the sticks for a month of community service under the supervision of the devilishly sexy Luke Gallagher, her first love and ex-best friend.
If Texas in July wasn’t already hot enough, working side-by-side with June would make any man melt. Luke wants nothing more than to strip her down and throw her in the lake—the same lake where they were found buck naked and guilty as sin all those years ago. In their heads, they’re older and wiser. But their hearts tell a different story…
June Augustine ran from Sultry Springs nine years ago and hasn’t looked back. That is until she’s forced to serve one month of community service and isn’t allowed to leave the county. June plans on doing her 30 days and heading back to Austin and her new bar. She wants nothing to with Sultry Springs, or so she thinks. Now, she finds herself back in her grandmother’s house and even worse, face to face with Luke Gallagher her former best friend and first love.
Luke is surprised when the sexy woman he’s checking from behind is June. He’s even more surprised that she’s spending the month back home and doing the community service with his company. He cares deeply for June, despite the fact that she has turned his life upside down. He calls her Calamity June, with good reason. But he can’t deny that he wants her.
Gah! The sexual tension coming from these two is hot. So are their tempers. They both want each other but they each have their own reasons for staying away. Luke is very protective over June even though he hasn’t seen her in years. When Trey tries to make a move on her he sets his best friend straight even though he says he doesn’t want her. June is still hurt from him turning away from her all those years ago.
June is very strong yet fragile, especially around Luke. Her past and the death of her parents are a big part of her. It’s one of the main reasons I think she feels she doesn’t fit in Sultry Springs and why people look down at her owning a bar.
I love Luke, probably because he’s complicated. He’s had a rough childhood with his mother abandoning him, then his ex-wife was a trip and he doesn’t think he’s capable or deserving of love. So all those years ago when June told him that she loved him he pushed her away even though he knew she was special.
She whispered things he’d never heard her say before- filthy words that would make a porn star blush, and it made him want to drive her further, to see how she’d react when he pushed her over the edge. Skimming on hand along her round bottom, he lifted his lips from her nipple long enough to ask, “You kiss your grandmother with that mouth?”
I love those small town romances. And I love second chance love stories. What’s even better is when the writing is good. Sultry With A Twist had me laughing at moments, and then had my heart aching. One of my favorite things was the actual relationship between Luke and June. You could feel the love they have for each other, and not just while in bed. They had something special and it made the story that much more enjoyable.
Macy Beckett is a must read if you like sexy, witty contemporaries. I look forward to the next in the Sultry Springs series. It’s about Luke’s best friend, Trey, and his sister.
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