Review: With A Twist by Sawyer Bennett

Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Book 4 of the Last Call Serie


Wyatt Banks is ready to give one woman the world. Unfortunately, his job as a cop tends to interfere with other goals. When Wyatt is sent deep undercover to investigate a sex slave ring, he doesn't have time to do anything but focus on staying alive in a dark and dangerous underworld.

Wyatt isn't alone though in his quest to save the women that are being sold into sexual slavery.

His partner, FBI Agent Andrea Somerville, is immersed just as deeply as he is, and she's the bait to lure the sex slavers out into the open, as she poses as an erotic dancer in an attempt to snare the enemy. But danger runs as high as the sparks between them, and now Wyatt is caught between the job he loves and the woman he wants.

**This story can be read as a stand-alone novel.

My Review: ★★★★☆ 4.5 stars

Sawyer Bennett's writing has always appealed to me, and I daresay it will also satisfy other fans of contemporary romance. In WITH A TWIST, she's able to flesh out two brave characters who share a passion that makes their romance believable even if it was conceived in the most unpleasant circumstances.

The first half of the book feels very much like a thriller-romance. Wyatt & Andrea find themselves in dangerous situations that had me thinking, oh no, how can they escape this stitch. The excitement is short-lived though, and the case they are working on is pretty much solved not even halfway through the story. I thought this would bite their asses towards the end (bad guy escapes prison, comes back for revenge, yada yada) but thankfully that didn't happen. By the second half, the author concentrates on developing the relationship between Wyatt & Andrea.

I'll understand if some readers will feel shortchanged on the suspense part since the synopsis was all about catching the men behind the sex slave ring. There are benefits though to spending a huge chunk of the book on the after-events. The author was able to establish the romance, that it's not a fleeting thing that happens just because these two characters are working so close together in a life and death situation.

Beat of all, she was able to show Wyatt's softer side. He was incredibly focused and hard-assed while undercover, that it was a relief to see that a gentler side of him exists. It was more believable then that he would fall in love with h.

As for Andrea, I love how her femininity and vulnerability still showed even as she was being brave and determined on catching the bad guys.

Both are strongly committed to their work that they'll do anything not to blow their cover. This paved the way for one particular intense, steamy, but also absolutely unpleasant scene. I love how the author was able to show readers what was going in in the characters minds and emotions during that particular moment. There was a question of ethics versus duty, and there was also guilt. Guilt that they have to do something to the other that shouldn't happen under such bad circumstances. Guilt that a part of them might secretly enjoy what they were being forced to do. Take my word for it, it was an emotionally intense scene and it really stood out for me.

I'd recommend WITH A TWIST because it's really well written. Save for that part about the case being over too quickly (which may not even be an issue at all), this book should satisfy the cravings of contemporary romance readers. Very good writing, chemistry between the leads, tasteful sex scenes, quite simply a romance that will warm your heart until the very last page.

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About the Author

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

My thanks to ATOMR Promotions and Sawyer Bennett for the ARC.



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