Blog Tour (Book Review): With A Twist by Sawyer Bennett

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Title: With A Twist (Last Call #4)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 220 pages
Rating: 4 stars

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Synopsis
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.

WITH A TWIST can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Grace Review
This book is really two distinct stories, in my opinion. One filled with danger and personal sacrifice. One filled with love and passion. But also with personal sacrifice. The extreme circumstances in the first half of this book serve as a bridge, or sorts, that’s bring the two main characters together in the next half.

Part one of this book, as I like to think of it, takes place in Raleigh, NC, where Wyatt, one of Hunter’s best friends is undercover to stop a sex slave ring.  Known as Charles “Razor” (Raze) Hawkins, he becomes a manager of operations at a strip club, owned by the suspected leader of the sex slave ring, Simon Keyes.  And while Raze has molded himself to the seedy lifestyle, he has yet to obtain evidence to bring down the ring, so the FBI sends in someone else to help.  Andrea Somerville’s sole purpose is to become Simon’s new target for the ring.  Although Raze has his initial doubts about Andrea, when she takes to the stage as Nikki O, he can barely contain his hard on.  You see, Andrea has past striping experience and is as dedicated to the job as the best of them.

This part of the book shocked me a bit.  Not because I haven’t read about the oh-so-seedy side strip club activities before, I’ve actually read worse.  It just surprised me as being part of this series.  And I like that the author threw me for a loop.  Undercover, Raze and Nikki will do anything, ANYTHING, to keep their cover and be believable.  I’m not sure I can say I admire Nikki’s bravado, but damn, but what she does shows real dedication.  She offers up a lot more for the job, than most would do.  And I loved Raze’s protection of her.  How he did his best to keep from her giving up her soul, of sorts.

I won’t spoil how everything turns out with the sex ring, but eventually, Raze and Nikki are no more, and they both go back to their lives as Wyatt and Andrea.  Which is where the story changes dramatically.  The second half brings us back to the Outer Banks and with time, brings the two of them together, as they realize the connection built during their operation ran deeper than either previously realized.  The passion between these them is off the scales.  It’s intense.  And builds quickly.

Wyatt lifts his head . . . stares down at me with the most intense, carnal look I’ve ever seen on a man’s face before. It’s at this moment I realize we haven’t said a word to each other, instead choosing to communicate through touch and action.

One thing I loved about this book is that there wasn’t any unnecessary angst. I’m not adverse to angst in books, it’s what keeps you on the edge of your seat. But some angst can be downright annoying where you want to hurl your kindle into traffic. And I love my kindle, so that would suck. But this book and couple avoid those toxic moments. As an example, Andrea is contacted by her ex. This could go one of many directions, but the author takes this couple in the right direction. Not only does Andrea tell Wyatt that her ex contacted her, they actually have a thing called A CONVERSATION. You know, like normal adults. And it’s because of this crazy unique feet of not keeping secrets and talking things out, that makes them both so likable and so perfect as a couple.

While the early stages of Wyatt and Andrea’s relationship were far from conventional, the extreme circumstances they went thru established some of the most important qualities of a relationship, trust. And that quality was the foundation that kept their long distance relationship together.

There’s some type of tether between us that isn’t built on just insane chemical attraction and mind-blowing orgasms. We have a connection that was forged through a stressful undercover operation and mutual respect of each other’s abilities.

If you are a fan of the previous books in the series, the whole gang comes together and the ladies – Gabby, Alyssa, Savannah and Casey – actually play a role in Andrea’s choice on how to move forward. And Wyatt, gets a HEA he never saw coming.

This was a fun addition to the series, and I’m eager to see who is able to finally tie Casey down in the last installment, and I don’t mean in the kinky way.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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About

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.

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