Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sultry with a Twist (Sultry Springs, #1)

Sultry with a Twist
Macy Beckett
320 pages
Release date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: NetGalley

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

I don't often review romance novels on my blog since I think my followers are more of YA kind of crowd, but I do enjoy reading the occasional romance novel.  So when a gal from my online book club announced she was getting published, I knew I wanted to read it and was glad to get the chance through NetGalley.

Mae-June July Augustine left Sultry Spring years ago in exchange for Austin, where her dream of owning her own bar is finally being realized.  But when a warrant for her comes to light that she didn't even know about, she finds herself back in her childhood town doing a month of community service.  It doesn't help that she's away from her business just weeks before it opens, and it really doesn't help that the man who broke her heart all those years ago is still in Sultry Springs, just waiting it seems to break it again...

Sultry with a Twist is a small town romance with big heart.  There were so many enjoyable things about this little romance novel!  The first thing that struck me was the author's voice - Macy Beckett has  a fantastic writing style; she's great at describing a scene and infuses little bits of humor throughout.  As a result, Sultry with a Twist had me smiling throughout.

The characters were fantastic; I don't think I've ever cared about romance novel characters as much.  June was, obviously, my favorite.  She was making her own way in the world and didn't need a man to save her, except for that one time she was bitten by a snake.  June was a bit accident prone and it made her that much more likable.  Luke was a great character as well, but for different reasons.  He was very hard on himself, but it was obvious to me (and June) that deep down he's a good-hearted man.  And pretty sexy, too!

Four stars - Sultry with a Twist was a step-above your average romance novel.  It had an adorable plot and great characters that I actually cared about.  Macy Beckett writes with humor and charm and infuses her characters with the same spunky personalities.  If you're into romance at all, I highly recommend you get a copy of this when it comes out October 2nd.  Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to reading the next books in the series when they arrive in 2013.

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