Wednesday, May 13, 2015

review || TWISTED { blog tour }

Twisted by Cynthia Eden

Publisher: Avon (4/28/2015)
Series: Lost, book 2
Genre: Romantic Suspence
Source: Tasty Book Tours / Edelweiss
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In the second seductive Lost novel from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden, an obsessed Last Option Search Team agent goes looking for trouble—and finds her in the Big Easy.

Dean Bannon comes to New Orleans for one reason only: to track down a missing sixteen-year-old girl. That’s before he meets the drop-dead gorgeous con artist who makes him want to lose his legendary control.

With her past, Emma Castille doesn’t claim to be psychic. She just notices things other people don’t. Like the fear in a runaway’s eyes-or the pain in an ex-FBI agent’s heart. Her chemistry with Dean is blistering, but Emma follows her passion . . . not someone else’s orders.

Then a madman breaks into Emma’s home and leaves a twisted message: “You’re next.” Now Dean refuses to let her out of his sight until he pries every last secret from her full, sexy lips. And suddenly Emma’s aching to give him everything he wants.

about Cynthia || Award-winning author CYNTHIA EDEN writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies include hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

{ excerpt } .
“A reading …” he said. She almost shivered. The guy had one of those amazing voices that, once a woman heard it, she didn’t forget. Deep and rumbly. A voice made for darkness.

And sex.

She’d detected no accent in his voice, and Emma was very good at recognizing accents. Accents, habits, behavior—she noticed them all.

Like the way Dean Bannon had a habit of rubbing his jaw with his index finger and thumb. He did that when he was thinking. When he was annoyed, she’d noticed that a muscle flexed along the left-hand side of his jaw. And—

“Your name is Emma Castille.”

She leaned forward. “I can use the cards if you want. Some people like that part.” She actually did know what all of the cards meant, so she could shuffle them and give a reading, no problem. But she preferred to work in other ways.

“You’re not psychic.”

Were they back to that?

She put her hands in her lap. Emma didn’t believe in making nervous gestures. She didn’t believe in giving away anything at all with her body language.

“What you are …” Ah, now he did smile. Her father would have called it a shit-eating grin. The more PC term was probably a Cheshire cat smile. Whatever the name, that smile annoyed her. “What you are, Ms. Castille … is a criminal. A fraud.”

Maybe she should grab her chest and dramatically gasp. She didn’t. “Wonderful for you,” Emma said. “You pulled up a background report one me.” She let her eyes widen a bit. “It’s amazing just what one can find if a person knows how to use a search engine.”

A furrow appeared between his eyes.

“How about I say what … you are?” Emma asked him. “A washed-up FBI agent who snapped on the job. You held your control tight every single day, but the bad guys—they just didn’t stop, did they? You hunted them, you stopped them, and more appeared. While you were fighting the system, they kept coming, and the bodies kept piling up on your watch.”

He shot right back to his feet. The folding chair slammed down behind him.

“You and your father bilked desperate people,” he accused. “You told them you were psychic, that you could help find their missing children. And you—”

“We found them.” Two girls who’d vanished. They’d found them. “We just didn’t get to them in time.” And she would not go back to that place.

She motioned toward Manuel. He knew the signal meant he could take over her booth. There was no way, no way, that she was going to stay there with that prick while he slammed the most painful moments from her past in Emma’s face.

Manuel, pale, tattooed, with piercings in his lips and eyebrows, quickly claimed her spot.

Emma jumped to her feet. Muttered her thanks, and fled right past the guy she was starting to think of as Agent Jackass.

She pushed through the crowd. Wasn’t there always a crowd in Jackson Square? And that was why she loved the place. It was so easy to vanish in a crowd. To be anyone.

The crowd closed around her.

To be no one at all.   

She hurried around the back of the cathedral. She knew the streets so well. Her home was close by. Emma would get inside and forget Agent Jackass.     

I’m being followed.

Emma stilled at the intersection. A horse-drawn carriage rolled by her. Voices called out.

And he touched her.

Emma didn’t flinch. Didn’t scream. She looked down at the hand on her shoulder. “When a woman runs away from you, that means you need to stay the hell away from her.”

His hold tightened on her. “You and I aren’t done.”

She looked up at his face. Had she really thought the man was handsome? Annoying, that was all Dean Bannon was.

“I need to find that girl, and you’re the only lead I have so far.”

“Then you’re not a very good investigator.”

Ah, that muscle flexed in his jaw. Lovely.

{ review } .
Ok, so I still feel that Cynthia is writing herself into a little niche here, with stories that all mirror one another (girl needs help, guy refuses to help, something happens to girl, guy is all up in that) but with each story I'm reading, I'm finding myself not caring just a little bit more.

I felt this way with BROKEN, but really liked Gabe and Eve, and their story, so I was cool with it.

Let me tell you, if you don't already know...

Cynthia has a dark imagination. Some of the scenes in BROKEN will give you that, but there's one particular one in TWISTED that had me a bit terrified for Emma, too.

I knew right away that I was going to like Emma. Just the quietness in her, but the fight in her soul... I knew I was going to like her. She presents herself as a very calm person, but her mind is always going -- she's always cataloging and figuring people out. However, she knows when to let her bite out -- she can be sarcastic and snarky when the mood strikes. Dean learns early on that if there's one thing Emma won't do, it's take his shit.

I loved that Dean didn't trust her, but eventually she became the only one he could lose his well-trapped-down control around. I especially loved his mixed emotions in the beginning when it came to her -- he thought she was a scammer, a pretty face hiding lies, but equally she was simply "fucking gorgeous".

The real kicker is that these two are very much alike -- they just present themselves differently. Both have had a rough few years; both place blame on themselves for their trials and fear the other will see them as they see themselves. They both hide behind half smiles -- and recognize it in the other. I very much enjoyed watching Dean fall for Emma, and seeing his pain when... ;) shhhhh.

"...You'll always be a...good man. I just..." Now she smiled for him, a smile she hoped flashed her dimples. "I just make you...better."

Emma slowly starts to fit into the LOST world, a world that she always wanted to help but was never truly accepted into. Dean's teammates accept her almost quicker than he does (they do on a shortly-known basis, where it takes Dean a few days of being in her presence). Gabe knows the woman for two seconds before he tells Dean that she could be what LOST needs -- so I love that about the group. Dean took some convincing, but the group was pretty quick.

My heart hurt for Wade in BROKEN, and it further broke in TWISTED. The friendship between Gabe and Wade is still so very rock solid, and you can see how much it hurts Gabe that Wade is still hurting... I'm so excited for when Wade finally gets his story, have no doubts.

That first paragraph? About the little niche?

...I think Sarah's book is going to break that mold. Nevermind the fact she's the first female lead (from LOST) of the series, but I can just feel from the bits and pieces we get of her in this book, as well as the epilogue, that Sarah's story is going to take a little bit of a turn, and I'm excited.

for more reviews & tour goodies,

{ previous reviews of series }
Broken { review here }

{ giveaway } .

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