Review: Twisted (Lost #2) by Cynthia Eden

April 27, 2015 Review 1

Review: Twisted (Lost #2) by Cynthia Eden

In the second seductive LOST novel from New York Timesbestselling 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.

Title: Twisted
Author: Cynthia Eden
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Deadly Fear, Avenging Angel, Alpha One, Sharpshooter
Series: LOST #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Broken, Shattered, Torn, Taken
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: April 28, 2015
Genres: Crime Drama, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 384
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

I have fallen in love with LOST – Last Option Search Team.  This team of specialists is totally fascinating.  The first book in the series, Broken, captivated me.  I enjoyed meeting the team and watching Gabe fall in love with their client Eve/Jessica.

In Twisted, team member Dean Bannon – former FBI agent, is featured.  He left the FBI when red tape got in the way of rescuing a victim in time.  He joined LOST because he wanted the hope of getting there in time, and with back up.  One has to love a guy for that.  But, Dean believes he has to maintain total control over himself, keeping his dark side deeply buried.

His latest case takes him to New Orleans in search of a sixteen year old run away.  There he meets Emma Casstille.  She is not a psychic, all she does is “read people.”  She has a specialized skill set of her own and she can help him – if he will let her.  She also has a dark side she keeps deeply buried.  But it appears that a serial killer, the same one who seems to have the above mentioned sixteen year girl, may have tagged Emma as his next victim.

The game is afoot.  If I thought there were twists and turns in Broken, there were just as many, if not more, in this one.  There may not have been the rain of Broken to wash away the clues, but the New Orleans Bayou can hide a host of sins.  We were treated to some action in some famous, and not so famous, tourist attractions that added some interesting flavor to this story. There were also the gasps! Oh noes! Look out!  Hurry!  More than once for all of it.  Not to mention visits to the hospital.  And of course, the romance.  When Emma and Dean lose control, it does get hot.

The clues were misleading.  The FBI were just as helpful here as they were back when Dean was working for them.  RED TAPE!  But LOST is very good at what they do.  They can not only do what they were hired to do, they can do the FBI’s job too, in spite of all their help.  I totally loved that little twist.

The reader was introduced to a fascinating new character, Jax Fontaine and it appears he will be in the next book, Shattered.  I can’t wait to find out more about him.  Is he a good guy or a bad guy?  Kind of hard to tell right now.

Just a note, you can read this as a stand-alone story.  Although the story is all about the team, you won’t miss much by not reading Broken first.  You may want to because it is a good book too, but it isn’t required to enjoy Twisted.

All you fans of the romantic suspense thriller, start getting that one-click finger in shape, and/or digging the spare change out of the couch.  You will want this and if you are at all like me, you won’t put it down until you finish it.  It is that enthralling!

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EdenAuthor Info

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.
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“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 onyour 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.”


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