Twisted (Lost #2)
by Cynthia Eden
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.
“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.”
After I read Broken last month I couldn't wait to get my hands on Twisted, the second book in Cynthia Eden's LOST series... And let me tell you, for as much as I loved Broken, I think I loved Twisted even more.
Thanks to her father, Emma has always been good at reading people. She doesn't claim to be psychic, she just happens to see things most people don't... Like the fear in a runaways eyes, for example. When Dean shows up at Emma's stand in New Orleans he's expecting nothing but a con artist... But he couldn't be more wrong.
Dean is an ex-FBI agent turned member of LOST, who we met in Broken. He's in New Orleans looking for Julia, a teenage runaway, when he meets Emma. The attraction between the two is immediate but Dean's in New Orleans to work, not to give in to the attraction simmering between the two.
At first I wasn't really sure how I felt about Dean. He seemed a little too uptight for my liking but when he lets go of his control... Holy hotness! That man is something else!!! And Emma... I knew from the beginning that I was going to love her and I was not disappointed. She's strong, and sassy, and really stands up for the people she cares about.
Of course my favorite part of Cynthia Edens books is getting into the killers head and she did not disappoint with this one. There were some serious twists that I didn't see coming, some heart pounding suspense that had me on the edge of my seat, and when the killer's identity was finally revealed? I can't say that I was shocked, necessarily, because I had an inkling, but I was definitely not disappointed with how everything played out.
I really wish there was an epilogue so we can see how Dean and Emma handle their relationship after the drama dies down but that's just me being greedy. Overall though, I absolutely loved Twisted and I can't wait for Shattered, the next book in the LOST series.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Twisted in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.