With a Twist (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: With a Twist (The Speakeasy Book 1)
Author: K. Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 263
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Love, served with a twist.

Nursing a broken heart when his ex-boyfriend, Riley, leaves him for the love of his life, Carter, Will Martin throws himself into teaching at NYU and writing. An invite from Riley to a speakeasy called Under helps Will begin to heal, and he finds himself enjoying both the drinks and the company.

Soon after, he’s shaken by news of his father’s cancer diagnosis and Will reluctantly returns to Long Island to see the man who disowned him after he was outed.

Sparks fly when Will meets his father’s mentee, Republican Senator David Mori, who is both mixed race and openly gay. Will is looking for a no-strings-attached fling and David is leery of getting involved with his mentor’s son, so they keep their affair a secret.

As his father’s health worsens, Will elects to remain in Garden City and his relationship with David grows beyond casual sex. Now, both men must decide how to bridge the divide between them.

As the first book in a new series by K. Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn, this is also a spin-off of another series collaboratively written by the pair.

Will Martin is a gay NYU professor and writer who’s been estranged from his family for a decade after coming out. When he receives a call that his father, the Senator, is ill and he’s needed at home, he decides to take the summer off and get reacquainted with his family.

David Mori has looked up to his mentor, Senator Martin, since he first entered the senate race and has become very close to his family. When he meets Will for the first time, he can’t help but feel the static charge between them. After getting to know each other, it’s obvious they lay on opposites sides of the political aisle, but is it too far to cross?

This story was so smartly written. I was thoroughly impressed by the ability to cover so much in the way of politics and platforms and the prejudices that go along with them.

I loved David’s character. He had so much compassion and was so genuine and affirming. He brought so much to this story. Will’s character had to grow on me. At first he seemed like a self-righteous brat, but he humbled himself and I really felt the connection between him and David.

I loved the second chance that Will had with his father and the role that David played getting him there. Everything just flowed so well and the pacing kept me wanting more.

I can’t wait to read more of this series! The release date for Extra Dirty is March 26th, 2019.

The Speakeasy series

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Galley copy of With a Twist provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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