She's a beautiful French woman who dreams of managing an upscale restaurant in New York City. He's the best reporter in New York City whose only dream has been scooping the next big story. Until, that is, he meets Natalie, after which the only story he wants to write involves Natalie, him, and happily ever after.
Natalie Bocuse loves her sister, Vivi, but rather than waiting tables in her sister's quaint bistro, she dreams of managing a classy, chic Manhattan restaurant. When newspaper reporter Quinn O'Brien offers her a position waiting tables in his family's Irish pub, it isn't the position she envisions for herself, but it is in the city, so she'll be one step closer. As Natalie gets to know (and love) Quinn, his family, and the quirky assortment of regulars at the pub, she soon realizes that class and sophistication come in all shapes and sizes and aren't limited to upscale, pricey eateries.
Quinn has admired Natalie at her sister's bistro and regularly eats there just to be near her, despite her snooty attitude and frequent insults. When he learns that she has moved to the city and is looking for a job, he is quick to recommend her for the waitress position at his parents' pub. He tries to fit himself into Natalie's mold of the perfect man, but he's finding it an extremely uncomfortable fit. Quinn simply isn't cut out for fancy, expensive restaurants and the opera, not to mention the pinch he's feeling in his wallet. It isn't long before the uptight Natalie has relaxed and is enjoying herself with their zany customers, and surprisingly, trying very hard to make a positive impression on his family.
Natalie and Quinn are excellently written as total opposites who are helpless against the attraction between them. As their relationship intensifies and becomes more serious, Natalie is very concerned. She has made serious adjustments in her attitude and expectations, and while she knows that Quinn cares deeply for her, she's beginning to question whether she will ever come first before the next story. Add touches of intrigue and suspense, secondary characters whose own backgrounds and lives are a priceless complement to Natalie and Quinn's story, and WITH A TWIST is a first-class contemporary romance; I give it a very high recommendation.
COURTESY LAURIE/ROMANCE JUNKIES