Tymber Dalton is, without question, one of the best, most knowledgeable authors of BDSM fiction currently published. Pretzel Logic is the 49th book in the Suncoast Society series. But just in case you haven't read the previous books in the series, don't worry! Each of the books in the series is a standalone novel, although you will understand the backstories of all the characters involved in each book better if you do read them in order. To that end, there's a complete listing of the entire series, in order, at the beginning of each of the Suncoast Society books.
Pretzel Logic is the story of Brita and Ethan. Brita's a 42-year-old former police detective for Sarasota County, forced into retirement due to a disability after she saved a child from her parents during a domestic abuse call. Even though she's "recovered," Brita has severe pain on a daily basis, and can no longer hold a full-time job. Sure, she's a licensed firearms instructor and is able to work part-time at a local gun shop but that doesn't keep her mind occupied. And her mind is her worst enemy. She can't shut it down. She's taken up skeet shooting with Sachi, a sarcastic New Age Tarot card reader and part-time paranormal investigator with other "woo-woo" powers (as Brita puts it). Brita doesn't care about Sachi's day job. All she cares about is Sachi's expertise with a skeet gun and her incredible teaching talent. To Brita, skeet is just another way to occupy her mind.
Ethan is an active-duty Sarasota County detective who's been involved with Brita since four years
before her disability retirement. He was with her that day when she sustained the injury that changed her life forever. He's with her still, now four years since that devastating injury. He loves her. But Brita isn't the type to trust easily. Add to that the fact that her mind never shuts off, she doesn't want to label their relationship, even after eight years together, and her chronic pain that often interferes with just about everything. Ethan wants a relationship with Brita. But will she ever be ready for that kind of commitment?
Recently Ethan and Brita have met members of and joined the Suncoast Society munch group. Ethan is definitely interested in learning more about the BDSM lifestyle. If Brita is honest, so is she. But her disability and inability to connect well with others holds her back. Ethan is patient, not pushing too hard and letting Brita set the pace. As they begin to build their own unique dynamic, things seem to be looking up for the couple.
Neither Ethan, who already has a stepson from his prior marriage, nor Brita, want any children of their own. But Brita adores her niece, Jordan, an eight-year-old who sparkles with energy and loves her AuntieBee with her whole heart. Jordan's very high-end private school schedules an outing to Mote Marine, a premiere and famous aquarium/research laboratory in Sarasota. But, at the last minute, neither Jordan's mom nor her dad are able to chaperone. They call Brita to see if she'll take their place. Of course, Brita is thrilled to spend time with her niece and agrees to chaperone. But, things take a dark turn at the field trip, and Brita's and Ethan's lives are upended. Not only is there real danger to Jordan and her classmates but the repercussions of the events continue to affect both Brita, Ethan, Jordan, and their entire family long afterward. Will Brita be able to handle the fallout and aftermath of the class outing? How will the aftereffects change Brita's and Ethan's relationship? Can the perpetrators of the threats to Brita, Ethan, Jordan, and their entire family and circle of friends be caught and stopped? The action is nonstop and will leave you guessing right up to the end.
The characters in Pretzel Logic are so real and well-crafted you'll feel as if you're actually experiencing the events alongside them. The emotions are overpowering. I both cried and felt overwhelming joy and happiness. And while the BDSM aspects of the book are spot on, what makes the book so excellent isn't just the truthfulness and accuracy of the BDSM. It's the genuineness of the relationships and emotions expressed. When you're reading Pretzel Logic, you're immersed in the lives of the characters: their emotions, relationships, every aspect of their world. It is rare for an author to find the perfect balance between character development, relationship dynamics, and accuracy in every detail but Tymber Dalton does it in every book I've read. And, once again, she has done it perfectly in this book.
Ms. Dalton has an intimate knowledge of the BDSM lifestyle, having been involved in it herself for a number of years, and the entire Suncoast Society series, as well as her standalone books and other series, reflect that knowledge. Many other authors try to achieve what Ms. Dalton does but, in the end, it's Ms. Dalton's personal experiences and knowledge of human nature that reflects her total understanding of the nuances and intricacies involved in each individual dynamic possible in the lifestyle. There is no one specific way of living the BDSM lifestyle. Each relationship is as unique as the individuals involved in the relationship. Ms. Dalton not only understands this but exhibits it in her writing, and that's what makes her books so intriguing and true to life. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a fantastic, well-written, emotionally involving romance. The BDSM scenes just add icing to the cake of a perfect story.
I realize this is a long review but I have one final comment. This is an ADULT book and contains adult BDSM themes, explicit language, and sexual scenes. If you don't enjoy erotic romance with explicit sexual and BDSM scenes, PLEASE carefully consider your purchase before buying any book in a genre you know you won't enjoy. There's always a synopsis of the book at the seller's website and book reviews available on Goodreads, sellers' websites, and many Facebook review pages. PLEASE avail yourself of these resources so you're certain the book you're purchasing is what you want to read. PLEASE DON'T LEAVE A NEGATIVE REVIEW OF A BOOK YOU PURCHASE WHEN YOU KNOW YOU WON'T ENJOY IT. IT'S NOT FAIR TO THE AUTHOR! Ms. Dalton works extremely hard to provide a quality work product. If you know before you buy a book that you'll object to the subject matter contained therein, you're doing not only yourself, but the author, an extreme disservice. But if you enjoy engaging and captivating romance with BDSM elements, I highly recommend Pretzel Logic. Believe me, you won't be sorry you read it! I give it my highest rating without reservation!
Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!