Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Dive Bar #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: April 11, 2017
From New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott comes the second sizzling stand-alone novel in the Dive Bar series!
When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.
Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he's been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they're emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets... apart from the one that really matters.
And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.
"Amazing in all the ways"
Kylie Scott's books are always a pleasure to read. I couldn't wait to get my hands on Twist. I was so excited to start reading it.
I LOVED the first half of the book. I love everything about it. The banter between Alex and Joe was amazing. It had the funny characteristics I have come to expect from Kylie Scott's novels. On the other hand, the second half, not so much.
In the beginning, Alex Parks who's a graphic designer has decided to put herself "out there". After joining a dating service, she has been in constant communication for months with a guy named "Eric". When he goes silent for a couple of weeks, she decides to fly and surprise him on his birthday. The last thing she was expecting was to learn that Eric was not the brother she had been writing to. In turns out that Joe has been using Eric's account all along. Alex can't believe he has deceived her. She can't wait to run out of his town and go back to her safe life in Seattle. She was not counting on the flu hitting hard and delaying her escape.
Joe Collins goes out of character when he makes the decision to respond to a message on his brother's dating service account. He finds himself in a conundrum, tell Alex the truth and risk never receiving another message from her or keeping the lie and enjoying the online friendship he has with her. He finds Alex to be funny and he savors their exchanges. When Alex shows up at the Dive Bar, he can't believe he has made such a huge mistake by letting her think she was communicating with Eric. He's determined to ask for her forgiveness. Nursing her through her sickness is the least he can do to redeem himself from all the pain and embarrassment he has caused her.
Alex was shy and she was scared of intimacy. She didn't want to get hurt again. It was easier to remain in her cocoon but Joe helped her realized she was missing out on living.
Joe was not your typical alpha. Instead, he was more of the nice guy who didn't like to play games. He didn't like deceiving Alex and he felt bad for having done it. He did a lot to make Alex forgive him so that's why I didn't understand when he decided to take his pain out on Alex and begin hurting her feelings, repeatedly. Even weirder was to see Alex transform herself from the funny strong woman I have come to love to a helpless doormat.
I'm sad I didn't like the second half since I love this series and its characters. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping I fall in love with the next couple all the way through.
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com