Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Dive Bar
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: 4/11/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Page Count: 288
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
This is the second book in The Dive Bar Series. I loved the first book, but I loved this one more. Twist has a bit more drama and angst to it. Just a little on the heavier side but still a comedy of sorts. It sucked me in from the first paragraph and I didn’t breath until it was done. Then when it was really done I was disappointed my kindle wouldn’t give me another page. There was an array of emotions in this book and I was along for the rollercoaster ride of it all. The pace, writing, and people were great.
This one starts in a different way than I thought. The way that Alex and Joe meet is completely different than I would have thought. Eric is over his online dating. He had coerced his brother into setting it up for him. Well, Joe wasn’t done with it. He liked the anonymity of it all. He forged a good online friendship with Alex and loved taking to her. They speak of everything. Except for the one thing that really mattered.
Alex finally has all the courage she needs with a subtle urge and push from her best friend Val to take the leap and go and meet him. She isn’t into relationships, ever. Boy oh boy is she in store for something completely different. Joe is a great guy, just kind of in the background most of the time. I loved him. He is kind, sweet and endearing as well as all manly man, with a big beard, and lumberjack body. *sighs* I really liked him. He has a huge heart and very personable and will simply make you swoon in his first chapter.
I enjoyed the banter and humor between Joe and Alex. Especially Alex and her hatred for Joe’s beard. Though I really don’t think it’s hate that she feels. I liked how we got to see how they met online and those conversations. I even, at moments liked Eric. I liked that you get to see some of the people for the first book, The Stage Dive series. I got Mal again, That was exciting. I loved the crossover. On top of everything this book is about family, old friends, new friendships forged and love. This was a good romance and the two leads just got each other.