From bestselling author Kylie Scott comes the second book in her 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.
Four stars: A fun, sexy and entertaining romance that occurs when two opposites attract under unexpected circumstances.
Alex pauses at the doorway of the Dive Bar. She takes a deep breath, adjusts her pushup bra and enters. Even though she is way outside her comfort zone, she is doing something brave and daring. She has flown to Couer D' Alene, Idaho from Seattle to meet Eric. The man she met on an online dating site, whom she has been sharing emails with for the last few months. Alex is pleased to discover that Eric is as sexy in person as he is in his profile picture. When she throws herself into his arms, Eric is confused. He has no idea who she is, and worse, he claims that he never emailed her. So who has Alex been talking to all these months?
What I Liked:
- Twist is a book I went into with a little hesitation. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I thought with a title like Twist that is was going to be a rather steamy read with probably a dose of angst and some drama. I was surprised and pleased to find that my perceptions where off the mark. Twist was a delightful, humorous and sweet romance that happens when two people meet under a false pretense. Yes, there is some heat and a bit of drama, but nothing over the top. All in all, I had a great time with Twist.
- The romance was all kinds of fun. First, it starts out a nightmarish mess when Alex learns the truth about her online boyfriend. In anger, she flees the bar in a rainstorm, walking several miles to the nearest hotel with her suitcase and a big, hairy man, whom she could never be attracted to, in tow. The next day, she intends to get on a plane and leave the whole sordid mess behind, until she wakes up sick. What follows is a relationship born when Alex must rely on the one person she never wants to see again. Then there is a hesitant friendship, that turns into a true friendship before blossoming into heat and passion. I loved watching these two come together, and seeing them figure it out all. It had just the right amount of heat and sweetness. Plus, I like that it took its time. I also enjoyed the humor, especially when they made fun of each other's appearance. This is definitely a romance born of opposites attracting.
- I liked that from the friendship, both Alex and Joe grew and evolved. Alex changed by learning to step outside her comfort zone, while Joe learned to lean on his friends and to say no. This was a relationship that was so much more than sex and passion.
- Of course, there is that moment when the romance falters, but thankfully, the drama is light and nothing over the top. I always dread that moment of conflict that always arises in a romance novel. I could have totally done without Star.
- I loved the cast of secondary characters. The gang at the Dive Bar was all kinds of fun, except for Eric, but I am hoping he will grow up and come around. I think my favorite, though, was Val, Alex's transgender friend. I thought Val was fantastic, and I loved the scene where she chewed Joe out over the phone. I hope that there will be more Val in upcoming books.
- The ending was perfect. Sweet, satisfying and without a cliffhanger. Even though this is the second book in the series, it is a complete standalone book, so you can read it without having read the first book. After reading this one, I definitely want to go back and grab book one.
- I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Andi Ardnt. This was my first read with Andi, and I thought she did a terrific job. Her male voices were well done, and I thought she did an all around great job with the narration. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by her.
And The Not So Much:
- I loved that the romance was all about trust, talking things through and supporting a friend until it boosted up to the next level. The final portion of the book was all about the sex and then more sex. If you love lots of sex scenes, you will enjoy this but I have to admit, I got a little tired of listening to them.
- Eric was a pain in the butt. I didn't like him one bit. I kept thinking he might do something to redeem himself, but he remained a big, selfish jerk through to the end. I think there is still the possibility of change, and I am hoping he will do so in the next book. Otherwise he can take his man bun and hit the road. I so don't think man buns are sexy.
- There was a point in the book when I wanted to give Joe a good, swift kick in the rear. Seriously!? I couldn't believe he acted like that. He comes around, but still.....
- This book needed more Val. Val is bad ass and wicked cool! Plus, I want to know way more about her. You don't get too many transgender characters, and I would love to hear her whole story.
- It bothered me a bit that I never learned the reasons behind Joe stopping the emails.
Twist was an unexpected find. I had some big misconceptions going in. First, this is not some seedy novel that takes place in a dirty dive bar with lots of sex and bad boys. Nope, this book is so much more. It is a rather sweet romance that finally finds its way after a misunderstanding and then the hesitant formation of a friendship. This book is low on angst and drama, and it is funny and sweet. If you want something different in your romance reads, I highly recommend you give Twist a try. I am glad I took the chance on this one!
I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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And don't miss the first book in the series! You can get an ebook on Amazon for $1.99!