Book 2, Dive Bar - A Dive Bar Novel
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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 Joe Collins only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.
Alex Parks is funny, fascinating, and pretty much everything he's been looking for in a woman—except that she lives across the country. Soon they're emailing up a storm and telling each other their deepest, darkest secrets...except the one that really matters.
When Alex pays Joe a surprise visit, however, they both discover that when it comes to love, it's always better with a twist.
SO ANXIOUS !!!!
I loved Dirty the first book in this series. I am so excited to read Twist that I can't stand wait any longer.
I just hope it's as well written as the first one. I haven't experienced this yet with this author but lately books that continue a series have fell flat/lost the spark that grabbed my attention.
Did not disappoint!
I was generously given an ARC for a honest review. I've been waiting for this book forever. It definitely starts off with a bang.....involving online dating, mistaken/deceptive identify with a slightly agrophobic heroine and a people pleasing gentleman bartender/carpenter. It catches the reader right away and it was a while before I stopped reading so that I could actually get work done!
I loved Joe....he was such a gentleman and an all around nice guy....but he did have an edge in the bedroom. He just needed someone who was in his corner just for him. He was always looking out for everyone else, he forgot himself. That's where Alex comes in. After she gets over her anger regarding the online thing, she realizes what a good guy he is and decides to look out just for him. She has her own issues too but mostly comes across as strong. Their bedroom scenes are definitely hot! And the story arc between Nell, Eric and Patrick get resolved to a point. I really want to read about Eric next!
Overall a really good follow up in the Dive series!
I really enjoyed this book. It's the first I've read from this author and won't be the last. One of my favorite things I enjoy is humor in my books. While I wouldn't label this a romantic comedy, there was enough humor in it that kept me very entertained. It also had its fair shair of romantic angst and it was a slow burn love that started of in a unique way.
What I loved about this, besides the humor, was both main characters. Joe was described as a big, blonde lumberjack with tattoos. He wasn't exactly shy but he wasn't cocky either. He's the big guy that's kinda clueless about his own appeal and was just an all around friendly, loyal and easygoing guy. Alex is your typical pretty but nerdy introvert. Despite her social issues she was a strong woman and brave enough to go out of her comfort zone for the right reasons.
The way these two met was funny and cute. Joe's brother had him set up an account for him on a dating website. After the first contact with Alex, Eric flaked out on the website. When Joe went to shut down the account, he saw Alex's email and responded as Eric. He was intrigued by her and thought it harmless to continue emailing her. When Alex got the nerve to fly out to Idaho to meet Eric, she gets a surprise when she finds out he has no clue who she is. The way the author handled the way these two met and kept bringing them together was very well done and I was completely engrossed in this couples fumbling.
What I didn't love about the book was the way Joe handled the plot twist towards the end. Without giving it away I'll just say this, I hated how he handled things because he hurt Alex in the process, but I couldn't hate him. He was dealing with a lot and people aren't always the best in sad circumstances. However, I did love how Alex handled herself. She's a better woman than me and she's the reason these two had their HEA. Great book!
ARC provided by NetGalley.