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.
Joe Collins and Alex Parks couldn’t be more different; he’s a “yes” man…she’s a “no” woman. He’s a people pleaser while she’s a people avoider. But none of those differences matter when Joe and Alex get to know one another online through months of emailing, and even though it may be Joe’s brother’s face on the dating profile, it’s Joe’s words and Joe’s personality that Alex bonds with, and while they’re both in for a shock when Alex hops on a plan and heads to Coeur d’Alene to meet “Eric” face to face, it also gives them a chance to see if their real-world personas work just as well as their online personas seemed to as they flirted and got to really know one another through their email exchanges.
I absolutely adore Alex…she’s definitely a flawed and quirky heroine, which works well for me because it makes her genuine and helps readers connect to her because she has some of the same fears as they probably do. Kylie Scott does a great job of illustrating Alex’s transformation/growth in Twist. She starts out as a woman who fears people because of the drama they could possibly bring into her life, and she also stays away from relationships, avoiding intimacy at all costs because if she can stay in the safety of her apartment with little association with the outside world then she knows that her life won’t be disrupted and there’s no possibility of getting hurt. But Joe helps her to confront her social issues and to step outside of her comfort zone, forcing her to no longer put walls up and to realize that living life inside a bubble is only existing not actually living.
It makes sense that Joe would find it easier to talk to someone outside his little community, and while he should have told Alex the truth months ago, his reasons for not shedding light on his true identity fits with what he’s experienced all throughout his life when it comes to his younger brother, Eric and how girls view him. Joe is an amazing man who’s caring, funny, loyal, and a hard worker, but those characteristics can’t be expressed through an image, so while I would be furious with Joe’s dishonesty, I also wouldn’t be as quick to write him off as Alex did because the messages don’t change their meaning just because the image of the person does. Fortunately, Alex can’t run from this situation for a variety of reasons, and because of that, Joe has a chance to prove to her who he is and why he deserves another chance, and boy does he take advantage of his opportunity to showcase every amazing part of his mountain man demeanor.
Kylie Scott progresses Joe and Alex’s relationship fluidly; there’s definitely sexual chemistry there, but it’s so much more than that and Scott works meticulously throughout the story to illustrate how much more than friends they can be if only Alex would take a chance. Joe and Alex’s differences actually work well together because it offers a differing view on things and a voice of reason in a way because both of them have their flaws that need to be faced and by forcing one another to support them as they confront these issues, they build a tighter bond – one that is tested in a number of ways, but one that will always bring them back to how well they fit together despite the external circumstances attempting to drive them apart.
I really enjoyed Joe and Alex’s story; the way they built on their online relationship once they started over due to Joe’s dishonesty allowed them both to truly get to know each other and the fact that Joe’s friends saw how good they were together and did what they could to help him along the way proves the kind of man Joe is and why Alex jumping in feet first is the best possible decision she could make!
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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/