Twist by Kylie Scott
Series: Dive Bar #2
Also in this series: Dirty
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 11, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I adored Dirty, the first book in the Dive Bar series, but Twist ended up being one of those highly anticipated books that didn’t measure up to my expectations. Don’t get me wrong, there were parts of Twist I liked, especially the trademark humor of Ms. Scott, but the actual relationship between Joe and Alex was a letdown.
In fact, for the majority (about the first 70% or so) I enjoyed the book. It was clicking along, a solid 3.5 to 4 star for me. I loved spending time with the Dive Bar family and getting to know them better. I thought it was a bit slow, but I also found myself smiling a lot so I was okay with things.
Joe was a bit too laid back and nice for me. He seemed to have a need to take care of everyone but himself and had an inability to say no. I can’t say I’m all about heroes who constantly let themselves get taken advantage of. He was nice enough though, and the way he tried to get Alex to forgive him for the entire stolen identity, psychic stripper incident was entertaining me, so I just rolled with it.
Alex was somewhat of an introvert preferring to stay at home, indoors, letting life pass her by. She was also very scared of having a relationship or even friends of any kind except her best friend. We were tempted and teased with some horrible event in her past that made her this way. When the truth was finally divulged, my comment was “That’s her secret as to why she’s anti-people? Sigh.”
Still, I was reading along, smiling and laughing in places, until a heartbreaking incident happens that brings the entire dive bar family down low. In the midst of this, Joe decides to turn into a huge freaking douchenozzle and I just wanted to slap him. And don’t even get me started on his ex and how he handled that. As for Alex, she just decided to be a huge doormat and a clingy one at that. The way she kept throwing herself at Alex had me screaming at my iPad “OMG, have some self-respect!”.
The story went so downhill for me, by the last page I didn’t care about Joe and Alex, in fact, I was more invested in all the drama between Nell and Pat. The thing is, no matter how disappointed I am with the main characters of this book, I know I will be impatiently waiting for the next installment.
Rating: 3 Implosions Are No Fun Stars
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