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.
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Kylie is a long time fan of love stories, rock n roll and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
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Review by Yvette:
What do you get when you pair one hulking, bearded bartender and one introverted graphic designer? Answer: a slightly mismatched, yet undeniably intriguing pair of protagonists at the helm of Kylie Scott’s latest release, Twist. The second book in the author’s Dive Bar series is a strangers-to-friends-to-lovers romance about love and friendship, taking chances, and learning to trust. There’s humor. There’s drama. There’s a super steamy romance. I snickered. I cried. I fanned my blushing cheeks on more than one occasion. If you’re looking for a sexy, slow-burning romance that’ll hit you right in the feels, Twist is a must-read.
A long-distance, online romance and a case of mistaken identity isn’t exactly a conventional start to a relationship, but then again nothing about Joe Collins and Alex Parks is conventional. After commandeering his brother's online dating profile when a certain woman captures his interest, Joe becomes friends with Alex, exchanging emails for months before she spontaneously decides to meet up in person. Awkwardness ensues and their situation become even more complicated, but it’s raw and real and relatable. Their rapport is teasing with just a touch of good-natured antagonism, as if they’re attracted to each other but are almost angry about it (which is admittedly entertaining). It’s when they’re together in person that they can truly get to know each other, disregarding any pretenses or preconceived notions they each may have had about the other.
Aside from the whole lying about his identity thing, Joe is a genuinely good guy. He's nice, thoughtful, and so darn sweet that it's impossible not to swoon over him. That’s not to say there weren’t times when I wanted to shake him in the hopes he’d make up his mind and figure out what he wanted in all aspects of his life. In fact, both he and Alex had a host of personal issues they were working through. The sarcastic and cynical graphic designer is guarded and cautious when it comes to her heart, reluctant to allow anyone to get close to her. Unsurprisingly, the romance between Joe and Alex is a slow build, teasing readers with a simmering sexual tension that had me impatiently wondering will they or won't they (I was rooting for the former, obviously). Just when I was getting ready to beg one or both of these characters to make a move (I've never claimed to be a patient person), their mutual restraint seemed to snap and the sexy times commenced. The wait? Worth it.
While I went into the book expecting a lighthearted romantic comedy, I found the narrative to be intense and a bit of a tear-jerker, both with Joe and Alex’s storyline and with a subplot featuring minor characters. It changed the tone and took the book in an unexpected direction. Overall, Twist is a bit heavy for a rom-com, though it’s an emotionally-compelling page-turner that captured my attention from start to finish.
*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review
Rating: 4 Stars