Time to step back into Kylie Scott’s Dive Bar series with Twist as Joe, the hunky bartender, has a surprise visitor in Coeur D’Alene that may change everything he knows.
I was initially surprised that we were getting Joe’s book next in the Dive Bar series, what with the mystery of who exactly Eric sees himself to be looming large over the series as a whole, but I could not be more grateful for Twist.
Joe and Alex make for one hell of a story, and I can’t wait to check in on them from time to time as Dive Bar progresses. They are a couple for the ages and I am so glad that their romance is the perfect storm of mistakes and withheld words that it is. Check out the synopsis and discover the sarcastic, snarky miracle that is Joe Collins and Alex Parks.
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.
‘Twist’ book review
I have never met a Kylie Scott book that I didn’t like, and Twist is no different. From the moment I opened my copy to the second I closed the back cover, I was completely enchanted. Not only are Joe and Alex fun and frustrating and snarky and sweet, but theirs is an honest story of dishonesty, where a little white lie and a well-timed flu gave a couple the chance to find forgiveness, compassion, and ultimately, love.
Some girls may dream of Prince Charming with his perfect words and ball gowns, but I’ve always been more of a t-shirt and snark kind of girl. Joe and Alex delivered the latter with gusto. I love when a hero and heroine are truly matched, where trading barbs is as infectious a way to move their attachment forward as a lingering touch or an invigorating kiss. Joe and Alex were able to take their contentious start and turn it into one of the most realistic and overwhelmingly beautiful stories I’ve read in a long time.
I knew I had fallen hook, line, and sinker for the Dive Bar series with Dirty, but little did I know what was waiting for me with Twist. I am an absolute sucker for a good guy, and Joe Collins is exactly that. He’s dependable, trustworthy, hard-working, and kind. Not all heroes have to be dark, broody bad boys to absolutely drool-worthy.
And Alex’s anxiety-ridden, neurotic loner was a welcome departure from the friendly, personable heroines I’ve read as of late. We are not all sunshine and daisies every day, and sometimes just leaving the house should be rewarded. We all have a little Alex inside of us, scared to face the world, so seeing that reflected on the page really spoke to me.
And just when I thought this book was going to be all laughs and snark, I cried. I cried and sniffled as I kept turning page after page in those final few chapters. I love when a good book can make me laugh and cry in equal measure, and Twist didn’t disappoint.
I was also completely engrossed in learning more about all the other Dive Bar staffers. We got a lot more from Nell and Pat, but also learned a few more details about a few of the others too, especially Mr. Eric Collins. The man has become one of Dive Bar’s greatest mysteries. He is so guarded and quick to hostility that it is definitely going to take the right girl to stomp into town and turn him from player to prince. Chaser is definitely going to be one hell of a story.
As always, I am grateful for Kylie Scott and the realistic and swoon-worthy couples she writes. Alex and Joe are one that I know I will revisit many times as their story really speaks to the slightly agoraphobic part of me. They defied the odds and found the happiness we are all looking for, and all it took was for Alex to take a step (or a hundred miles) out of her comfort zone to find it. May we all be blessed with a touch of her bravery when we need it most.