Review: Twist by Kylie Scott

Review: Twist by Kylie ScottTwist by Kylie Scott

Series: Dive Bar #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 11, 2017
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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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.

The Delight

A socially awkward heroine takes her online relationship to Idaho to meet the hunky man she has been communicating with over months. Said man really exists, but isn’t who she thinks. This leads to misunderstandings and one liners that will have you laughing as you groan from the pain.

Review

In Dirty, we meet a whole new set of characters living in a small town Idaho, a spin-off from the Stage Dive series. A group of friends who have grown up together, some siblings and a bunch of outsiders come to tame them, or so it seems. Dive Bar seems to be the central place all of them work or hang out.

The story opens up with confusion as Alex decides to act upon a romance she has been building with Eric. Hoping to surprise him on his birthday, she flies in after getting all dolled up beyond what she is comfortable only to find Eric is the guy she has been chatting with, but instead is actually Joe, his older brother. Joe isn’t exactly a cover model, but more a lumberjack kind of guy who has misled her. Ego taking a hit, Alex storms out into the rain only to get sick with a fever.

Joe feeling awful, follows her to her room and ends up nursing her back to health, but also making it clear he isn’t looking for love, nor is she his type. But….let’s be friends. Yeah, while Alex doesn’t think he is also her type, she doesn’t know if she can be friends with a guy who betrayed her in such a way. Unfortunately she is stuck in town, ill and relying on the help of strangers.

“Look, I’m sorry you feel let down. I know you’re after a pretty boy with all the smooth moves and that’s definitely not me,” he continued. “You’re not exactly my type either, for that matter. No offense.” Douchecanoe. “But I still think you’re great and us being friends, it’s a good thing. We support each other, Alex.” I walk faster.

The characters grow larger than life throughout the story as we get to know them. They are deeper than the sum of their appearance, which both of need to learn. Lesson number one: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” The different facets to their characters slowly come forth as they get to know each other. Alex is good with art, or designing something from nothing. Joe is a carpenter with dreams of restoring an old building into apartments.

Alex is held back from leaving her comfy home in Seattle by the fact that she is socially awkward. She owns her own business, but keeps most of the interactions online. She has great parents from what I can tell, but her one true diamond in the rough is her friend Valerie, a transgender female. I loved Valerie! She the back bone that held Alex up, but also the one who protected Alex. These two have history that explains why.

More growling and grumbling. “Fuck’s sake, Alex. You going to spoon-feed me and wash my balls for me too?”

Dive Bar is owned by Eric, Joe’s brother, and Nell, the sister of the hero in Dirty, Vaughan. Nell is pregnant with Eric’s baby (a very bad one-night stand) and divorced from her high school sweetheart. Lydia, part owner as well now, is still so in love with Vaughan and making a go of their relationship. Rosie the waitress, the grumpy cook, the music store owner, tattoo artist and more all round out characters that make you fall in love with this ragtag band of characters.

Alex and Joe have a tough road to go in this story. There is no insta-love or over-riding lust, but honest people. They need each other in ways they have to learn to accept, but really it’s tough when your world is all topsy-turvy. The story felt rushed in the end, which I didn’t particularly like. Told completely from Alex’s point of view, I would have really liked to see inside of Joe’s mind.

This is probably just me, but I confused their names a lot as I read. Alex and Joe can go either way for gender names, but I kept switching them up at times.

Joe is a guy I could like but not fall in love with as he can be gruff. He has a good heart though and is really good with his hands *eyebrow wiggle*. Alex reminds me a lot of myself. Kind of a hermit, good at seeing things as she wants and making it happen. These two make a pretty good couple.

Challenges

Alex is a bad boy with a heart of gold! Bad Boys of Romance
Literary Pickers – Love Across the Miles/On-Line Lovers/Blind Date
This makes Review #10 for 2017 that I have written.
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About Kylie Scott

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into six 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.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Oh boy! That does start out rough. I do like a story that can show people slowly changing and changing their minds instead of the insta-stuff.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It really was a rough start and both had images of what they wanted and it wasn’t the other. They change and it isn’t easy. They also have revelations about themselves.

  • I can totally understand her being upset at him lying to her about who he really is. I’d be mad too. Sounds like a fun book though.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Oh, I would have castrated him if he had done this to me. But lucky for him, she isn’t me. It was a good story anyway because Joe really isn’t an ass as you would think from the beginning.

  • I have been seeing this one around a lot lately. I really like the idea behind this one: girl meets a guy that was basically lying about who he was. That will definitely lead to a rocky start. I do think I will have to check this one out because it sounds like something I may enjoy. Great review!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It’s a pretty good story with flawed characters. I love the realisticness of who they are and the struggles they face.

  • There’s a high probability that I will never read this series. That said, I LOVE the cover arts, alone and together it tells its own story. And it’s cool that this is not only character drivern but the cast has depth too!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      So sorry you won’t read it. I really love it and stalked Twist as the ARCs were coming out. The story include characters from two series and really they are a family of misfits.

  • I bought the audio for the first book in this series a bit ago but haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet. I hope I enjoy it because this sounds like a solid second book. Great review!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      You really need to listen to it. I loved that book sooooo much! This one is good, but I think I liked the first one best.

  • I haven’t tried the author but the name does ring a bell. It’s funny to see you met different characters there I wouldn’t have expected that. But it looks good in a whole

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Another reviewer once reviewed her books and when the author came back to request another review I had to turn her down because we were slammed. I want to smack myself because I have become such a fan of her writing. I love her Stage Dive series, so I have gobbled up everything she writes!

  • I like that there is more to them, yeah I’d be upset about the lying. The covers for this series really pop.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The lying was bad, but he never expected it to go beyond friendship. No excuse, but he never really thought of what it would cause in the end. He is a pretty good guy though and does try to redeem himself even if he wasn’t trying to get into her pants.

  • I just love how this author writes these characters in her books, they are always larger than life. I can’t wait to pick this one up. And Great tune pick, I just love that song.