Review: Twist (Dive Bar #2) by Kylie Scott

Book Blurb

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.

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Alexa has been emailing Eric Collins for months.  Her best friend Valerie talked her into making the trip to Idaho for his birthday and their first face to face meet.  Unfortunately it doesn’t happen the way she hopes.  Eric has no clue who she is, even when she explains.  Her humiliation gets worse when his brother Joe admits he has been the one emailing her back acting like he was Eric.
Alexa is devastated with the lies and plans to go back to her solitary life.  This is the reason she never opens herself to any type of relationship.  All she needs is Valerie and her work.  Instead she becomes very ill and Joe takes it upon himself to care for her.  He feels horrible about the way things happened.  He really likes her but never thought they would meet.
They grow closer over the days they spend together.  Alexa begins opening her heart more to Joe.  She learns that he may be her type after all.  Then the unthinkable happens.  They are in a car accident that changes their lives forever.
I love the Dive series and enjoy reading about those that inhabit that world.  Joe has been such a quiet character that ends up in the background a lot.  I loved watching him come to the forefront learning more about him and his life.  He is now an endearing character with insecurities and issues like everyone else.
The way the relationship between Joe and Alex start was believable.  I like the twist with Eric that added so much hurt and complications.  I felt for Alex.  She put herself out there and was completely humiliated in front of all Eric and Joe’s friends.
Running away the way she planned to lick her wounds was a realistic reaction.  Then the author throws in her illness that forces her to stay and allow Joe to come to her rescue.  She is forced to take what she knew of Eric and apply it to Joe.  I loved watching her realize her feelings for Joe.

Unfortunately things don’t go smoothly and Alex finds herself an outsider.  I sympathize with her so much as the story unfolds.  This story was so realistic with awesome characters.  The ending was pretty epic in the life of the Dive Bar characters.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.  I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

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