Title: Twist (Dive Bar #2)
Author: Kylie Scott
Date of Publication: April 11, 2017
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.
Meagan’s 4.5 Star Review
Raise your hand if you’ve ever watched Catfish on MTV. Every time I see an episode I sit in anticipation wondering if the girl who thinks she’s texting a shy, sensitive guy in Oklahoma who also looks like a male model will actually be texting an agoraphobic female high school dropout. *Spoiler* They’re always lying. Twist is Kylie Scott’s take on what would happen if you were catfished. Except instead of finding out you’ve been emailing a 60-year-old shut in you find out you’ve been talking to a brooding, lumber-sexual.
Lying to strangers and sharing cat pictures were basically why the World Wide Web had been invented.
If you read the first book in the Dive Bar series, you’ll remember Eric is the narcissistic ladies man who slept with one of his best friend’s ex-wife and knocked her up. Joe is Eric’s brother. A sweet, gentle giant with a penchant for plaid. When Alex joins a dating site she thinks she’s talking to Eric, but Eric loses interest exactly two seconds after his brother sets up his online dating profile. When Joe goes to close his brother’s profile he can’t help himself from emailing Alex back. But instead of telling Alex who he really is Joe keeps pretending to be his brother. Skip ahead six months and Alex decides she’s going to surprise Eric – except Eric isn’t the only one who is surprised.
“ . . . I haven’t told anyone about you because I have no idea who you are,” he countered, looking me up and down. Something close to doubt flitted across his face. “Hold up. Are you the chick I doggy-styled in the walk-in closet at that party in Spokane?”
. . . Slowly, I shook my head. “You didn’t dog-style me in a closet.”
“No? Are you sure?” he asked. “Can I just see the back of your head for one minute?”
Twist was even better than I had imagined, it dug a little deeper than most lighthearted romances out there tackling issues like body image (both male and female) and promiscuity. One of the reasons Joe doesn’t tell Alex he’s not his brother is because he’s always lived in the shadow of Eric who could easily be a male model. Joe is handsome, but he doesn’t have a six-pack or sculpted body, he was real, and it was so refreshing to have a male lead who wasn’t cut from granite.
Besides the scorching sex scenes, humor, and unbelievably feels (especially from the baby situation), Twist gave me one of my new favorite book moments. One of the reasons I love reading Kylie Scott’s books is that she is a true feminist. There are a lot of books out right now feature alpha males who, in my opinion, are more rude and borderline abusive than sexy. There is a scene in Twist where Joe grabs Alex and drags her to another room so they can talk. Alex asks Joe repeatedly to stop pushing her around, but he ignores her. When Joe finally gets Alex in the room what does she do? She slaps him and tells her to never manhandle her again, then she tells him to apologize. Ladies and gentleman, I have never wanted to write a love letter to an author more than I did after reading that scene. YES! Finally, a character who isn’t afraid of telling a man, “No, pushing me around against my will is not sexy.” It made me love Alex even more than I already did.
“If I say stop, you stop. You do not keep dragging me around like some sack of shit answerable to your highness. Is that clear?”
I thoroughly enjoyed Twist. Kylie Scott writes characters that are multidimensional instead of annoying caricatures of what romance authors think we want. Twist is a fantastic read that anyone who is tired of played out romance tropes will truly appreciate.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author – Kylie is a long time fan of love stories, rock n roll, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/