Kylie Scott
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St. Martin's Press
Release Date
April 2017
Book 2 of Dive Bar
Contemporary Romance

From New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott comes the second sizzling stand-alone novel in the Dive Bar series!
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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Apr 10, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
94 people found the following review helpful
4 "The Other Brother" Stars!

Being a huge fan of the Stage Dive Series, I jumped at the chance to review the second book in Kylie Scott's new Dive Bar Series, Twist. Lovers of sweet contemporary romances will be thrilled to know that Ms. Scott has created a series especially for them. In particular, this series has a more clean cut, average Joe gets his own HEA feel to it (no pun intended as the hero's name is Joe!). The fact that the hero just happens to be a sexy, large beard wearing, blond hunk is just the icing on the cake!

Joe Collins is supposed to terminate his younger brother's Internet dating profile. However, when he goes online and finds correspondence from a woman that intrigues him, Joe takes on his brother's identity instead. Thus begins a long-distance Internet connection between Joe and Alex Parks-- one that leads to a strong friendship. However, when Alex is determined to meet him in person, Joe is unable to keep up the charade any longer.

When Alex travels to Joe's town for a surprise visit, she is shocked to find out that her Internet lover is Joe and not his brother. Not only do they look nothing alike, but what kind of person could lie to her for so long. Moreover, Joe is not her typical type of guy and what's up with that beard! So she determines to head back home and put this episode behind her as quick as she can. Unfortunately her immune system has other plans and she catches a terrible flu that sees her bedridden in a hotel for days before she can arrange her flight back home.

Joe, being the kindhearted soul that he is, is determined to nurse Alex back to health, even if she keeps trying to shoo him away. Will this time together prove that they can be more than just Internet friends? Moreover, can Alex trust Joe after his deception, and do they have a chance at love given they live in different towns?

I enjoyed the sweet-natured feel of this romance. It felt like Joe had had a tough life constantly living in the shadow of his brother (and even his father when it came to his carpentry business). Alex, however, added the perfect balance to his life, and even encouraged his self-confidence when it came to his family situation with his brother and father.

All in all, if you're looking for a romance that will leave you hopeful that everyone, even an average guy and girl, can find their HEA no matter what obstacles lie in wait, then I recommend you give TWIST a read.
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