Another enjoyable read in the series. Joe and Alex's friendship started with a lie - Joe assuming Eric's online identity and messaging Alex, not ever expecting to meet her but enjoying their chats. Alex gets sick while in town, and Joe helps nurse her back to health. Along the way she realises that Joe isn't all bad, and apart from that lie, they actually have a lot in common.
The storyline was fun and I liked seeing them come together. Sadly I found the ending very rushed - from about the 70% mark the storyline flow was disrupted, and several major events occurred with little to no buildup or follow through. Given the book ended on this note, it let down the rest of the story which was of the usual standard for this author.
Hopefully the next book picks back up and doesn't rush.
While elements of this book had me eyerolling - Alex getting sick after a bit of rain and HAVING to stay on in Idaho and being nursed back to health by Joe (etc) - I realise that's part of the whole fantasy thing that comes with romance novels.
I loved that Scott wrote in first person present tense. Her lead character is witty / droll and the first person prose works really well. We get to know Alex and what's in her head. We connect with her and we're rooting for her. (In a non-sexual way!)
I also appreciated that - although Scott occasionally went down the obviously flirty / sexual innuendo cliché route she called herself (or rather her characters) out on it. There was none of that game-playing bullshit. Which I very much loved.
Those of know of my disdain for sex scenes will be relieved to know I survived the sex scenes with minimal discomfort and again appreciated Scott's no-nonsense prose.
In fact, this non-reader of romance read this very satisfying book in two sittings.
So, even though I've been a little glib, and my thoughts on romance novels in general are tainted by my general cynicism about love and romance and crap like that, I really enjoyed this engaging novel by Scott.
A Romance with a Twist. Hooked from the first page. I've loved all of Kylie Scott's Stage Dive Series and I loved book 1 in The Dive Bar series, but I think this book may possibly be my favourite of them all. We get to see all the previous Stage Dive and Dive Bar characters, and I loved that so much, nothing like a catch up while meeting new friends. The newbies in question are Joe and Alex, two pretty much exact opposites who finally meet following months of emailing. After realising she's been duped online Alex is all for leaving the lies behind and going home (lesson learned). Joe however, is not willing to give in so easily and when Alex gets a bad bout of flu, Joe is the one nursing her back to health. Their friendship strikes back up and the chemistry between them heats up, things are looking up, they're both learning life lessons, and I'm happy. Then BAM! In the flick of an eye everything changes. My heart went out to the whole group, more so with Alex who I know was just coming out of her comfort zone. Nevertheless she tries her best to be there in Joe's time of need. Brilliantly written from Alex's POV, I laughed (Alex was hilarious), I cried and I prayed for a HEA. I was provided with an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
Alex shows up at 'Dive Bar' ready to finally meet "Eric" who she met on a dating site and has been emailing for six months. The problem is Eric has no idea who Alex's is. Joe steps up and confesses she had really been emailing him. Humiliated Alex runs back to her hotel but ends up coming down with the flu and Joe helps nurse her back to health.
I love that while there is plenty of tension and drama in this story it isn't overly gushy in its romance. When the characters open up to each other a bit at a time it feels honest and real. I also love that Alex and Joe are just two ordinary, hard working people with normal person issues and worries. I found them easy to relate to and it was even a little inspiring seeing them encourage each other to face their fears.
Twist is a great read. I'm having a ball spending time with the crew from Dive Bar and I look forward to the next book in this series.