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.
I had high expectations for the 2nd book in this series and for the majority of it I felt it was great, it was that last 30% that dropped that 5th star for me! The first 70% of the book was fantastic and I love seeing Joe and Alex develop their romance, it had this authors usual stamp of humours banter and situations that had me really enjoying the dive bar characters! It was the last bit that had me raising my eyebrows and saying.... what the!!! It almost felt that Joe had a personality overhaul and his behaviour was a bit odd. Alex then turned into a clingy doormat who got walked all over and then she ran!!! Yep really crappy circumstances/events but it was a bit like two different characters had emerged. Then the super quick reuniting of Nell and Pat was all a bit much!!! Loved seeing the little snippets of Mal and Jimmy and the bubs! Overall and enjoyable read and even though the ending left me a little bit meh....I most definitely will be continuing with the series.
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.