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.
4 out of 5 stars
Twist is the second book in the Dive Bar series and in my opinion, head and shoulders above the first book.
The story begins with Alex Park stepping way outside her comfort zone by going to surprise the person she’s been emailing online for several months – in Idaho (Alex is from Seattle). She approaches Eric, the man who has been talking to her and introduces herself. Eric looks at her like he has no clue who she is.
Turns out that Alex has not been emailing Eric, but his brother Joe. Alex is mortified. She had planned to stay in town for a few days, so she started to walk to her hotel when it started to pour down rain on her. Joe comes after her and tries to explain the situation to her. She wants nothing to do with Joe (understandably).
Joe goes to her hotel the following day and finds Alex very sick. He insists on taking care of her and is very sweet and caring. Joe and Alex together were very funny. Their back and forth was quite comical. Turns out Alex is a graphic designer and while emailing Joe, he had told her about some work he wanted to do to the building the bar is in, and Alex sent over some design ideas. Joe loved them and gave them to the building owner, and they decided to start implementing Alex’s design changes.
Alex decides to stay in town a little while longer to help with some of the construction work. She and Joe form an even tighter bond during this time, and then tragedy strikes. I won’t say what, but Alex was amazing during what happened. Joe retreated, but Alex stayed really strong and stuck to her convictions.
There was way less drama in this book than in the first, and I liked Joe and Alex more than Lydia and Vaughan. I’m not sure who the next book will be about (I’m guessing Eric), but it should be interesting. I like the characters from this little Idaho town and will keep on reading.
I would recommend.