Twist (Dive Bar #2) by Kylie Scott

Book Description:

Published: April 11, 2017

Format: Audio/Audible

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.

Review –

Kylie Scott breathed new life into a plot centered around meeting online and mistaken identity and it had everything to do with Alex and Joe’s respective personalities. Joe is a classic good guy and he was very swoon-worthy. A guy other than Joe likely would not have tried so hard to make things up to Alex after she discovered he was the Eric she’d been emailing all along. While they slowly settle into friendship, it is clear they have a lot to learn from each other.

Whereas Joe says yes to everyone in his life, setting up more than a couple codependent relationships, Alex says no to everyone, functioning more like a hermit. We’re at our healthiest when we’re somewhere between those two extremes. Joe proposes Alex gets out of her comfort zone by saying yes to things and he’ll learn to set boundaries by saying no.

I love the humor the author combines with sexual chemistry/tension and for me it makes the story much more believable and enjoyable.

There are ups and down in their relationship and one twist that I didn’t see coming (I love when that happens) and Alex is hurt badly but it all works out in the end.  Can’t wait for the third installment of the Dive Bar series, Chaser, which comes out in April.

Five stars.

Dirty (Dive Bar #1) by Kylie Scott

Book Description:

Published: April 19, 2016

Format: Audio/OverDrive

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty?

Review –

The moment Vaughan finds Lydia (aka Runaway Bride) in a torn wedding gown and much of ample cleavage on display, in his bathtub, the steamy chemistry between them starts. They really have nothing in common, other than appreciation of the other’s body.

Vaughan is a failed musician who has come back from LA after ten years to his home town. Lydia has known her bridegroom to be for four months and minutes before the ceremony receives a video of him and the best man having sex. She bolts and climbs an 6-8 foot fence and see a small window open in a house next door. She climbs in, falling on her face and then Vaughan walks in.

They are “crazy at first sight” is how they describe what they have (crazy about each other) and the sex, well, it was mind-blowing. All of the sex scenes were very well done and not just sex for sex sake. Along with the hotness there is humor and that makes the story even more endearing.

Each of them say they are going to get on with their lives, Vaughan going back to LA to pursue music again and Lydia just getting on with her life having been humiliated in the press. Regardless, they fall for each other and even though things don’t go smoothly, there is a HEA and I must admit I shed a few tears.

Loved it and am looking forward to listening to Twist, the next in the Dive Bar series.