Twist by Kylie Scott Release Date: April 11, 2017 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Book #2 in the Dive Bar series Number of pages: 288 Paperback Source: Warren Public Library Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 6/10/17 to 6/12/17
This is the book that started it all for me. The book I came across when I was doing my Tuesday Titles posts and thought it looked good but wanted to read the first book first. Now it is my 4th Kylie Scott book (I’ve read the first two in the Stage Dive series and this is my second in this series) and I’m so very glad I came across this title back in April!
When I read Dirty, one of the things I loved about the story was all of the humor. This story has some humor, but not to the same level as the first book. That’s okay. The heroine Alex has some pretty deep issues that don’t always open her up to be using humor. Don’t worry, there is lightness in this book…especially between Joe and Alex. I’m just saying the things Alex went through as a teen may not seem major, but when you really think about it they are really serious. The author dealt with the issue well by having Alex’s best friend, Val, as her Jiminy Cricket in some ways.
I wish there had been a bit more interaction with Joe’s friends but on the other hand I can understand why the author didn’t do that. Joe is the guy who makes everything okay for everyone else. Those type of people often end up on the outskirts of the friend group without even realizing they’re there or their friends noticing. Joe is a yes man who needs to learn to say no.
I had to admire Alex’s bravado while dealing with Joe after the incident (no spoilers from me!) but I wanted to yell at her to run! Run fast and far! As much as I love Joe, he was really pissing me off. The way he handled some things was just wrong. I don’t fault him for some grief and guilt, I do fault him for shutting himself off and not being honest with what he was feeling.
Obviously, I am loving this author. For this series the next book won’t be out until the end of the year. That gives me time to finish up the Stage Dive series. If you haven’t read the Stage Dive series I would suggest you do that first. There is a bit at the end of this story that I feel is a spoiler for those books.