Twist by Kylie Scott
Review by Kylie Thompson
Rating: 4 stars
When Alex Parks meets Mister Right on an online dating site, she’s thrilled. Eric is perfect. Smart, sexy, trustworthy, and definitely worth a cross country trip for a meet up. What better way to kick off their new relationship than to surprise him at his birthday party?
It’s the perfect plan, until it becomes clear that Eric wasn’t the man she was speaking to. In fact, he thinks she’s some kind of crazy person. His big brother Joe knows she’s not crazy, though. After all, he’s been the one talking to her for months. She’d signed up for hot- not a kinda-cute but totally not her type beardy giant- and heartsore mortification isn’t something Alex plans to hang around to feel more of.
Joe knows he’s screwed up. Alex is the sort of woman he’s dreamed of, and he’s just broken her heart and embarrassed her in front of his family and friends. But though he knows there’s not a single reason for Alex to forgive him, he’s going to at least try to win her back. This time, without any secrets.
‘Twist’ is Kylie Scott’s second foray into the Dive Bar universe; a story of mistakes and trying- maybe failing- to make things right again. It’s sweet without being cloying, with just the right blend of hot and spicy to make it incredibly hard to put down. If you like your romance with an abundance of realistic, relatable women and rugged, diamond in the rough men, you’re going to love this series.
This is the sort of world populated by characters you could spend years cheerfully reading about- the sort of characters leaving you wanting to know more about their stories, their struggles and triumphs. Scott has said that the Dive Bar series will only be a trilogy, and ‘Twist’, as book two, has a touch of bitter-sweetness to it in realising that we’re not going to get to see much more from this compelling group of characters.
Scott set herself quite the challenge here: with a growing number of women with stories of liars online, how do you make a dating site liar not just a sympathetic character, but the sort readers want to see win the heroine’s trust- and heart? It takes a deft hand to tell that story without readers turning away from the hero, and Scott has outdone herself here. For all Joe’s flaws, it’s impossible not to feel sorry for the guy, and the trouble he’s brought about.
‘Twist’ is the perfect book for a Sunday morning reading binge beneath the blankets, filled with twists and turns and characters you’re going to love. If you’re looking for a reason to linger in bed next weekend, you might want to grab yourself a copy.
‘Twist’ is published by Pan Macmillan, and is available through leading retailers both online and off.