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Series: Dive Bar #2
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Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
From New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott comes the second sizzling stand-alone novel in the Dive Bar series!
When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot bearded bartender Joe Collins only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.
Alex Parks is funny, fascinating, and pretty much everything he's been looking for in a woman—except that she lives across the country. Soon they're emailing up a storm and telling each other their deepest, darkest secrets...except the one that really matters.
When Alex pays Joe a surprise visit, however, they both discover that when it comes to love, it's always better with a twist.
I have been impatiently waiting for this book for, what seems like, forever. So much so that I kept convincing myself that it was coming out sooner than it actually was. To say I was excited to finally have the book on my kindle would be an understatement.
I’m still kicking myself for not taking the time to read Kylie Scott sooner than the start of this series. These are the types of books that got me started reading and that help me avoid reading slumps. I’m not one for stories made up of too much angst, but I love when I can feel the emotions between two characters so much that it makes me cry. This is NOT a crying book but it’s a well-written one and those tend to do me in more than I’d like to admit.
Joe and Alex’s relationship started out under false pretenses and quickly morphed into a easy friendship with undertones of an attraction between two people doing their best to not indulge.
I absolutely fell ass over teakettle with Joe. I’m a sucker for the nice guys, what can I say. The way he needed to make up for his deceit to Alex from the very beginning, the caring way he took care of her while she was sick, his insecurities about Eric, how he showed Alex just how strong she could really be, all of it. He was everything.
Honestly, I kind of fell just as hard for Alex. She was insecure and angry about being played but she wasn’t so blinded by those things that she wouldn’t open up to moving past it all and recognizing that the friendship her and Joe had established was worth a second chance.
Much like the first book, the build up to them becoming ‘more’ was slow and steady, yet somehow fast at the same time. Once they finally gave into their attraction, there wasn’t a whole lot holding them back.
It wasn’t all rainbows and roses however, and there’s a section of the book where some things happened that I was totally not expecting. Looking back though, it was everything I didn’t even realize I was hoping for. And just when I expected some drama between them for one reason, a new reason pops up that had me ready to pop Joe in his sexy lumberjack face. Luckily that’s when Alex’s real strength showed up and she handled things like a boss.
I’m really loving this series and with each new unexpected twist I get more excited about the next book. I can’t wait to catch up to Eric and see him get knocked down a few pegs.
My favorite romances to read are friends to lovers, second chance romance, and lifelong love stories. I read mostly YA, NA and contemporary but I've been known to enjoy a good erotica romance now and again. I enjoy sex in books but it's not required for me to enjoy a story. Too much sex can be worse than none, in my opinion.
I don't really enjoy books with love triangles and/or cheating, and I don't read a lot of paranormal/fantasy or suspense books.
On any given day you'll find me camped out on my couch with my Kindle in one hand, a Mountain Dew in the other, the tv on in the background (Food Network or Hallmark Channel) with one or both of my kids and my husband trying to get me to answer them about when we might eat again.