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.
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/
Going out of her comfort zone and visiting her online-crush on his birthday wasn’t probably a smart move but Eric hasn’t responded to any of Alex’ mails in a week. Turns out, the guy Alex thought she had been talking to for half a year doesn’t know her. It was his brother, the ruggedly handsome, bearded, long-haired and so-not-her-type Joe. She is furious and determined to fly back home on the next day. A vicious case of the flu, however, thwarts her plans. And that liar Joe? He is annoyingly tenacious and wants to take care of her.
Joe is a sweetheart from bottom to top. He is hard working, serious, reliable and the rock everyone leans on when things go downhill. He takes care of people, is a gentleman, despite his rugged looks, and feels deeply. Joe’s quiet demeanor is in contrast to Alex’ quirkiness, yet he has that sense of humor that blindsides you. He is the whole package and I adored him from the start.
Alex is one of those heroines I always admire because I want to be like them. She knows her flaws and is totally unapologetic about them. She is a commitment-phobe, she has never been in a serious relationship. She’d rather have hook-ups, intimacy scares the living daylights out of her.
Once my guard was down, due to complete and utter exhaustion, Joe had cuddled me. It was terrible, disgusting. Fingers caressing me, lips pressing soft kisses to my shoulder and the back of my neck. Normally I’d never allow it, but it felt so good.
But, Alex is also smart, loyal and has a no-nonsense attitude. Her snarky comebacks were the highlight of this story.
I absolutely LOVED their friendship. They have each other’s back, stand up for one another and have this easygoing connection that doesn’t need words to fill the silence. They enable each other to be who they really are without feeling bad about it. Their banter is funny AF and I love that Joe calls Alex Little Miss Fucking Sunshine but when he is with his parents all of a sudden she is Little Miss Sunshine.
“I don’t see anyone having your back, and to me that is unacceptable.”
When they start being sexually attracted to each other it’s the logical consequence of their friendship. They are a combustible mixture and once they give in they will leave you short of breath.
“Basically,” he said, voice little more than a rumble, “with your permission, I just want to hold you down and make love to you for a good long time, watching your face as you come.”
The part I adored most about this book was that both main characters looked past each other’s looks and actually fell for the person behind them. It felt natural when they transitioned from friends to lovers because their personalities were like lock and key.
The secondary cast was also a highlight – they made me curious about their stories and I’m lusting for their books. Eric is next and I am so curious how this author will turn this a little bit shallow, self-absorbed man-ho into someone I can love.
I am new to this author’s writing but I think the first page already made her an auto-buy. Her snarky and hilarious writing style put a perma-grin on my face. I am already addicted and want MORE! If you love a humorous story with depth go get this book. I hope you’ll love it as much as I did.
When it came to Joe Colins, my pussy was a wanton whore. And seriously, who could blame it. His body was one big beautiful playground.