Author: Kylie Scott
Second Book in the Dive Bar Series
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.
I truly enjoy Kylie Scott writing style, it’s so much fun and the inner monologue of her characters is hilarious. This book is no different, it’s a light, full of humour, friends to lovers story.
We have Joe who is so adorable and supportive, and such a good guy all around (and of course he’s HOT — no need to say it but yeah) and we have Alex who is so much fun, she’s sassy and hilarious, her character will have you laughing out loud for most of the book. They meet when Alex decides to “meet in person” her online friend and discovers that he is not who she thought he was, Joe was using his brother’s account but even when he started out lying he certainly made up for it. Things happen, and Joe ends up taking care of Alex and they pick up (or maybe start over would be better) their friendship. They try to help one another grow, Joe by making Alex take risks in trusting people since she has a hard time doing that and Alex by making Joe say NO when he really needs to and stand his ground since he’s used to always pleasing everybody and being there for everyone.
“You need to slow it down some, hide from the world more, and learn how to say no like me. When in doubt, don’t answer the phone or the door. It’s always people.”
They are so cute trying to fight their attraction while developing an amazing friendship that doesn’t get lost even when they do get together. That was one thing that I loved about the book, even when they were on a sort of time out due to some traumatic event (not going to spoil anything) Alex didn’t abandon Joe, she remains a loyal friend and is always there for him and his friends.
“It’s good to see you relax.” He leaned in closer. “Between you and me, you can be a little high strung sometimes.” “Which is completely cool and super-desirable, thank you very much.” “Abso-fucking-lutely.” The laughter in his eyes was beatific.”
The romance itself was very steamy like with any of her other books, their chemistry was great and it was mixed with so much humour and cuteness, quite a fantastic combination.
It was nice to see the gang (Nell, Pat, Eric, Vaughn) and what was going on with their lives, how they are so supportive and protective of each other, even when some are being just douchey. It’s heart warming.
The thing that bother me with this book hence my rating was towards the end of it, I knew that conflict was coming because that’s how things go but I didn’t like too much how Joe changed even if I did understood him a bit. But this wasn’t really my issue, I felt the ending a bit rushed everything was so sudden and something felt missing to me. And then boom everything’s okay again and everyone’s happy with just a few words. I did not like that.
Overall this was the kind of book I need it to read at the time, a light, fun, sexy, romance that can be easily read in a day. (that’s what I did) So if you are looking for something to make you laugh give this a try.