Welcome to What-To-Read Wednesday! This week Angela recommends:
Twist by Kylie Scott
When Alex Parks shows up unexpectedly at a birthday party for her the man she met on a dating site and has been talking to for months, she kind of expects him to be surprised, but excited to see her. They’re friends right? What she doesn’t foresee is that he will look at her like she’s a complete stranger.
Eric Collins has no idea who Alex is, but his older brother Joe does. Oh yes, Joe knows a whole lot about Alex as he’s been the one who has actually been talking to her all this time. It all started when he helped his brother sign up for an online dating site and then realized that Eric wasn’t responding to any of the emails or inquiries. Intending to shut it down, he instead began to email back and forth with Alex and they seemed to really click. When he realized how hard it would be to admit his deception, he backs off and starts to distance himself. Which is when Alex boards a plane and heads out to find out why he suddenly disappeared.
Let’s just say that Alex is pissed when she realizes that Joe has been lying to her all this time. She understandably feels like he’s played her for a fool and never wants to see his bearded face again. But Joe wants to make amends, he at least wants a chance to explain himself. Fully intending to get the hell out of dodge and never to see Joe or any of the people from Dive Bar again, Alex is instead laid low by a pretty severe case of the flu. It’s Joe who steps up and nurses her through the fevers and coughing. Joe who brings her food and checks in to make sure she needs anything, and it’s Joe who slowly, but surely works his way back into Alex’s good graces.
Oh my word, I adored Joe. ADORED. ∼big bearded, tattooed, nice guy, swoony sigh∼
Alex and Joe become friends again. Then friends with sexy benefits. Then more. There was a point toward the end when I wanted to smack Joe upside the head, because I felt like he was the one being an unreasonable jerk and Alex should not have had to apologize. But really that’s my only complaint.
There is a resolution to the side plot between Nell, Eric and Pat which alternately made me sad and then happy, but I’m kind of hoping that Ms. Scott will revisit them and tell their story in entirety. Eric is up next and I’m not sure how I feel about that. So far he’s been nothing but a selfish, narcissistic asshole and I’m wondering how this author will manage to redeem him. But hey, she made me fall in love with Jimmy from Stage Dive, so I have faith.