Shel: Here's how much I enjoyed Twist: I have this screen open to write the review, I'm texting Court about it, and I'm about to open our Instagram account to talk about it; if that's not some serious enjoyment, I don't know what is! Twist is light and fun and not overly angsty. The two main characters, Joe and Alex, are really easy to like and almost instantly you will find yourself wanting the best for them--which is really nothing new, I think we've always found Kylie Scott's characters easy to like and relate to. Court: We have, and that is something that I think we look for a lot. We dive into a lot of fantasy in the overall story most of the time with the books but it is always a big discussion for readers if the characters look like, act like and talk just like us. So, having a girl who doesn't meet the usual standard of beauty and has more to offer in her personality than her...well, you know...it is SO NICE!
Shel: For me, Twist was especially interesting because I recognized parts of myself in both Alex and Joe so please pardon me while I explain in a way that may be spoiler-ish? If you don't want to know too much about these two, skip over the parts in blue. I could easily be an Alex--I don't get out much (outside of work) and I'm usually someone who likes to watch rather than be the center of attention. But more than that, there was one pinnacle moment when the way she coped felt very familiar--she saw the place that she'd sorta carved out for herself in Joe's life seem to be no longer necessary and she very quietly left without saying goodbye. I'm the absolute worst when it comes to that! I hate saying goodbye and I always justify it in my head, just like Alex did, and I'm so guilty of not thinking about how that may impact others. It's selfish and hurtful and I'm better at not doing that but damn, I so identified with Alex. I also saw some of myself in Joe. I, too, tend to try to be a fixer and it was a very hard lesson to learn how to not constantly wear myself out by doing too much. Learning how to say "no" was a very very painful process for me. All of this to say that Kylie Scott just has this way of creating characters that can feel so identifiable and real and I especially felt that in Twist. As I'm reading through this, I realize that this all sounds so serious and really it's more of a romantic comedy than anything else--it's truly light and fun and sexy.
Court: You hit it just right, Shel. I think the themes of this book are really relatable to a lot of people. How they met and got to know each other online is a really big part of dating today (and if my husband ever leaves me I will be alone forever, because I could not do dating in today's day and age! In my defense, we got together when I was 15...) Anyway, I digress...so as you can see if you're still reading by this point, that there is a lot to relate to for each of us in these characters...and we really love this group of people that Kylie has given us at Dive Bar. I can't wait to see what happens next!
Shel: As with all of her novels, I enjoyed seeing the secondary characters and catching up with what they were up to since we last saw them and in Twist there was definitely some action there. I also loved that this novel had a transwoman as a trusted sidekick--I hope to see more of Val and more characters like her. Kylie Scott's cast of characters feels like family and reading Twist has me looking forward to reading the next novel in this series. Court: I teared up. I laughed. I was sad. I was mad for multiple characters on multiple occasions (at them and for them, I suppose) so this was a multifaceted book that has depth, heart and is just a really good sexy time in a way that is unique to Kylie Scott and I've always loved about her. Read this book, and series and her other series and all the things! NOW! :)
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/