First off I have to admit that a good portion of the reason I wanted to read Twist was because I was hoping for an update on the Stage Dive crew, the Ferris brothers specifically, but any info would have made me a happy girl. But outside of that my curiosity was definitely peaked by the whole sexy bigfoot teaser, and who wouldn’t be?? So I dove in and I LOVED the first 70% or so of the book. LOVED. It was sweet, sassy, snarky and all kinds of smexy with a good dose of heart and drama tossed into the mix and then the last 30% hit and while some things I was good with, others I was a bit meh about, but in the end I really enjoyed Joe and Alex’s story!
Joe Collins is the man who is there for everyone when they need him. Saying he’s a Yes man isn’t far off, but lately the crazy has been kicked up a few notches in his life and he’s doing all he can to ride it out. I LOVED Joe, I did and couldn’t even get all that upset with his deception because the man is, at his very core, a good one. He definitely has that whole smexy bigfoot alpha male thing going on and can be a bit bossy, but he takes the time to really see what is going on around him and do what is best, even if it isn’t what’s best for him.
Alex’s childhood and teen years were definitely not the happiest of her life and the scars she bears from that time have shaped her into the woman that she is. While she isn’t entirely anti-social, she keeps her world in a very tidy, neat little box. I loved Alex and all of her quirks, some understandable while others were a bit overblow, but she was very real to me. I loved her sass, snark and adorkable moments and how much she cares about those she calls her own.
After their very awkward first meeting, even I felt all kinds of awkward for them, I really liked how things played out between Joe and Alex. There was waffling and accusations, but they both ended up realizing that the friendship they’d built was a good and worked through it. The attempt at keeping things platonic was a losing battle from the start, but it was fun to see them try and fail because their failing was damn smexy! What I enjoyed the most though was that they ended up helping each other become stronger and find their way through the issues that plague them. It was rocky and at times I wanted to Gibbs smack them both, but I really happy with how they ended up.
Now for that last 30% of the story. Honestly, I had no issue with most of it, in fact I must give Ms. Scott props for that major twist in the story because I didn’t see it come at all. I’m still processing it, but I absolutely respect the direction she went. My issue comes with one of the bumps in the road in the fall out of that twist. It makes absolute sense and it was something that was brought up earlier, but I just wasn’t feeling it. With all that was going on already it was just too much for me and while I didn’t skip those parts, I did read faster than my norm. This is a total “it’s not you, it’s me” situation and though I wasn’t feeling it, it didn’t cause my enjoyment of the story to wan.
I’ve had an interesting relationship with Ms. Scott’s books. Some I’ve love, others have been meh, but regardless there is something about her characters that always makes me want more and Twist is one of the ones I loved and even though Eric is on my shit list at the moment I am quite curious to see if he can get himself off of that list. So, while the wait is a long one, I’m definitely looking forward to Chaser to see what his journey will be and to of course get a glimpse of the Stage Dive crew.
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley ~
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.
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/