Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Dive Bar #2
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
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.
So, basically, I’m an idiot.
Here’s the thing. I totally confused this series with the Stage Dive series in which I read the entire first book.
I’d heard the second book in the Stage Dive series was better than the first (since the first fell a little flat for me), and when I saw that this book — which is part of the DIVE BAR series NOT the STAGE DIVE series — was on sale on Audible, I got excited and immediately bought it.
I was halfway through this book before I realized that I’m not the brightest crayon in the box.
I did attempt to read the first book in this series awhile ago and gave up pretty quickly. I can’t remember exactly why I DNF’d it, but I did.
And this book? Well… I mean, I finished it.
I don’t know why the last few Kylie Scott books I’ve read have been misses for me when I LOVED Trust so much!
If I could describe this book in one word it would be: Almost.
The opening was ALMOST so good, but then Alex was ruined for me when she took a slightly adorable mistake a little too far and made it straight up uncomfortable and annoying.
This continued throughout the entire book. Her character felt very inconsistent to me. She continuously was being described one way (shy, socially awkward), but acted completely different (loved sleeping with strangers). She was entirely unrelatable to me as well.
I did really like Joe, but couldn’t really get past the fact that he lied to Alex for so long. He totally catfished her with a super lame excuse.
While I appreciated the trans best friend, it made me uncomfortable when she was occasionally described as “he” when she identified as a woman. It also was a bit of a let down that she was such a stereotypical best-friend-side-character: pushy and loud-mouthed, but loyal.
Anyway, I know that many really enjoy this series, and that’s fine! I just don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the series.
Audiobook Performance: #5 stars
Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Pass
Bookshelf Placement: Nope
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars