DATE PUBLISHED: 11th April 2017
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.
A fresh and fun take on catfishing. Alex takes a leap and travels to a new town to meet someone she has been talking with online for months, only to find out the person she thought she was talking with is actually the brother of who was sending the emails.
Alex is an introverted character who learns to come out of her shell through the book. She has issues with commitment and trust and when she is catfished this only cements that. Through the book Alex slowly allows someone to get close to her and learns to trust. She finds Joe annoying and a pain at the beginning as she overcomes the embarrassment of traveling so far to learn she has been catfished. Joe must redeem himself in her eyes.
Joe has grown to care for Alex through their email correspondence and yet when she discovers he has been duping her he must find a way to make it up to her. He helps her recover from a bout of the flu and in the process the two get to know and are for each other. Joe is a big and take charge man who must learn to let go of the reigns. He has his own issues, primarily about being looked over for his brother. The two slowly complete each other in a touching sometimes hilarious battle of the wills.
The side characters also have many plot points in this book. Nell has some major story points in the book and I was devastated and ecstatic at different times through the development of her story arc.
A fun edition to the Dive Bar series that has some guest visits from the characters of the Stage Dive series. A snarky rom-com take on catfishing with a pair of characters who are perfect for each other.
Keep Calm and Read On,