When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded bartender extraordinaire Joe Collins intends only to log in to 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.
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By Cyndi on 07-03-18
✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫
I enjoyed this audiobook and the characters. Like visiting old friends, I love how the author brings in the Stage Drive characters. Alex and Joe were a great couple and I enjoyed how their story fell into place. I know this is their book but I think Nell & Eric's heartbreak was sort of fluffed over in this book. I would have liked a little more emotional scenes about the accident and aftermath. I also didn't love the change in Eric towards the end, while completely understandable it just felt weak for him to react that way. I really saw him as a tough character so that just didn't work for me.
As always Andi Arndt did a great job on the narration!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Malinda on 12-04-17
Pretty good addition to the series :)
This was a pretty good story but I will admit to some mixed feelings about one of the plot twists.
Alex is a web designer that lives in Seattle. Alex is kind of an introvert and her working from home doesn't help with that. Alex doesn't have many friends but she's had her BFF since high school, first as a gay boy and now (after a sex change and some time) as a straight female. Alex shies away from the idea of love and has had some one-nighters but not much in the way of relationships.
Joe is the bartender at his brother's bar as well as running the family construction business with his father. Joe is a good guy and has always been the one to clean up his brother's messes. This is how he ends up on his brother's dating profile (to close it down) and sees Alex's message and info. He's interested and starts corresponding with her but he figures they'll never be able to meet because she'd hate him when she found out the truth about who he really is.
Alex took a rare chance when she put a profile on a dating site and she didn't expect anything good but the messages from "Eric" seem too good to ignore. Alex finds a connection with "Eric" and they email each other over around 6 months, telling each other a lot about their lives including rather private things. Alex knows "Eric's" birthday is coming up and there's going to be a get-together in the bar he works at so she decides to take a chance and go to see him. She gets to the bar and walks in, only to have Eric act as though he has no idea who she is. It doesn't take long before the fact that Joe was actually the one emailing Alex comes out and poor Alex is humiliated. Joe tries to explain but she stomps off to a hotel (in the rain) and ignores him.
Alex had intended to fly home the very next day but that plan went a bit off kilter. Alex headed out of the hotel in the morning for breakfast and finds Joe slept in his truck outside the hotel all night in order to talk to her. She agrees to breakfast with him but the cold she woke up with ends up being much worse than expected and she almost passes out. This means Alex is too sick to fly home and it becomes necessary for Joe to nursing her back to health. Joe going to all the trouble to help her when she was really sick makes Alex decide to give him another chance and things go very well between them for a while. Things do go to hell, mainly caused by Joe suffering a big bout of relationship dumbassedness and hurting Alex. They do end up working things out and end the story heading towards a HEA together.
This was an enjoyable story. I liked Alex as the heroine. I do have to be honest though...I'm still debating about whether the way she handled the drama in the end was really mature or a bit masochistic. Even though he lied about who he was online, I did think Joe was a good guy. I was rather pissed about his actions when the drama all started though...definitely no questions about his actions, they were just plain stupid. Thankfully, he pulled his head out of his nether regions by the end but I did want to give him a good slap before that. I was really liking this story and was thinking on rating it 4-5 stars but my dislike of the plot twist that caused all the drama between Alex and Joe and how they came back together lowered that a bit. Still, I did like the story pretty well and the cast of characters was good as always so I guess I'd recommend it. :)
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