Dirty by Kylie Scott
Series: Dive Bar #1
Also in this series: Twist
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 19th 2016
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The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.
Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.
Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong-maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.
After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
He had longish red-blond hair, dark blue eyes set in an angular face, a lean but muscular torso covered in tattoos, and a rather large cock.
Before I begin my actual review I just have to say I’m very visual, so when I read the descriptions of the characters, I picture them. I even occasionally post EDGy Candy pics on our Facebook page that match the description. When I came upon Vaughan’s description, my brain short circuited. I even wrote a note to my girls that I wished I could post a representation of him on our page, but we don’t do pics like that.
That was just the beginning of all the smiles coming my way from this book. It was funny. It was also super sweet which isn’t usually my thing, but Dirty worked for me. It had enough drama and occasional heartache along the way to cut the sugar. Well, that and the fact that at times it lived up to its name helped.
Both Vaughan and Lydia have had their dreams come crashing down on them. The way they first met was both hilarious and kind of heartbreaking, well at least for Lydia (for Vaughan it was all about her rack). They decide to stick together for a bit while they both figure out how to get the heck out of town as quickly as possible. In the meantime, they end up working at Vaughan’s sister’s place, The Dive Bar, until they get their futures figured out. Vaughan had me from the beginning with his brand of alpha sweet, and Lydia was just a ball of funny, sarcastic sass.
So this was what having friends involved. Maybe I should just get a pet rock or something. A plant, maybe. Anything incapable of answering back.
The Dive Bar is cool as heck. I wish we had a bar like that around here. Now the people who work in it are one hugely dysfunctional family. There is lots of love there, but OMG those people are screwed up. Divorces and hookups, tears, and fights. It is pure chaos but not in an OTT angsty way. I think I’m going to love this series as each person gets their individual messes sorted.
I did figure out the solution to the issues from the get go, but it didn’t really bother me. The journey as Lydia and Vaughan found their way was fun, and I’m glad I was around for the ride even knowing where it was going. I do wish I had read the Stage Dive series first because I think there was some back story there that may have explained a couple of things, like why Vaughn’s band broke up, but overall it wasn’t necessary. It’s just I have an enquiring mind, and I want to know (so now I have to find time to read that series, Yay!).
Spice’s Rating: 4 Cute, Sweet and Hilarious Stars
Dirty starts off with a revelation about Lydia’s fiancé that has her running from her wedding day. Not far mind you, deciding to scale a fence of debatable height (local gossip had this moment edging towards legendary folklore), managing to startle the usually out of town occupant, Vaughan. She’s as surprised as he is when they greet each other, her in her wedding dress and all!
Vaughan has his own dilemmas and he soon discovers Lydia is a fun distraction. The complete opposite of what she was about to agree to with her now ex-fiancé, Vaughan is enough to show Lydia what she would have missed out on if she hadn’t scaled the fence that separated her future to live life to the fullest. And what a refreshing change of scenery he becomes.
Openly welcomed into Vaughan’s inner circle and friends, Lydia finds herself easing into his social and family circles with ease. Refreshing is the word that comes to mind. Both view their blissfully wicked interlude as temporary, simply making the best of the time they have together. Neither is in the right space in their life for anything more.
What makes this story work so well is that they have the majority of their interactions based around the Dive Bar. Now you only have to visit a bar to know there is plenty of material to add a few extra dimensions to the plot, so with Vaughan having a close connection with the people who own and work at the bar, life gets interesting and complicated.
I enjoyed every moment of this story. The main and secondary characters had a strong presence as did the situations they were facing. A story told so vividly, I could see it happening as if I was watching it on film. Humour was used sparingly to lift the mood during awkward moments in a sensitive and fun way. A great start to the series and I can’t wait to see what’s in store next for the Lydia, Vaughan and the people who surround them!
What I wanted more of:
· Nell’s story
· Eric’s story
· Pat’s Story
· The reporter?
What I loved
· Story time
· The whole Vaughan experience
· Nell’s friendship with Lydia
· Lydia embracing each moment
Lily’s Rating: 4 Stars
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