Dirty (Dive Bar #1) by Kylie Scott #mf #review @KylieScottbooks @SMPRomance


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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.

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I have a confession to make – I haven’t read the Stage Dive series. Stop! Hold your stones. See, I’m a Kylie Scott fan from her Flesh series. She’s one of the very, very, very few authors who ever wrote a zombie book that I loved. And boy did I ever enjoy that series! I did read Lick, the first book in the Stage Dive series, back when it was an indie release, but I lost track of the series and haven’t taken the time to read them. Now that I’ve read Dirty, that oversight will be rectified as soon as I can because I freaking LOVED this book and suspect that the author’s writing style is such that I will enjoy meeting the rest of the guys from Stage Dive – oh yeah, Mal makes an appearance in Dirty.

 

Scott wastes no time by jumping straight into the action as Lydia receives a disturbing video showing her fiancé making out with his best man…the fiancé she is supposed to be marrying in less than an hour. Her runaway bride routine is not only understandable, but it’s also hilarious (made even better with the rumors the next day about the height of the fence she scaled to escape unknowingly becoming a matrimonial beard). For me, the laughs just kept on coming when Lydia “meets” the owner of the hideout she found during her escape and that up close and personal encounter was too freaking much! (The good kind.) Fortunately, Vaughan can be just as amusing and the banter between the two, as well as Lydia’s inner musings, kept my spirits high and my finger swiping the bottom of my Kindle constantly. It also helped balance out the drama when Vaughan acted like a douche, and the heartbreak when the reality of their temporary situation set it. But none of that could detract from the chemistry between Lydia and Vaughan. They were smokin’ hot together. When their time together came to an end, I was nearly as crushed as Lydia was by Vaughan’s decision – sadly, not surprised, but still devastated for her. But never fear, any author who can make slaying zombies sexy can easily find a happy ending for the runaway bride and the ginger bartender – and it was perfect.

 

Crazy at first sight. Not only do I love that term, that idea, but it is exactly what kept the relationship between Lydia and Vaughan from feeling like an insta-love romance. Lydia doesn’t convince herself that she’s in love with Vaughan, but she knows there’s more than just a healthy dose of lust between them. So yeah, being crazy about him worked because the kindness he gave her during her ordeal showed her that he was the kind of person she needed in her life, even if all they ever were was friends. That Vaughan came with a crazy, yet awesome sister, and a great group of friends who all welcomed her, made it that much more important to Lydia that she keep Vaughan in her life, however she had to take him. Just like Lydia, I loved the atmosphere of the Dive Bar and am so glad that Dirty is just the first book in the series because I am looking forward to spending more time there with the gang. Dirty was the perfect mix of humor, great friendships, hot sex, and romance, with just a dash of angst. I devoured it in a matter of hours and it left me hungry for Twist.

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We got to meet Vaughn in the author’s Stage Dive Series. I know I was not the only one curious about the sexy rocker, so when he became the subject of his own book (and the kick off of a new series) I HAD to read it! He goes home after the failing of his band to nurse his ego and figure things out. Lydia is supposed to marry a man she thought she loved until she received a text message with a video showing him getting it on with his best man! Instead of confronting him and his rich and snotty family, she takes off running across the back of the yard, over a fence, and through bushes until she encounters a small home. She finds the bathroom window unlocked and climbs in, falls into the tub, and proceeds to have her breakdown. The home’s owner, Vaughn, wakes up to find the runaway bride in his tub….after he already turned on the shower…and instead of turning her into the police, he listens to her tale and decides to help her out.

I love Lydia! Her snark and her humor are my favorite part of this entire story! She is a self-proclaimed plump/plus sized girl and has the lack of self-esteem to go along with it. She, also, has a rack to which Vaughn notices right off the bat! The guy is a boob man and can’t take his eyes off of her impressive mounds. The conversation that happens when she calls him out on it still cracks me up! Their banter back and forth is some of the funniest I have read in a while. Lydia always settled in life, but meeting the sexy, tattooed, rocker made her feel things she never felt before and she realized that she was settling for comfortable because of her crappy upbringing. Things definitely heat up between the pair, but not in the way you think. Not only does she bond with Vaughn, but Lydia and Vaughn’s sister for an insta-friendship which leads to a business relationship. Even the secondary characters stand out and made me want to know more about them!

Having read the author’s other books, I knew her writing style and that I would enjoy this book. But, never did I imagine that it would become one of my favorite books, ever! I absolutely LOVED this story!

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We all got a glimpse of Vaughn in the Stage Dive Series and his introduction piqued many readers curiosity. I for one was very excited, as were many other readers when I heard that the first book in the Dive Bar Series would be about the hot musician Vaughn and his potential love interest.

Last we saw Vaughn his band had broken up. Now he’s off the road and back home dealing with the aftermath of a career that didn’t pan out and a reality that he’s been hiding from for a year, a reality filled with emotions he’d rather ignore. Lydia Green thought she had her life perfectly planned. The great job was in order, she had established herself in a nice town and now she was about to marry an attractive, kind and wealthy man who seemed to adore her. Everything was on track that is until she gets a whopping dose of reality smacked in her face on her wedding day. Her oh so kind fiancé has been shacking up with someone else. Cue the runaway bride scene and a folly of hilarious mishaps.
I enjoyed the story of Vaughn and Lydia’s romance. The way they initially met was so funny and unique. The story was light, fun and quirky. They didn’t play any games or emotionally string each other along. They were both upfront and adult about what they wanted in life and the paths they wanted to take. Yes, they had their bumps but I didn’t feel like I wanted to smack either of then upside the head for being irritatingly dense.  No, I saved that irritation for Eric, Pat and Nell. Talk about drama. Those three have a long road of complications ahead of them. I honestly can’t wait to see how it plays out and to get to know the backstory with Pat and Nell in more detail.

I had a fun time reading Dirty, with the witty commentary being thrown about by a cast of interesting characters you can’t help but wish you too were hanging out at the Dive Bar on a Saturday night. Kylie Scott has a knack for creating sarcastic, hilarious, strong characters that know how to party hard and love fiercely. She never fails to create a fun story that will have you swooning and wanting more.

Shout out to Mal and his speech on romance novels. Thanks for that one!

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