Dirty (Dive Bar #1)
by Kylie Scott
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Karia Gives this one a solid 4 Stars…
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 really loved Lick…and then the series went to my back burner as I was committed (read overcommitted with free-review books) elsewhere. Then this new series by Kylie Scott pops up on NetGalley and approvals moved swiftly! I was very pleased that I had an evening alone to dig into this book and meet a whole new group of fun 20-somethings trying to find their calling.
I will admit that I peeked at a few reviews before reading this one and they were a bit all over the map…between loving and loathing. You will either love Lydia or hate her, in my humble opinion. I loved her and her newly awakening “girly bits” that seem to perk up whenever Vaughan is around (I know how they feel!)
Vaughan is a musician…I cannot say rock star as he hasn’t hit it big like his buddies in Stage Dive have, but he lives music. As the tale of olde goes…the band broke up… Now Vaughan is scraping off his past and hoping to liquefy his assets and fund his comeback tour.
The liquefy comes in the form of bartending at his sister’s bar and his assets get seriously sampled during his budding friendship with Lydia. I loved the quirky interactions and I actually didn’t mind Lydia’s internal dialogue. I too have a lot going on in my head, even during a kiss! But as Vaughan and Lydia connect on deeper levels, their background noise becomes the softly muted soundtrack of their love affair.
My heart literally ached in so many spots…these all in the last 10-20% of the book…so much love, so much hate, so much passion and so much separation…I loved it all. So what held me back??? The lack of an epilogue for one (I love the bow on presents too!), but given that this is a new series and I sure hope we get Vaughan’s sister Nell next…maybe my epilogue is book #2. Also, I wanted Vaughan to sing to Lydia…why did he not? He was writing music and my mind kept hoping that he would write her a song and sing it to her at the bar…this still might happen in book 2, which is entitled Twist (but why should I have to wait so long for that??? Goodreads says Twist comes out in November). And lastly, I want Betsy to go down…seriously, that nosey, horrible receptionist for Lydia’s ex’s family was downright nasty and I never found out why??? Uggg…Enjoy!