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Dirty: A Dive Bar Novel Paperback – April 19, 2016
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"Sometimes you just need a book that'll make you laugh, swoon, and escape away into a fun romance and DIRTY was exactly that! With Kylie Scott's signature light-hearted style, this book was the perfect pick-me-up!" ― Aestas Book Blog
"Scott brings back the sizzling heat, uncontainable energy and outrageous humor that made her Stage Dive series so addicting with the first installment of its spinoff series, Dive Bar." ― RT Book Reviews
"There's a Lydia inside each and every female heart. Knowing. Confusion. Understanding. Above all, love. DIRTY is a remarkable book." --Abbi Glines, New York Times bestselling author of The Vincent Boys series
"Nobody writes inked-up, sexy-as-sin rockers like Kylie Scott!! I devoured every deliciously dirty page of this hot, witty, surprisingly sweet romance. If you loved the Stage Dive guys, be prepared to fall hard for Dive Bar's Vaughan Hewson." –Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of Tangled
“Killer writing, laugh-out-loud humor and so heart-warming you will blush all over.” –Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author of the Real series
“DIRTY is Kylie Scott on top of her game.” –K. Bromberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Driven Series
"A great mix of humor, flirtation, and romance." ― Night Owl Reviews
"DIRTY is a maelstrom of sexiness with a lot of laughs and a few tears. Kylie Scott transforms the mundane into magnificent with great storytelling." ― Fresh Fiction
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I loved Vaughan. He had such a chill presence, but you know under that mellow exterior is a whole lotta deep water. I loved Lydia. Her personality was refreshing, her ability to be honest and push through the awkward was fantastic. And yay for a beautiful, curvy girl full of personality and heart! I loved the way Vaughan and Lydia's friendship developed. There was something truly special in the air that day, and charging their chemistrty forward in such a deep way for such a short period of time. But in spite of the abbreviated time period, I bought their relationship hook, line, and sinker. They were a really great couple, who happened upon each other in the oddest sort of circumstance. But funnily enough, that really worked for them. It took a real stroke of luck to bring these two together. What seemed like bad luck turned into the best luck of all. I really hope they make lots of appearances in the rest of the series, because I can't get enough of them.
I also liked the new characters brought into the story, setting up the atmosphere for the series and future books. Dive Bar is fun and is loaded with interesting characters. The only drawback for me was that these secondary characters were chock full of drama. I could have used a bit less of it, especially one set of circumstances in particular. It just made me sad in an otherwise fun and sweet story. But I'm definitely interested in where these other characters and their lives are going. I'm buckled in for the ride.
I really want to slam my head against the wall after reading Dirty. I absolutely loved Ms. Scott’s Stage Dive series, I have read those books multiple times so when we were getting what is being called a spin-off series I was so excited only in the end to feel like it sadly didn’t live up to all the hype. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t totally hate it, I liked a good majority of the book but then it sort of went left when it had originally been going right.
I just didn’t find the connection with Lydia and Vaughn to be anything more that in the moment lust. Let’s face it, if you run away from your wedding after learning what Lydia did about her now ex-fiancé and the drama that follows I highly doubt that the intense immediate connection she feels towards Vaughn will ever really work out. Even the ending for me seemed to be like the author was throwing us a bone but it didn’t have that certainty that their relationship was solid.
Please do not take my review as mean or nasty because I am really trying to not be either of those things. I loved the other characters and side storylines that will be to come and they are what for me saved this book. I think if the relationship between Lydia and Vaughn would have been more developed or even been for a longer time period I would have felt their connection was truer. I am not against instalove or instarelationships, I just want to feel that connection and I didn’t with Lydia and Vaughn. Am I saying that I refuse to read any more books from this series? Absolutely not, like I previous stated I am looking forward to the books for the other characters, while this one didn’t necessarily work for me it doesn’t mean that I am not willing to give the next book a shot, because I am. I may be in the minority with this review but what works for some doesn’t always work for others, and for me, Dirty didn’t work.
Dirty hits the ground running as Lydia is viewing the evidence of her fiancé's cheating ways - with his best man- that was anonymously messaged to her on her wedding day. Ouch, no wonder she does a runner! Desperation has her climbing fences in heels and her dress to seek refuge in the seemingly abandoned home next door, so she is totally unprepared as she hiding in the bathtub for her crying jag to be interrupted by a spray of cold water and one very naked Vaughan who is just returning from his travels with his band and the Stage Dive crew.
If you read Deep, you will remember Vaughan from his attempts to help Lizzy and Ben and honestly I think he was one of the best parts of that book for me. If you haven't read it, no worries- you can fall in love with him in Dirty just as easily! Once he recovers from the shock of finding a crying stranger in a wedding dress in his bathroom, he realizes what a beautiful spitfire has dropped into his life as she relays her story and subsequently gives her dirtbag ex-fiance what he deserves when he shows up looking for her.
Lydia has never had love and affection in her life, so when Chris came into it a few months ago, he seemed to good to be true but her damaged heart craved the positive attention and never questioned his desire to hold off on intimacy until they were married. Hindsight shows her the error of her thinking, but no one in town shared Chris's less than well kept little secret with the newcomer either. Vaughan can't deny his spark of interest as her resilient spirit starts to emerge, and he offers her a place to stay temporarily until she gets her life sorted. Having her to keep him company in the house he has barely returned to after the death of his parents may just keep him sane while he is there.
I love Lydia's sense of humor and inner monologue that kept me grinning the whole way through, and I have so many passages highlighted my Kindle should be glowing in the dark. As a large and curvy girl myself, I can definitely identify with her body issues, but they are nonexistent in Vaughan's eyes. Vaughan is a great combination of sweet, sexy and hot as Hades as they fall fast and hard for each other although neither wants to admit it to themselves. The insta-love part of the story is the only minor drawback for me, but yet it was still written in a way that I felt it and it made sense so it was ultimately a virtual non-issue to me in the end. The question constantly looms over them though: how soon will Vaughan leave again to escape his demons ad chase his dreams while leaving Lydia in the dust?
There is plenty happening around them to add to the story too because the Dive Bar family and friends are a hot mess! Vaughan's sister Nell is separated from her husband who is also a co-owner of the bar which is just a minor complication as it turns out. Another friend and co-owner Eric uses the bar as his personal pick up pad which adds to the tension, particularly when bad blood between him and Vaughan over the bad rises to the surface again. There's so much more too but you will have to read it for yourself! So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and go buy this book now while I start my countdown to Twist's release date!