DirtySeries: Dive Bar #1
by Kylie Scott
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Griffin on April 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 come with her.
Former bride-to-be Lydia Green doesn't know whether to scream or 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.
Just when this runaway bride has nowhere left to turn, Vaughan, a perfectly handsome stranger, offers her a broad, muscular shoulder to cry on. Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessmen she's normally drawn to. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and is facing his own crossroads. But Lydia's 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?
Why the heck don’t I read more books by Kylie Scott. Seriously? I mean, she’s absolutely brilliant in the snark and witty banter department. I thought it was a fluke of the first book I read by her, Play. Turns out, not a fluke…
So picture the scene: it’s Lydia’s wedding day and the wedding is being held in her and her fiance’s large house. Lydia is getting ready in her bedroom and she’s just received a video via email. She’s not having any problems with she’s seeing in the video, it’s her fiance getting down and dirty… with his best man! Yep, Lydia is having a hard time picturing herself getting married to today. So she panics.
Through a series of hysterical circumstances, Lydia ends up sleeping in a neighbor’s bathtub. Sure, why not?
That’s what I love about Ms. Scott’s writing. She thought of the most bizarre way for Lydia and Vaughan to meet and it worked! Their spirited conversation was dynamite between the two of them. I mean, yes, Vaughan was naked, but he was just as interested in Lydia and why she was hiding in his bathtub.
Lydia is my kind of heroine, too. I could read her trials and tribulations all month long. She’s not cookie cutter beautiful, she’s smart, she’s not pretentious, and she’s just… Lydia.
Vaughan, in his own right, is interesting because he’s the first male lead I’ve read who is described as a hot ginger. I had a mental picture of him but I still wanted some “inspiration”. It is actually difficult to find hot red head guys (let alone with tats) but Heroes and Heartbreakers came through for me not once, but twice. But Vaughan is more than eye candy. He can hold his own with Lydia.
Life can get seriously messy and it certainly does for some of the supporting characters. But it’s the way that Ms. Scott attacks and solves life’s messes with humor, dignity, spunk, and good old fashioned hard work that has me respecting the characters. I find the character’s humor more genuine when the character acts more human, know what I mean? Captain Obvious, that’s me.
The story isn’t long so it fed my need for a quick fix and helped me out of a reading ditch. I got a smile and inspiration. What ‘ya know?!?!?!