Basics: Dirty was released on April 19th, 2016, is 289 pages long and is published by St. Martin's Griffin
Description: (from Amazon:) Love—on the rocks….
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.
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, a 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?
Dirty is the first book in the Dive Bar series from bestselling author Kylie Scott.
Plot: Meet Lydia Green, a sassy realtor who is about to get married to the man of her dreams and live happily ever after. Until she gets a random text with a video of her fiance making out with his best man right before she walks down the aisle. Awkward right? So what does a reasonable woman do? She makes a break for it of course! As in, climbing over a fence in a wedding gown running badassery kind of making a break for it. (I fell in love with Lydia as soon as I read the first word in the chapter honestly. Scott has a gift for making readers fall in love with her characters right away.)
Lydia needs to hide and lay low for awhile; so she breaks into a nearby cottage bungalow through the window, again in a wedding gown (The badassery of Scott's heroines knows no bounds!) and hides in the bathroom in the most sensible place, the tub. Enter Vaughn Hewson, owner of said cute bungalow and ex guitarist of a broken up band. Although he seems to be a bit angry and confused as to why there's a woman in a wedding dress in his house AND his bathtub, the two hit it off right away.
Lydia's life is a bit in the unknown at the moment because not only was she marrying someone she thought loved her, she also worked with her fiance's family. It's safe to say that she has no job, nowhere to stay and no support from parents so she's in a bit of a pickle. Vaughn's band, everything he's ever known since high school has disbanded and he's returned to his hometown where he hasn't visited or spoken to his sister and friends for several years. Add in money issues and some sad memories to that mix and Vaughn isn't in the best of places either.
Amid the craziness in their lives, Vaughn lets Lydia stay with him until she sorts things out with her future and the two start to bond. Things even get more interesting when Lydia gets tangled into helping out with Vaughn's sister's bar. Meeting his childhood friends only drags her further into Vaughn's world and puts them closer together. They may of just met but the feelings between them only grow as each day passes. Vaughn is intent on going back to Los Angeles and starting over in the music industry; Lydia is settling into his hometown, both career and friend wise, something she's always wanted. Will Vaughn's attraction and interest in Lydia be enough for him to stay? If you want to find out, pick up a copy of this amazing book!
Favorite Characters: This was hard because of course I loved both Lydia and Vaughn, but there were some other great characters too! My favorite character that wasn't the main focus of Dirty was Vaughn's sister, Nell. I was drawn to her because one, I love her name. I am a complete sucker for unique names! I also love the fact that she has red hair, there aren't many red hair women in the romance book world, it's a travesty I tell you! Nell is also admirable; she owns the Dive Bar where owns and runs part of it, but she also is a cook for the place. Can you say triple threat?! I'm hoping that Nell will be in one of the other upcoming books in the Dive Bar series because she is seriously one heck of an interesting character. Plus her situation is quite interesting too, drama, drama, drama!
Favorite Quotes: "I looked down. Yes, something was definitely hardening in the front of his pants. Huh. We hadn't even used tongue. And they said romance was dead."
"I can't say I know exactly what it feels like to be nailed to a door. But the way Vaughn did it made for one hell of an experience."
"Trust me, never mock a romance book, You have no idea the amount of good they can do for you between the sheets and on the streets. If you love your girl? Buy her books."
Overall thoughts: I really enjoyed this book! Kylie Scott just has this way of drawing you in with her humor and also using certain relatable issues to tug on your heartstrings. In every book I have read of Scott's, I find myself empathetic to at least one or more of her characters. When you can see yourself going through the same issue a character is going through in a book, you feel yourself fusing to the story and characters so much. There's nothing better than falling in love with a book, one that you can especially relate to. The connection between Vaughn and Lydia was very refreshing; the way they met was funny and I really enjoyed how both of them were in difficult situations but leaned on each other to get through those difficult situations, The plot was really well done too; I think it's very hard to keep readers interesting when it comes a nonfiction romance and Scott did a really fantastic job of keeping me intrigued. Everyone comes from somewhere, whether growing up in a small town or big city, there's that feeling of home and being surrounded by the ones you love. In most cases when people think about going home that means seeing family and old friends, a theme that plays a big party in Dirty. Both good and drama filled, but that's what makes it interesting right? I think my only complaint of this book would be the length, I loved it so much that I wish it was just a little bit longer! But don't we all feel that way when we really enjoy a book? I'm looking forward to learning more about the crew of Coeur d'Alene and seeing how each of their stories pans out. Bring on more of the Dive Bar series!
My rating: 5/5 shells!