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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Released on April 19, 2016
What can I say? I totally regret turning down a review request from Kylie from a few years ago, but in my defense I was swamped and I couldn’t even work in another book if I wanted too. Now I am a die hard fan of hers and can’t wait for each book that comes from her mind onto paper. I wasn’t expecting this story to grab me the way it did. I was expecting a new band romance with characters I would adore. What I got was a lot of characters to adore, but they aren’t in a band.
The hero, Vaughan Hewson, is absolutely perfect and flawed at the same time. His sense of humor and how he deals with the problems in his life help build his character. He has a rockers body, but is also tall and wiry. The ripped jeans, t-shirt combo is his thing, but then again, he band has broken up and he’s out the money he needs to get it back up and running. So when he comes home to make some tough decisions, he just isn’t expecting there to be a bride sitting in his bathtub soaking wet.
But the story opens up with Lydia Green on her wedding day when she discovers her future husband is doing the best man. Needless to say, she has to get away from it all and there aren’t a lot of options. So she climbs some walls, snags her dress, cuts on her body only to land in the bathroom of an empty house where to falls asleep crying. The internal dialog in Lydia’s head is both sad, but also kind of funny with her sarcastic, witty humor.
Vaughan is in a really bad spot in his musician life. Needing cash fast, he comes home hoping to sell the family home to his sister to get back into a recording studio. He hasn’t slept in a while and just wants a show and a bed. Most guys wouldn’t be so understanding of Lydia’s situation. While he is angry some, he also can empathize with what she is feeling. Even though he is tired and cranky with tons on his mind, he offers the olive branch and the two become friends.
What I loved about these two characters is their honesty to being real people with senses of humor. Lydia doesn’t have the perfect body. She didn’t have the greatest life growing up. She has a view of her future that now isn’t really all she wants and she is aware her dreams may not be what she really thought they would be. Vaughan arrives at the right time. He flirts with her, helps her claim her confidence back, but he also has his own real life issues to deal with. This doesn’t make him push her off or belittle her problems for his.
Both are a little broken, in need of love and unsure of their future. The inner workings of how they support each other, but also pursue each other is interesting to watch. Lydia goes to work in the Vaughn’s sister’s bar and grill as a waitress. Small town realty just doesn’t have a place of her any more. Vaughn also helps out as some inter drama with the bar owners comes through. While Lydia and Vaughn are the main focus of this book we also get to see into his sister’s love life between a ex-husband and a partner along with a whole cast of characters that really rounds out the story nicely.
We even get to see my favorite drummer, Mal, who lends his special brand of humor and wisdom to the situation.
Vaughn does more right than wrong in this story, which saves him from my wrath of idiot men. He is soulful, endearing and down to earth. His ginger locks had me wanting to run my hands through them, while is tattoos made me want to trace them with my fingers. When he compliments Lydia’s boobs, I wanted to swoon. It wasn’t eloquent, but it was swoon worthy.
I can’t rave enough just how incredible I find Kylie Scott’s writing. If you are WattPad, give her look and see. She has a few freebie short stories you can read to get gist of her writing style. Dirty is a great addition and never wanted to end. Can I get the next book please?
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