Dirty by Kylie Scott #Review

Posted April 19, 2016 by Shari in Reviews / 16 Comments

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.

Dirty by Kylie Scott #Review

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Series: Dive Bar #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Released on April 19, 2016
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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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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Dirty is Book One in Kylie Scott’s Dive Bar Series
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Challenge Info:

Literary Pickers: coffee table
Pervy Girl: Any erotic romance
Books ‘N Tunes: Drunk Enough by Angels Fall

About Kylie Scott

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into six different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • Oh wow! You make a believer out of me. I love what you’re saying about this story. Oh yes, I have regrets for not having room for another review book, too. 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I totally regret I turned her down, but it was at the time we were swamped and reviewers were leaving us with problems. I started with Lick on audio last year and I have been hooked on her books ever since. You should really try her out! She’s also good friends with Joanna Wylde if that helps 🙂

  • There’s only so much time in a day, we can’t do everything we want. Sad but true. It’s always nice to find an author that we really love though.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I love it when I find an author that I read and love every book. Kylie may live in Australia, but she writes stories set in America really well.

  • I should try her books…one day

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Yes, you should. They are honest and down to earth.

  • Wow! Okay, I’m definitely reading this. No doubt about it.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Go! It’s a wonderful story and I love how Vaughn can’t get over Lydia’s boobs!

  • Everyone is totally loving this. I have never tried the author and this sounds like a good place to start 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I saw the author’s books but they had different covers at the time. I started with an audio book of Lick and was hooked. Now I gobble her books up! This one has ties to the Stage Dice series, but can be a stand alone from it.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I saw the author’s books but they had different covers at the time. I started with an audio book of Lick and was hooked. Now I gobble her books up! This one has ties to the Stage Dive series, but can be a stand alone from it.

  • oh yes…I so have to read this. Loved every one of her books I have read from her so far. My favorite thing about her is her writing. I swear I read her books TOO fast hehe I just can’t put them down. I have learned, that if I am reading her I need to have quiet and time to read them uninterrupted. I will have to make sure to remember that when I pick this one up.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Quiet places are a luxury in my life. Headphones and the closet for me, lol. Her writing and humor make me fall in love with her characters!

  • I loved this as well. Pretty much a non-stop read for me. Happy you enjoyed it too 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Stopping is not an option! You have to read it cover to cover.