SYNOPSIS: 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 comes with her.
Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and 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. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.
Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she 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?
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SERIES: Dive Bar #1
RATING: ★★★★☆ /4 fun and delicious stars!
REVIEW: Quick detour...I hate the name of this book. Not because I think it's a bad name for a book, but because I think it's a horrible gimmicky name for this one! Yes, the story eventually leads us to a bar with a cast of characters that will make up the rest of this series, and clearly the idea for the name is a dirty martini, which is a drink ordered in a bar. But that's about it. It has no other connection to our story! Our leading lady is not a martini drinker. And our leading man can't really be described as dirty, more a rough around the edges rocker. That's it. So clearly the name is just meant be a titillating throw away! And I hate that, because I liked this book, and feel that it deserves more than to be reduced to a marketing ploy.
Okay, I'm done. Moving on.
If you've read Kylie Scott's previous series, Stage Dive, then this is a sort of spinoff. Vaughan, who we glimpsed briefly in the last book, is our lead and we don't have to wait long to re-meet him. Lydia, our spurned and off-kilter heroine, leads us straight to the meet-cute. From the start, this book just jumps right in and never stops. It's all kinds of funny, adorable, and sexy.
I love Kylie Scott's writing style. Her dialogue is always phenomenal. Banter and sharply delivered lines are her forte and I can't get enough of it!
In Dirty, we meet a lot of new characters that are clearly going to be around for the sequels. So there were a lot of them to get to know. At first I started to get a little mixed up, who was who and related to whom and how, but it eventually evened out. Drama drama drama. These characters are nothing but drama, which bodes well for future books, but also lent some fantastic scenes to this story.
The ending felt a bit quick to me. I could explain further but that would require spoilers...so, I'll leave it there. All in all, I really liked the book and I'm excited to for more!