REVIEW: Dirty (Dive Bar BK 1) by Kylie Scott

Published: 19th April 2016

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia/ St Martin’s Press

Pages: 288

Format: Ebook – purchased. Will purchase print copy when they arrive in store

RRP: $29.99 – Print | $5.99 – Ebook

5/5 Stars dirty kylie

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?

Kylie Scott is one of a kind. She’s the only author that I’ve received the book on the day of release and finished it that same day. Well before midnight. I bow down to you Kylie; this book was perfection. It had everything I wanted and more: a good story line, relate-able and realistic characters, romance, humour, and fantastic writing.

Kylie Scott is the queen of unique, hilarious, jaw dropping and page turning openings. And Dirty is no exception. No other author has been able to hook me so completely and so effortlessly as Kylie has done with her last five books (LickPlay, LeadDeep and now Dirty).

Stepping away from the glamour of the Stage Dive Boys, Dirty is a rock star book with a difference. That being one that highlights the other side of the glamour and lights, with bands that splits up, relationships that don’t hold out, and houses that are falling apart and no money to speak off. It’s the heartbreaking story of Vaughan, who we meet briefly in Deep as part of a support act of Stage Dive’s tour), a rock star musician whose band was up and coming and had it all but made, only to be left alone and broken on the other side of fame.

Kylie Scott is renowned for writing romances with relatable characters. She usually includes plus side characters, and ones with pretty big, but every day flaws. In Dirty, the first of a new spin of series from the much loved and highly praised Stage Dive Series, we have Vaughan a man running from his past and unable to see past what could have been’s, and Lydia a women so desperate to be loved that she almost marries the wrong man and is a victim of societies preconceived misjudgments. Both characters have huge personalities that clash and complement each other, and don’t event get me started on the sizzling off the charts chemistry these two share.

Vaughan might not have his shit together, but he’s a grown up and he owns his mistake. All of which makes him the perfect hero and book boyfriend in my mind. He is so caring and it’s not his emotions holding him back from Lydia, but rather their time and place. It’s refreshing. What’s more I adore the way he is with Lydia, constantly telling her he loves her for who she is, not who she could be say she loose a couple of kilos here and there.

‘I didn’t like you trying to hide parts of yourself from me.’ Vaughan stared at the wall. ‘I’m not like that asshole, picking and choosing which bits of you suit him and expecting you to change the rest. I’m into you, Lydia. All of you.’

The respect and acceptance between Lydia and Vaughan is an aspect I personally find lacking in a lot of books across all genres lately, and I’m so relieved that Scott doesn’t have characters that are always stick thin and perfect. The world isn’t that way; people aren’t usually that way, so why must all of the kick arse characters be that way!

I also loved that Lydia and Vaughan don’t buy into the love at first sight thing. But rather crazy at first sight is their thing.

‘Do you believe in crazy at first sight?’

Lines creased above his brow. ‘What?’

‘I’m not down with the whole L-word and I don’t think this, whatever this is, is that. So don’t freak out and suddenly accuse me of being a stage-ten clinger or something, got it?’

‘Okay.’ He looked amused.

‘But what if there was crazy at first sight? Because I think we have a credible basis for that.’

For a moment he just stared at me, obviously deep in thought. ‘I definitely thought you were crazy the first time I saw you, sitting in my shower in that dress.’

INSTA-love is clearly not Vaughan or Lydia’s thing, and I for one I can’t help but love Scott more for that. Especially because witnessing these two characters first meet, get to know each other and their slow dance falling into love was simply beautiful to watch and it made the story so much better for it.

From the moment they meet their world was never going to be the same, nor as quiet, as the week they spend together is fraught with traumatic, and dramatic turn after turn. Yet these dramatic events are still, in many ways, everyday occurrences for some people, so the drama in the book and their relationship felt real and honest and not over the top like a lot of books on the market currently.

Lastly, the tiny cameo by Stage Dive’s favourite drummer, Mal was just the icing on the cake for this already awesome book. As a self confessed lover of the hyperactive Malcolm Ecrisom, the way he was snuck in to the book with the romance book throwaway line was kind of epic. Kylie Scott you are a god among mere mortals.

‘Trust me, never mock a romance book,’ said Mal with all the zest of a manic street preacher. ‘You have no idea the amount of good they can do between the sheets and on the streets. If you love your girl? Buy her books.’

I couldn’t agree more Mal, I couldn’t agree more!

And lastly, one last teaser quote from Lydia, because she is bad arse and so much fun to read.

Apparently the French refer to an orgasm as the little death. However, that didn’t cover it. Try the mass murder of all my hopes and dreams. It shouldn’t have felt so astonishingly mind-numbingly superb to fall for a man who’d never be mine. But it did.

Love Sucks

When I finished the Stage Dive series, I honestly didn’t think Scott could top that series, or create better characters then those from previous books, but you know what? She did. I love Lydia and Vaughan and am so intrigued by the secondary characters in this book that I can’t wait for the second book in the series, Twist to be released in 2017.



To learn more about Kylie Scott, visit the following social media sites:

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Australian Cover

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Print: Book Depository | Wordery | Angus & Robertson’s Bookworld | Booktopia




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