Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Dirty (Dive Bar #1) by Kylie Scott *ARC REVIEW, NETGALLEY*


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?

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Kylie Scott
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Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

Kylie is represented by Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, New York.

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4 'Crazy' Stars

Dirty is one of those books, which engages you from the get go. It's a slow building inferno, with hysterically sarcastic and intriguing characters, that had me rolling with laughter, quirking my eyebrow and even WTF! moments. The realistic story telling kept me on the edge of my seat and bubbling for more at the ending.

Our heroin Lydia has played the Runaway Bride as Julia Roberts did in Pretty Woman. Only she wasn't a scared bride, she was more of jilted lover. Abandoned not on her wedding day but from the start of her relationship with her soon to be husband. Now on the supposedly happiest day of her life, her wedding day. Lydia's unnerving relationship becomes clear. An intense and intimate video reveals lies, betrayal, and a secondary life; unbeknownst to Lydia.

Decidedly making a run for it. Lydia escapes the altar, with her wedding dress hiked up and climbs a fence that no woman in a dress should ever be found climbing. All in her plight to escape. In a bath tub, in an old house, with a cranky neighbour, Vaughan; Lydia finds herself.

“Things as I knew them were just props.My happiness needed to come from me.I could build my own home,make a future for myself.Not rely on someone else to come along and magically make me feel like I had worth,as if I belonged.I could be strong on my own.” 

Vaughan is a musician trying to make it big. Recently home on vacation, to his bewilderment, and in a most compromising position, he discovers Lydia in his bathtub.

“Damn, he was hot. The kind of hot that only got better with age and experience.”

From this point the story really takes off, and we see the interaction between Lydia and Vaughan. I loved Vaughan's take no bullshit answers and his lack of pity POV. His cynical demeanor gave way to Lydia's strength and I saw her flourish under Vaughan's guidance or rather lack thereof.

“Life is hard. Terrible things happen. We all have feelings. We're all just flesh and blood, trying to do our best.” 

Dirty is a most apt name for this story. It was so raw, open and realistic, dirty and to the point. A well written and engaging tale. When one door closes, a window opens.

*ARC provided via Netgalley on behalf of the author for an honest review* Thanks!!

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