Dirty by Kylie Scott (Dive Bar #1)
Released: April 19, 2016
Reviewed by Mandi
Dirty is the first book in a new spin-off series from Scott’s popular, Stage Dive series. I enjoyed this one.
Vaughan has just come home from a long time on the road with his band – but unfortunately for him, his band has broken up, leaving Vaughan a little lost. Short on money, he decides to head to his home town in hopes that he can sell his late parents home for some cash. His sister Nell still lives in this town and owns a bar called Dive Bar. She has invested in it with two other guys, and drama has ensued, which Vaughan will hear all about. To add to his drama, he finds a woman in a wedding dress hiding in his shower.
Lydia discovers on her wedding day that her fiance is gay. So that’s a big bummer. Humiliated and angry, Lydia escapes out a window and climbs a six-foot fence and ends up inside someone’s bathroom in the shower. It’s a long story. Anyway, to add to her drama, Vaughan opens the shower curtain naked, and they both get a bit of a surprise. Instead of immediately calling the cops, Vaughan listens to her story, and he decides to help her out. He also really enjoys the sight of her breasts, so he doesn’t mind her hanging around. They become fast friends, and fast lovers, and their causal sex turns into something more.
I really enjoyed Vaughan. I liked Lydia a lot too, but Vaughan stole my heart. First of all – he is sexy and built and a musician-turned-bartender and that makes my eyeballs turn into the shape of hearts. He is funny and warm. He genuinely cares about Lydia and that made for a very romantic story. He REALLY likes her breasts, which amused me throughout:
“On the plus side, when you get worked up your tits start heaving up and down with each breath. Magnificent. Honestly, I can’t get enough of it.” Little lines appeared on his forehead as his hands demonstrated the apparently bouncy-boob-like motions in front of his chest. “I’m tempted just to say shit to get you started, I love it so much.”
In the face of his broad grin, I had nothing.
They find each other when they are both in a time of need. The whole town is gossiping about Lydia and she needs a safe place to hide. Vaughan is uncertain of his future, and could use a good friend. Their romantic chemistry is just as strong as their friendship. They start more casual but realize their hearts are much more invested than they thought.
Oh – and her breasts again:
Up went my T-shirt, exposing my matching lace bra. Then away it went, flying off into the darkness.
“Christ,” he said.
All of a sudden light flooded the room, blinding me. Bright patterns danced before my eyes, making me blink like crazy.
“Sorry. I needed to see.” Vaughan’s big hands slid up over my rib cage, stopping beneath the band of my bra. His eyes were as big as…well, my boobs.
I also really liked Vaughan’s sister, Nell and her drama. She has a loving relationship with Vaughan, yet being his sister, she has his number.
“Eat with your mouth closed. God, you’re gross.” Nell crossed her arms, staring down at him. “Have you even evolved since you were eight?”
“I’m taller. And I got over the whole girl-germs thing too.” He winked.
“Kind of figured that, what with they way you treated the fly on your pants like a revolving door during high school.” For the next part, Nell adopted a low manly tone, “Hey, I’m the guitarist in a band. I write songs and I care about feelings and shit. Come on, you know you want a piece of this, baby.”
I quietly sniggered (she did his voice so well).
Still legally married yet separated, the pain between her and her estranged husband made me hurt. Throw in some good friends and some other drama, and it sucked me in big time. I can’t wait to get all of their stories.