Dive Bar, Book One
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?
It felt really nice to get back into Kylie’s writing because she has such a nice way of telling a story, and giving us palpable characters. In DIRTY, we get a hilariously plotted meeting between Vaughan and Lydia. And right from the get-go the characters shape before us. Lydia is honest and filled with sarcasm, while Vaughan is oddly kind and charming. Their dialogue immediately sets up their give and take, and I loved that push/pull the two of them had. It wrapped me immediately into the story, and it made for an odd sort of attraction between the two. The two down-on-their-luck characters found mutual comfort in each other which led to finding something further in one another and with their lives.
The supporting characters, that I assume we’re getting in subsequent books, filled in the story nicely, giving us a homey vibe to the setting. What I think I loved most was Vaughan, because while he wasn’t as much of a strong presence as Lydia was, he really balanced out the book. We never got into his head, but he was very easy to read. I think the type of woman Lydia is really overshadowed what a great presence Vaughan could have had in the book, and I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing, I would have just liked a bit more of him. I think the only real strong presence I got from him was at the end of the book, but I wanted to feel him from the beginning. Yes, he charmed me immediately, but I wanted him to push Lydia aside a bit to be like, ‘I’m here in this book too.’ I doubt that makes complete sense, but I just wanted more of him–to learn more of his mind, his past, his personality, all of it. It was a great story with enjoyably fun and relatable characters, and I am really looking forward to more from the Dive Bar gang.
Dive Bar Book Two
Release Date: November 22, 2016
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
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.