Sunday, April 10, 2016

REVIEW: Dirty by Kylie Scott


Shel: I don't know what it is about it is about Kylie Scott's novels but I know, now, that I better not have anything else to do when I start one because once I start, I can't stop. Scratch that. I'm lying. I do know why I love her books and I'll use Dirty as an example of all of the things I enjoy:
Court: Ditto. From the very first page of the Stage Dive Series we have been hooked on Kylie Scott hardcore. And for very good reason. Her writing is engaging, original and laugh out loud funny, and we can't stop devouring every single thing that she releases as soon as humanly possible. 

Shel: 1. Kylie Scott always gives characters a great sense of humor. In this case we get to hear Lydia's inner monologue and Vaughn's (among others) reactions to the things she says or her facial expressions/physical reactions and even in the most swoony or serious moments, there are these moments of humor that just cracked me up. Court: Yep! Lydia is a hilarious heroine who gets seriously shafted right away. Our heroine finds out the worst possible news, at the worst possible time...and happens upon our unsuspecting hero in the most hilarious fashion. We'll leave it at that, but that scene is NOT to be missed! 
Shel: 2. Kylie Scott gives her heroines REAL BODIES. As a curvy girl I will be forever grateful that her characters aren't these perfect, rock hard, model-esque body types but a mix of everything. THANK YOU FOREVER for Lydia and her honest talk about her body. Court: YESSSS! it is awesome and refreshing that the characters are real. Their problems are real. And they LOOK REAL! We all come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and I for one like seeing all of them celebrated. 
Shel: 3. Kylie Scott gives us action--in the form of sex and plot and how is that ever a bad thing, right?! Her novels move at quite a clip and the sexy times are sexy (but not the sole purpose of the novel) and while she doesn't necessary linger on the back stories of these characters, I didn't find myself feeling like I was missing too much about who they were before the pages started. Her characters are in the here and now and sure I'd love to have an extra 100+ pages of story because I'm fascinated by her characters and enjoy them so much, but that's more about how much I enjoy them as I'm reading not because I feel like something is missing. (Though, to be honest, I am very intrigued about Lydia's awful parents and her story...but it didn't hinder my enjoyment). Court: Yeah, I'm sad we didn't get to delve into Lydia's history so much, but we do get quite the set up to our next novel and the history of Vaughn's sister and best friends. Knowing that, it helped me a lot. And the pace is a whirlwind, but you definitely can't say the pages drag. They do not. I wish for more pages with every book I read, and especially this one when I enjoyed the characters banter so much! 
Shel: 4. Kylie Scott gives us a mix of normal + fantasy. Here's what I mean: Lydia is what I'd consider fairly normal in that she's had a really efffed up break up, works a normal job that she doesn't love, doesn't hate but isn't necessarily afraid to make changes, and she is an honest + upfront person. SIDE NOTE--I love how she just tells it like it is but doesn't make it overly dramatic and she's a great friend. Meanwhile some might think of Vaughn as more of a fantasy (though some of us have family members who've been touring musicians and own music studios and know that those people are regular people like the rest of us) because of his job. I love how Kylie Scott mixes the 'average' person with the person who is either doing something huge or following their dream or maybe living a life that isn't 'normal'.  Court: I've loved the out of this world idea of musicians too, because I don't personally know any, but I love that I finalllllllyy realized who Vaughn is and that we've met him before. I enjoyed the connection to the Stage Dive boys, and Mal's appearance was the perfect addition to the story without being too much of him (because he is so OTT, I just love him). Lydia's people are just insane. And my heart hurt for her so hard. 
Shel: 5. Kylie Scott always delivers on the swoon factor. I like a beautiful tattoo, especially on a beautiful man who knows how to 'do' romance. Vaughn says and does all the right things (except when he doesn't and I want to hurt him a little) and he hits allllll the right buttons for me. Court: I liked their up front honesty with each other though. They didn't have any big expectations about how things might go be with them, and that was refreshing as things progressed between them. Lydia didn't want to just jump in with both feet either, but the more he complimented her boobs the more he wore her down (seriously, another thing you just have to read about) lol.

Shel: When I was posting about this on Facebook I said that the only bad thing about this novel was that it had to end and I'll stand by that. I'm very much looking forward to the next Dive Bar novel until then I guess I'll just go stalk her social media accounts and try to glean what I can. Court: Amen. Cover is already out, and while I try to be gentle and merely excited and nice about waiting for the next one, inside I'm acting crazy. I'll try to hold it in while we wait!!! The secondary characters added so much and I can't wait to see how their stories unfold! 

Want to know more? Read below:

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?

Find out more about Kylie Scott on her website.

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