Series: Dive Bar #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Published on April 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
FANTASTIC! I loved it!
4.5 Funny, romantic, sexy and dirty stars!
I am a huge fan of Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book and I was not disappointed! It’s set in the same world as the Stage Dive series, but can easily be read as standalone, and it has that same great feel to it – great characters, epic banter (I highlighted entire pages of dialogue so beware my quote-whoreyness), lots of fun and laugh-out-loud moments, a bit of seriousness and a seriously hot and gorgeously emotional love story. This book was gold from start to finish, and I absolutely loved it!
Lydia’s life implodes around her when she discovers on her wedding day that her soon-to-be-husband has been cheating on her… with his best man. Scraping up the threads of her self-respect, she does the only thing she can think of and runs, landing herself, and all of her drama, right in the lap of “Northern Idaho sex god”, Vaughan Hewson.
Fans of Stage Dive series may remember Vaughan from book 4, Deep. His band was supporting Stage Dive only to break up at the end of the book, leaving Vaughan a guitarist without a band. He has returned home to Idaho to regroup before heading back to LA to explore his options, and never expected a dishevelled woman in a wedding dress to be hiding out in his bath-tub.
Quickly assessing the situation, he offers her a safe place to stay while the drama around her dies down and, circumstances being as they are, they start to open up to each other and the banter kicks off with a sensational start!
“Anyone who’d stop feeling up or finger banging a woman in favor of taking a fucking phone call is an inconsiderate asshole you shouldn’t be opening your legs for.”
“I’m seeing that now.”
“I’m serious, Lydia.”
I studied the tabletop, needing a moment to pull myself together. “How long have we known each other? What, half an hour, an hour?”
“Ah.” Turning in his seat, he checked out an old wooden clock on the kitchen wall. “Yeah. about that.”
“Are you aware that most people wait a little longer before discussing the rules of etiquette in regards to finger banging? Who they should and shouldn’t open their legs for? Things like that.”
“Well, fuck.” He sat back, outright grinning at me.
Their connection is immediate, and they soon develop a friendship that is rife with flirting and inappropriate banter.
“I’m putting all my drama on you again.”
He hung his head. “Yeah, you are.”
“I’m so sorry.”
… “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.
Vaughan is nothing like the Lydia’s ex-fiance, but as she spends time with him she realises that she dodged a bullet by running out on her wedding, and though Vaughan doesn’t offer her the safety and stability that she has always craved, she is wildly attracted to him. Their situation may not be ideal but they can’t deny what they are feeling – their chemistry is electric, and neither of them want to hold back, and their honesty and openness about it all is sensational.
“Do you believe in crazy at first sight?”
Lines creased his brown. “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.”
The sexual tension between these two is fantastic, and when they finally cave, it’s SO freaking hot, and yeah, just a little bit dirty.
“Can’t stop touching you,” he said.
“Why the hell haven’t we been doing this before now,” he whispered in my ear, breathing heavy.
“Because we’re idiots?”
“Do not make me fuck you against this door, Lydia.”
Everything inside me squeezed tight. “God, that sounds good. Let’s do that.”
But falling for each other doesn’t factor into their plans to leave town and reclaim their lives, and there is a lot of soul-searching that goes on as they both look at their lives, figure out what it is they really want, and find the strength to take it.
This is such a fun read. Lydia and Vaughan’s relationship is absolutely fantastic. They laugh and joke, they have an intense physical connection, and the emotion between them is beautifully explored… though still with the trademark flirty innuendo.
“You’re in me. Have been since the first day I met you. I fought it for a while, but that’s over.”
“You’re in me too.”
“Good … ‘Cause that’s where I’m going to stay.”
I buried my face against his chest. Damn tears.
“I mean that literally too,” he whispered against my ear. “You get that right?”
Running alongside the romance is the goings-on at Vaughan’s sister’s bar/restaurant, Dive Bar. Staffed by an eclectic group of characters who, along with their friends and family, have some seriously complex dynamics, the rest of the series is set up beautifully!. There are some fabulous twists already, and I think there’s lots of awesome to come.
Oh, and Stage Dive fans will also be happy to know that a certain drummer also makes a cameo ♥
I loved this book! Seriously loved it. I read it in one sitting, unable to put it down and I can’t wait to get my hands on more.