Dirty, Kylie Scott
Kylie Scott is The Queen of Rock Star Reads for me, she’s got that perfect blend of addictive, gripping, realsitic story, real characters, sharp wit that sometimes is just plain funny and others very cutting edge, and of course sex. Hot, steamy, erotic sex that fits the plot, doesn’t dominate it as in too many novels I’ve read, doesn’t feel added just to titillate the reader. So when I read there’s a new series coming – well – sign me up!
She doesn’t let us down, its an amazing read, and having read and reread all the Stage Dive books it’s great to have something fresh to read. ( When I’ve read or begun and dropped a few stories that just don’t cut it I “treat” myself with a reread of an old favourite, and Kylie’s books often are ones I choose)
This time we see more of Vaughan, I was hoping it would be him somewhere. We met him quite a bit in the last book, where he was a real gem, and I felt so sad that after ten years of playing, just when it looked like they’d finally got a break his band folded…I got the feeling he still wanted to continue, but in a way was so tired of the slog this lifestyle demands. It’s not all top bands, there’s so many trudging round, playing to drunken audiences, dirty corner clubs and bars, staying in grotty B&B’s to save money – it’s a tough life and few get the break.
That’s what made me feel for him so much, his dream was so close…now he’s just come home, not been to the family home for over ten years, not since his parents died and he’s not yet told anyone he’s back.
Its only been a few hours and he’d just crashed out cold. Wakes up, goes for a pee and a shower, pulls back the curtain and gets confronted with a very distraught bride, ripped dress, scrapes, cuts and bruises all over and he’s standing starkers in front of her.
Its poor Lydia, literally just about to tie the knot, minutes away, when she gets a text and learns something it seems everyone but her knows…her husband to be is in love with his best man. She’s decamped in panic and anger, scarpered over the six foot fence, pushed her way through the tangle of bushes and trees and ended up hiding in Vaughan’s shower.
She’s a great character and fits in so well. Its been a whirlwind romance, she only knew Chris four months, worked for his parents in their Real Estate business, and they’ve never really taken to her – but now of course its easy to see they thought she’d bring “normality” to Chris, they’re not the sort to welcome a son in law rather than a daughter in law, image is everything, and though Lydia isn’t what they’d choose, isn’t from the background they’d like, she doesn’t know the rumours that surround Chris so is perfect for them to pretend all is well.
Poor Lydia, she’s moved in with him and believed all his protestations that they should save themselves for marriage, keep sex special, sees it as a sign of his respect for her when really….now she’s no home, no job, no friends. No help from her parents either, they never wanted a child and now simply ignore her.
Somehow she ends up staying with Vaughan, getting involved into his family and their issues, the bar his sister owns ( Dive Bar – where Stage Dive used to play). Its the bar that’s the connection to the previous series, plus the fact that the Stage Dive lads knew the Dive Bar people from schooldays and the connection is perfect, means we can get a view of the Stage Dive people from time to time as cameos in this series 🙂
There’s lots of problems laid out here, future books in the making too, and I so hope the next one is Vaughan’s lovely sister and the predicament she’s found herself in! That’s a rocking potential storyline.
I can’t say much about the actual story here except to say its got all the usual Kylie gems, great characters, real issues, spicy, sensual, seductive sex, more terrific humour and of course the drama; the bit that makes you think “oh no!!” and feels heart-breaking, which makes the reader wonder how she’s going to get the characters out of this predicament.
My only criticism – and its a tiny, tiny one – is that this part is over very quickly. I like it dragged out as with David and Mal’s stories, where it covered days, weeks, and they had to work at putting things right. Its a little “easy” here – but that’s just me, I do love to wallow in the sad bits. Its still a gem of a book, a story that had me reading straight through, and one I know I’ll read over and over.
If you haven’t yet discovered Stage dive and now the Dive Bar stories you’re missing a real treat. They’re in a class of their own when it comes to Rock Star romance, and Kylie has really raised the bar for other novels to follow
Stars: five, all the Kylie Scott magic once again and I’m looking forward to more!
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers