Kylie Scott~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
Dirty: A Dive Bar Novel
St. Martin's Griffin
Lydia is in a pickle for sure. On her wedding day she finds out that her future husband is having an affair with his best man. A broken woman, she can only think to run away from it all and just be alone.
She finds herself at Vaughn's home and possibly in his heart. He was a musician but now tends bar and is flat broke. Can this pair be brought together by fate?
Well! Well! Well! What can I say? I like this. The whole bar scene as a romance setting is brilliant and simple. Vaughn and his musician past is one thing that is very appealing to many females, me being one of them. Having lived a little, I also relate very easily to the broken bride character with her broken heart. This was a very genuine simple plot that left me satisfied.
St. Martin’s Griffin
To some people, Lena Morrissey had the dream job. She was the personal assistant to the manager of the band, Stage Dive, and, as such, was part of the "in" crowd of the music business. The only problem was, she had been hired through a temp agency and had lost several jobs before this one due to her attitude and unruly mouth. And, as she listened to this asshat give her grief about his damned éclair not being the right shape, she knew she was about to lose another one. She had had enough of men walking over her and using her and she was done. Even her sister was happily planning her upcoming wedding--to Lena’s ex. Then, as she proceeded to inform her boss what she thought of him and his éclair, she realized that they were not alone.
Her firing was being witnessed by the entire Stage Dive band. As she was about to make her dramatic exit, the band’s drummer Mal, said, "She’s perfect!" And, just like that, Lena Morrissey became the sober companion and personal assistant to Jimmy Ferris, lead singer and all around bad boy of Stage Dive.
Jimmy Ferris, the gorgeous, always immaculately dressed lead singer of Stage Dive, was an alcoholic and reformed drug addict who had closed himself off from all human contact, emotion (except anger) and caring about other people. As hard as he tried, the rest of his band members, including his brother, refused to let him self‑destruct. He had already run off several previous sober companions who had refused to put up with his irascible temper tantrums, no matter how much they paid them. Then Lena stepped into the foray and her own stubbornness and equally bad temper turned out to be the perfect foil for Jimmy. Nothing he did could get rid of her and she wasn’t the least bit afraid of him and his temper. The only problem was every time he just came into a room where she was, all her girly parts woke up and took notice big time! Now if she could just get Jimmy to open up, she might stand a chance.
This is the third book of Kylie Scott’s "Stage Dive" series and it’s both hard to read and hilarious at the same time. Jimmy is a very difficult hero to like, even knowing why he is the way he is, the reader still wants to slap some sense into him. On the other hand, Lena is extremely likeable and funny, who also wants to slap some sense into Jimmy. Throw in the rest of the band and their silly idiosyncrasies, and you have a love story filled with angst, complex relationships, and true friendships that will make you cry. Lena is a force to be reckoned with and is absolutely perfect for the taciturn Jimmy. Ms. Scott has penned another winner!
St. Martin's Griffin
Evelyn Thomas was a Portland girl who had her future all worked out. Her father was an architect, and she had decided to be an architect, too. She had her own apartment with her best friend Lauren. She worked part‑time as a barista and slated to start school in September. But first, she was finally turning twenty‑one, and Lauren decided that she needed to celebrate in style‑‑in Las Vegas! But waking up on the bathroom floor with a massive hangover, a tattoo on her butt, a five‑carat diamond ring on her finger and a gorgeous hot man leaning over her was not what she had in mind!
David Ferris, lead guitarist of the rock band Stage Dive, was mortified that the girl he had swept off her feet last night, had Cartier's open up so he could buy her a ring and had been married to by an Elvis impersonator didn't remember a single thing about their whirlwind romance. When she woke up the next morning, hung over, she hadn't even known who he was! And she didn't seem the least bit happy about their nuptials or their matching tattoos. So, he did the only decent thing he could think of‑‑he sent her home with the promise of an annulment.
Lick is a heartwarming tale of good girl versus bad boy rock star with a twist. Considering the heroine doesn't have any memory of the romance, marriage or their night together‑‑hugging the porcelain god‑‑this isn't really your boy meets girl story. Both the heroine and hero have lots of issues to work through, not to mention her getting used to the rock star lifestyle, but her rock star is a dream worthy of getting used to. He's tender and warmhearted, even with his issues, and has lots of patience for working with his new bride. There's quite a bit of profanity sprinkled throughout the book, but if you can get past that, it's a wonderful read.