Author: Kylie Scott
Genre: N/A Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
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.
Dirty is the first book in the Dive Bar series by Kylie Scott, New York Time Bestselling Author. Like many of my other recent reads, this was my first experience with Kylie Scott as an author and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.
Dirty is a fast paced, light hearted romance novel that took me no time to finish reading, it is definitely a book I would recommend for those looking for something easy to get into, a book to wind down with.
Firstly when I say the book is fast paced, I truly mean that things move very quickly for Lydia and Vaughn. Although this fast pace doesn’t hinder the story to a large extent, the introduction Lydia has to Vaughn means they already know somewhat intimate details of each other lives. I mean Vaughn finding Lydia in his bath in her wedding dress having just ran out of her wedding and through his bedroom window surely means they are ahead in the getting to know each other scale… a little bit at least.
I decided to rate Dirty 4 stars because I had hoped for the pace to slow down so we could experience certain elements to the story in more detail, for example Lydia’s fiance is revealed to be gay (this isn’t a spoiler because it is in the books summary ) which his father pays Lydia generously to hide from the press in order to save their reputation. Yet he then jets off onto the honeymoon he was meant to have with Lydia with his best man/lover… Then we don’t seem to hear anything else about what happens next, I had hoped for more of a conflict or more detail regarding this element to the story however it almost felt like it was brushed under the carpet whilst Vaughn and Lydia took center stage.
Despite having felt like the story could of been more developed and detailed in some instances I did still thoroughly enjoy Dirty, I liked Vaughn and Lydia’s relationship. I liked how despite having just met he took her under his wing and protected her knowing she had been manipulated and used by the people she thought loved her. As you can probably work out in places the story felt like it lacked something, it picked up in others especially in the personal relationship blossoming between our two protagonists.
One to check out for those who are fans of light hearted, easy to read New Adult Romances
A little note from me…
As of today I have 2 weeks until my last exam then I shall be free for summer and you know what that means? I shall be free to read!
Yaaay I have so many books on my TBR which I hope to tackle, obviously I will also have my reading list for third year to tackle as well as my job but I will have more time to dedicate to my blog and keeping up to date 🙂
Are you currently taking exams too? Let me know in the comments how your getting on or when you finish. What are your plans for summer?
Title: First – M.A Grant
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
*Arc Received via NetGalley for an Honest Review*
Maya and Cat are best-friends, they do everything together. Even falling in love…
Maya knows that relationships lead to pain therefore the best relationships are one night stands. But one certain one night stand has her questioning herself, after waking up in bed with her Best-Friends older brother Jake. Maya and Jake work out that it can never happen again but the attraction is enticing them for more…
Dally has been there for Cat throughout her childhood,he helped picked up the pieces when her parents died and now he is about to move back to Arizona leaving her with 6 days to convince him to be the one to take her virginity.
First by M.A Grant is a wonderful addition to the New Adult Romance Genre, it truly sets itself apart from other novels of the same topic due to its original characteristics. A common trait found in New Adult Romance Novels are they alternate between two main protagonists allowing us to experience both the male and female perspective on the passing events, First takes this characteristic and makes it more. M.A Grant alternates between 4 main protagonists as the story is split into two different couples that are linked in some way.
The first half of the novel focuses on Maya and Jake and their undeniable attraction towards one another despite their conflicted past. We then move onto the second half of the novel which focuses on Maya’s best-friend and Jake’s little sister Cat and Jake’s best friend Dally. Both stories are interlinked within each other allowing us to see little snippets into the other couples relationship and interactions whilst the novel focuses on the other couple.
This concept of focusing on two separate couples is original and unlike something I have read before, it is lovely to see the different revelation’s of love as neither story is the same. Maya’s story differs from that of Cat’s she is experienced whereas Cat is inexperienced she is a virgin, desperate to be ‘normal’. Therefore the story offers both ends of the spectrum, from inexperienced to experienced, their sexual encounters and the whole undercurrent of sexual tension differs between each couple.
Overall my rating for First is 5 stars, this was an easy rating for me based on a number of elements.Firstly due to how easy I found myself lost in the novel. The writing is easy to digest therefore making it almost a lighthearted quick read, however the feeling of lightheartedness does not reflect the subject matter as M.A Fields does give her characters true depth. Each character has questions of doubt and insufficiency, most notably Maya who visits a therapist to help deal with her problems and emotions. Secondly, First is more than a story of romance its filled with first experiences, friendship and has the reader questioning what will actually happen between two protagonists and if they will succeed in their goals.