Rating: 4 Bookworms
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?
Kylie does it again! I love love love her Stage Dive series and this series, Dive Bar, has the same vibe to it. I love me a good bad boy and this one has it in spades. It’s a bit fast-paced but I like that about this book. The romance is hot and instantaneous and I appreciate that every once in a while, especially when it is well written. The first couple of chapters had me laughing out loud and I immediately fell head over heels in love with Lydia and Vaughn.
“Thank god for coffee. Coffee understood. Coffee was my friend.”
Lydia is preparing for what is supposed to be the best day of her life when she is hit with a bombshell. In her attempt to escape she ends up breaking down in a strangers bathtub, strange I know, and starts contemplating the direction her life has gone in. After being discovered by Vaughn, the aforementioned stranger, she sets about getting her life back on track, discovering who she is, and what she wants out of life. With the help of a group of misfits Lydia starts to feel some semblance of normalcy until she starts feeling things for Vaughn and that’s not in either of their plans.
I like Lydia’s raw honesty throughout the book. She knows that she’s a hot mess but makes strides everyday to better herself. Her questionable decisions have landed her in her current predicament and she’s determined not to make the same mistakes again.
“What to go out with me tonight after work, Vaughan?”
… “You asking me out on a date, Lydia?”
“Yes,” I said. “I am.”
“Babe, I’d love to.” His hand rose to the back of my neck, stroking, drawing me closer. Hot damn, did he have the moves. The man turned my mind to mush.
Vaughn is trying to figure out his next move after is band breaks up. Deciding to take a trip home to recharge, but imagine his surprise when he goes to take a shower and finds a bride in there. Once he determines that she isn’t insane he sets about helping her get her life together. However, Vaughn doesn’t have his life together either. After being MIA from his family and friends lives for years he is now trying to play catch up. Determined to not give up on his dream of making it in the music business he doesn’t plan on staying in town long, that is until his relationship with Lydia gets complicated.
Vaughn is your typical rocker: doesn’t stay in one place for too long and doesn’t believe in longterm relationships, however with the rift in his family widening he’s starting to feel guilty for being gone for so long. His story will resonate with a lot of people, the struggle of wanting to pursue your dreams versus your family responsibility.
“You’ve got drama too?”
A shrug. “Doesn’t everyone?”
“A side effect of breathing, I guess?”
You know how the saying goes: The best way to get over someone is to get under somebody else. That certainly rings true for but with Vaughn’s infinite patience and understanding Lydia isn’t sure that a rebound is all she wants anymore.
This is a feel good romance that’ll make you laugh out loud. The characters are crazy and real and that is what makes them so relatable. I call this a rainy day read because it doesn’t have a very complicated plot and it’s an easy lite read.
About the Author
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian
Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into six different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.