Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Dive Bar #1
Genre: Rock Star Romance
Published: April 19th, 2016
Source: Digital audiobook downloaded from public library
My rating: 5 stars
Once again I am blown away by Kylie Scott and her characters. I love that this book features a character from the Stage Dive series, Vaughan. My favorite part about that, is that means that one of my all time favorite book boyfriends gets to make an appearance, Mal Ericson. Of course while he is there, he really does steal the story for me. But anyway, this first book in this series totally brought me into this new world, and I can't wait to meet all the new characters, or find out what is going on with those characters we did meet.
The two main characters are Vaughan and Lydia. When the story starts, Lydia has just ran out on her wedding after receiving a video of her fiance and his best friend/best man having sex. She feels humiliated, because she honestly had no idea. So she sneaks out of the house, and climbs over the fence into the neighbor's yard. Once there, the only place she can think to hide is to go through a window that was left open on the little house where she's stumbled into the yard. This window leads into the bathroom, and so as you can imagine, it is a small window, one that she has trouble fitting her wedding dress through. When she falls in, she falls into a bathtub. And there she sits while trying to hide out until hopefully the people at the wedding stop looking for her. Only, her luck runs out when the owner of the house gets home.
Vaughan walks in and turns on the shower without realizing there is a girl in a wedding dress sitting in it. Now, if you remember Vaughan from the last book in the Stage Dive series, Deep, he isn't shy about being naked in front of people. Which, as well-endowed as he is said to be, that's probably no wonder. Of course finding Lydia in his shower is a huge shock, and at first he's kind of ticked off. But he's a good guy, something we also know from Deep. So he lets Lydia stay and hide out. Which works until her fiance and his family come knocking on his door.
When Lydia is found by the wedding party, she has to explain and give away her fiance's secret to his parents. Only, it seems as if maybe it isn't a surprise to them. They had just thought he'd outgrown a phase. And it turns out that his best friend is who sent the video to Lydia. And now, the two men decide they are ready to be together. Punches are thrown, many horrible words are said among the different characters, and the cops are even called. Fortunately Vaughan is friends with the cop, and is able to convince them to let Lydia stay. Soon Lydia must figure out whether she will take the family's offer to stay silent about the video and be paid off, or if she will spill the beans and get revenge. Throughout this whole time she stays with Vaughan, and tries to figure out what to do with her life. She and Vaughan definitely have a connection. A physical attraction, and there is the temptation they must fight, each so sure that what they want for their life will not make for a good relationship between them long term.
As with the other books I've read by this author, the characters are all great! Towards the end there is a point when Vaughan told a story, and it really was just hilarious the way he told it. And honestly, there is something that really stood out to me and really impressed me with this book. I don't want to feel like I'm preaching or telling anyone how to think, but my personal belief is that abortion is wrong. And so when an event in this book happens, unprotected sex, instead of waiting to see what happens and then making a decision, they go get the morning after pill and take care of the issue right there. Now, I also like that the story doesn't make it seem as taking that pill is just an easy thing, it talks about all the pain and other issues that come with it. But I give the author kudos for bringing something like this into the story. I really like the way she handled this situation. Makes me even more excited to meet her at Apollycon in March! And now, I'm stuck waiting till April for book two in this series, Twist.
Now, I just have to wait until