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Mar 20 2017 12:00pm

Kylie Scott’s Dirty Discussion Thread (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Dirty by Kylie ScottWhether you're brand-new to Kylie Scott's Dive Bar world or you've been anxiously awaiting the release of Book 2, Twist (April 11!!!), nothing beats reading Dirty (pun 110% intended), which is why Dirty is the first selection in our newly announced Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book Club!

So chug the book that started it all, pull up a bar stool, and share your observations about Lydia and Vaughan's sexy story in the comments!

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s a non-spoiler-y Q&A with Kylie Scott, the author, to whet your appetite, not to mention our fantasy casting of the Dive Bar crew to help you visualize as you read.)

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished DirtyThis is a post to discuss the entire book.***

Did you down Dirty too fast? Here's a quick synopsis:

After learning she'd been betrayed by her fiancé and running away from her own wedding, Lydia finds herself making a break for the nearest safe place...which happens to be a neighbor's house. Enter the sexy (and totally naked) homeowner, Vaughan, who pulls back his shower curtain only to discover—much to his completely understandable shock—a bride, still in her wedding dress, crying in his bathtub.

And with that unique meet-cute, Lydia and Vaughan's delightful story begins, as a friends-with-benefits arrangement quickly becomes more to both of them and Lydia comes to realize (with some help from her newfound friends at the Dive Bar, of course) that Mr. Right Now may just be her Mr. Right!

Let's discuss!

  • If Lydia hadn't run straight into Vaughan after running out on her wedding, how do you think she would have handled her breakup?
  • Vaughan's childhood friends and family felt like he abandoned them when he left town to pursue music and then didn't call or visit. Can you relate to how Vaughan handled that scenario? How else could he have handled it?
  • Do you think Lydia has fully forgiven Chris for his betrayal by the end of the book? 
  • Lydia and Vaughan are both facing major life changes. What do you think was the turning point for each of them in the story? If they were your friends, what advice would you have imparted at those crucial moments? 
  • Lydia and Vaughan have a whirlwind courtship. What were your thoughts on the timeline of their relationship and where they were at the end of the book?
  • Nell's love triangle with Pat and Eric was a complex and fascinating subplot of Dirty. What are your hopes for Nell's future after Dirty?
  • Kylie Scott's banter is out of this world—what was your favorite line?
  • Twist by Kylie ScottWhich character was your favorite in Dirty and what did you love about him or her?
  • The next book in the Dive Bar series, Twist, is right around the corner, releasing April 11. Who are you hoping shows up in Twist?
  • At the end of Dirty, we get a sneak peek at Twist. How do you think that very complicated situation between Alex and Joe will play out? What are you most looking forward to about their story?

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14 comments
Jennifer Proffitt
1. JenniferProffitt
I honestly don't think if Lydia hadn't run straight into Vaughan's arms that she would have hopped into bed with him. I think that being with him gave her a lot more confidence in relationships and I can't wait to see how she grows in future books with her interactions with other characters.

Speaking of other books--OMG I CAN"T WAIT FOR TWIST!!!! I think Joe and Alex have SUCH an interesting story to start and it's a lot of my favorite things--mistaken identity, epistolary romance, it's gonna be great!
Carmen Pinzon
2. bungluna
I personally liked the way Lydia handled the situation with her ex and his family with the support of Vaughan. He was just what she needed at that point in her life.
Heather Waters
3. HeatherWaters
@JenniferProffitt -- They ran in such different circles it really seems like they may have never ever met without Lydia escaping her wedding, which makes their meet-cute all the better. It changed both their lives!

@bungluna -- Poor Lydia just wanted to get away from them. I can't believe how rude her ex's family was to her, as if she'd betrayed THEM, which is not fair at all.

Which character was your favorite in Dirty and what did you love about him or her?

Nell snuck up on me! I really felt for after learning she'd been with her ex since they were teenagers. How devastating to see your marriage fall apart after being together for so long, and for what feels like no good reason. And, honestly, I couldn't really blame her for hooking up with Eric even though as her friend I would have told her to pick ANYONE else, especially because it's clear she still does love her ex. And now there's the baby... What a dilemma. Poor Nell. I am very curious about where her story will go from here.
BellRomance
4. KimberlyBell
I really did like the easy chemistry between Vaughn and Lydia, and Lydia's trainwreck awkwardness in the beginning of the book (I feel that, on a personal level :P). Their attraction/escalation was a little odd for me, felt jerky in places, but I was rooting for them the whole time, so it was ok. LOVED the Nell baby drama. And my favorite character was probably Joe :P
Jennifer Proffitt
5. JenniferProffitt
@KimberlyBell, ME TOO! It was so relatable. And I think that's what made me buy into their HEA in the end. LOVED The Nell-Pat-Eric drama too. Can't wait to see how it plays out in Twist--hopefully amicably!

@HeatherWaters, I totally agree. That's what's so great about their meet-cute because you KNOW it wouldn't happen any other way. It's one of my favorite things about unique meet-cutes.
Karen Harding
6. Karen Harding
Thanks for starting this club, and thanks for featuring such a terrific book. LOVED this one!
TanyaLK
7. TanyaLK
I'm pretty certain they wouldn't have met if it weren't for her crashing his tub. I love the banter and vaughn's cool vibe, and how he starts out a man of few words, sexy as all getout. Definitely want to read Neil's story, too @heatherwaters and @kimberlyBell.
TanyaLK
8. TanyaLK
@jenniferproffitt you'll love twist! I think it's better than dirty!
Jennifer Meriwether
9. JenM
Dirty was so much fun to read. I loved how Lydia picked herself up, brushed herself off, and tried to move on and figure out what would make her happy. I think the message in so many of these "runaway bride" romances is that sometimes you have to be willing to take a sledgehammer to your life in order to clear away the debris and make room for the good things that are waiting for you just around the corner. So many of us put up with relationships that are not that great because we are afraid that nothing better will ever come along!

I'm sure I'll enjoy Twist, but I have to say, I'm hoping that Nell gets a book (and a relationship) of her own, although not necessarily with Pat. If they do get back together, he'd better have a darned good reason for dumping her in the first place.
Karen Harding
10. Goergieal
Ok. I had no idea what to expect out of this book and am so glad I joined up to read it!

Like others have said, these people and their drama? Real. Relatable. Ok maybe not the hop into a stranger's bathtub with your assets hanging out but what do I know? That totally could happen.

Dude, Lydia is awesome. And Vaughan and that blank face needed a slap or two. Lydia dealt with him and his penis / man / idiocy with aplomb. Better than I would be done. Just saying.

I cannot wait for the next in the series. Here's to handbags and bitches!
Heather Waters
11. HeatherWaters
@JenM -- Yes, I have to admire Lydia for recovering so quickly--I imagine I'd be depressed and hiding out for ages. Though meeting Vaughan might just make me turn it around too. ;)

Pat has some MAJOR, MAJOR groveling ahead, no doubt, but I am intrigued by the idea that they've been together since they were teens. There's obviously a lot of love and history there, so maybe they'll get a second chance at love?

@Goergieal -- Yay, welcome! So glad you enjoyed, and thank you for joining the discussion! Ha ha ha, agreed, Lydia handled him beautifully--he needed some reality checks.
Karen Harding
12. Georgieal
@heatherwaters but the way she handled him! Ohhh I could take lessons.

Question was: Nell's love triangle with Pat and Eric was a complex and fascinating subplot of Dirty. What are your hopes for Nell's future after Dirty?

My answer: she and Pat have to work out their issues. Clearly Eric isn't ready for relationship status and it doesn't seem Nell wants that out of him anyway. But how the hell do you wrap your head around a second chance romance with your friend's baby hanging out in your second chance's oven as it were? Mind blown. Nell needs a totally new man.
Karen Harding
13. Nancy Goldberg Levine
Which character was your favorite and why?
I loved Lydia and Vaughn--their banter was terrific. Vaughn was so nice to her once he got over the surprise of finding her in his bathtub.
I liked Eric a lot, especially in the scene when he made all the different drinks for Lydia--I liked his creativity. And I loved Nell.

I can't wait to read "Twist." I pre-ordered it!
Karen Harding
14. Lil
I really enjoyed this book and I absolutely adored the author's sense of humor. I was honestly snickering too loudly and too often to get hung up on the rather abrupt timing of the romance between Vaughan and Lydia. So much happened in the story that it felt like a lot more than two weeks passed in the book.

I think that meeting Vaughan saved Lydia from the worst of the fall out from the wreckage of her relationship with Chris. Lydia has some smarts and some spunk all her own but her self esteem took a major hit and she literally had no one in her corner. Chris and his family were portrayed as so overbearing and overwhelming that I think they would have completely steamrolled poor Lydia had Vaughan not been there to keep her grounded.
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