Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.
As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it’s booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.
Lena’s not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.
* A review copy was provided by the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *
~~ 3 Stars ~~
It pains me to have to rate this book at this score. I absolutely loved both Lick and Play, but for some reason this book fell short for me. I know I am probably in the minority, but I think the biggest problem I had was that I couldn’t connect with Jimmy at all. I LOVED Lena!!!! She was such a great heroine (even though by the end I wanted to smack her a little bit), but I just never warmed up to Jimmy.
I thought the writing was still as fabulous as the other books in the series. I really love Kylie Scott’s writing style. She knows how to develop both her story lines and characters. The flow and pace with this book was just like the other ones, nothing drag out for too long and the timeframe flowed well. I really enjoyed that in the beginning of the story it was running parallel to Play and the kind of just continued on with the story. We got to see the other characters in this book a lot and got to keep up with the other happy couples.
What I really had trouble with was how mean and unfriendly Jimmy really was. I didn’t really like his character in Lick and I thought he was starting to turn around in Play and I thought he would redeem himself in Lead, but I have to say I was slightly disappointed because he wasn’t redeemed at all. Now just because I didn’t like Jimmy’s character doesn’t mean that others won’t love him. His character just didn’t work for me. With Jimmy being the way he was in this book really made the storyline go in a direction that I didn’t prefer either. This book has some serious sexual tension and it took way too long for Lena and Jimmy to come together in this book. To me it made the ending seem rushed and that it was a little too far fetched. If I was Lena I would’ve kicked Jimmy’s butt to the curb a long time ago.
Now Lena….she was an amazing character. She was strong and willful. Her only down side was that she fell in love with someone who was emotionally stunted. I have to say that Lena was probably one of my favorite heroines in a long time. She knew how to speak her mind and give just as good as she got. I will say that I wanted to smack her towards the end because I thought her behavior with Jimmy made her look weak and that just wasn’t in her character. I’ll be interested to see how Lena and Jimmy are in the 4th book…. Deep ( Ben’s Story).
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Kylie Scott’s, and who loves a book that has a strong heroine with a bad a$$ Hero. If you are a fan of a book that is heavy on the sexual tension and aren’t looking for the couple to be together for the majority of the book, then this is the book for you. Even though this one wasn’t my favorite out of the series, I will continue on with the last book to see what happens with Ben and I will continue to read books by Kylie Scott. We can’t love them all 🙂