on July 29, 2014
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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.
Lead tells the story of Jimmy Ferris, the lead singer of Stage Dive. Though this book could be read stand alone, I think it is best read after Lick and Play both of which I highly recommend. It will help you truly appreciate this story to the fullest and they are both wonderful reads (Lick was on our top read of 2013 list).
Jimmy is an addict, a recovering addict but an addict none the less. Lena is hired to “watch” Jimmy to help keep him clean and on the path to healing. A path that should keep him focused on music and should help the band’s success.
Ms. Scott did an amazing job with Jimmy. His back story was heartbreaking and truly allows the reader to understand his addiction and the deep emotional scars that must be healed before he can truly move forward. Jimmy felt real, his addiction and struggles true to the character crafted.
The connection painted between Jimmy and Lena is one the reader can feel. For much of the story, my heart broke for Lena as it was clear she was falling for this broken man who had no idea how to love or to some extent what love even is.
Jimmy’s Mom, a character hinted at in the past books, is a character I think readers will hate; and that hate means Ms. Scott did an amazing job. Jimmy’s Mom’s behavior translates to many of Jimmy’s why’s, his actions, his addiction and much of who he is when we see him early on in the series. The events of Jimmy’s childhood explain so much about him and his behaviors. Sadly events of his adulthood continued to add to his spiral; people like Jimmy and David’s Mom just keeps giving… giving grief to those around them that is. In Lead Ms. Scott does a wonderful job at showing that Jimmy is the only one who can break this cycle, to truly move forward Jimmy must decide to reduce the power his mom and her actions have over him and his response to those actions.
Jimmy finally understanding “what” loves it, what loves mean truly moved me. Love is just a word until you feel it deep in your soul, Jimmy got that as Ms. Scott did an amazing job allowing the reader to feel it as well.
Jimmy is broken but Lead is truly is path to healing not cured but focused on being better and wanting his life to be successful. The love Jimmy gives and accepts in the end had me smiling from ear to ear.
I am so excited for Ben’s book Deep (Stage Dive 4)!
“Lena, you seen my old black Led Zep shirt?”
“You sure?” His brows became one dark cranky line. The scratches on his face were healing well, thank goodness. Though it didn’t reduce my desire to throttle his mother on a daily basis.
“Yes. I haven’t seen it.”
Can’t find it anywhere…”
“And this is a surprise, how?” I slipped my hands into my back jean’s pockets. “Jimmy, you own more clothing than Cher, Brittney, and Elvis, put together. Things are bound to go missing.”
“Sure you haven’t seen it?”
“For goodness sake, what do you think, Jimmy? That I stole it to sleep in or something?” I laughed bitterly. Sure as hell, the truth deserved a good mocking. I’d sunk so despicably low.
I hadn’t even meant to steal the stupid thing, but the shirt had been mixed up with my laundry a few days ago. It’d been the first top I laid my hand on after stepping out of the shower, ready to go to bed. Without thought, I’d put it on and it’d been so soft, the scent of him lingering beneath the laundry detergent. Every night since, I’d found myself in it come bedtime. My shame knew no limits. And no, I still hadn’t quit. The words still hadn’t come even close to leaving my mouth.
He frowned. “No.”
“That I have some deep secret longing to feel close to you resulting in my stealing your shirt like some creepy perv?”
“Course I don’t fucking think that,” he replied crankily, reaching up to grip the top of the doorframe. All of his bulging muscles stretched the arms of his white T-shirt in the nicest way. It was all I could do not to start drooling, my heart beat taking up residence somewhere down between my thighs. And who could blame it? Not me. Maybe if I got laid, this would go away and things would return to normal. It’d seemed safer to avoid rubbing up against any men just in case I got carried away and started dating again. This new situation, however, changed everything.
“Well, of course not! That would be crazy.” And wasn’t that the god’s honest truth? Cray-zeee. Lock me up and throw away the key because it wasn’t like I didn’t know better.
“Just can’t figure out where the hell it could be.”
Angels couldn’t have smiled as innocently. They might have tried, but they would have failed, the dirty-mouthed, winged, little liars. “Jimmy, I don’t know where it is. But I’ll look around for it later, okay?”
“Yeah,” he said, and then added as an afterthought, “and stop looking at me weird.”
♥READ THE SERIES♥
Book 1 – Lick
Book 2 – Play
Book 3 – Lead
Pre-Order Book 3 – Deep (1/6/15)