Title: Play (Stage Dive)
Author: Kylie Scott
Published Date: March 25, 2014
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.
Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?
***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
If you haven’t read Lick first, I suggest you read it before you read Play so that you’ll be introduced to the characters and understand the story line.
Now then…onto the book. As much as I love David from Lick, I’m more in love with Malcom Erickson. He’s the total package: hot, tatted, rock star, sexy, sweet, gently and just awesome. He’s the drummer of Stage Dive and music is definitely passion. He’s also dealing with a huge secret that has him up and down emotionally.
Meet Anne. She’s had a rough life and it gets rougher when she discovers her roommate moved out without telling her and without repaying the rent Anne’s forked out. Her friends invite her out to a Stage Dive party at David and Evie’s place and her life changes. She meets her teenage crush: Mal Erickson. Throughout the book, they share pieces of each other they’ve never shared with their friends and their relationship goes from warm to scorching.
The book continues on with the growth of Stage Dive as a band, but also how Mal grows as a person. He’s been handed a raw deal and has to figure out how to come to terms with it. He tends to run away when things get tough, but Anne gives back as good as he gives. She doesn’t put up with his mood swings yet she doesn’t pry into his private life. She just gives him his space. As for Mal, he forces Anne to see that she’s allowed people to walk over her and she spends too much time taking care of other people instead of taking time to do for herself. Together they learn that communication and honesty is the best recipe for a healthy relationship.
The characters are very well developed as is the relationship they have. Each one grows throughout the book and at the end of the book you have two people who have figured out that together they are stronger than they are apart. The story flows wonderfully and I was captivated with the first sentence. It sucked me in and I had a hard time putting it down to get things done. I will be reading this book over and over again. Do yourself a favor and get not just this book, but the first book Lick and pre-order the third book Lead. You’ll be glad you did.
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