Series: Stage Dive #3
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: July 29th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Deep
Also by this author: Deep
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
“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.”
Kylie Scott has done it again! I wasn’t sure how Jimmy could follow up after Mal’s book but this series just keeps getting better and better!
“My smile might have been a touch brittle, but his was brilliant. That smile, it could move mountains. It could also break hearts.”
There are three things that made Lead so damn good:
Jimmy is an asshole….
“Le-na,” he rolled my name off his tongue like he was trying it on for size. “Okay. Stay the fuck out of my way and we’ll see what happens.”
and I love assholes (no pun intended). He is brash, crude, demanding and makes no apologies for who he is.
“I was hypnotized, helpless. Cock-struck.”
Lena is my favorite heroine in the Stage Dive Series. I keep trying to pinpoint exactly why I love Lena. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t put up with Jimmy’s shit. Maybe it’s because she can still be badass and wear her heart on her sleeve. I found her character to be sweet, sassy and very refreshing.
3. The Slow Burn
“I want to fuck you every way I know how,” he said. “But you can’t look at me like that.”
There is a fine line between love and lust and I love when the characters have to really work for it. Jimmy and Lena have a lot that happens before they finally succumb to each other and it’s a journey full of tension, longing and heartbreak.
“Our time together would come to an end. I couldn’t stop loving him, and he refused to start. That was the cold hard truth.”
So far, this is my favorite book in the Stage Dive Series. I read this in 4 hours because I refused to leave my reading spot and deal with life. The banter, snark and steam between Jimmy and Lena left me captivated and on my toes. Lead is funny, sexy and very sweet and I am eagerly anticipating Deep.