Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lead by Kylie Scott

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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.
About Lead (Stage Drive #3):
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.

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The Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott:

Lick (Stage Dive #1): Amazon / B&N / Goodreads
Play (Stage Dive #2): Amazon / B&N / Goodreads
Deep (Stage Dive #4) available on January 6th, 2015: Amazon / B&N /Goodreads

Check out more of Kylie's work:
Heart's A Mess

5 “Cock-struck.” Smooches!!

When it came to mixing penises with emotions, I couldn’t be trusted 

Lena, with a freshly broken heart, happens to be at the right place, at the right time and lands a job as the personal assistant/babysitter to the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy Ferris.  Yes babysitter.  Who better to watch the band’s pretty boy-trouble maker- rock God than a girl scorned with a sassy mouth, great sense of humor, and a chip on her shoulder?

Jimmy is a Grade-A asshole.  He is a recovering addict and a requirement for him to remain in the band is to stay clean.  He has to have someone with him 24/7 to help him refuse the many temptations that come with his job.  None of his assistants have worked out... until Lena.  He treats her like crap, but she gives it right back to him and it is exactly what he needs.

“…sometimes, when you’re not being a jerk, I like you so much it hurts.”

After months spent together, Lena begins to care for Jimmy.  But nothing will run him off faster than declarations of love and feelings.

He was my Romeo in black jeans and this story had just as much a chance of dying as tragic a death as the original.

Jimmy is incapable of love but he can’t lose Lena.  He is determined to help her get over these “feelings.” He wants to keep her without hurting her.

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.

OMG I LOVED this book.  Jimmy and Lena are the perfect blend of funny and serious.   Watching them battle their feelings was hilarious at times and heartbreaking at others.  You cannot help but love these two.

An arm shot out, wrapping around my neck, pulling me in against him. His whole body trembled.

“You okay?” I asked.

A nod.

“Feeling a little emotional, huh?” I petted his hair.

“That’s okay. It was an emotional blow job.”

That's some funny shit right there.  But there is a softer side even to Jimmy.  He has no clue how much he cares for Lena.  He is confused.  He is angry.  He is lost.

“Don’t hate me Lena…  You want to be mad at me when I do dumb things, that’s fine.  But don’t ever hate me.  I couldn’t take that, not from you.”
*le sigh*  


4.5 Smooches

"Sometimes things that make the least sense
 are the most true."

Lead is the third installment in Kylie Scott's amazing Stage Dive series.  It centers on the band's lead singer, Jimmy Ferris.  If you are new to the series, don't fret .... Lead can be read as a stand alone.  Sure, you will want to go back and read the first two books, Lick and Play, immediately but shame on you if you let the fact that you haven't read the first two books keep you away.

Jimmy is fighting for his sobriety.  His label requires him to have a "sobriety" buddy in tow but he has trouble finding one that sticks.  Enter Lena Morrisey.  She meets Jimmy and the gang just as she is getting fired from her job.  Her sass and attitude lead Mal (Jimmy's bandmate) to believe she'd  be the perfect sobriety companion for Jimmy.  And so it begins ....

The story is told from Lena's POV so we know from day one she is containing her attraction to Jimmy.  
"What happened between my legs was best ignored.  I'm certain something in the employment contract outlawed any and all wetness on my part, especially if it pertained to one James Dylan Ferris." - Lena
The more time they spend together, her attraction grows from physical to so much more.  So much so that she decides it is no longer wise to work for him and tenders her resignation.  You see, Lena has THE WORST luck when it comes to men  ...
"When it came to mixing penises with emotions, I couldn't be trusted."  - Lena
and in an attempt to be smarter, she decides leaving is better than enduring another heart break.  

Jimmy refuses to accept her notice because she has proven to be the perfect fit for his sobriety companion ... or is she really the perfect fit for his heart?

Gah!!!!  Every time I read a new Stage Dive novel, I can't decide if I have a new favorite!!!  I absolutely LOVED Lead.  After reading Lick and Play, I wasn't terribly excited to go into Jimmy and Lena's story.  He just seemed like an arse and she just seemed pissed off and bitchy but let me tell you .... they are nothing like that in Lead.  Yeah, Jimmy is a jerk a lot of the time but Lead shows a side to him that just about any girl can fall in love with.  And Lena .... girl next door with crazy spunk is hard not to fall for.  And, yes, the Stage Dive gang is back!!!!  More Mal, Dave, and Ben!!!!  Woot!!!

Lead is the perfect addition to the Stage Dive series.  Yes, it is funny and light-hearted but it is packed with angst that reeled me in from the first page!  Kylie somehow manages to top herself with each new book in the series and I can't wait for Ben's book!!!!

“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.”
“I’m not!”

About Kylie Scott:

Kylie Scott

Kylie is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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