Title: Lead (Stage Dive, #3)
Author: Kylie Scott
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic rock star romance 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.”
This is definitely one of our favorite series, just love it! Mal and David had us laughing and loving- David’s story was sweet, Mal’s journey was so much fun. Being Jimmy’s turn, there were certain expectations that it’s going to be again just as funny or sweet…. Well Ms Scot surprised us by taking a slightly different turn and Jimmy’s story had a more angsty tone. Lead is more serious, there is more drama, and it’s lighter on the humour.
Lena was the one that shone most in this story, we were drawn to her through her inner thoughts which at times were funny and at other times, you just wanted to give her a big hug. It is official that Ms. Kylie Scott writes the best female protagonists.
Jimmy can be real adorable when he is not being all brooding and moody, however there is no denying that Jimmy is a troubled soul- through Lena’s eyes, you can see the vulnerable side to his character which he wants hidden . There is a great connection between the characters, reading about the boys’ interactions was a riot. It was heartwarming to see the bond between the two brothers, Jimmy and David, strengthen.
Lena and Jimmy’s is a story that started off with them hating each other, the banter was delicious to read. Jimmy certainly was an ass but Lena gave as good as she got. This hate/work relationship slowly turned into friendship coupled with yummy sexual tension. As opposed to the protagonists in the previous two books of the series, Lena and Jimmy took their time in developing a relationship, there was no insta-love.
This is one of those books that will leave you smiling long after you’re done reading. It was sweet, steamy, funny and very romantic. In summary, this book is by far the best in the series in terms of angst and character growth, as well as the progression of the relationship between Lena and Jimmy- Lena is definitely a great heroine and one of our favorites!
Meanwhile, here are some of the quotes that had us laughing out loud, mostly involving Mal!
“Mal’s green eyes narrowed. “Your lips are unnaturally puffy and your lipstick is all worn away. What the hell were you two doing in the bathroom within sight of my firstborn child?” “Nothing,” I said, backing up a step. This was the last damn thing I needed. He held the pup in front of his face. “Killer, tell daddy where the bad people touched you.”
“Lena has also been working with Jim on breaking down his boundaries regarding physical touch. A sort of hug therapy shall we say. I believe her next step in this delicate process will be sleeping with him nightly with advanced cuddling practices. Will that be a problem for you?”
“At which point, thank god, Anne stepped in and saved the day. She did this by sitting with her legs further apart. It was amazing really, almost as if Mal had some sort of extrasensory perception when it came to the girl and her sex. His gaze shot to the widening gap between her knees and all else fell away.”
***ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion***
The Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott
Lick (Stage Dive #1)
Play (Stage Dive #2)
Lead (Stage Dive, #3)
Coming January 6th, 2015
Deep (Stage Dive #4)
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About 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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