Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive #3
Release Date: July 29, 2014
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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.
“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.”
Full disclosure- this was my first Kylie Scott book and she has made me a fan for life. Lead was a very unexpected and amazing read. I've heard the buzz, I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy it, but I LOVED it! Ms. Scott effortlessly wraps up humor, heat, and drama in the third installment on her Stage Dive series.
If this is even just a taste of what I can expect from the rest of the series, I'll just be over here one-clicking away. Jimmy has a lot of living and apologizing to do. You may think, based on his previous and hazardous lifestyle that he's lived enough, but he needs to live a normal and healthy life. Enter Lena. She's a ball to the wall, no nonsense woman you just happened to fall into the role of Jimmy's sober companion. Yet, she is painfully aware that she has stronger feelings than just friendship towards Jimmy. Although, Jimmy being the obtuse man that he is, is resistant to her feelings. He won't even hear of it. He's not ready. Yet, as they hatch a plan to allow them both to move on with their lives, Jimmy will find he doesn't like the idea of someone else's hands on Lena, and Lena will find that she'll never kick her addiction to Jimmy. what are two hopelessly in love, yet stubborn people to do? Fight tooth and nail for what they way.
The best aspect of this book is Jimmy and Lena's relationship. Even when it turns more serious, their friendship always comes first. Their tumble into a physical relationship is slow. It was sweet most of the time and hotter than hell when it warranted it. I enjoyed every piece of this book. I lived for the moments of Lena and Jimmy sparring back and forth, and laughed out loud at the moment where the band was all together and at their height of ridiculousness. I do have to say- Mal stole the spotlight a time or two, I will definitely be reading his book next. And Ben.. well I think I know where his story is going and I'm so flipping excited about it. In the end, I loved this book from beginning to end. There was nothing I would change about it. I definitely highly recommend Jimmy's story. You won't be disappointed!!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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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.