The Play, by Karina Halle

The Play

Grade: A+

Doing it at: 33%

Catnip: Hot Scot, A Foreign Affair, Puppy Love, Tattoos, Beards, Strong Female Lead, Big Brooding Hero, Brogue, Hot Scot, Rugby Players, Epic, Deep Dark Secrets, Shower Sex, Dual Narrative, #DISP, #TeamAnal

Shame Scale: Not a drop, The Play is a big, sweeping romance that will break your heart and you will feel fine recommending to anyone (no machetes in this one!)

Fantasy Cast: Tom Hardy, Kristin Kreuk

Book Description:

A troubled Scottish rugby player who doesn’t play by the rules.
A vivacious man-eater who’s given up on love.
When it comes to Lachlan and Kayla, opposites don’t just attract – they explode.

From the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact and The Offer, comes The Play, a standalone spinoff and contemporary romance about taking chances and rescuing hearts.

Kayla Moore has always been comfortable with her feisty, maneating reputation. At least it was fine until she hit her thirties and saw her best friends Stephanie and Nicola settle down with Linden and Bram McGregor, leaving Kayla to be the odd one out. Tired of being the third wheel with nothing but one-night stands and dead-end dates in San Francisco, Kayla decides to take a vow of celibacy and put men on the backburner.

That is until she lays her eyes on Linden and Bram’s cousin, hot Scot Lachlan McGregor. Lachlan is her sexual fantasy come to life – tall, tatted, and built like a Mack truck. With a steely gaze and successful rugby career back in Edinburgh, he’s the kind of man that makes her want to throw her vow right out the window. But Lachlan’s quiet and intense demeanor makes him a hard man to get to know, let alone get close to.

It isn’t until the two of them are thrown together one long, unforgettable night that Kayla realizes there is so much more to this brooding macho man than what meets the eye. But even with sparks flying between the two, Lachlan can’t stay in America forever. Now, Kayla has to decide whether to uproot her whole life and chance it all on someone she barely knows or risk getting burned once again.

Sometimes love is a game that just needs to be played.


Mary: By now you all probably realize that we’re a little evangelical about Karina Halle new releases. We’re fan girls and it’s hard for us to have any chill. But this book, you guys. This was the best thing I’ve read all year. Ridiculously sexy, achingly evocative, this one dragged us all over the emotional map.

PLUS: $1 from every preorder/release day sale is going to save-the-puppy charities, which is so fucking generous you guys – it’s a $3 book. And I’m not saying that a month of rescue dogs flooding my news feed sparked the start of a long-con on my husband so that we can get a puppy, but I will say that I will probably have a doggie by Christmastime.

Cleone: Rescue pups play a big part in the book, and this one had me hugging my pup extra tight (for support while I cried). AND looking at local dogs for adoption, for Mary ostensibly.

M: The Play is huge; it’s really two novels in one. Karina Halle generously sent us ARC’s for early review, but we got it in two chunks, roughly two weeks apart. So we read the first half and then tried to live normal lives even though we were basically dead inside, waiting for the second half. We could really do this whole review via text screenshots.

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Breaking Away, by Toni Aleo

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Grade: B

Doing it at: 21%

Catnip: Hockey Players; Beards; Tattoos; Dancers; Secret Lovers; Shower Sex; Strong Female Lead; Dual Narrative

Shame Scale: Low Shame, but since I’ve come out of the romance closet I’m experiencing less book shame in general

Fantasy Cast:  Brooks Laich*; Ginnifer Goodwin

Book Description:

To Nashville Assassins’ leading scoring center Phillip Anderson, playing hockey has always been easy… as natural as breathing. His life is no different. That’s until his world is turned upside down by the death of his sister. While mourning his loss, Phillip has to find a way to make his very angry sixteen-year-old niece, Claire, happy. Now, as her guardian, he discovers the only thing that seems to heal her lonely heart is dance class. But what he didn’t count on was the attraction he’d feel towards her drop-dead sexy dance teacher.

For Reese Allen, dancing has always been part of her soul. After having her heart broken in New York, she comes home with the determination to make her dance studio one of the best in Tennessee and succeeds. When she sees Claire dance for the first time, she knows the girl is bound for greatness and takes the troubled teen under her wing. Using dance as therapy, she suddenly finds herself bound to the young woman… and her hot-as-sin uncle.

However, Phillip and Reese are happy in their single lives. It’s simple. They do what they want, who they want, and how they want, but from the moment they meet, the attraction is undeniable. Soon, they are more than willing to spend just one night tangled in the sheets. But, one night turns into two, and two turns into three, until they find themselves in a repeated dance of “One Last Time” that has the potential to be something more… if only Reese and Claire allow it.

Can Phillip find a way to thaw the hearts of both the women in his life, or will he be forever trying to break them away from their pasts?


Breaking Away is my second Toni Aleo read, its the fifth book in her Assassin’s Series, which I am (of course) gleefully reading out of order. And you know what I’m really liking about her book boyfriends? These boys are all in, the hedging and mixed feelings are coming from our heroines. It’s a genuine delight to read about guys who aren’t scared of their feelings.

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Beneath Blood and Bone, by Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley

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Grade: A-

Doing it at: 73%

Catnip: For Your Own Protection, Older Man, Post-apocalyptic, Tattoos, Beards, Widower, Zombies

Shame Scale: Zero shame

Fantasy Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Lucy Hale

Book Description:

It is the end of the world. 

They call him Eagle, like the grand and beautiful bird that symbolizes freedom. During these dark times, when humanity is experiencing nothing but suffering, a man with such a powerful name should be a beacon of hope, yet he is anything but. 

Her name is Autumn, but she hasn’t said this name or much of anything else in the four years since the fall of civilization. A shell of her former self, living wild in a cave at the bottom of a ravine, Autumn is accustomed to being alone. She prefers it, actually, especially when her only options for company either try to kill her, or worse, to lock her up inside their walls. 

Captured by Eagle’s people, Autumn is suddenly thrust back into the land of the living, but she would hardly call it living. The community of Purgatory is full of sinners, the most evil of whom seem to have set their sights on her. 

In an act born of anger and defiance, Eagle becomes Autumn’s unexpected savior, forcing these two solitary people into each other’s broken worlds. Neither knows quite what to make of the other, but one thing is certain. To survive Purgatory, they must learn how to rely on each other, a feat that could possibly teach them both how to live again


This book started popping up all over my news feeds, and the cover caught my eye because it looks like some serious hipster beard porn you’d see on Instagram. We’ve admittedly got a bit of a thing for beard porn. Then I realized that it’s post-apocalyptic, hinting-at-Zombies romance, and I had to have it. Because I have a bit of a thing thing for zombie books. Good zombie books, shitty zombie books, zombie comics – I love them all. Zombies and trashy romance, that’s me. I like to think that I’m one of the only people out there who collects zombie books and stepbrother romances.

This book drops you right into the story and assumes you are intelligent enough to figure out whatever the fuck is happening from the clues they give you – it’s a bit disorienting, but I adore that. It’s the second book in a series of standalone’s, and there was a brief moment of panic when I started thinking that maybe I shouldn’t have broken my rule and read this series out of order, but I was able to keep up. I’m pretty sure that Eagle, our main character was featured in the first book, but I didn’t feel like it was a giant hinderance to be missing that bit of backstory.

The story takes place in a dystopian community called Purgatory. There are walls to protect them from the undead, but inside things are grim. There’s prostitution, violence, and laws that are almost biblical. Eagle is one of the original founders, but he is so filled with anger and hatred that he avoids relationships, keeps to himself, and lives by his own rules. 

Dying was a messy and painful business for most, but not nearly as painful as living was. Nothing could touch the incessant throbbing ache that another day here on hell offered, not even death.

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Overtime, by Toni Aleo

Overtime

Grade: B

Doing it at: 47%

Catnip: Hockey Players, Beards, Second Chance Love, Hate to Love You, Addiction, Serious Problems, Sports Stuff, Strong Female Lead, Brother’s Best Friend, Reformed Bad Boy

Shame Scale: Super low shame, the cover is obviously romance, but look at that guy.

Fantasy Cast: The glorious and sadly unknown to us man on the cover, Charlize Theron

Book Description:

Down and out with an injury keeping him away from the game, Assassins’ defenseman Jordie Thomas lives for the blades of his skates on the ice and the feeling of oblivion off it. With no choice but to heal, he’s forced away from the sport that runs through his veins. With everything at stake and darkness setting in, he quickly finds himself spiraling even further out of control. As his life begins to come crashing down around him and his contract with the Nashville Assassins on the line, he’s given an ultimatum. Ready or not, Jordie is forced to face his past, the fears that consume him, and the one woman he let walk away. 

Kacey King had her professional dreams come true, yet her heart was battered and broken. With an Olympic gold medal around her neck, she’s ready to look forward to the future but without the one man she wanted in it. She’s missing the key pieces of her heart she left months ago with the only person who was capable of destroying it, causing her to falter in all her plans to move on. 

In the game of life, there are winners and losers, and neither Jordie nor Kacey want to be on the losing bench. If only Jordie could convince Kacey he’s a changed man and that he wants her right by his side as his MVP for the biggest and best parts of a life they build together. With emotions running high and the game on the line, can two proud people find happiness with each other, or will their hearts and souls be left in the cold? Will they see that sometimes having someone by your side who knows the good, bad, and broken is better than going it alone and losing everything through the back of the net? They are out of time on the game clock and fighting for the win of their lives. 

But overtime was made for an Assassin like Jordie. 


Mary: Full disclosure. We bought this book for the cover model. 100%. Look at him:

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I don’t even want to admit to the lurid, depraved, bottomless depths of Tumblr I have explored, trying to find a dirty lookalike for this guy.

Dear Toni Aleo, *Slow Clap* Also, how about you HABO (Help A Bitch Out) and tell us who this model is so we can stalk him incessantly on Instagram.

Cleone: Seriously, this is maybe our best cover model of all time, if we didn’t want to avoid angering Jay Crownover we’d tweet this at her RE: this is how you do it (plus she redeemed herself with #HotCop).

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M: And also, hockey is kind of hot. I guess. I’m not really a sports person, but I think out of all of the sports, hockey has some of the better looking players (not counting the dental issues).

C: Hockey has Henrik Lundqvist. It is definitely hot. Plus I adore the Rachel Gibson Chinook series, so hockey has serious catnip for me.

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Truth or Beard, by Penny Reid

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Grade: A-

Doing it at: 76%

Catnip: Southern Boys; Beards; Ginger Men; Hate to Love You; Small Town Romance; Funny Girl; Beta Hero; Hot Cars

Shame Scale: That cover is too cute to feel shame. Plus it’s genuinely funny.

Fantasy Cast: This NSFW guy, Anna Sophia Robb

Book Description:

Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!
Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.
Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?


Cleone: Look at the cover, y’all, whoever did that design is a marketing genius. Ginger beards are such catnip for the Shame Girls.

Mary: I expected something that was basically YA from this one based on the cover, but it was amazingly not the case. I didn’t know anything about it, or Penny Reid in general when we picked it up, but I realized a few pages in that this book was going to hit so many catnip triggers for us.

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Peachy Keen, by Kate Roth

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Grade: A-

Doing it at: 8%

Catnip: Vacation Hook Up; Dual Narrative; Beards; Ginger Men; No Shame in Her Game; Secret Lovers; Best Friend’s Boyfriend’s Best Friend; Desk Sex

Shame Scale: The cover makes it pretty obvious what we are reading, BUT it’s ab free! The book has an actual story line, some really good dialog, and a heroine who doesn’t let people shame her. In honor of Georgia I say only the teensiest shame level for this doin’ it book

Fantasy Cast: Sam Heughan and Kate Upton

Book Description: 

Georgia Trenton has always been lucky in lust but hasn’t ever been interested in love. She prefers quickies to courtships, never seeing the need for more than just sex.

Years of listening to her best friend Danielle’s relationship woes had assured her she was right to avoid romance altogether. But ever since Dani returned from vacation in love and looking like the poster girl for happily ever after with her new boyfriend Evan Weston, Georgia has been questioning her wild ways and thinking about the future.

In an attempt to forget about the uncertainties that plague her and escape the constant symphony of sex noises coming through the walls of her apartment thanks to Evan and Danielle, Georgia jets off to Desire Resort & Spa hoping to enjoy the rowdy vacation hotspot the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

No strings attached. No commitments. And with one sexy stranger…no names.

But when strings appear, complicating what was supposed to be a carefree getaway, and commitment suddenly doesn’t sound as bad as it used to, Georgia finds herself wondering if lust is really enough.


We got this book as an ARC (advanced reader copy), it is scheduled for release on 05/18/2015, and the author sent it to little old us for pre-release review. This is super exciting for a fledgling blog, and I was worried that I wouldn’t like it and have to piss off the author. Luckily, I really like Peachy Keen. Specifically I really really like Georgia and Harrison.

Peachy Keen opens with Georgia taking a solo vacation to Desire Resort, which is the setting of 2.5 other books in Kate Roth’s Desire Resort series, and is basically a sex resort. Yes, shame readers, Georgia is taking the vacation of which we all dream. Her best friend, Danielle, went to the resort, met a celebrity, and improbably fell in love. Georgia isn’t looking for love, but she is looking for some fun anonymous sex, a break from listening to her friend have hot sex and swoon over her boyfriend, and a vacation from a job she hates.

Her first night at Desire, Georgia heads down to the bar to troll for action and finds a bearded, gingery, giant reading ‘The Great Gatsby’ and drinking beer on his own. This is basically cat nip city for me, I believe I audibly sighed “oh, yes please.” Georgia does too. She sits down to flirt, to size him up, and to eventually slide her room key across the table to him to let him know she’s down for a little of what the resort is famous for. Her nameless man is down for it as well, countering with his own room key and “I’ll bet mine’s bigger.” Georgia is worried he might need some direction and need her to be the aggressor during this encounter, until they reach his room:

He jammed the key in the box and opened the door in the same lightening quick motion that he picked me up and threw me over his shoulder. A laugh burst out of me at the caveman move and I kicked my heels off. I heard the clicking of the door as it shut as he sent me freefalling onto the plush mattress. The man didn’t need any direction.

Georgia and her mystery man have hot sex, that’s verging a little bit towards too intimate for commitment-phobe Georgia, but she’s feeling very into him and down to stay the night in his room so they can go for round two when they realize they kind of know each other. Hot, ginger, bearded giant stranger is her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend (did you follow that?). The boy that she’s supposed to meet for the first time at his own birthday party in two weeks, back in the real world. And Georgia didn’t even tell Danielle that she was going to Desire for a little sexcation, so explaining that she has not only met Harrison (that’s sexy ginger giant’s name y’all) but that she’s also boned him is out of the question for her. Harrison and Georgia decide very reluctantly that this one night has to be it. Sure they’re super attracted to each other and just had the best sex of their lives, but they musn’t upset their friends! Book people are always way quicker to sacrifice for the good of others than real people with real sex drives.

As these things always go Harrison and Georgia aren’t good at the whole not banging each other on vacation thing. Especially if Georgia is going to show him the tricks she learned at her strip aerobics class– what other kind of aerobics is a sex resort going to offer? Harrison adores her, he makes no qualms about it, and he defends her against some fellow resort guests who try to shame her. Possibly my favorite thing about Peachy Keen is how it handles Georgia’s past: Yes she has slept around, yes she likes sex just as much as any guy. At no point is this an issue for Harrison. He doesn’t care how many other guys she’s been with, he doesn’t care that he met her at Club Doin’ It. Harrison likes Georgia, period. In a genre that often has man whores falling for virgins or girls who have only ever had one partner, a girl who owns her sexuality was really refreshing. Liking sex doesn’t make you a slut, lets all embrace and live that truth (PSA Over).

Harrison and Georgia agree to have sex just one-last-time before he goes back to the states. Steamy hot sex, where she puts a condom on him with her mouth – a feat I’m pretty impressed by to be honest. This does nothing to get the attraction out of their systems, it is obviously only going to be a matter of time before their romance bleeds into real life. Georgia might not be all aboard with a full fledged relationship, but Harrison is. He reads her to sleep over the phone, and braids her hair, and encourages her to quit the job she hates to follow her dreams. He also enthusiastically gives her orgasms and loves her “so high school” belly button ring.

I don’t want to give away anymore plot, because I really liked the HEA in Peachy Keen. The dialog is great, true to life and it has cute text convos which are a weirdly specific catnip of mine. Georgia’s commitment phobia irked me a little and I had to subtract I Love This Points for use of the word “humped” during an otherwise really enjoyable sex scene. It gains a point for having Georgia’s grandma accuse her cousin of having resting bitch face at a family holiday. I gave Peachy Keen a solid A-. My bad habit of not reading books in order (Mary HATES me for this) means now I need to go read the other books! This was a smart, sweet read with a book boyfriend that I’d be happy to have materialize into my real life (#teamharrison), and fun sex scenes starting early on and staying strong through the end. This is one you’ll want to check out when it’s released.

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Deep, by Kylie Scott

Deep

Grade: A-

Doing it at: 30%

Catnip: Beards; Rock Stars; Bass Players; Tattoos; Strong female lead; Stage Dive; Accidental Pregnancy; Panty Sniffing; Brother in law’s Best Friend

Shame Scale: Shirtless tattooed dude playing a bass is a Shame-Inducing cover. It’s also a GREAT cover. Actual content isn’t particularly shame-y. There’s a real plot, the characters aren’t paper dolls, and Kylie Scott has a good ear for dialog.

Fantasy Casting: Christopher John Millington and Mandy Moore

Book Description:

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins’ ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben’s the only man she’s ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn’t looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She’s his best friend’s little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he’s not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible…but will it lead to a connection of the heart?


Lucky readers! This review is a gang bang, Mary and Cleone both dropped everything to inhale Deep the minute it loaded onto our ereaders. We finished within ten minutes of each other, and under the 24 hour mark. There was copious and sometimes frantic texting happening:

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We are big Kylie Scott fans and we adore the Stage Dive series. Ben is the last Stage Dive member to get his book. Poor bassists always finish last.

Cleone: My ranking of the Stage Dive novels is as follows:

  1. Play (Mal 4eva)
  2. Lead
  3. Deep
  4. Lick

We open up with Lizzy, Mal’s new little sister-in-law, peeing on her second pregnancy test and seeing her second set of double lines. She spent one night with Ben, and is now all knocked up,because what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Liz is also on her way to family dinner where she’ll be seeing Ben, the other band mates and their ladies,and a surprise mystery guest- Ben’s date. Ben’s hipster, burlesque dancer, naturopath date who spills the beans to the whole party that Lizzy (and Lena, Jimmy’s girlfriend from Lead) are both pregnant. Nobody takes this well. Mal freaks out because he specifically asked Ben to stay away from his wife’s baby sister. Anne, Liz’s sister, freaks out because she can’t believe Liz was so irresponsible and was sneaking around with Ben behind her back. There’s an actual melee, boys get bloody, dinner gets ruined, hipster date gets huffy, and Lizzy flees after taking the blame for her and Ben’s hooking up.

The book flashes back to Liz meeting Ben for the first time and being immediately into him, like can’t take her eyes off him electric connection into him. There is some cute text flirting. Kylie writes good flirt, and I enjoy text “dialog”, it reminds me of epistolary novels which are another of my catnip triggers. Ben keeps telling Liz, who is 9ish years his junior, that nothing can come from the flirting because Mal has forbidden it, and the band is too important to him to risk jeopardizing. So, hot, giant, tattooed, bearded, man-bunned (I have basically just described my perfect guy) Ben avoids Liz. And then Liz avoids Ben. Until Mal and Anne’s Vegas wedding. When the doin’ it happens. And the doin’ it is hot, Ben is *very* well endowed and doesn’t fit when the duo try to have sex up against a wall in the bathroom at the hotel; Liz is super embarrassed and worried that Ben is going to just give up on the encounter. Luckily, Ben isn’t deterred and figures he just has to make sure Lizzy is properly prepared to accept his largess, so we readers get the first of several odes to how lovely a beard feels between a woman’s legs. I came away from Deep fully sold on that concept if nothing else. The sex is amazing and Ben and Lizzy are about to settle into post-coital bliss when Ben’s phone rings and it is Mal calling to make sure that Ben is not in fact sexing up his sister in law. Ben lies, Lizzie gets mad and kicks him out, and we flash back to current day pregnant single Lizzie.

Ben is kind of a dick, he keeps assuring Lizzy that he will take care of the baby and her financially, but is very checked out emotionally. Lizzy still has a crush on Ben, and she has crazy pregnancy hormones that make her want to jump him every time he gets within ten feet of her, but she also knows that from now on her “Bean” is going to have to come first. I found myself really liking Lizzy, she’s tough and funny and does not want to take any shit from Ben. She very quickly decides that NOT having the baby is not for her; as all women who accidentally get pregnant in romance novels do– I love babies but do wish that abortion as an option could be considered for maybe three paragraphs instead of just one sentence. I was also delighted by any glimpses of Mal who is my main Stage Dive man and all other Stage Dive men pale in comparison for me. Grumpy Ben was coming in at a serious disadvantage.

I give Deep an A-/B+, Kylie Scott is one of my must-read authors and this book was a lot of fun.

Mary:

Stage Dive Ranking:

  1. Play
  2. Lick
  3. Lead
  4. Deep

Soooooo…. this is where I confess that accidental pregnancy romances have a special place in my heart and are a major catnip of mine. I had a lovely shotgun Vegas wedding a few years back, so I had some high hopes for this one going in. Kylie Scott is a one-click author for me, and the Vegas/accidental pregnancy themes made me feel like this book would basically be exactly like my life, except for the wealthy rockstar part. But, I had a hard time getting on board with the characters for the first half of the book. Lizzy seemed a bit childish and star-struck coming out of the gate, which was a contrast to the heroines in the rest of this series who all seemed very nonchalant about the whole fame thing. And Ben. I still hadn’t forgiven him for how much of a dick he was in Lick, I guess. And I had formed a negative perception of him based on his behavior (texting, leaving unannounced) when he went on the date with Lena in Lead.  I enjoyed seeing the date from the other perspective: mainly, he was texting Lizzy and ran off to rescue her from a crappy bar. I had pretty much thawed to him by the time they get it on in Vegas. And then he blows it again by telling Liz that the band comes first and they can’t be together (in a nutshell).

Also, the way Ben reacted to the pregnancy was pretty shitty, if I’m being honest. And this is from someone who’s (then) boyfriend responded to similar news with a hearty, “Well great. Now both our lives are ruined.” Ben basically went from shock, to throwing a large amount of money at Lizzy, to ignoring her for several weeks. When Lizzy joined him on tour and we finally got to see them interacting face to face, rather than via text, they started to grow on me as a couple, and I was finally able to start rooting for them. And the #pantysniffing!!!

The obligatory pre-HEA end of book break-up felt rushed, and I wished we could have gotten more of Ben’s evil sister doing evil things. Evil women scheming against destined lovers are a trope I love to hate.

I’d probably give this one an A-, because it wasn’t as good as the rest of the series. But even though it was my least favorite Stage Dive, I still enjoyed it a ton. I had to put it down at 10% to go to work, and spent the day frantically texting back and forth with Cleone, and lamenting our misfortune of actually having to work jobs that aren’t reading Kylie Scott novels all day long. If this is the end of Stage Dive, then I think I’m finally going to have to read that sexy zombie apocalypse series I’ve been putting off to get my Kylie Scott fix, and I can’t wait to hear what she comes up with next.

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