Series Review | Stage Dive by Kylie Scott

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Good morning everyone! I figured since I read this whole series in a four day span while I was nearly freezing to death in my own home, it would be fun to do my first ever series review!

It would have felt a little redundant to review them separately one after the other, so I’m going to do four mini reviews in this one post! This series has a lot of love and a lot of hate, and I can totally see reasons for both, BUT, I loved them. They were fun and distracting and the perfect transport read for one very cold bookworm.

We’ll start with Lick, as it’s the first in the series, and move through the list!

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Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favorite son is sure to be a wild ride.

5 Stars

Lick may be the first book in this series, but it’s my second favorite out of this foursome! This had so many of the classis New Adult feelings like I adore. It was very reminiscent of an Abbi Glines novel for me, which is fine because Abbi is one of my favorite authors. It was one of those “okay, if this happened to me it would be so perfect” type of books. Who doesn’t want to marry a famous rock star in Vegas and leave your boring old life behind?!

This was a really fun and good intro to the rest of the series. I loved the way there were those classic rock star romance elements like catty groupies, touring, drinking and partying and general debauchery. This was super basic and in no way special, it was just like every other new adult romance I’ve ever read but hot damn was it fun. The writing style was okay and kind of reminded me of fanfiction, but overall this was a great read.

It’s hot hot hot and I love the way David and Evelynn are able to grow both together and apart in this book. By the end of the novel they feel like two different people, and I appreciated the way they didn’t just get right back together immediately. There was space and growth and time, and it was just a great way to start a series.

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Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

4 Stars

Ooooooookay, I definitely liked this, but not nearly as much as I liked Lick. Mal is for sure probably the kookiest hero I’ve ever read, and it kind of bothered me that he couldn’t be serious is nearly any situation. To me, he felt like a different person than he did in the first book. But he also wasn’t the main character there, so who knows.

I didn’t really click with Anne, either, but I liked the two of them together. This felt like a SLOW BURN novel, too. I kept waiting and waiting and waiting and something always kept getting in the way! It was so fun. I like the way we still get to see all our favorite faces from the first book, too. I love those interconnected series where you can see how the first couple grows as the books progress.

I also liked the way family is a major theme in this one. Between Anne’s sister and mother and rocky childhood and Mal’s parents being a major plot point to the story, it was a nice touch and felt different than a regular rock star romance. A good and fun one, for sure, but probably my least favorite of the series.

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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. 

5 Stars

OKAY. This one is my FAVORITE of the series! It shocked me, too. I wasn’t really interested in Jimmy’s story following his appearances in both Lick and Play, but why oh why was Jimmy Ferris the hottest in the band?! I was interested in Lena’s character after seeing the glimpses of her in the previous book, but I was really unsure about this one going into it. A) Jimmy was an asshole and B) “Jimmy” seems like a very un-hot name and I don’t know why, I’m sorry. But this was easily the hottest book in the series.

First, this was like the slowest of slow burns. I ended up reading this in one sitting because I was determined to make it to at least a kissing scene before I put it down, but it comes late in the game and I’m not mad about it. Jimmy really comes around in this book, the way he’s so cocky but at the same time struggling and then all those workout scenes reallllllllly gets me. Ugh, he was the best.

Lena was such a fun character to follow, too. I think I related to her the most out of the series. She was fun and loyal and she wasn’t perfect but she wasn’t about to apologize for it. Literally SO GOOD. I could gush about how hot this one was the whole time. There was so much drama and angst and just perfection. Now I’m babbling, but please read this one, at least.

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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?

4 Stars

Now, secret baby isn’t really a trope I read a lot of and in general pregnancies in books aren’t my jam, but it worked here! I liked this one in the way it kind of pulled in some flashback elements from the first book because Ben and Lizzie’s relationship really starts in Lead.

My favorite part of this novel is the flashes of Jimmy and Lena we see and the way Mal steps up to be a protective big brother for Lizzie. Other than that, the rest of the book is kinda meh for me. Definitely fun and sexy, but overall not my favorite of the series. Ben was basically a prick for the first….. 70% of the book and Lizzie was almost flat to me, BUT it does turn around quite well in the end.

Between Ben’s sister coming back, Ben finally getting his head out of his ass and stepping up as a dad, and Lizzie growing into more than the little sister this one had a good redemption arc. My third favorite in the series, to be sure.

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This whole series can be summed up in two words: SEXY FUN. It was a perfect distraction read and helped pull me out of a non-reading slump I was in. This was also my first foray into Kyle Scott books and I’m excited to read more of her work!

The one takeaway for this post is: read Lead. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk!

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