Sometimes good books come to those who wait :)
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive #1
Release date: 1st of July 2013
Published by: Momentum
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 286 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
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 favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.
Wow, I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, and enjoy it I did, every snippet, word, paragraph and page. This was a delicious rocker romance, the one I’ve been waiting for since I discovered the potential of this genre, which after reading several was never fulfilled satisfyingly.
What I expected:
Rocker romances are usually generally unrealistic with a hunky sexgod piece of macho manliness and a mostly irritating completely ordinary virgin/slightly experienced girl, who doesn’t know how like honey she is to the bee/hero, and ends up being all over the place with her insecurity, jealousy, brattiness, but they still have lots of fun between the sheets. Well, at least that’s the general picture I’ve be able to form.
What I got:
All the above, minus all the annoying stuff, equals – awesomeness! Well, there was this hunky sexgod piece of macho manliness, but David was also sensitive, sweet, devoted, willing to compromise, loyal – thus, taking him a step further in the typical rock star hero, a step to the category of extremely likable hero, broken and with his own houseful of baggage, but still very sympathetic and non douchy/arrogant/self-centered.
The heroine, however, was the biggest positive surprise. I liked her, I actually liked her, completely and fully, which is a first with rocker romances, or even most new YA or mature romances I’ve read lately. She had the “completely ordinary virgin/slightly experienced girl who doesn’t know how like honey she is to the bee/hero” routine down, but she managed to make all of it work for her and didn’t fall to the trap of “being all over the place with her insecurity, jealousy, battiness,” ok I kept rolling my eyes over the final “misunderstanding” and was more than annoyed with her reaction and behavior after that. Honestly, asking for and hearing explanations isn’t against the law, so please use your rights for it and DO IT!!! That part was also probably my biggest con in this book and it frustrated me to no end, since it’s such a cliché, weak and irritating plot device and an easy out for all the communication problems for the couple.
Anyhow, can I just say that I liked the steamy parts of this book, a lot? I have only praise for the fact that there were no excess and completely unrealistic sex scenes (is it only me, but most of the “virgin” and “no experience whatsoever” heroines are such animals and experts in the sac, well not always on the first time, but definitely during the second, that I can’t just buy, no) that I mostly just flip pages over to get some actual development outside the bed and dialogue, which usually is as unbelievable and a far cry from reality as the sex. But, oh well.
I also liked how the romance/attraction just worked for some reason, even tough it was bordering on insta love. I thought the night before David and Evelyn got married (as much as we are described) came across über sweet and romantic.
Evelyn – Like, like and like. She had her embarrassing and annoying moments, but I thought she dealt with most of the mess like a sport and, always a plus, she was funny, really funny, she had some great lines and colorful thoughts that kept me entertained.
David – A really nice and sweet guy underneath it all, what more can I say? I liked him as much as Evelyn. They were great together.
A rocker romance I can fully recommend! So what are you waiting for? Go buy! And thank me later (and if it’s not your thing then… well I guess you’re missing out!)