Another installment from an awesome series!
Author: Kylie Scott
Release date: 29th of July 2014
Series: Stage Dive #3
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 256 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
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.
The first two books in this rocker romance are pure awesome, one of the best series and the third has managed to do the impossible – get significantly better! I see only progress here and still managing to be distinct and different from the other two. The humor is undeniably the highlight, but there is so much more to adore.
Some key words to describe the book:
Smart and sassy – That’s our Lena! But seriously, she was the bomb with every word she decided to grace the reader (and Jimmy) with. Great comedy, she just had a way with anything verbal and was the queen of snark, one-liners and banter. Also, she’s the original woman of steel, how she could stand Jimmy for so long and keep her wits was a mystery to me.
The boss from hell – Jimmy wasn’t an easy person to be around, especially if you had to tolerate him 24/7 like Lena. Despite his grumpy, moody, jerky and meany tendencies, he was a broken guy who needed something solid and stable in his life to keep from falling down again. And, of course, in the end he proved himself worthy of the pure awesome that was Lena.
Slow burn – This is no instant romance, the journey towards actual mutual feelings is long, thorny and stuffed full of sexual and just simple plain old tension. The initial relationship had Lena in the role of a pest, later it was more like an annoying brother-sister dynamics, then uneasy friends, and only then did it resemble something similar to love, at least from Jimmy’s side.
Honesty – I loved how when Lena realized that she has developed feelings for Jimmy, she doesn’t hold it in, but confessed straight out.
Domesticity – The sweet, cozy and comfortable moments between our couple watching TV, arguing over the remote, doing the most basic homely things in each other’s presence, being silent together and basically acting like an old married couple, the happy and content one, without even being in a relationship.
Killer – Needless to say I loved the dog, plus, he was the cause for some hilarious moments and turned up at the most inconvenient instances.
First meeting – The whole donut talk had me giggling and Mal demanding that Lena promise to freak out because of him later – great introduction the story, it set the perfect tone to the rest of the book.
Staring – And Lena didn’t even notice how much she was being a total creeper, but who could blame her. Jimmy, however, never failed to notice the eye stalking which led to loads of fun!
Tackling – Hahaha, one of the best scenes, when Lena tries to stop Jimmy from smoking – needless to say, someone just had to walk in on them.
Lending a helping hand – After having found out about Lena’s small issue, Jimmy doesn’t hesitate to help her in every way possible even if he himself is the root of all evil. Of course, he then acts like a douche – the three-person restaurant date was awkward as hell, but oh so telling. Luckily or unfortunately, that didn’t remain the only embarrassing date, poor Lena.
If you haven’t read this one yet, then take this as a serious warning to get your butt moving and get your hands on it as soon as possible. If you haven’t even started with the first book of the series, then I’m truly sorry, but you’re missing out. Big time! Why is the fourth book so far away?