The fourth book in a highly recommended romance series!
Author: Kylie Scott
Release date: 31st of March 2015
Series: Stage Dive #4
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 271 in e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
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?
Unpopular opinion alert!
This series is without a doubt one of the top of the tops in rocker romance. The endearing characters, the five-star humor, the noteworthy sharp and entertaining dialogue, the swoony moments... everything is excellent and all together they create an irresistible combination.
With the current fourth book in the series, I had some trouble. Unexpected pregnancy stories always are a hit or miss with me, either done as "right" as possible, walking on the narrow edge of irritating, or falling to the pit of ridiculous angsty unreasonable sticky mud. This book had one foot in the pit and the other on solid ground. What annoyed me, and I'm not trying to make excuses for anyone's behavior, I'm imagining myself in the position and I can't judge someone if I can understand their reasoning. I respect Lizzy for how fast she settled with the idea of having a baby, was ready to make sacrifices and was prepared to raise it on her own. I didn't appreciate the fact that she couldn't grasp that, while she could pull herself together quickly, not everyone is as up to the challenge as fast as she. Having a baby together does not mean that you become a traditional family in a second, all the existing problems don't disappear, especially if the baby is a result of a one-night-stand and there wasn't a stable relationship beforehand to begin with. Relationships need trust, time and commitment and a baby is not a band aid to hold the wounds together while everything is hurting or nonexistent on the inside. They were nowhere near even 10% of a secure and understanding relationship. Not everyone is a natural hen mother and can adapt as fast, some need time to get use to the idea and sulking and expecting true everlasting love, because he's the baby-daddy is so naive, simplistic and unrealistic that I got annoyed. Having a baby is not synonyms with a healthy functioning relationship. It's not as he left her without support and cut her loose or denied anything her or the baby, Ben just needed time to digest and I can emphasize with that, not eveyone is an instinctual parent right off the bat, especially if you value freedom and fear commitment as he did. Then again he was insensitive, evasive and a douche for leading her on and not providing her with concrete answers on if there was hope or what was the actual nature or their relationship. They were all over the place. They could have just sat together and put down both of their expectations, because the baby won't wait and they were both equally responsible for the situation.
Generally, Lizzy was likable, but she should have wallowed less and just flat out left Ben if she was so unhappy with him not jumping in front of the altar with her. Seriously, leave the guy, that usually brings them to their senses faster and they come running back if you show some hard as metal backbone. She was also slightly dull, because her life seemed to revolved around school, her sister and dreaming about Ben. He remained somewhat distant to me in the book, it may be to due to his private, observing and introvert character or I simply couldn't connect with him overall. I have to admit, though, that they made an adorable couple when they weren't being whiney, talking past each other, misunderstanding and wallowing in angst. The text messages were cute, the general feel of their relationship was pleasant and they were to some degree a charming couple with a lot of promise. The sister drama, I felt was unnecessary, it was just there for a final conflict. I would have enoyed if Ben and Lizzy had figured everything out on their own account without some involuntary push from the scandal sister.
It was awesome to catch up with the other couples of the series and I loved observing how and where their relationships had developed towards. Mal and his scary yet kind of cute obsession with his sister-in-law was hilarious and comically over-the-top.
Despite me not enjoying this fourth installment as much as I was hoping for various reasons, that might be completely nonexistent to most all others, I still consider it better than a lot of the other sexy romance books flooding the swoony book market in the last years. I don't know if it's the end of the series, but if it is, then I will sorely miss it!