Title: Play (Stage Dive, #2)
Author: Kylie Scott
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller LICK.
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?
5 "Mal Loves Anne's Clitoris" Stars!
“Hello, Anne’s clitoris. It’s me, Malcolm, your lord and master.”
“Oh, god, no.” I covered my face with my hands. “Please don’t.”
“Shh. This is a private conversation.” He brushed hot feverish kisses up and down the lips of my sex. My stomach tensed so hard it hurt.” “Look at you all pretty, pink and excited. Don’t worry, I’ll look after you.”
“If you don’t stop talking to my vagina I’m going to kill you.”
And…BAM! The above essentially sets the tone for what you are in for when it comes to Play, book two in Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series. What a fantasticaly funny, sexy and sweet ride Mal and Anne’s story turned out to be. I loved every word and this book definitely solidified the fact that I am now whole-heartedly a fangirl of this author. This series is turning out to be one of the best rock-star series yet!
Twenty-three year old Anne Rollins is in a huge predicament. Her bitch of a roommate has left her high and dry leaving her with some serious money issues. Anne has no idea how she will now be able to afford to pay rent and to also to help her younger sister with college. When her neighbor from next door forces her to attend a party instead of allowing Anne to wallow in her misfortune, Anne has no idea that she will meet her teenage idol crush nor does she expect that her quiet and somewhat boring existence will be swallowed whole by a larger-than-life rock-star drummer with a crazy proposition.
“Every part of him was sublime, body and soul. The good and the bad and the difficult.”
“I’d sell something important to see his bare ass. My books, my e-reader, my soul, whatever was necessary.”
Mal Ericson is the drummer for the band Stage Dive. He’s confident. He’s loud. He’s fun. He is wild and most definitely a lovable but exhausting whirlwind. Circumstances beyond his control have him attempting to clean up his lothario ways. He needs to stay away from his groupies and quick lays and find himself a good girl. This temporary solution is one that he is determined to follow through with despite his raging libido. But what happens when his “good girl” becomes the “right girl”?
"You come across as this happy go lucky type dude most of the time, but you are in fact a man of many layers. You're kind of complicated."
Mal, being the crazy and energetic firecracker that he is, moves himself into Anne’s apartment and convinces the lovely Anne to let him stay essentially helping her out with rent and her money issues. In exchange, Anne is to pretend to be his girlfriend. Anne has no real defenses up against the determined sexy drummer that is able to charm the panties off any female….and perhaps many males, too. Anne agrees to the “arrangement” and the pair set up some boundaries which they soon find themselves ignoring all together.
Anne quickly discovers that Mal may be the life of every party and is always one to quickly diffuse a tense situation with his quirky humor, but when it comes to his own issues he is as closed-off as they come. Mal has his secrets and Anne does not want to push too much as she is not one to be a completely open book either. Can they learn to trust one another enough to lay it all out on the table? Will Mal and his life of fame simply be too much for Anne to take?
Kylie Scott did everything right with this book (and with this book’s predecessor, Lick), in my opinion. I am not the biggest fan of over-the-top angst and bullshit that is present in so many books now-a-days so it is so refreshing to read a series void of inconsequential crap and what you get is simple and sweet romantic fun, witty dialogue, panty-dropping sexy times and just the right amount of drama for the book to not be all sunshine, butterflies and colorful unicorn farts. Ms. Scott manages to come up with incredibly fascinating characters that are real and deal with life very believably. Both Anne and Mal had their issues but it never became so angsty that the eye-rolling would have to commence on my part. They were simply a guy and a girl who found love at a time when they were least expecting it. Oh…and throw in a crazy rock band as close as family and the fame and fortune that comes with being in the limelight. No pressure for the two to make it work. Nope. No pressure at all.
I most definitely have to mention just how HILARIOUS this book is. I literally laughed throughout most of the book. Mal’s penchant for saying the wacky and unexpected made for quite the entertaining book. And, I loved the fact that Anne gave as good as she got. She may have been in a relationship with a freakin’ rock star but no way was she letting said rock star walk all over her. The witty banter exchanged by Anne and Mal was priceless. Some of my favorite exchanges can not go unmentioned:
“Your pubes,” he said, angst filling his voice. “Where are they?”
“Well, stop it. I want cute carrot colored pubic hair like on the top of your head. I deserve it.”
“If he started yelling about sexual healing again I’d throw him out, cool furniture, drum kit, and all. Or I’d lick him all over. With my current confusion and stress levels, chances were 50/50.” ~Anne
“Whatever you’re imagining, it’s bigger.”
“I’m not imagining anything.”
“I’m serious, it’s basically a monster. I cannot control it.”
“You’re pretty much going to need a whip and a chair to tame it, Anne.”
All in all, Play was a wonderfully fantastic book that proved that Kylie Scott is a brilliant author. The lines get blurred and things heat up when Stage Dive’s drummer and his good girl take a wild ride on their way to a happy forever. I loved it and this book definitely got me excited for the next book about the lead singer, Jimmy, quite appropriately entitled Lead.
Book 1 – Lick
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Australian Romance Writer.