Title: Lead (Stage Dive, #3)
Author: Kylie Scott
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic rock star romance series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.
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 “I Fell For A Narcissistic Ass-hat!” Stars
“Why are you two always kicking each other?” Ben asked, interrupting the heated looks. “Just out of interest?”
Jimmy shrugged. “Everyone has their hobbies, Ben.”
Lead is the book three in Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series. Fuck, I love this series! Each book that is released only solidifies the fact that I am whole-heartedly a fangirl of this author. This series is turning out to be one of the best rock-star series yet! In this third installment we see Stage Dive’s lead singer go down the path that two of his bandmates have succumbed to – the rocky road to love.
“The man was such a show pony, one that I just so happened to be hormonally susceptible to. Blame it all on my girl bits, sure why not?”
As the front man for the famous band, Stage Dive, James Dylan Ferris (a.k.a. Jimmy) has lived the rock star lifestyle hard, taking in his fill of copious amounts of alcohol, drugs and women. After a stint in rehab and after a huge PR fiasco, Jimmy is “persuaded” by the rest of the band and the record company to take on an assistant to steer him far away from further trouble. Jimmy may be a man with addiction issues but the last thing he needs is a glorified babysitter, particularly one that looks like Lena.
Lena Morrissey knows her share of heart-break given her penchant for falling for an array of bad-boy charmers. She has learned her lesson though and, with a new lease on life, Lena is starting fresh and has been hired on as an assistant to the Lead singer of Stage Dive. She is unwilling to take shit from anyone, particuarly from the narcissistic jerk she now works for. Despite Lena’s dislike for the arrogant and self-absorbed rocker, she can’t deny the sizzling chemistry and electrical sparks that ignite each time her and Jimmy are together. The last thing Lena needs is another asshole to add to her list of men in her past. She is determined to keep things professional between her and Jimmy, but damn if the ass-hat rocker doesn’t get under her skin.
This book was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. I absolutely loved the fact that Jimmy and Lena did not necessarily get along at first. These two squabbled over EVERYTHING. It was hilarious. Here you have this egotistical rock star who is used to getting whatever he wants. You throw in an assistant who not only does not put up with his crap but she throws some right back at him and you have a wonderful recipe for hilarity and crazy antics. Admittedly this book was a lot more toned down that Mal’s book (Play); however, the band’s drummer wins the demented and unbalanced award hands down everytime so a tamer book was to be expected. But that does not negate the fact that Lena and Jimmy had their own brand of funny. Let me give you some examples:
I stared at his cock, mesmerized. Even incased in rubber it remained a thing of true beauty. Had I any talent with a pen, I’d have written it poems. A haiku perhaps.
I was hypnotized, helpless. Cock-struck.
An arm shot out, wrapping around my neck, pulling me in against him. His whole body trembled.
“You okay?” I asked.
“Feeling a little emotional, huh?” I petted his hair.
“That’s okay. It was an emotional blow job.”
“Every part of me wanted him, I yearned for him on the cellular level. There could be no escaping emotions of this magnitude. His good and bad, dark and light, his nice parts and his nasty. Everything he was, I loved, and it left me feeling utterly helpless.”
Kylie Scott not only provides her signature humor in this book, but she also gives us a book that is endearingly sweet. Jimmy and Lena become friends first ignoring the underlying sexual tension between the two of them. Lena was quicker to admit her feelings often brooding about her unrequitted love but Jimmy definitely struggled more with all his inner turmoil over the sassy brunette. Jimmy never saw Lena coming. He was so completely unaware about what was actually occuring between the two of them. It made him all the more endearing. Lena pushes Jimmy so far past his comfort zone and Jimmy trys to push her away and, yet, still keep her close. You can’t help but fall in love with the big ole jerk. He has definitely had it rough growing up so it is not hard to see where his aloofness and cool demeanour come from; however, Lena is just the right girl who wiggles her way in past his highly erected walls. She, much like Jimmy’s inner circle, sees past his façade and sees him for the vulnerable and caring man he is underneath it all.
“Don’t hate me, Lena,” he whispered. “You want to be mad at me when I do dumb things, that’s fine. But don’t ever hate me. I couldn’t take that, not from you.”
How could you not fall in love with Jimmy? Gah!
This should really go without saying, but I will make mention of it anyways. This book is smutty goodness at its best! Damn!
“He ate me like a man deprived, starved. He ate me like I was his favorite meal. Vaguely related, apparently singers had excellent tongue control and strength.”
“Is your pretty pussy getting ready for my mouth? I’m damn hungry.”
Jimmy and his “oral skills are enough to melt the panties off anyone. Enough said!
All in all, Kylie Scott has penned another fantastic addition to this series. Lead is a book that I became completely immersed in. I could not read fast enough wanting to see how it would all pan out for Jimmy and Lena. Next up is a book about Ben. It sure can’t come soon enough for me.
The Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott
“Lena, you seen my old black Led Zep shirt?”
“You sure?” His brows became one dark cranky line. The scratches on his face were healing well, thank goodness. Though it didn’t reduce my desire to throttle his mother on a daily basis.
“Yes. I haven’t seen it.”
Can’t find it anywhere…”
“And this is a surprise, how?” I slipped my hands into my back jean’s pockets. “Jimmy, you own more clothing than Cher, Brittney, and Elvis, put together. Things are bound to go missing.”
“Sure you haven’t seen it?”
“For goodness sake, what do you think, Jimmy? That I stole it to sleep in or something?” I laughed bitterly. Sure as hell, the truth deserved a good mocking. I’d sunk so despicably low.
I hadn’t even meant to steal the stupid thing, but the shirt had been mixed up with my laundry a few days ago. It’d been the first top I laid my hand on after stepping out of the shower, ready to go to bed. Without thought, I’d put it on and it’d been so soft, the scent of him lingering beneath the laundry detergent. Every night since, I’d found myself in it come bedtime. My shame knew no limits. And no, I still hadn’t quit. The words still hadn’t come even close to leaving my mouth.
He frowned. “No.”
“That I have some deep secret longing to feel close to you resulting in my stealing your shirt like some creepy perv?”
“Course I don’t fucking think that,” he replied crankily, reaching up to grip the top of the doorframe. All of his bulging muscles stretched the arms of his white T-shirt in the nicest way. It was all I could do not to start drooling, my heart beat taking up residence somewhere down between my thighs. And who could blame it? Not me. Maybe if I got laid, this would go away and things would return to normal. It’d seemed safer to avoid rubbing up against any men just in case I got carried away and started dating again. This new situation, however, changed everything.
“Well, of course not! That would be crazy.” And wasn’t that the god’s honest truth? Cray-zeee. Lock me up and throw away the key because it wasn’t like I didn’t know better.
“Just can’t figure out where the hell it could be.”
Angels couldn’t have smiled as innocently. They might have tried, but they would have failed, the dirty-mouthed, winged, little liars. “Jimmy, I don’t know where it is. But I’ll look around for it later, okay?”
“Yeah,” he said, and then added as an afterthought, “and stop looking at me weird.”
Kylie is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
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