Review: Stage Dive Series by Kylie Scott

Review: Stage Dive Series by Kylie Scott

Over the holiday season, I read A LOT of books. So many. I tore through them because I could and because I was on a small break of my own. Today’s books (that’s right, plural) are just some of the ones that I read. These are the Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott.

Stage Dive is the rock-star-studded series about commitment phobic rock-gods, the women they fall in love with, and the major groveling these rock-stars do to keep these ladies in their life. These are cute books, heavy on the romance, a bit lighter on the music, but still fun to see these characters fall in love. If you pick these books up, I hope you liked them as much as I did.


Book: Lick: Stage Dive 1
The Lovers: Evelyn Thomas & David Ferris
Tropes: Vegas Wedding, Accidental Marriage, Drunken Wedding, Rock star, falling in love with your spouse, trust issues, slow burn, virgin female
Hotness: Not Safe For Mom
Rating: 3

What would you do if you woke up hung over in a Vegas hotel room married to a world famous rock star? Freak out sounds about right. Which is what Evelyn Thomas does. After parting ways with lead guitarist of Stage Dive, David Ferris, Evelyn discovers her life is never going to be the same. She and David need to navigate what the future holds and if they this is a marriage they want to fight for. Whisking Evelyn away to his private home on the coast of California, Evelyn and David spend the time getting to know each other…while slowly falling in love.

What I liked: 

  • Evelyn demanding she stand on her own even though David offers to pay for rent/school/life.
  • David being protective and generally super sweet whenever Evelyn is concerned.
  • Evelyn’s best friend and brother being amazing side characters.
  • David not pushing Evelyn in the second half of the book after THINGS happen.

What I didn’t like:

  • Evelyn is a saint among women for taking David back. Not gonna lie, if my guy did anything like David did, it would take a HELL of a lot more than David’s groveling to get me back. And even then, might be iffy.
  • It took me a while to like Jimmy. He’s kind of a douche-nozzle.
  • Evelyn’s parents were disappointing.

Quote
“You make me tremble in fear, rest assured.” The smile he gave me made me tremble, and fear had nothing to do with it. “BUt I married you, Evelyn, because you made sense to me. We make sense. We’re a whole lot better together than apart. You notice that?”

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Book: Play. Stage Dive 2
The Lovers: Anne Rollins & Mal Ericson
Tropes: Fake dating, roommates, family drama, apology puppy, dealing with illness
Hotness: Not Safe For Mom
Rating: 3

Anne’s roommate just bailed on her. Took all the furniture and left without paying her portion of the rent. Anne needs to find another source of income. STAT. Mal Ericson needs a fake girlfriend…he’s just not going to say why. After meeting Anne through their mutual pal, Evelyn, he’s decided she’ll be the perfect fake girl for him. In the span of one evening, Evelyn goes from roommateless to rooming with the drummer from Stage Dive. How on earth did that happen? What starts out as a simple agreement, turns into friendship, which turns into something more.

What I liked:

  • The fun and joy Mal brings to Anne’s life.
  • Anne’s relationship with her little sister, Lizzy.
  • The surrogate family Anne gains.
  • The ever persistent family that is Stage Dive

What I didn’t like:

  • Mal’s overexhuberance was a bit too much for me at times.
  • Mal suddenly being monogamous felt a bit forced to me.
  • The reason and fact Mal kept THE THING ™ a secret.
  • The odd love triangle with Anne’s bff/boss.

Quote
We could deal with things alone. Of course we could. But it was so much better together.

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Book: Lead. Stage Dive 3
The Lovers: Lena Morrissey & Jimmy Ferris
Tropes: Boss/Employee relationship, just fuck it out of my system, man doesn’t know what Love is, former drug addiction
Hotness: Not Safe For Mom
Rating: 2

After getting out of rehab, lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy Ferris hires a live in assistant to help him stay out of trouble. Enter Lena. She’s vibrant and won’t back down, taking no crap from her boss. They don’t always see eye to eye, but there is a growing respect between them. And for Lena, that growing respect turns into something more. As they spend more time together, both Lena and Jimmy struggle to keep their relationship professional despite their sizzling chemistry. Yet when Jimmy pushes Lena too far, he realizes he might lose her for good and needs to convince her to take a chance on him again.

What I liked:

  • Lena’s sass is legendary. I loved that she didn’t back down even when dealing with all the unruly band members.
  • The small hints here and there to the next book.
  • Jimmy’s attempts to “help” Lena get back into the dating world.
  • Jimmy encouraging Lena to pursue photography as a profession

What I didn’t:

  • Truth be told, this was my least favorite book. Jimmy was not my favorite band member. His mistakes were many and his groveling was a bit self-centered.
  • The fact Jimmy didn’t know/recognize what love is and the fact he didn’t come to the conclusion himself.
  • Jimmy was fairly manipulative and overbearing when it came to Lena. It made for an unhealthy balance in the relationship.

Quote
“I need you to come back with me, please.” His breath warmed my ear. The heat of his body beckoned against my back. “I can’t stand not having you there, not knowing what you’re thinking, what you’re doing, not being able to tell you things and share them with you. It’s just…nothing’s the same. i hate waking up without you and I worry constantly that you’re okay, that you’ve got everything you need. Look, the truth is, I’m all about you, Lena. You’re my best friend. You’re my girl.”

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Book: Deep. Stage Dive 3
The Lovers: Lizzy Rollins & Ben Nicholson
Tropes: Oops! We made a baby, One night stand mistake, forbidden relationship, best friend’s sister-in-law
Hotness: Not Safe For Mom
Rating: 3

Ever since her sister, Anne, started dating Mal, Lizzy’s girl-hood crush on Ben Nicholson, Stage Dive’s bass player, has only increased. They flirt. They text. And in between their flirting, they both come to cherish the friendship they’ve built. As much as Lizzy knows Ben isn’t looking for anything permanent, he makes her feel safe and cherished and desired. Ben knows Lizzy’s off limits. He’s Mal’s little sister, someone he shouldn’t touch no matter the chemistry between them. Yet one night in Vegas is about to change everything between them. A few months later and two positive pink lines, Lizzy finds herself pregnant and permanently connected to Ben. Now Ben and Lizzy need to learn what this new changes means for them and their budding relationship.

What I liked:

  • Ben’s care for Lizzy while she’s pregnant is super cute.
  • Ben being a super caring and sweet individual (for the most part).
  • Lizzy and another wonderful character being pregnant together and commiserating about that.

What I didn’t like:

  • Same as in Lead, Ben groveling didn’t seem as sincere as I wanted it.
  • Ben’s sister Martha playing the evil sister (which she also does in Lick).
  • Ben’s first reaction to hearing about Lizzy’s pregnancy.

Quote
“Sweetheart, you’ve been important since day one. Only girl I kept coming back to. Didn’t matter how far I ran, I couldn’t get you off my mind. Never been this way about another woman.”

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