Tuesday, July 29, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: LEAD BY KYLIE SCOTT

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Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.
 
About Lead (Stage Drive #3):


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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.

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OUR REVIEW:

We've loved Kylie Scott and the members of Stage Dive for quite a while now. Since we first read Lick, and then Play I have been an avid obsessor over Kylie's writing, and what might come next for these complicated, zany, outrageously hot men. And I was not disappointed in THE LEAST BIT by one Mr. Jimmy Ferris. 

Right, Court. Kylie has the best sense of humor and if I've said it once, I've said it a million times on this blog: I LOVE to laugh when I'm reading..and Kylie always makes me laugh. The guys in Stage Dive just do not fail me. 

Jimmy as referenced in the books previously referenced, is complicated. He is an addict. He has major, serious, life altering emotional issues. And you know what. He is like kryptonite to me. I love these complicated characters who have to dig waaayyyyyy down deep to find something even remotely redeemable. But you know what Ms. Scott did. OMG. She made us work for it right up to almost the very last page. Did you read that right. I said almost the LAST page. Jimmy was brooding, and funny, and like I said complicated right up to the end. I wanted to throw things (like Lena did I'm sure), I wanted to snuggle him tight when things went awry...but what I did most of all was fall further in love and stay up half of the night reading it. Because, lawd, who needs sleep when a fantastic book must be finished? 

When we first met Jimmy way back when, I just wasn't sure if I could like him. He seemed like a major ass. And honestly, in the vast majority of this book, he was a major ass. BUT!...I learned there were reasons for this and I very quickly appreciated his assholish ways. Even when I wanted to throttle him, I also wanted to laugh with him (he's funny as hell) and ..well, do everything Lena did. Lena was all sorts of awesomeness...

I've been slowly gushing over this book due to facebook teasers (Kylie is a fantastic tease y'all!) and finding out that Lena is one badass chick. She is hired to be Jimmy's personal assistant/sobriety companion...and she definitely has her work cut out for her. She wasn't planning to be so attracted to this foul mouthed asshole, but she (like we couldn't) can't resist him and gets sucked into this world of rockers (aka, dealing with Jimmy, and being harassed by Mal. I would LOVE to be harassed by Mal. He is so freaking funny! Anyways, Lena has the patience of a saint, and without being too spoilery the strength of her character in this book is awe inspiring, and I just love her. 

Man oh man...did I love Lena? Oh YES I DID. I loved her. She's got confidence for days (usually) and she's funny as fuck. I just..she cracked me up with her sass and her ability to snark at Jimmy at all times. She also knew how to handle all of the other boys in the band and their women, AND she was extremely loyal and ..god..really, what wasn't she? Um..that's hard. She was pretty badass all around. I suppose the hardest thing to watch (and I really did feel for her) was the impending implosion that seemed bound to happen between her and Jimmy. I knew it wasn't going to be great..but I just really loved how she handled it. She was so easy to relate to and ...I have the hugest crush on her. HUGE.CRUSH.

The writing of this book is spectacular. I don't know that I can say that enough. The pacing was seamless, the characters are solid...even though they are infuriating. The dialogue is engaging and funny. The steam is ridiculously steamy even though we had to wait a while for it. I love when I can say you must freaking read this book as soon as possible! Or the series if you haven't started it yet. It is a keeper! 

I, too, loved this book. I loved the humor and the complications that were Lena + Jimmy. I loved the other band members. If I had one thing I'd want to see more of..it'd be more of Lena and Jimmy before we got to know them..but really that's because I enjoyed them so much, I wanted to know everything about them.

Shelley: 5 stars
Courtney: 5 stars x a million


Excerpt:
“Lena, you seen my old black Led Zep shirt?”
“Nope.”
“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.”
“I’m not!”

About Kylie Scott:
Kylie Scott

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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The Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott:

Lick (Stage Dive #1): Amazon / B&N / Goodreads
Play (Stage Dive #2): Amazon / B&N / Goodreads
Deep (Stage Dive #4) available on January 6th, 2015: Amazon / B&N /Goodreads

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