Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Lead by Kylie Scott

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Jimmy's finally here!  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.  Read on to find out more and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

About Lead (Stage Drive #3):

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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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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“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.”
“I’m not!”

Review: ★★★★★ stars

I'm not sure whom I love more, Kylie Scott for having written Lead and therefore giving us Jimmy and Lena and the rest of the Stage Dive family, or Jimmy and Lena themselves.  I'll call it a draw and just love them all.  Sometimes my reviews sound very flowery and amaze me at times.  Unfortunately this won't be one of them because my mind is blown and I want back in the world of Stage Dive.  I'm still trying to process all the awesomeness I read.

Let's talk about how amazing Kylie Scott is.  She took Jimmy, who I really did not like in Lick.  Well that's an understatement.  I thought he was a complete a-hole.  Anyhow, she took this cold, cruel man and showed me a side of him I'd never even imagined seeing.  And that's after all the excerpts and teasers Kylie was so gracious to share with all of her readers and fans.  It's not like I didn't know the book was going to be amazing from what I read, but I guess I wasn't expecting what I experienced.

Jimmy's story is all I'd hoped for and more.  I learned so much about him, his history, and what demons afflict him and why.  He's a much better man than he thinks he is. Lena is a total babe.  I want to be her or at least her friend.  She's snarky and on point with her retorts.  I absolutely loved how strong she was and how she stuck to her convictions.  As much as I loved Jimmy, I love the fact this book is told from Lena's point of view.  I don't think I'd be able to survive reading a book from Jimmy's point of view; my panties would melt off and my devotion for him would go borderline scary.  Kylie if you're reading this, any of your Stage Dive titles told from the male point of view would be amazing.  I think they'd sell like electronics do on Black Friday. Just a thought to consider.  

I really thought Mal was the funniest guy in the group, but he has some serious competition from Lena.  If I wasn't laughing out loud, I had a huge grin on my face.  I did also cry at a point and get that wrenching feeling in my chest when a character I love is hurting.  I think it's important to note that while this book is hilarious, hot, entertaining, and as amazing as the other Stage Dive novels I've read, Lead isn't all unicorns and rainbows.  I do wish Jimmy and David's "bitch mother" as Lena likes to call her, would go away.  She's toxic to both of them.  I'd like to get her alone and give her a piece of my mind too.  I'm very excited to find out who Ben is texting so much and the rest of his story.  I think Kylie is going to have a hard time topping Lead.  In my opinion, this is her best book yet.  

About Kylie Scott:
Kylie ScottKylie 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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* A copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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