Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive #2
Publication: March 25th 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: New Adult
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Cover Rating: 5/5 (Hot damn!)
Overall Rating: 5/5
Readers the world over fell in love with sexy drummer Mal in Kylie Scott’s first Stage Dive novel. Fiction Vixen gushed, “Mal is one of my favorite parts of the book” while Mandi at SmexyBooks called him “a total smart ass and I’m already in love with him.” Now, Kylie Scott is back, and this time it’s bad-boy Mal’s turn to fall in love.
The drummer in a wildly successful rock band, Mal’s never had trouble with the ladies. It doesn’t hurt that he’s sexy as hell with a wicked sense of humor. But as much as Mal loves his ladies, romance and happily-ever-after just isn’t in his set of cards. Until one night, Mal meets the woman of his dreams. But can this cynical rocker ever trust in love?
“What I need is a girlfriend… well, a pretend girlfriend, and you, Anne Rollins, are perfect.
First a quick history lesson… I read Lick, the first Stage Dive book a few months before and it wasn’t bad but I didn’t love it either. It was a very okay three star read for me. So that’s been the reason why I waited this long to start reading Play. And shame on me. SHAME ON ME FOR THAT! I should’ve read it sooner and I really regret it now because I loved Play to bits and pieces!
MAL! Oh god, how do I even begin to describe him or my love for him. He’s my ultimate rockstar wet dream. Not only is he unbelievably sexy, he also has a sensitive side in him. And of course he’s freaking hilarous. I mean just look at some of the quotes below—I can’t even…
He was quite the hyper active person. I was getting exhausted just reading about him (in a good way). He sure was a lot of work. AND he’s the drummer of Stage Dive. I loooooove drummers! So basically he’s perfect. He really is. And damn, he was fantastic in this book! I couldn’t get enough of reading about him. I even had to stop myself from reading at some points because it was getting really late. It was getting out of control, seriously. Don’t you just love books like that?
“Life’s a song, Anne. Let’s play.”
Not only did I enjoy this book because of Mal—although he was a big, big, big part of it—I also genuinely liked Anne, which came as a bit of a surprise to me. I loved her voice and inner thoughts. She was pretty funny too. I also liked the way she was concerned for a little sister and the way she could handle Mal. I mean, seriously, not a lot of people can handle Mal. He’s… Mal.
Of course not the whole book was fun and games. There were some pretty glum parts and scenes where I was feeling really sad but it gave the story a little more of the depth that I was looking for in Lick. It’s always nice to see a book or series getting better, especially if it’s #2 in a series since you don’t often see that. I loved it.
Good god, this man had energy to spare like he snorted sugar.
We also saw some more about the characters we got to know in Lick like Evelyn and the other Stage Dive members. It was kind of nice seeing them again, seeing how they’re living now. Also the premise for the next two Stage Dive books was definitely set already with soms things in Play. Very nice done, I’d say!
Overall, Play by Kylie Scott was a perfect sequel to Lick. Even more so, I enjoyed it loads more than the first book… Kylie Scott definitely has won me over with her Stage Dive series. I couldn’t get enough of it, loved it, was so engrossed in it… I couldn’t have asked for a better book! And I’m definitely looking forward to Jimmy’s story in Lead! Bring it on, baby!
“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.”
“Stick your dick in’?” I asked, my brows probably touching. “Did you actually just say that?”
“Make love. I meant make love … of course. I would never just stick my dick in you. I would make mad, passionate love to this sweet, sweet body of yours for days, no, weeks. It would be beautiful, pumpkin. There’d be little angels, and birdies, and you know … all just hanging around, watching. Perverts.”
Life could be a strange and beautiful thing sometimes. Other times it was just a disaster. But sometimes beauty won out.
Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.