Deep by Kylie Scott (Stage Dive #4)
Can stand alone, but this is the final in the series. Contemporary Rock Star Romance.
I’m so sad that the Stage Dive Series has come to an end! I love this series! The books are filled with all of my favorite things: romance, sexy times, lots of humor, and a little angst. Deep was a really great addition to the series, though I’d love to see one more to kind of wrap it all up. Though I used a lot of quotes in this review, there aren’t any spoilers, I just want to show how fun it is!
Deep by Kylie Scott features Stage Dive’s mysterious big bearded bass player, Ben, and Anne’s little sister, Lizzy. Lizzy is a 20 year old college student studying psychology, and she has the hots for 28 year old Ben. But Ben has been warned by Mal to stay away from his little sister-in-law at all costs. But when Lizzy got his number and started texting him, a close but secret friendship formed. I loved their text conversations! When they see each other at the wedding, it’s hard to stay away from each other.
Fuck, you’re pretty,” he sighed. “Make me wish for all sorts of shit I shouldn’t.”
“Who says you shouldn’t?” I asked, leaning closer.
“Mal. Your sister.”
“This isn’t about them. It’s about you and me.”
The result of the one night they spent together will last forever.
So I’d been knocked up by a rock star.
Deep breath. Okay.”
Luckily, she doesn’t try to hide it, Ben finds out right away. With an audience.
At any rate, apparently someone had diddled away their shift at the prophylactics factory and here we are. Pregnant.”
Ben loves his life as a musician. He loves having no responsibilities, and being able to sit in with random bands and play any time he wants. He’s living the dream, and he’s not willing to let it go, no matter how much he likes Lizzy. But he will make sure she and the bean are taken care of.
Just give me a chance to catch up and I promise, Lizzy, I will have your back.”
Ben and Lizzy try to find a way to be friends, and he asks her to join them on tour so he could keep an eye on her.
Gave me plenty of opportunities to catch up on my reading and get a jump start on next year’s classes, when I wasn’t with Ben, trying to figure out how he and I could be friends. That the mere sight of him set off my horny hormonalness didn’t help. The hours I spent amusing myself with my hand after one of our visits was plain sad. Pregnancy was crazy.”
Though Ben wanted to only be friends, Lizzy wanted more, so much more. And it was obvious that Ben felt strongly about her as well. And he wanted to do the right thing.
I absolutely LOVED Liz. She was one of my favorite female characters. In fact, she was a little like a female Mal, but not quite so over the top. But her inner monologue cracked me up.
Also, wow, if this was the result of having great sex then I was so never going there again. Not even for mediocre sex. Nothing. I might even rule out masturbation, just in case. You couldn’t be too careful. Random attack sperm could be anywhere, just waiting to get a girl in trouble.”
Ben was no doubt attracted to her.
But he turned Liz into a horny stuttering fool.
Without comment he sat up, grabbing the back of his button-down shirt and pulling it over his head. His chest was so pretty. So hard and big and stuff, it made my IQ drop to my shoe size. Everything about him did. The bearded sex machine turned me into a stuttering fool. Sad but true.”
I loved that we really got to see the other characters we know and love in this series, especially more Mal. He’s awesome as the protective big brother!
With all the skill and speed of a seasoned maile stripper, Mal turned on his heel. “And you, young lady! You are grounded until further notice.”
“Babe.” Anne winced. “That’s not going to fly.”
“And you are never to talk to Ben again. He is clearly a very bad influence on you.” The drummer continued, obvlicious, sneering at his former friend. “Is that understood, Elizabeth?”
And I loved the group of girls and the close friendships formed. I really hope we see a spin-off series with Vaughn or Sam, because I can’t get enough of Kylie’s fun and sexy writing.
- Laugh-out-loud funny.
- Big bearded rock star…yum.
- Lots of Mal.
- I absolutely LOVED Lizzy’s inner monologue.
- The text conversations.
- That Ben steps up and tries to do right by them.
- The realistic attitudes of the musicians. I loved how Ben expressed his love of playing, and how Vaughn expressed his exhaustion.
- I wish we got to know Ben a little more.
- I would have liked more of a series wrap up at the end, hopefully we will see more in future spin-offs.
- As much as I liked Lizzy’s feisty personality, I didn’t like that she was so willing to do nothing while they toured.
- The end felt a little rushed, I would have liked more together time.
Rating: 4.5 Stars, 4.25 Heat
The Down and Dirty:
His laughter, it didn’t really sound the smallest bit amused. “Christ. You’re done here.”
“Ah, no. I’m actually not. Now see, this is where we have a problem.” I folded my arms. Then unfolded them because like fuck I’d look defensive. He was the one in the wrong, not me. “You’re not prepared to take me, or my feelings, seriously. What you want is to hide away in Mr. Too Cool for Commitment land and just play with my affections when it suits you. Okay, I’ve accepted that. But none of that means it’s okay for you to come in here and act like you’re the boss of me. None of it.”
“That so?” he asked, leaning down so that we were almost nose to nose.
“That’s so, baby.” I play-punched him in the shoulder, which it should be noted, I barely came up to. Okay, so maybe the alcohol on a mostly empty stomach had made me slightly/lots braver/sillier. “So why don’t you take your little caveman jealous tantrum bullshit somewhere else. See, I do this funny thing I like to refer to as whatever the fuck I want. Understand?”
He just stared.
“And as pretty as you are with your beard and your muscles, you are too damn tricky and . . . complicated and shit for me.”
“Yes, you are. Are you finally seeing my point here?”
“Excellent. So take your hotness elsewhere, kind sir. I want no part of it!” Huh. I had so told him. Drunken bravado was the best.
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