Drumline by Stacy Kestwick
Narrated by Tracy Marks and Stephen Dexter
New Adult Standalone
I am not usually a lover of New Adult books. Reading about someone my son’s age gets a little weird sometimes. But being a band mom, and knowing Stacy was going to be at Wicked Book Weekend I grabbed Drumline on audio. I have never read a book about marching band or drumline, so I immediately liked the unique premise, and the story did not disappoint.
Reese was a kickass heroine. I loved that she was one of the rare women to try out for an all-male team known for hazing and she whooped ass at it! She went in expecting there to be issues with her sex, but what she didn’t expect was to have crazy chemistry with one of the heads of the snare line, Laird Bronson. (The unsexy name ruined him a little for me).
When one of the other guys gave her shit, she stood right up to him.
“Here’s the thing.” Reese spoke softly, stopping me in my tracks, and Marco was forced to lean in closer to hear her. “When I sleep with someone, I don’t want him to still need practice at it. I prefer my men to already know what the fuck they’re doing in the bedroom.”
Silence descended on our group as her words hung in the air.
I might have fallen in love with her. Just like that.
She was independent, sometimes stubborn, but so determined to be the first female on the team, nothing would stand in her way.
“Yeah, this wasn’t a girl who’d let me do the dirty work for her, slay her dragons while she cowered in the ivy-covered tower. Reese would be on the front lines, carving her own path and wielding her own sword. And I wanted to be the one to have her back on the journey.”
They knew getting involved could be a problem, but Laird, that dirty talking hottie, was pretty irresistible.
“Don’t tease me, Reese. I’m completely serious when I say I plan on ruining you for every other guy, fucking you hard and fast, slow and deep, and every combination in between.” He paused for a minute to let that sink in before he continued. “And then there’s all those other sexy fantasies I’ve had about you. I’ve been dreaming of us for two weeks now. Get your rest tonight. You’re gonna need it, because my imagination is one horny motherfucker.”
There was a great balance of humor, sexiness, conflict, angst and romance in this story, and I very much enjoyed the listen!
- Totally unique premise.
- Humor and banter.
- A kickass, strong heroine.
- A villain you love to hate.
- A romantic, dirty-talking hero.
- A heroine you want to hang with.
- Kind of an abrupt ending.
- A few lines made me cringe a little, but maybe because of the age thing.
- Though I believe in instalove, I would have liked the to see the connection build a little more.
- There was a whole background part of the story, a connection they had, that I would have loved to have seen expanded upon.
Tracy Marks and Stephen Dexter were perfect for their roles. I think the book translated very well to audio, and the narrators made it even better.
The Down and Dirty:
Rating: 4 Stars, 4 Heat, 5 narration