Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review: LEAD by Kylie Scott

Title: Lead
Author: Kylie Scott
Stage Dive #3
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
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Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series form New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.

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 have just lost the best thing that ever happened to him.
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"Sometimes you have to cut people loose for your own good."

'Omg, Jimmy' is right! This book brought to light an entirely different side to Jimmy Ferris that I didn't see in the first two books. He started off as this unapproachable guy that was broody and emotionally isolated from the other Stage Dive members because of his past alcohol and drug abuse. Then in this book, in the comforts of his own home, he was actually 'human'. He laughed, he got jealous, he was funny and he was vulnerable. I loved Play and the fun-loving Mal, but Jimmy stole my heart in Lead! Kylie Scott hit this one way out of the park. I swear, she keeps getting better with each book!

"People fucking love their own opinions and are all too happy to throw 'em at you, whether you ask or not.
You have to be happy with yourself."

Lead is the story of Jimmy, Stage Dive's lead vocalist, and Lena his live-in assistant. Both of whom are amazing characters, especially Lena. If you're looking for a strong and bad-ass heroine, Lena is your girl! Curvy, sassy and hilarious. She's the person you can't help but love and root for. This book was completely told in Lena's POV and reading about her unrequited love tore me apart. I felt her pain. And Jimmy... oh, Jimmy, I gushed about him already but I'm going to do it again. He's such a contradiction, experienced yet innocent. The fierce protectiveness he has over his younger brother David was so admirable too. And how he valued Lena's help and friendship... he makes my heart warm.

"You never have to be afraid of me. I'd never hurt you."

It felt like I hadn't read a book with a slow burn in a while. Lead had a slow burn, an incredibly slow and wonderful relationship build-up, even though about half way through I felt like screaming "Just do her  kiss her already!!". I don't think there was a moment that I didn't love and fangirl over. I loved learning that Jimmy stocked the fridge with her favorite chocolate cream pie during her time of the month, that got a good giggle out of me. Another thing I loved about them was how they constantly told the other how great and deserving they were. They were each other's closest friend and greatest support. Don't let the past define you, don't take shit from other people, you're beautiful the way you are. This was what I took away from this book and what made the story so superb. I can't wait for Ben's story and to be with the Stage Dive group again!

"I just want the best for you, 'cause that's what you deserve."

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David Ferris
Brotherly love, it get's me every damn time. That is all.

 
Confessions
"I need you to come back with me, please. I can't stand not having you there...
I'm all about you, Lena. You're my best friend. You're my girl."
Jimmy isn't big on emotion, or talking for that matter. 
So, when he let loose and pretty much begged Lena to come back home, I got all teary-eyed. 
I was waiting for this moment since the beginning it seemsfor him to realize and accept love.
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These books can be read as stand-alone novels but I highly recommend reading them all to get the full "Stage Dive effect". 
Plus, David and Mal are fantastically swoon-worthy as well.

Lick
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(David & Ev)

Play
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(Mal & Anne)

Lead
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(Jimmy & Lena)

Deep —January 2015

2 comments:

  1. Wow. WOW! What a beautiful review layout! You must have send so much time to make it so detailed and beautiful. I'm not that patient. XD As for the book, the series' name seems familiar but I haven't read it. Slow-burn is awesome and if you wished for them to be together it's coz you were impatient and exicted at the same time right? It's anyway much much better than insta-love in my opinion. Finally, THANK YOU for stopping by my blog! Meeting new bloggers is one thing I really love. :D

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  2. I've seen this series around Goodreads quite a bit. I'll have to give it a try seeing as you liked it so much. Rocker romances always make me nervous, though, because I wonder what kind of real future they have when girls are always throwing themselves at the musicians and temptation can be hard to resist. This is fiction, though, so I don't mind living the fantasy. Great review, Jennifer!

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