Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick.
Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.
Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?
Time to talk about Stage Dive and the wonderful and funny Malcolm Ericson!
~Stage Dive is a refreshing change to the majority of rock star romances. The rock stars here are human-they have flaws, insecurities, but the desire to love and be loved.
~They are a little different from our typical rockers. David started the trend by being the sensitive romantic and now we have Mal who’s the comical playboy who loves his Mama.
~While I adored Davie in Lick, Mal Ericson completely stole my heart in the second book of this series! Lick was somewhat intense; however, Play is amazingly light and fun.
~Mal added the comic relief in the first book and he did it in this book as well. You never really knew what would come out of his mouth.
“Do I need to know her name?”
“I’ve heard it helps.”
“Maybe for you,” Mal scoffed. “I just call out my own name during sex.”
~Mal’s humor is infectious – I was literally LoLing for most of the book. His and Anne’s banter flows so well and there is a perfect balance of playfulness to seriousness.
“Mal Ericson might be a bad boy, but he was also a good man.”
~Their banter is one of my favorite parts of this story. Kylie Scott makes the conversation so natural. There’s a good balance of being in Anne’s thoughts and with her dialogue with Mal. And while Anne sometimes drove me crazy, I still loved her. She had first been in love with Malcolm Ericson, the famous drummer of Stage Dive, and now she has the real Mal with her!
“Mal’s playing and the music owned me, the smoothness of his movements and his absolute focus. His energy. My face hurt from smiling by the time he reached the chorus.”
~I adored Anne. It takes a special lady to balance Mal. Her banter with him is priceless. While she did appear as a “doormat” in the beginning, it was nice to see her character blossom.
“’Life’s a song, Anne. Let’s play.’ My life hadn’t been much of a song… at least, not up until this point.”
~I just felt that Anne and Mal just worked so well together. Mal was the goofy guy and Anne balanced him out. When times were good, their relationship had you laughing. When times were hard they had to learn to use each other’s strength.
“We could deal with things alone. Of course we could. But it was so much better together.”
The only thing that I wish would have been different from this book would be to have a little of Malcolm’s POV. There are so many scenes that I feel we would have been more involved with the story if we saw where and what Malcolm was up to.
~While I would love to see Mal’s inner thoughts, the story is still amazingly told through Anne’s eyes.
~I totally loved this story. I loved that we got to see more of Ev and Davie, plus we got to get a little more of the other band members that we still have yet to read about.
~It was fun to see Davie and Ev throughout the book. I am waiting on baited breath for the next two books; especially Ben’s. This girl is definitely a Kylie Scott Groupie.