Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series is probably my favorite rock star series of all time. Every time she releases a book for each member of the band, I can’t help but fall more and more deeper in love with the characters and their journey to HEA.
Lizzy Rollins has left her wild teenage years behind. Since then she has been nothing but a good and supportive sister to Anne, and a good student. Then she meets Ben Nicholson, Stage Dive’s laid back bass player, and suddenly, Lizzy found herself in the throes of infatuation with Ben.
Despite being warned against pursuing Lizzy, Ben strikes a rapport with her and they started texting each other. Then Lizzy finds out that Ben wasn’t really into her as much as she’s into Ben, which became one of the sources of angst in the book. But the attraction is still there and it all comes to a head during Mal and Anne’s wedding. A few weeks later…she’s pregnant.
Just kidding. Although I’m not really because yes, there is a bit of angst here but it’s not overwhelming. It’s mostly because of Ben who I wanted to hit upside in the head for the better part of the book. The humor and characterization balances out the angst perfectly. Even during some of the more heart-wrenching moments, Kylie Scott still made me burst out laughing.
I loved Lizzy. This author really writes great heroines and I love her for it. Lizzy, just like all her other heroines in this series, is funny and self-deprecating and relatable. Don’t get me wrong, she isn’t at all perfect but I really liked her. I loved her relationship with Anne and Mal and the rest of the band.
Ben…well, let’s just say, it took me awhile to warm up to him. He’s as fine as the rest of the guys but his fear and the way he kept reneging on his promise to Lizzy wasn’t my favorite part of the book. He did get better though and once he got his head out of his ass and got his act together, he was as swoony as the rest of the guys. I just wanted more togetherness between him and Lizzy.
Despite that, I really enjoyed this one. And finally, we got to see the band in action on the road. And that epilogue was really sweet. It was wonderful to catch with other couples as well. I love, love Jimmy and Lena — actually I loved all of them that I am begging — BEGGING — Kylie Scott to write an extended epilogue for all the couples. I want more Ev and David, Mal and Anne, Ben and Lizzy and of course, Jimmy and Lena. Me want more. Make it happen, Ms. Scott.
ARC provided by St. Martin’s Griffin via NetGalley