4.5 "Just Friends" Stars!
“A wounded heart was apparently no competition for an overeager vagina.”
is the fourth and final book in Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series. Fuck, I love this series!
Each book that is released only solidifies the fact that I am whole-heartedly a fangirl of this author. This series is definitely one of the best rock-star series out there in my opinion! With light-hearted funny and hilarious antics, sexy moments that could melt anyone’s panties and heart-warming declarations, you can’t help but fall in love with the Stage Dive crew and the women who fall for them. In this final installment we see Stage Dive’s bass player go down the path that the rest of his bandmates have succumbed to – the rocky road to love. This time it is equipped with the added complication of a baby on the way. Whoops!
“At any rate, apparently someone had diddled away their shift at the prophylactics factory and here we are. Pregnant.”
“So I’d been knocked up by a rock star.
Deep breath. Okay.”
“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.”
We have known Lizzy Rollins ever since the band’s drummer, Mal, fell in love with her older sister, Anne. We know her as the sweet younger sister who develops a massive crush on Stage Dive’s bass player, someone who does not give her the time of day. Someone who has been warned to stay away from her. Ben Nicholson may be attracted to Lizzy but their eight year age difference and the fact that Mal has threatened to cut off pertinent parts of his anatomy if he goes near Lizzy is enough to keep him away. However, Lizzy is one persistent little bugger and despite the fact that Ben has indicated that in no way can they take their relationship to any level past friendship, she can’t help but pursue him diligently. When the pair begin exchanging innocent texts and start to get to know one another even more, their connection deepens and their attraction grows. Matters come to a head one explosive night in Vegas when Ben and Lizzy finally decide to give in to their lust. Their one passion-filled night did not come without any consequences however. Ben’s super-charged sperm somehow make their way in and do their magic. The result is a surprise bun in the oven.
Now Lizzy is preggers and Ben is freaked out. Ben is all about the freedom of the rock and roll lifestyle, completely happy with his life. The news shocks him but he wants to do right by Lizzy and their unborn baby even though he has no idea how to even deal with the entire situation. With a tour about to commence, an incessant obsession with a bearded bass player, raging pregnancy hormones, meddlesome family and a rock star with commitment issues, can Ben and Lizzy make a real relationship between them work?
Kylie Scott not only provides her signature humor in this book, but she also gives us a book that is endearingly sweet. Thrown together by unexpected circumstances Ben and Lizzy decide to become friends and ignore the obvious underlying sexual tension between the two of them. Lizzy was quicker to admit her feelings often brooding about her unrequited love and attempting to accept the fact that Ben may never return her feelings, but Ben definitely struggled more with all his inner turmoil over the feisty blonde and future mother of his child. I loved Lizzy as a heroine. She was obviously shocked and scared about the fact that she was all of a sudden making a human, but she took it all in stride and kept her sarcastically funny personality in tact through it all. Ben never really saw Lizzy coming. He wasn’t completely unaware about what was actually occurring between the two of them; however, he was so reluctant to dive head first into a relationship or even step into one slowly. There were moments that I definitely wanted to punch him in the junk....HARD
! There were also other moments, particularly when he finally came to grips with the fact that Lizzy is the one for him, that made him so endearing and sweet. Lizzy pushed Ben so far past his comfort zone and Ben tries to push her away and, yet, still keep her close. You can’t help but fall in love with the big ole jerk. He definitely did not have a great belief in the institution of love and commitment due to what he experienced growing up so it is not hard to see where his aloofness and cool demeanour come from; however, Lizzy is just the right girl who wiggles her way in past his highly erected walls. She sees and accepts him for who he truly is wanting only to be someone important to him. Truly sweet and beautiful!
“Give me a chance to catch up.”
I just stared at him, trying to keep my cool. Took two to tango, yada yada.
“I’m serious.” His shoulders heaved up and down. “Just give me a chance to catch up and I promise, Lizzy, I will have your back.”
While there was a lot of back and forth between Lizzy and Ben as they struggle through what they mean to one another, there was also a lot of laugh-out-loud humour as Lizzy’s inner monologues were hilarious and fun. With pregnancy hormones running amok and her obsession with her bearded baby-daddy, you just never knew what was going to pop into her head or fly out of her mouth. Not to mention we get numerous appearances by the rest of the Stage Dive family who are all hilarious in their own right, especially Mal. That crazy fucker is still up to his usual antics. I love him and his over-the-top crazy self. I loved how over-protective he was when it came to Lizzy, like any big brother would be. Er....any overly hyper-active big brother. LOL! I sure am going to miss this entire group of wacky nuts.
All in all, Deep
was a wonderful ending to this much beloved series. This entire series is entertaining as all get-out. Seriously. So much fun! For fans of this series, this book is surely one you will love. One that will get you all hot and bothered as well as leave your heart a fluttery mess. And, if you have yet to give the Stage Dive guys a go....what in the world are you waiting for???? Do it....NOW! ;)
“Ben, I don’t want to take your freedom. I just want a place in your world. An important one.”
****An advance reading copy of Deep by Kylie Scott was generously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
He craned his neck, tipping my chin up to make me look at him at the same time. “Sweetheart, you’ve been important since day one.”