Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott

Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott
Published March 25th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
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?

My Thoughts
Play is the second installment of the Stage Dive series, and like the first novel, it's filled with steamy moments and gorgeous rockstars.

Mal Ericson is the drummer of Stage Dive. He's confident, sexy and knows what he wants. However, being in a rock band comes with wild partying and hard drinking. Couple that with an inner struggle to deal with his mother's illness, Mal balances on the side of volitile.

Anne Rollins has had to take care of her sister since she was young. After having her father abandon them and her mother battling with depression, Anne's lost out on the chance of going to college and enjoying her life. She focuses on making sure her sister has what she needs, so she lives with the bare minimum. So, when her roommate takes off leaving Anne with back rent and no furniture, she has to reevaluate a new plan.

When Mal propositions Anne to pose as his girlfriend, she accepts the opportunity as a way of making ends meet, but what soon ensues are sparks and promises that leave them both winded.

There wasn't much to this story that I haven't seen before. It was entertaining to a mild degree, but I would have liked more development of their characters so I could come to like them a bit more. Mal sure knew how to flex his cocky side... no pun intended. However, I wish Anne would have given him a run for his money. Reese's part in this whole story confused me because it seemed his part was to simply make Mal jealous and show his crazy side even more.

Overall, not much to this book. Maybe the next installment will have more substance to the story.
3 Suns

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