Stage Dive #4
by Kylie Scott
Narrated by Andi Arndt
Macmillan/Macmillan Audio 8 hours, 8 minutes
Print and E-Book editions: 373 pages St. Martins Griffin/Macmillan March 2015
Audible purchase by blogger. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
Their one night stand wasn’t supposed to end this way…
Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins’ ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the devastatingly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben’s the only man who’s ever made her feel out of control with desire? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn’t looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.
Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She’s his best friend’s little sister, and no matter how hot the chemistry between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he’s not going to go there. But when Ben has a moment of weakness in Sin City, he learns that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible…but will it lead to a true connection of the heart?
One by one, the members of Stage Dive are falling in love. David, Mal, and Jimmy have all taken the plunge, and now it’s Ben’s turn—only he refuses to fall into that trap. The sexy bassist enjoys his no-strings-attached lifestyle. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there. http://kylie-scott.com/books/stage-dive-series/
I am not a big baby person. I seem to lack the gene that turns a woman into a pile of maternal goo over an infant (I think somehow a cat gene was substituted, because my maternal instincts light right up for a kitten). So, given that this book starts off with a pregnancy test, it immediately pushed my emotional involvement with the book down the scale.
I didn’t think much attention was paid to how much pregnancy would change this young woman’s life, nor to what her options were. I thought that Ben’s bandmate Mal’s choler over Ben sleeping with his sister-in-law was a little overboard; as if Mal always does the sane thing.
Important to the story, or at least mentioned a lot, is the age difference between Lizzie and Ben. It was somewhere between six and nine years. Lizzie may have more emotional stick-to-it-ivesness, and Ben, having lived the rock star life, a lot more experience but neither character is really mature. At times Ben seems like he is going to do the adult thing and back away.
The band members for the group that opens on tour for Stage Dive fit into the story, but I didn’t think they were developed enough to merit the degree of the part they play. I didn’t really get their involvement in the story line at all.
There’s a lot more flirting and sexual tension than sex in this one. And there’s a lot of angst.
Sometimes I thought Ben was being the real adult, but at others I was a little worried about this couple, with their mood swings and immaturity would be better off as non-partnered parents. All the guys in this series have hair-triggers, though Ben has the fewest issues of the lot. I think it is interesting how Scott writes Ben’s importance as the true technical artist: the band member who gets the sound right, the one who works with the sound engineers on a song after everyone else has gone off with their girlfriends.
There are some fun twists thrown into the mix, and you might be made to think twice the next time you read anything that slams some celebrity’s significant other.
The climax and resolving make up scene were weak and I didn’t believe the way it was resolved would really have turned the beat around.
It is the last book about a member of this band unless the author adds a band member or they go into the security people or roadies. And I got really addicted to the characters. I don’t think it describes what actual rock stars are like. If it did then they would all be emotional wrecks with short tempers. If they had a real album I would buy it. But this one wasn’t my favorite – In other words I couldn’t get too deeply into DEEP.