Lead (Follow, or….) Stage Dive 3, by Kylie Scott



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Stagedive #3
by Kylie Scott
Review Based on: Unabridged Audio
Read by Andi Arndt | 9 hours, 33 Minutes
Audio published by Macmillan/Macmillan Audio  7/29/2014
Print formats published by: MacMillan/St. Martin’s Press/St Martin’s Griffin
e-book 7/29/2014| Paperback  11/26/2014

Audible Purchase.  No remuneration was exchanged, and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

Can rock n’ roll’s most notorious bad boy be tamed by love?

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it—now he’s caught up in a life of hard partying and fast women. When a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant hired to keep him out of trouble.

Lena’s not willing to take any crap from her sexy boss and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far, he just might lose the best thing that’s ever happened to him. Can he convince his stubborn assistant to risk it all and let her heart take the lead?

My Take Oblong

I would say that the bggest problem the couple in this steamy entry in the Stage Dive Series by Kylie Scott is “lack of communication” but because of the mental health issues involved, communication issues are sure to follow.  And when the male love interest, Jimmy, does communicate he is pretty straightforward, hones and insightful.  This tells me the writer wants the character to be seen as taking his sobriety, and the work he did to get there seriously.

He still has emotional management issues though. BIG TIME.

Every so often he wants to go off the wagon, especially in the bad times, but that is where one’s sobriety companion comes in.  And, once again, the band’s drummer, Mal seems like some kind of prescient puck who sees something that will bring two people together.

At some point, Lena realizes she has feelings for Jimmy that do not suit a professional sobriety companion.  The term brings to mind the CBS crime drama ELEMENTARY where Lucy Liu plays sobriety companion, Dr. Jane Watson, to recovering addict and detective, Sherlock Holmes.

I started thinking about what would happen if that TV relationship was more volatile; if Sherlock liked to throw stuff and had a history of parental abuse.  That’s what I picture for Jimmy’s and Lena’s professional relationship.

Lena kind of annoyed me more than anything.  She sounded a bit like an evasive doormat. When things got heavy with her family or with Jimmy, her instinct was to run.  She doesn’t sound as if she takes very good care of herself either.

Do you remember in Twilight, when Bella tells Edward he’s giving her whiplash from the mood swings? Well, Lena must feel that way as she follows a magazine’s list of how to get over a guy.  He’s all for her dating other guys, right?

It seems like the characters have a hard time NOT sabotaging themselves, not getting in their own way.

On the one hand, this book and this series is very hot, and very addictive.  On the other it can feel somewhat light and fluffy.  It deals with weighty issues: death, abuse, betrayal, but then it kind of glosses over them all.

I’ve read all four of these books now and this one had my least favorite hook-ups. Jimmy, who came off in the first book as an asshat of major proportions, had not given up his addiction to asshattery, especially post-coital behavior.

It’s hard to say what exactly is making me really like these books. The biggest issue I have had is that the characters seem to equate sex and love.  Sex is usually a big part of a committed romantic relationship, but it is not the only  part, or even the most important one,  and it feels as if this series makes it the biggest.

My issues haven’t stopped me from buying all four books — which if you know me is a big thing. I have to be really hot for a series to actually lay out money for it.
And, that’s the best recommendation I can give.


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Publisher: http://us.macmillan.com/books/9781427251930

Author: http://kylie-scott.com/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lead-Stage-Dive-Novel-Book-ebook/dp/B00ILYTJS6