Play (Stage Dive #2)
Publication date: March 25, 2014
St. Martin’s Griffin, Kindle ARC, 304 pages
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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?
I don’t read a lot of rock star romances, because sometimes they just feel cliche, but every now and then I give one a try and realize just how much I like them. After discovering Kylie Scott’s Lick last year and loving nearly everything about it, it was a given I would read her follow-up, Play. I just love her characters. I was thrilled to get a chance at reading an early review copy of Play. It was a great, quick and enjoyable read from cover to cover.
There were so many elements to this book that I just flat out loved, but the characters top the list. Anne was a fantastic heroine. She was so believable and real. I love when books put regular people up against famous ones and it was even better in this since she’s had a crush on Mal since she was a teenager. It was so much fun to watch them meet, interact and bond. Their banter was fantastic. Mal was an intense character, but with that intensity came an unexpected humor that I really enjoyed. Mal was a bit of a mess, but he was a lovable one for sure. It took me awhile to figure him out, but once I did, I was hooked on him too.
As Anne and Mal formed their agreement for their fake relationship, I just knew more would come of it than that. These characters had too much chemistry to stay just friends. Play was definitely sexy, but it was also sweet and funny. I haven’t read a book with this many laugh out loud moments since Alice Clayton’s Wallbanger. If you’re looking for a different kind of rock star romance, I would suggest picking up this series. Lick and Play had very different vibes, but both were enjoyable in their own way. I definitely look forward to reading more of this series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.