Lead by Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive #3
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: eARC, 288 pages
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As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.
Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.
I’ve enjoyed each book in Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series so far, even though they’ve all had very different vibes. I love the characters. They’re entirely their own and unique. They’re imperfect and they have quirks, but it’s impossible not to fall for them. Lead is by far the most serious book to date and there was just so much MORE to it than the others. (Totally not dissing Lick & Play… I have thoroughly enjoyed each of them!) But Lead just delves into more serious issues and, as a result, has more feels and emotions than the other two. It does this all while not getting overly angsty and still maintaining the humor and sexiness I’ve come to expect from this series.
I loved Lena. She was strong and sassy and a perfect match, both professionally and otherwise, for Jimmy. Jimmy was a mess. (But I freaking adored him!) A former addict with a whole lot of baggage, he was in need of a strong hand. Lena brought that to him. I loved the dynamic between these two. Rather than the “love/lust at first sight” so common in books in this genre, their relationship had time to develop and was much more powerful, to me anyhow, because of that. Of course, I was also really, really rooting for sexy times and it took a little longer to get to that point than I might typically like, but it just felt right in this case. What started as a professional relationship developed into friendship and slowly moved even past that. Mistakes were made. Serious issues were dealt with. It was real and believable and I was completely captivated. I was with them from the start – through the good and the bad, the ugly and the sweet, the fights and the sexiness. I felt every feel and dealt with every emotion.
While Kylie Scott definitely landed on my “authors to watch” list with Lick, she’s moved up to my auto-buy author list now. I’ve never been a huge fan of “rocker romances,” but I will absolutely make an exception for this series. It may be because, while sometimes they hit the stereotypes, there’s so much to them under it all. They’re complex and layered. I love unwrapping them each bit by bit. I can’t ask for much more in a book. I’ll certainly be eagerly awaiting the fourth book in the Stage Dive series!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.