Lick (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive #1
Also in this series: Lick: Stage Dive 1, Lead: Stage Dive 3, Play, Deep
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: July 1st 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Evelyn Thomas's plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.
One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll's favorite son is sure to be a wild ride.
I love rock stars. I can’t tell you why, because I’m not even sure. I see ‘rock star’ and, oops, autobuy. It’s a weakness. That doesn’t mean I love every rock star I read, though. More often than not I’m disappointed. Despite the unrealistic nature of the circumstances (rock stars are almost always a bad bet), I need the story to be believable.
I thought the romance here moved pretty fast. Ev didn’t remember their only night together, so it made sense she’d be freaked to find out she married a stranger. It also made sense that she’d want to take things slow. What frustrated me is how quickly she fell in love. They were only alone a few days and she felt sure she knew him and loved him. It seemed more like infatuation than love. Her concerns over his past and how reticent he was with the details made sense. I just wish she’d pushed a little harder before falling into him.
I did like that David took time deciding about their relationship before plunging in (the second time). What I loved was their connection. David clearly felt something for Ev. He was a sensitive musician who felt things deeply. Having the story told from Ev’s POV meant seeing David through her eyes, which highlighted how wonderful he was. If the romance had been stretched longer than a few days, I could have easily believed they were in it for the long haul.
Having said that, I started this at 1a.m., thinking I’d read a chapter before going to sleep. I finished at 5a.m. I couldn’t put it down.
This was an angst filled story. The drama really worked. The problems with the band, the uncertainty of their relationship, their insecurities, it all made for a darker read. I enjoyed that. Though it isn’t my favorite of the series and I had some problems with it, I can’t deny I enjoyed the story.
3.25 out of 5