Play (Stave Dive #2) by Kylie Scott
I. FREAKING. ADORED. THIS. BOOK!!!!!!!!!!
For those of you who haven’t caught onto the Stave Dive series, starting with the brilliant first book Lick, and get on it now!!! Warning, this review will be told mostly in quotes because I could never replicate the awesomeness that is Ms. Scott’s writing style.
Play is the story of Mal, the playful drummer of Stage Dive, and Anne, the charming and cute girl who works in a book shop. The story starts when Anne is screwed over by a friend who basically steals a bunch of money (not literally) and leaves Anne in the dust, causing Anne to face imminent eviction. After meeting Mal at a party, and a slightly infuriating conversation, Anne finds Mal moved into her apartment the next day, and a proposal she cannot turn down. Mal will front Anne the money and live with her, and she will pretend to be his girlfriend (for somewhat mysterious reasons).So we’ve all heard this plot before right? Whatever. Ms. Scott puts a creative spin on an old idea and truly makes it her own.
Why did I love this book? I had a giant freaking smile on my face the entire time I was reading it. The banter between Anne and Mal is hilarious, and their chemistry even better. Here are a series of quotes from the book to prove my point:
“We start fucking and you’ll be all ‘Oh Mal, I never dreamed such ecstasy was possible. I cannot live without you. Fuck me, Mal. Pleeeeease.'”
“His gaze rested on a young woman browsing in the True Crime section. You’d have thought he’d have enough sense to turn away when she picked up a book on female serial killers, but no.”
“What do I taste like?” “Well like honey and cream and… I dunno, bread?” I scrunched up my nose. “Bread?” “Yes, sexy bread that I could eat all the time because you are so delicious and full of whole grain goodness.”
“It would be beautiful, pumpkin. There’d be little angels, and birdies and you know… all just hanging around watching. Perverts.”
While this book had it’s funny side, it also had serious moments that gave me all the feels. Anne accepted Mal for who he and never expected him to be anything more than what he was. In return, Mal wanted to build something with Anne and did his best to make her happy.
“Don’t have sad eyes, Anne. I can’t fucking stand it when you’re sad.”
“You’re good for me. You take me any mood I come in. I don’t have to be always happy or on around you. You roll with any shit I say and give as good as you get. You don’t let me push you around if it doesn’t suit you and you haven’t asked me to buy you a fucking thing.”
So, needless to say Kylie Scott is now on my mental list of author to automatically buy their books.
Why not a full 5 stars? The story felt a bit unfinished, I would have liked to know what Anne is doing with her life, kind of like how Evelyn decided to keep working in hers and figure stuff out. Maybe it was my late night reading and I missed it, but Anne’s path in life (the parts not including Mal) seemed a bit vague.
Also, and everyone please put the pitchforks down when I say this, but for me, this is what I expected from the Sinners on Tour series. This series blows that one out of the water. (Please don’t attack me! I still love the Sinners).