Chaser

Chaser by Kylie Scott

3 stars 

I think this might be the end of Kylie Scott and me. I loved her early books, but the last few I haven’t really connected with and I’m starting to feel like I’m picking on her when I don’t enjoy a new book.

First things first, what I liked about this book and why it’s a 3 star rating and not lower. Single mother trope, reformed bad boy trope, and the special appearance of Stage Dive. I liked that this book was from Eric’s perspective because we got to see his growth, but I wish we had dual POV because Jean fell so flat as a character.

I didn’t feel the connection between Jean and Eric, I felt more of a connection or bond that he had with her daughter. I really enjoyed his interactions with the baby. Nell ragging on him the whole book got on my nerves, but even more so when she suddenly changed her mind and was all Team Eric.

Also a pet peeve thing that probably doesn’t bother other people but bugs the shit out of me, the author is writing American character but through this whole series has them referring to things with Australian or British terms. It takes me out of the book because people who grew up in the USA wouldn’t say these terms unless raised with a strong British background. But, it’s probably just me who is annoyed by that.

Anyways, this book was a great escape from reality, I think lots of readers will love it but it didn’t really rock my world.

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Trust

Trust by Kylie Scott

2 stars 

It really pains me to say this, but I did not enjoy this book. Kylie Scott is a go-to author for me, she’s written some of my favorite romances ever, but this one fell flat for me.

Trust is about Edie, a seventeen year old who finds herself a hostage in a convenience store robbery. Having just popped in for a few things, the entire encounter changes her life and leads to her decision to leave private school and her so called friends behind and attend public school.

At her new public school, Edie begins to cross paths with John, a boy who was stuck during the convenience store robbery himself. Because of their bond from the tragic night, they begin to form a friendship that means a lot to the both of them. Edie begins to make other, more loyal friends at her new school as well, and things seem to be looking up. But as can be expected, feelings for John begin to form, but does John like her back?

This book started out really strong, but then around 30% slowed down a bit for me. The pacing was a bit off throughout most of the book, and with an unclear plot for most of it. That combined with a rushed ending made it difficult for me to truly enjoy this book. I also didn’t care for John, he and Edie seemed to have zero chemistry, on top of his lack of personality. He wasn’t developed well enough.

I loved that we got a plus sized heroine, Kylie Scott has always shown readers that beauty is more than a skinny body. I respect that she challenges traditional standards of beauty. Plus sized women are often seen as undesirable, and that’s just not true. I also liked the friendship between Edie and Hang, I love seeing stories that portray healthy and supportive female friendships.

According to the Goodreads definition “Young-adult fiction (often abbreviated as YA) is fiction written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents and young adults, roughly ages 13 to 18.” Considering this book contained graphic sexual content that I in my job as a public librarian would not feel comfortable handing to someone 13-15 years old (and 16 is stretching it), I do not consider this YA. I’ve seen lots of reviews citing this as “YA I actually like to read, and I don’t like YA”. Well….. that’s because it’s not YA. This was a contemporary romance novel meant for readers 17 and up. That’s my professional opinion, I understand if you disagree with me.

Obviously I am in the minority when it comes to this book, there are a ton of favorable reviews out there and I encourage you to read them. Also, everyone has different reading tastes, mine fall pickier than others, so I think you should pick up this book and decide for yourself.

ARC provided by the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 

Dirty

Dirty by Kylie Scott

3.5 stars

“I’m not that asshole, picking and choosing which bits of you suit him and expecting you to change the rest. I’m into you, Lydia. All of you.”

So again I appear to be the wildcard when it comes to books everyone loves. I adore Kylie Scott, I think she’s a wonderful author and person and I will read anything she ever has to write without question. So while I didn’t love this book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and there were so many parts that were absolutely splendid.

Dirty is the story of Lydia, and we meet her first as she’s running from her wedding day. Lydia obtained some disturbing news about her fiancé which causes her to flee. Running as far away as next door, Lydia finds herself in Vaughn’s bathroom, where he finds her in the bathtub. Vaughn is home from on the road, a musician in limbo not sure what his next gig will be. The two have an instant attraction, but neither one of them is sure where their future lies in the balance of things. Vaughn knows he isn’t staying and Lydia knows she needs a new life plan.

As a last minute thing, Lydia and Vaughn end up taking shifts at Vaughn’s sister’s bar. Here we meet many new characters, all of whom I hope are getting their own books. And as time ticks down Vaughn and Lydia find they need to face their own future, whether it be together or separate.

“Look up ‘hot’ in the dictionary and there’ll be Vaughn, making eyes at you from the page.”

Kylie Scott never fails to entertain in her books. I always find myself reaching for her books when I’m in a slump or feeling sad because she has such a way with words and the magical powers of making me smile whenever. I loved the start of Vaughn and Lydia’s relationship, how they met was just so damn humorous and unique, I couldn’t help but fall in love with them a little bit.

What didn’t work as much for me was near the end of the book, I didn’t see how Vaughn and Lydia’s short time together could merit such strong angsty feelings with being separated. Sure they were attracted to each other, in fact Vaughn was obsessed with Lydia’s boobs, but I found myself more interested in what was happening with the side characters near the end of the book than what was happening with Vaughn and Lydia. The secondary characters took over the second half of the book and while I loved that, I felt Lydia and Vaughn could have used a bit more relationship development for my reader tastes. But I honestly think I am alone in this opinion, so please please please read it and make up your own minds.
And I am ridiculously excited for the next book in the series! Just had to put that out there.

“It might sound all Oprah, but my happiness needed to come from me. I knew that now.”

ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Blurb
The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and
cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty?

 

About the Author:

Kylie Scott

Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

 

Kylie is represented by Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, New York.
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Deep

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Deep (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott

4 stars!

These books are hands down my favorite rock star series! I’m so bummed it’s over.

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This last installment (cries) is the story of the Stage Dive bass player Ben and Mal’s sister-in-law Lizzy. Lizzy is a young college student who worked hard to get where she is at, along with her sister Anne’s help. When Anne and Mal began seeing each other, Lizzy met Ben and developed an immediate crush on him. Ben has been warned away from Lizzy by Mal, but this doesn’t stop Lizzy from pursuing Ben on her own. Obtaining his cell phone number, Lizzy and Ben strike up a friendly rapport, with sexual tension in the subtext, but Ben insists that they must remain friends. Over time, feelings develop and grow stronger until one night between them changes everything.

This book begins with Lizzy discovering she is pregnant, and shows us their story in flashbacks. Once Ben discovers he is about to be a father he completely freaks out, claiming that he never expected to have a family and that he was too ingrained in the rock and roll lifestyle to be a good father. Lizzy, having chased him around for months doesn’t expect much from Ben, but hopes that he can open himself up to her. Ben invites Lizzy on tour with him so she can be near while she’s pregnant, but it leads to uncomfortable situations for everyone.

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I love the Stage Dive series. Kylie Scott has done an amazing job as an author delivering to us original, unique stories with different plot lines in each installment. Lick was very serious and angsty, Play was funny and playful, Lead was about fighting your demons, and Deep is about accepting what comes to you and knowing you deserve to be loved.

I honestly love the books the most in the order in which they were released. First book is my favorite and so on, making Deep my least favorite of the series, but still a fantastic ending for these characters. I guess the reason I didn’t love it as much as the others was I had a difficult time with Ben and where he was coming from. There was so much frickin whiplash from him towards Lizzy and there were times I wanted to reach in the book, smack him and tell him to wake up and see the amazing woman he landed! Lizzy is what saved their romance for me because she saw Ben for who he was, and she never wanted to change him. She just wanted a spot in his life and to love him for him.

I loved that we got a taste of all of the couple in this one, like Jimmy and Lena and a glimpse at their future. Anne being the sister meant that we got a bit more Mal in this book (yay!!!), and a little bit of Eve and David too. There was a surprise plot bomb dropped in this book was Martha, and I’d really like to get some answers on that! Maybe a novella or a spin off book please? I also wished this book was longer than it was. But maybe I’m just selfish.

**Arc was provided in exchange for an honest review**

Deep Pre-release Blitz!!

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Excerpt:

“Where have you been?” My sister rushed forward, catching me up in a tight hug. “I’ve been trying to call you all day. We checked everywhere and couldn’t find you.”

“Sorry. I just needed some alone time.” I squeezed her back, unable to stop from smiling. The thought of Anne turning her back on me had scared me more than I liked to admit.

“Well, I get you might want that.” She stepped back. “But you could have told someone.”

“You can’t just disappear like that.” And Ben kept right on frowning. “Shit, Liz, you’re pregnant.”

“Don’t upset her,” snapped Anne.

Ben ignored her. “I don’t know what the hell’s going on in your head. But you need to let me know where you are.”

My eyebrows went up and my mouth opened, ready to rip him a new one.

“She doesn’t answer to you. She’ll let you know if and when she decides to let you know,” said Mal, laying down the law to his bandmate before turning my way. “You will text your sister next time you decide to go wandering for a day, understood?”

My mouth, it still hung open.

“Christ, man.” Over and over, Ben’s hands rolled into tight fists before releasing again. “Can you cut the shit and get off my back for a fucking minute?”

“Don’t swear at him.” My usually sensible and staid sister poked a finger dead center in Ben’s broad chest. “You’re the one that caused this mess, thank you very much. She might still be a little young and naive, but you’re definitely old enough to know better.”

“That’s right.” Standing about as tall as a skyscraper, despite only coming up to Ben’s nose, Mal stared him down. Or up. Whatever. “This is a family matter. You can leave, thanks.”

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 Meet Ben and Lizzy on March 31st!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1In7cek

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1N8QEb1

Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/1CT657M

 

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1InexuC

 

iBooks: http://apple.co/1EDEQcc

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Blurb

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins’ ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben’s the only man she’s ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn’t looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

 

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She’s his best friend’s little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he’s not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible…but will it lead to a connection of the heart?

Stage Dive Series Reading Order

Lick (Book One)

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1InglUf

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1OtJpxU

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1LQBlbE

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1Hwdc78

iBooks: http://apple.co/1C6eRf6

Play (Book Two)

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1InhStu

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1DRefNN

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1EDFuqc

Kobo: http://bit.ly/19Mnylr

iBooks: http://apple.co/1CT8FKX

Lead (Book Three)

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1G9pd0x

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1OtLJVr

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1N35Jgb

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1BoiDwN

iBooks: http://apple.co/1GNre0u

Deep (Book Four)

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1In7cek

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1N8QEb1

Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/1CT657M

 

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1InexuC

 

iBooks: http://apple.co/1EDEQcc

 

 

About the Author:

kylie

Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

 

Kylie is represented by Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, New York.

 

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Play by Kylie Scott

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).