Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive #2
Release Date: March 25, 2014
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?
Malcolm snuck into my heart when I met him in Lick. Mal is the life of the party, the comedic relief and the guy you can count on. I adored his part in Lick so much that I was ecstatic when I heard he was getting his own book. When I started his story, I had no idea how easily he would completely consume me. I absolutely fell in love with Mal and Anne’s story. Kylie Scott did an incredible job at giving this guy the story he deserves. Mal and Anne are a fantastic pair and they rock this story from start to finish.
“You’re turning out to be kind of a mind fuck for me, pumpkin.”
Anne is a doormat. The people in her life have constantly taken advantage of her kind nature and Mal calls her out on it the moment they meet. Mal is a lot more broken than I ever would have guessed. Behind his crazy sense of humor is a man who is really hurting. The chemistry between these two was palpable from the moment they met. Kylie Scott had the sparks flying and their worlds shifting in a gripping way. Her words created a connection that couldn’t be ignored and it fueled the passion and angst of this story.
“These noises coming from behind me didn’t speak of fun times. No, what these noises referred to was a special particular level of hell called The Morning After a mother truckload of booze.”
Play was the best balance of emotion and entertainment. I laughed hard at the snappy banter between Anne and Mal and the ridiculous situations they seemed to always find themselves in. My heart ached for them both as life took an unexpected turn and forced them to face their fears and admit their deepest secrets. Kylie Scott expertly crafted characters that felt genuine and familiar, forging a bond with the reader and completely investing them in the story.
“That’s how we roll. Shit gets broken, no matter, play on.”
I loved seeing the rest of Stage Dive in this story as well. We get a glimpse into the future with David and Ev and we get to learn a little more about Jimmy and Ben. The small glimpses fueled my need to read their stories too. I loved Play even more than Lick and I am so pleased with how Kylie Scott matured Anne throughout the story and molded Mal into a deep and complicated character. I adored how she had the characters inciting these transformations in one another and growing together. I treasured being able to share in their journey.
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Check out the rest of the Stage Dive series:
Lick (Stage Dive #1)
Lead (Stage Dive #3)
Deep (Stage Dive #4)