Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive #3
Release Date: July 29, 2014
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.
Holy book hangover. Lead is absolutely phenomenal. Kylie Scott continues to raise the bar for rock star book boyfriends everywhere. Jimmy is rock star perfection and his story was both emotionally exhausting and incredibly fulfilling. Kylie could not have written a better match for Jimmy than she did with Lena. I was ecstatic to see Stage Dive back together for Jimmy’s story. David and Ev, Mal and Anne, and Ben all play crucial roles in filling out this beautiful story and letting us experience the real Jimmy through their relationships. His story was unexpected and incredibly moving. I loved every minute of this book.
“The sight of him failed to soothe my heart however on account of it being the most clueless organ in existence.”
Lena is a force, plain and simple. From the minute we met her, I absolutely loved Lena. She is witty, smart, funny, strong, loyal and fierce as hell. She doesn’t back down from a challenge and she speaks her mind, making her the perfect match for the mess that is Jimmy. When Jimmy pushes her, she pushes right back. Honestly, Jimmy didn’t do much for me in Lick and Play. I didn’t know much about him and what I did know didn’t exactly endear him to me. Getting inside this complicated man’s head altered my perception of him irrevocably. Jimmy is so much more than his struggle with addiction or his raging temper. He is a survivor.
“Also, Jimmy was not a particularly nice guy the bulk of the time. A general lack of interest in, and consideration for, everyone else inhabiting the planet was his go-to setting.”
Jimmy and Lena’s journey is messy. The messiest by far in the series. They both carry so much baggage and anger that it’s a wonder they even made it through being in the same room together before things exploded. Kylie Scott takes us on a journey of healing and starting over. Both Lena and Jimmy are pressing the refresh button on their lives and rebuilding themselves. The emotion infused throughout this story was overwhelming. Kylie gave us moment of utter heartbreak, soul crushing loss and absolute devastation. Then just when I wasn’t sure my heart could take much more, I’d find myself reveling in absurd giddiness, supreme happiness and perfect contentment.
“Because your dark parts don’t scare me, Jimmy. They never did.”
The writing in this book was spectacular. I was consumed by Kylie Scott’s words right from the start and I couldn’t have stopped reading if I’d wanted to. I inhaled Lead in one sitting and even after I was finished I wanted to immediately read it all over again. Kylie has a gift for crafting complex and stunning characters, but her true talent lies in cultivating them, maturing them over the course of the series. Each and every Stage Dive member has been uniquely fostered from the start to stand out as individual characters, hold their own as part of a couple, and be irreplaceable pieces of the band. If Kylie continues to nurture these amazing characters as she continues the Stage Dive story in the next book, I can only imagine how deeply they’ll be rooted in my heart. I wish I could give Lead more than 5 perfectly-broken-divine-rocker stars! Lead is a must read.
“Lena, you seen my old black Led Zep shirt?”
“You sure?” His brows became one dark cranky line. The scratches on his face were healing well, thank goodness. Though it didn’t reduce my desire to throttle his mother on a daily basis.
“Yes. I haven’t seen it.”
Can’t find it anywhere…”
“And this is a surprise, how?” I slipped my hands into my back jean’s pockets. “Jimmy, you own more clothing than Cher, Brittney, and Elvis, put together. Things are bound to go missing.”
“Sure you haven’t seen it?”
“For goodness sake, what do you think, Jimmy? That I stole it to sleep in or something?” I laughed bitterly. Sure as hell, the truth deserved a good mocking. I’d sunk so despicably low.
I hadn’t even meant to steal the stupid thing, but the shirt had been mixed up with my laundry a few days ago. It’d been the first top I laid my hand on after stepping out of the shower, ready to go to bed. Without thought, I’d put it on and it’d been so soft, the scent of him lingering beneath the laundry detergent. Every night since, I’d found myself in it come bedtime. My shame knew no limits. And no, I still hadn’t quit. The words still hadn’t come even close to leaving my mouth.
He frowned. “No.”
“That I have some deep secret longing to feel close to you resulting in my stealing your shirt like
some creepy perv?”
“Course I don’t fucking think that,” he replied crankily, reaching up to grip the top of the doorframe. All of his bulging muscles stretched the arms of his white T-shirt in the nicest way. It was all I could do not to start drooling, my heart beat taking up residence somewhere down between my thighs. And who could blame it? Not me. Maybe if I got laid, this would go away and things would return to normal. It’d seemed safer to avoid rubbing up against any men just in case I got carried away and started dating again. This new situation, however, changed everything.
“Well, of course not! That would be crazy.” And wasn’t that the god’s honest truth? Cray-zeee. Lock me up and throw away the key because it wasn’t like I didn’t know better.
“Just can’t figure out where the hell it could be.”
Angels couldn’t have smiled as innocently. They might have tried, but they would have failed, the dirty-mouthed, winged, little liars. “Jimmy, I don’t know where it is. But I’ll look around for it later, okay?”
“Yeah,” he said, and then added as an afterthought, “and stop looking at me weird.”
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Check out the rest of the Stage Dive series:
Lick (Stage Dive #1)
Play (Stage Dive #2)
Deep (Stage Dive #4)
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.