Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive # 4
The Verdict: ★★★★★
For: Lovers of musician romance, men with beards and who remind you of lumberjacks and a love that’s explosive
Genres: Musician romance, new adult, contemporary romance
Publication details: March 31st, 2015 by St Martin’s Griffin
Format: Kindle, 288 pages
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Book Synopsis: 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?
My review: Ben Nicholson. There’s always at least one bad boy in a rock band without a doubt and for Stage Dive that bad boy is now Ben Nicholson. He’s a beard-toting, tattoo-covered bass player and he’s a bit of a slut but despite this he’s a good character and I like him.
Lizzy Rollin’s is the 21-year-old sister to Anne who is now married to Mal the drummer of Stage Dive. She’s a psychology student with a pretty bad past but despite this she has survived and gone far in her life with Anne’s help. Until she takes a pregnancy test and finds out she’s pregnant. Then everything changes.
The story opens with Lizzy taking a pregnancy test and finding out she is pregnant, she knows who the father is and panics a little understandably due to her age and the fact that they haven’t spoken in the two months since they were together on the night of her sister’s wedding; after she threw him out of her hotel room with no pants on. The man was rude and lied to Mal about his intentions towards Lizzy. Mal – is a lovely guy, proper crazy though 😀 and he made a point in saying that Ben has to leave his sister-in-law alone and Ben agrees until that night. Needless to say that when the information comes out and in the worst possible way (Ben’s current girlfriend drops the bombshell on everyone and Lizzy confirms) Mal is pissed off at Ben and so is Anne. Big time.
Ben runs. Don’t really blame him in some manners to be fair – he’s a player and wants to have a good time and make music for the rest of his life; he’s got no intentions of settling down into a relationship or in becoming a father but things don’t always go according to your life plan.
Throughout the beginning of the story past the first couple of chapters, the story goes back in time to when Ben and Lizzy first met and its actually rather sweet. The friendship that they develop is sweet and mostly platonic, it has a few sexual overtones and also its fair share of alpha-maleness; further on in the book after an embarrassing rejection their relationship teeters off before going right back on the rails again after the wedding.
Things go off the rails again after that and stay off the rails for a good portion of the book – the tension between Lizzy and Ben though is amazingly written and you could cut it with a knife. Ben avoids Lizzy in person and doesn’t assist her with any of the pregnancy things she needs to do until he fights with Jimmy (lead singer and main character in Lead) where Jimmy says this: “She’s the girl you put a baby in, asshole. And if she’s been going through half the shit Lena’s been dealing with, then you are just about the lowest cunt I’ve come across in a long time for making her do it alone.”
It really hits the mark and made me cheer for Jimmy while simultaneously booing Ben. It throws Ben off and makes him get his shit together and become more of a prominent figure in Lizzy’s life. Their relationship kind of grows but as with any relationship there’s something that throws a spanner in the works – the spanner in this relationship is Ben’s sister Martha – she makes an ass out of herself and screws up the budding relationship of Ben and Lizzy. I wanted to strangle her.
The greatest thing about this book though apart from its humour and its flowing dialogue is the HEA. Any romance reader loves a Happily Ever After whether it takes one book or ten, a HEA is a requisite in any romance book and Deep’s HEA is a doozy. Ben declares his love for Lizzy in front of a packed arena at a concert – it’s so beautiful! “You can have my time, and you can have my attention,” he said, words slow and deliberate. “Sweetheart, you can have whatever the fuck you want, I promise. Whatever you need. No more holding back, no more fear. And if you still feel you have to get on that plane tonight, then we’re doing it together.”
As unhappy as I am about the series ending, I couldn’t have asked for a better character and story to end it on.