At some point in our busy reading lives I think we’ve all heard buzz on a book or series, and thought…”I need to check that out. Sounds like something I’d love.” But, for one reason or another we don’t. That’s really what happened for me and the Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott.
Finally, this week I had a few extra days off from work, and I decided the time had come. I put aside the books I was “supposed” to be reading, and downloaded book one. Best decision in a long time!
I don’t think I was even midway through it when I made up my mind that I was going to marathon read the entire series. Straight through, no interruptions. I finished the last book yesterday evening, and what a fabulous time I’ve had. I gained a new favorite author, and new book boyfriends that I flove…hard!
My absolute favorite book is Play (book 2). I can’t even begin to tell you how much mad love I have for Mal. I think I highlighted or made notes on half of what he says, because he is one of the most unique, and hilarious book boyfriends EVER! Seriously, I highlighted so many things he said it’s a wonder my Kindle didn’t revolt. Yes, he can also be serious and very touching. No, the book is not all comedic. There are also moments of great heartbreak and struggle. It was just the perfect amount of everything for me. Don’t even get me started on his hotness, or his “oral skills.” (Just WoW!) If I ever wished that a character would get just one more book of his own? Mal would be it for me.
My next favorite would be Lead with Jimmy Ferris. Interestingly enough, he is SO the opposite of Mal. He’s broody, and intense, and he was very hard for me to get to know and truly appreciate. He may be the pretty boy of the band which is usually the one I love the most, but he was also the most frustrating of them all. What kept me interested despite my frequent exasperation is that I just knew there had to be so much more to him. And, there is. It took me a while before I finally fell for him, and then I fell hard. I finally got him. My heart was bruised by the time I did, but in the end he made it all better.
I also really enjoyed the other two books in the series…maybe not on the exact same level, but I would most certainly recommend Lick, and Deep. Both David, and Ben have special qualities of their own, and have great stories to tell.
I would call this a must read series, and if you haven’t tried them yet, I think they are the perfect summer, vacay, or really anytime read.
And now a few of my favorite quotes from each…
“It’s not fair that you remember and I don’t.”
“No,” he said, his voice hard, cold, in a way I hadn’t heard it. He looked over at me, jaw set. “It’s not fair that I remember and you don’t, Evelyn.”
“He smelled faintly of soap, a little musky, perhaps. Warm wasn’t something, I’d ever registered as having a smell before, but that’s what David smelled of. Warmth, like he was liquid sunshine or something. Heat and comfort and home.”
“What happened to the rest of my clothes?”
“They left,” he said, face serious.
“You took them?”
He shrugged. “You wouldn’t have been comfortable sleeping in them.”
“How on earth did you manage to get my bra off without waking me?”
“He gave me a sly smile. “I didn’t do anything else. I swear. I just … removed it for safety reasons. Underwire is dangerous.”
“So, come on,” he said softly, taunting me. “What’s the plan here, Ev? How were you going to convince me?”
“Oh. Well, I was um … I was going to seduce you, I guess. And see what happened. Yeah…”
“How? By complaining about me buying you stuff?”
“No. That was just an added bonus. You’re welcome.”
He licked his lips, but I saw the smile. “Right. Come on then, show me your moves.”
“Your seduction techniques. Come on, time’s a-wasting.” I hesitated and he clicked his tongue, impatient. “I’m only wearing a towel, baby. How hard can this be?”
“Love isn’t always smooth or straightforward. It can be messy and painful … Doesn’t mean it isn’t still the most incredible thing that can ever happen to you.”
“He looked at me like I was everything. As long as I lived, I knew I wouldn’t want anyone else.”
“There go the crazy eyes again,” he whispered.
“Shit.” I shut my eyes tight. Lizzy walking in on me and my boyfriend seven years ago had been pretty damn embarrassing, especially given that she then ran and told mom. Not that mom had been coherent enough to care. This, however, topped it.
“Your cheeks have gone all rosy. Are you thinking rude thoughts about me, Anne?”
“Liar,” he taunted in a soft voice. “You’re totally thinking of me with no pants on.”
I totally was.
“That’s just gross, dude. A massive invasion of my privacy.” He leaned in closer, his breath warming my ear. “Whatever you’re imagining, it’s bigger.”
“I’m not imagining anything.”
“I’m serious. It’s basically a monster. I cannot control it.”
“You’re pretty much going to need a whip and chair to tame it, Anne.”
“That okay with you?”
“They’re mocking us,” I said. “Nonsense. We just fucked so hard we broke your bed. They wish they were us. The natural order of sexual status has been restored.”
“Pumpkin, I’m always serious when it comes to you. Even when I’m messing around, I’m still serious as shit. Whatever you need, whatever I have to do. It’s been that way since we met. Haven’t you noticed yet? We’re fucking destined or something. I can’t help myself. It’s pathetic, really.”
“Stick your dick in’?” I asked, my brows probably touching. “Did you actually just say that?”
“Make love. I meant make love … of course. I would never just stick my dick in you. I would make mad, passionate love to this sweet, sweet body of yours for days, no, weeks. It would be beautiful, pumpkin. There’d be little angels, and birdies, and you know … all just hanging around, watching. Perverts.”
“My oral sex skills are off the chart. I know all about getting dirty down under. Let me show you, pretty please?”
“It’s fate, Anne. Written in the stars. Leave it the fuck alone.”
“Whatever else he might be, Jimmy Ferris was special and complicated, beautiful and beastly, all rolled into one.”
“So, what, you put out date three or four? There about?”
I stopped, staring at him with absolute wonder. “Do I ask you how often you jerk off, Jimmy?”
“Least once a day, lately.” He threw the information out there like it didn’t even matter. “My libido kind of disappeared there for a while but it’s back with a vengeance now. You’re probably right on with the dating idea because if I don’t get something soon I’m gonna break my fucking wrist.”
“Sometimes, when you’re not being a jerk, I like you so much it hurts. I like the way your true self comes out when you think no one else is looking.”
“You forgive me?” he asked, trailing hot kisses down my neck.
“Yes. But don’t do it again. And don’t stop kissing me.”
“Got it. Let me apologize to you properly. Let me kiss you between the legs.” Strong hands cupped my ass, pressing me against his erection. “I wanna lick you, Lena.”
“You like doing that, don’t you?” I asked, a little amazed. Past boyfriends had not rated the experience highly.
“Fuck yes. I love having you squirming against my face, rubbing your pussy on me.”
“I’m pretty damn sure Dante meant to make weddings one of the levels of hell and just forgot.”
“Why are you here?” I reached back behind my head and grabbed his wrists, stilling him. “Ben?”
“Because apparently I’m shit at staying away from you.”
“Then I guess we have a problem.” Our fingers meshed, holding on tight.
“That’s putting it fucking mildly.”
“What do I do?”
“Give me a chance to catch up.”
I just stared at him, trying to keep my cool. Took two to tango, yada yada.
“I’m serious.” His shoulders heaved up and down. “Just give me a chance to catch up and I promise, Lizzy, I will have your back.”
“He gave me a long look. “Any time. If you need something, I want you to tell me. That’s the only way this is going to work.”
“Okay.” I needed his naked body at my disposal. Now.
“I want total honesty from you, okay?”
“Total honesty.” So help me, I’d ride him all the way home and back again.”
“Ben, I don’t want to take your freedom. I just want a place in your world. An important one.”
He craned his neck, tipping my chin up to make me look at him at the same time. “Sweetheart, you’ve been important since day one.”
P.S. I rarely buy book related merchandise but I love Mal and Jimmy so much that I treated myself to 2 t-shirts I found here 🙂