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?
Play is the second book in Stage Dive series and it tells the story of Mal and Anne. I fell for Stage Dive’s Mal since I read Lick, so I’m very excited and had high hopes for this one. Let me tell you people; I am not disappointed! Play is hilarious, sexy and sweet. It also has more depth than the first book. Lick is awesome, but after reading Play, I think Mal and Anne gave David and Eve a run for their money.
Anne Rollins is a pretty twenty-three year old; and she is in trouble. Here’s the thing about Anne; she’s a really good person, she cares for everyone and because of that sometimes people take advantage of her. Her roommate walks out on her, gone without paying any of the money that she owes Anne. She has no idea how she’ll pay her rent and help her sister with college tuition. One night, her neighbor Lauren invites her to David and Ev’s party to unwind; where she stumbles upon her idol crush/rock star god, Mal Ericson.
Malcolm Ericson is Stage Dive’s a bit crazy, funny, energetic and sometimes a bit moody hot drummer who needs a steady girlfriend. After meeting Anne at Dave and Ev’s party, he decided that they can help each other out. He moves himself into Anne’s apartment and helps her with her financial situation. In exchange, Anne is to pretend to be his girlfriend. Their little “arrangement” seems to be working at the beginning, but things between them start to take a drastic turn in the hot as sin department.
I love Mal’s character; he always says something funny and does something crazy, but as we get to know his character, he’s more than just the funny guy. He cares about other people, just like Anne. I think that’s why they’re so perfect for each other. They bring out the best in each other; Mal shows his sensitive and caring side to people and Anne becomes more alive. I really enjoyed reading how protective Mal is towards Anne and how he did his best to make her happy. They’re just so adorable together.
I find the characters in this series to be very fascinating and believable. Their background story and the way they handle their problems is just so real. There’s not too much drama and unnecessary problems. With the right amount of humor and sexy steamy times; Play is so light and easy that I finished it in just one sitting. I also love how Ms. Scott wrapped up Mal and Anne’s story; little “Killer” is a very nice touch. Sure I wished the book would’ve been longer, but after all is said and done; Play is a hugely enjoyable read and definitely my favorite from the Stage Dive series. Play gets 5 “Crazy Eyes” Stars from me!
“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.”
“Life’s a song, Anne. Let’s play.”
“I’m the drummer from Stage Dive.I don’t get kept awake by other people having wild sex. I keep them awake. I keep entire fucking neighborhoods awake.”
“I’d sell something important to see his bare ass. My books, my e-reader, my soul, whatever was necessary.”
“It’s fate Anne, written in the stars. Leave it the fuck alone.”