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.
Lead is book three in Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series. After I read the synopsis for the first time, I had some high hopes for Jimmy’s story because I love me some brooding hero with a dark past and inner demons to overcome. Don’t get me wrong, I love the funny, easy going guys like Mal, but a character like Jimmy will always have a special place in my heart. I actually had a hard time writing this review because I don’t think writing down “loved it” is enough. Lead is more intense than the first two books and I had a wonderful time reading it.
Lena Morrissey has her fair share of assholes. She has gone through several heartbreaks and she knows about bad boys all too well. Recently, her life has taken some unfortunate turns and she decided that she needs a fresh start, therefore she agreed to be Jimmy’s assistant (read: babysitter). Basically her job is to keep him clean and deal with his crap. It’s kinda hard not to love Lena’s character (not that I tried). She is sassy, strong, funny and best of all; she doesn’t take shit from anyone. Also, her internal monologue is hilarious. She is by far my favorite heroine in the Stage Dive series. The way she handled Jimmy is pretty amazing. The problem begins when she starts to develop feelings for her boss…
James “Jimmy” Dylan Ferris is the lead singer of Stage Dive. He’s also an ex-manwhore and an ex-addict. He’s been in and out of rehab. Basically he’s kind of a train wreck in the past. If he wants to stay in the band, he’s gotta stay clean and keep his act together. So the band decided that he needed an assistant/sobriety friend. It took me awhile to connect with Jimmy’s character. He’s moody, grouchy, cocky and arrogant. But once I got to know him, it is impossible not to adore Jimmy. He would act all tough and be an asshole when really he’s scared and hurt. He also can be the sweetest guy you’ve ever known and even showed his humorous side from time to time.
It was great watching Jimmy and Lena’s relationship progress from professional to something more. I think the best part of it was their back-and-forth banter. Lena never backed down no matter what Jimmy did or said. She knew how to control that man, and I just love her character more for it. Ms. Scott did a fantastic job in building a strong sexual tension between the two main characters. And when they finally get to sexy times….hot damn! Also, it should be noted that I flove catching up with Mal and the rest of the Stage Dive crew and their women.
Lead can be read as a standalone, if you’re looking for a funny and sexy rock star romance look no further than this. But seriously, please read the others in the series as well. You won’t be disappointed. 4 Hot and Broody stars from me!
“No one else has ever meant what you do to me. Please, just … just, come back with me and stay. For good.”
“What are you doing now?”
“What people do at tables. Eating.”
“Don’t hate me, Lena,” he whispered. “You want to be mad at me when I do dumb things, that’s fine. But don’t ever hate me. I couldn’t take that, not from you.”
“The truth is, I’m all about you, Lena. You’re my best friend. You’re my girl.”
“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.”