Lead (Stage Dive #3)
Author: Kylie Scott
Release Date: 29 July 2014
Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic rock star romance series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.
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.
This is an awesome series, and I am officially a fangirl of the Stage Dive guys (and Kylie Scott, of course)! I freaking loved this book, and I thought Lena and Jimmy were fabulous.
Lena is pretty awesome. She's strong willed and determined, she also doesn't put up with any crap from people. I loved how feisty she was, she's totally fierce and true to herself even when her heart was breaking. Despite her best intentions to maintain an entirely professional relationship with Jimmy, she finds herself developing feelings for him once she sees the vulnerable man under the nearly impenetrable walls he has up. I think I loved her even more because she didn't start to really feel anything for Jimmy until she did get those glimpses of the real him. When he was the cold, arrogant man we knew from Lick (the first book of the series) she was not remotely interested, so it's very clear that she's not just suffering from a major bout of lust because of his insane good looks.
Jimmy was absolutely swoon worthy in this book. In the previous books he's practically glacial, and appears almost emotionless. We know better now! Jimmy personifies the whole 'still waters run deep' thing. Most of the time he seems to be rather unfeeling, but that man is riddled with insecurities and vulnerability. To take a man like Jimmy and make him sweet and kind of adorable, which he was at the end, is a pretty impressive feat so brava to Kylie Scott! He had a horrible childhood and found his escape early on in the form of drugs and alcohol. Luckily he had a wake up call and goes to rehab for help, where he also starts to repair his relationship with his brother and band mate, David. He grew up with very little love in his life and the 'relationships' he's had with women have usually been based around his fame and their perceived notion of who he is. So when faced with real feelings, he struggles to cope with them and to even recognise them. I completely fell in love with Jimmy, and it certainly doesn't hurt that the man is beyond gorgeous!
I've really loved all of the Stage Dive books so far. They all have a great sense of humour, mixed with intense emotions. The chemistry between Lena and Jimmy was electric, although their story is more of a slow burner.
Jimmy is a close contender for my favourite Stage Dive guy. It's definitely between him and Mal...I may have to re-read their books to make up my mind. Although that could all change when Deep comes out- we shall have to see, and I can not wait!
*I received a review copy from the publisher for my honest opinion. Thank you!