Thursday, March 27, 2014

Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott: Dual Reviews


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?

Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller LICK.

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Kylie is a long time fan of love stories, rock n roll and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Review by Michelle:

I honestly didn’t think it was possible that I could love Play by Kylie Scott more than I loved Lick. After all, I seriously loved everything about that book and enjoyed it immensely. Seems it is possible and I absolutely hate to admit it but I have to say that Play is in a league of its own. After reading Lick and getting a glimpse of Mal I knew that we would be in for a treat as it is centered on him and his crazy, hilarious, no-filter personality. Play is everything that is great about Lick and then some. It is extraordinarily funny, incredibly sexy, and tremendously addicting.

Rock star romances tend to go one of two ways. Either said rock star meets and falls in love with someone who has either never heard their music or is vaguely familiar with them or the rock star isn’t exactly an established famous person at the time of meeting and we then follow them into stardom. Seldom is it about an actual fan who has crushed on the band and especially this particular member for years. Of course I’m not very interested in reading about a groupie who finally snags someone, anyone, who is famous. But I really enjoyed the nice girl who gets to meet her favorite member of her favorite band and low and behold they hit it off. Gives all of us nice, well meaning, fangirls hope.

This book is the ultimate pick me up. No matter where you are or what you are doing it is hard not to periodically burst out in hysterical laughter at Mal’s antics and to keep from looking like a crazy person while constantly grinning like a fool at the immensely clever, witty, and hilarious writing. Even when some heavy issues are addressed and experienced, it doesn’t take long for Mal’s mischievous teasing, his amusing one-liners, and his lighthearted and uplifting nature to make an appearance leaving you tearful one minute and giddy the next. If you prefer not to be mistaken for an escaped mental patient, Play is not recommended for reading in public.

The more I read from Kylie Scott the more impressed I become. Her writing is absolutely superb. She knows exactly how to get your attention, draw you in, and keep you entertained and wanting more. In Kylie Scott I feel like I have found my literary other half. Play was the embodiment of everything I love in a great book. Rock Stars? Yes. Smart? Absolutely. Funny? Without a doubt. Steamy? Check. Wonderful love story? Definitely. There are no words to express how excited I am to read the next book in this series, Lead, all I know is that I need it like yesterday!

Rating: 5 Stars

Review by Yvette:

Usually when I'm reading a book late into the night, I know when to throw on the towel and come to a stopping point before closing my Kindle. The minute I started reading Kylie Scott’s Play, however, I knew it was one of those unputdownable books that required an all-night read-a-thon. When I think “rock star”, the first word that comes to mind certainly isn’t “hilarious” yet the relationship between protagonists, Anne Rollins and Mal Ericson, had me laughing loudly and consistently throughout the story. Play has its share of drama and steamy encounters between Anne and Mal, but what I loved most was how much FUN I had while reading. Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series proves without a doubt that a good dose of humor goes perfectly with rock and roll.

The story’s concept of a fake relationship turned something more is one with which I’ve become familiar within the romance genre, but Kylie Scott puts her own unique spin on the concept with her memorable group of both main and supporting characters. Personality-wise, Mal and Anne are complete opposites, which is exactly what makes their interactions so entertaining. They have a push and pull relationship that is as frustrating as it is amusing. Mal is a person who likes to live in the moment - a lifestyle which is supported by his fame and fortune. Anne, on the other hand, has never had the luxury of being young and carefree, instead putting everyone else’s needs above her own. As the drummer for world famous rock band, Stage Dive, Mal's accustomed to woman tripping over themselves to get close to him, and while Anne’s inner teenage fangirl may revel at the idea of jumping his bones, she refuses to cater to his every whim, which made me have more respect for her character.

Anne might have been the narrator but Mal was a scene stealer, easily winning me over with his irresistible charm and infectious humor. Mal is so lively and unapologetically boisterous that he tended to command all the attention. It's probably best that the inner workings of Mal's mind remain a mystery because the chaotic jumble of thoughts and clever quips might've been too difficult to decipher. Getting to know Mal as a protagonist as opposed to one of the band's supporting members helped me to better appreciate his character and get to know the complex man behind his stage facade. While his band persona and actual persona are similar, Anne gets to see a side of Mal that he doesn't share with many people. Play is a riveting, swoon worthy follow up novel to Lick and only made me more excited to read future stories about the remaining Stage Dive band members.

Rating: 5 Stars

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