Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lead (Stage Dive #3) by Kylie Scott: Release Blitz w/ Excerpt, Review & Giveaway




Blurb:

Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult 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.



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Excerpt:

“Lena, you seen my old black Led Zep shirt?”

“Nope.”

“You sure?” His brows became one dark cranky line. The scratches on his face were healing well, thank goodness. Though it didn’t reduce my desire to throttle his mother on a daily basis.

“Yes. I haven’t seen it.”

Can’t find it anywhere…”

“And this is a surprise, how?” I slipped my hands into my back jean’s pockets. “Jimmy, you own more clothing than Cher, Brittney, and Elvis, put together. Things are bound to go missing.”

“Sure you haven’t seen it?”

“For goodness sake, what do you think, Jimmy? That I stole it to sleep in or something?” I laughed bitterly. Sure as hell, the truth deserved a good mocking. I’d sunk so despicably low.

I hadn’t even meant to steal the stupid thing, but the shirt had been mixed up with my laundry a few days ago. It’d been the first top I laid my hand on after stepping out of the shower, ready to go to bed. Without thought, I’d put it on and it’d been so soft, the scent of him lingering beneath the laundry detergent. Every night since, I’d found myself in it come bedtime. My shame knew no limits. And no, I still hadn’t quit. The words still hadn’t come even close to leaving my mouth.

He frowned. “No.”

“That I have some deep secret longing to feel close to you resulting in my stealing your shirt like some creepy perv?”

“Course I don’t fucking think that,” he replied crankily, reaching up to grip the top of the doorframe. All of his bulging muscles stretched the arms of his white T-shirt in the nicest way. It was all I could do not to start drooling, my heart beat taking up residence somewhere down between my thighs. And who could blame it? Not me. Maybe if I got laid, this would go away and things would return to normal. It’d seemed safer to avoid rubbing up against any men just in case I got carried away and started dating again. This new situation, however, changed everything.

“Well, of course not! That would be crazy.” And wasn’t that the god’s honest truth? Cray-zeee. Lock me up and throw away the key because it wasn’t like I didn’t know better.

“Just can’t figure out where the hell it could be.”

Angels couldn’t have smiled as innocently. They might have tried, but they would have failed, the dirty-mouthed, winged, little liars. “Jimmy, I don’t know where it is. But I’ll look around for it later, okay?”

“Yeah,” he said, and then added as an afterthought, “and stop looking at me weird.”

“I’m not!”


 
About the Author:

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:

With every new Kylie Scott book that I read my unequivocal love for her continues to grow and grow. As with the previous books in the Stage Dive series, from the moment you pick Lead up it is impossible to pry it from your fingers until the very end. Lead is a whole different animal compared to the first two books though. Completely different in its very nature, it is a heartrending, emotional, and highly impactful story. I have so much admiration for Kylie Scott's versatility within this series yet we are still given plenty of instances in which we are reminded of all the reasons why we fell so hard for the previous books and made to feel right at home with our favorite characters.

At first I thought David was the be all end all but then Mal so easily won me over with his charisma and sense of humor. But now Jimmy, JIMMY, of all the stage dive boys has completely stolen my heart. Jimmy a man of such few words, who is so closed off, so angry, brooding, and sullen that he is honestly pretty hard to love. Leave it to Kylie Scott to give us such a grudgingly endearing character. Although it almost never comes out pretty or poetic, his terse hardness only makes his tender, sweet moments that much sweeter.

Turns out Jimmy was even more deserving of my love and affection than I had ever imagined especially when we get the tiniest peek into his vulnerable side and see just how beaten down by life he has become and the magnitude of his struggle under the oppressive weight of addiction. Jimmy's plight grabs you by the heart and squeezes until it is actually painful to continue reading. But you do continue. You push through. You soldier on because almost immediately Jimmy becomes extremely important to you, you become so invested in him and his well-being and you are so totally engrossed in the depths of his despair that you cannot possibly walk away, can't leave him behind, can't stand to see him suffer another minute.

Kylie Scott never fails to deliver completely captivating characters. Characters that you instantly connect with and that touch your heart. Characters with the ability to make you both laugh and cry, sometimes at the very same time. Lena takes the cake, or should I say pie. This girl came rushing out of the gate with tons of spunk, plenty of attitude, and a smart mouth that can keep up with the best of them, namely Jimmy and of course Mal. Lena is smart and tough with an amazingly thick skin and most importantly she doesn't take a single thing that Jimmy dishes out, she calls him on his bull, and she cares more for this tortured soul than anyone ever has. She helps him along his arduous path to conquer his dependency and in the end inspires some truly monumental growth.

Reluctant, unwilling, begrudging love is by far the best kind of love there is. This love is anything but easy and that is exactly what makes it so remarkable and especially meaningful. The chemistry between these two was electric, the tension palpable. It was easy to see that if these stubborn characters would finally just relent they could really have something incredible, but Jimmy and Lena don't make it particularly easy on anyone they come in contact with and so we are left hanging until the very end.

Did I really tear up within the first 10% of this story already feeling Jimmy's pain so profoundly? Yep, sure did. In virtually no time at all I was so bonded with Jimmy and Lena and so affected by both character's emotional turmoil that I found myself with tears in my eyes on more than one occasion thereafter, but one of the best things about a Kylie Scott novel is the humor. These books are always so smart, so entertaining, and so funny. No matter how deep or heavy the issue there is always adequate respite with playful teasing and witty banter and when all else fails Mal is thrown into the equation and hilarity is sure to ensue.

There is not a single word contained within the pages of Lead that I did not relish and adore. I loved absolutely everything about this book and am in awe of Kylie Scott's incredible talent. I simply cannot get enough of the Stage Dive boys and I know I will be in Deep once I get my hands on Ben's story.

Rating: 5 Stars

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