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- Publisher: Macmillan Australia (29 July 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JL4ZOJS
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott is a long-time fan of love stories, rock n' roll and B-grade horror films. Kylie has published four books with Pan Macmillan, namely Lick, Play, Lead and Deep in the Stage Dive series, and Flesh and Skin in the Flesh series with Momentum.
Published in six languages, Kylie has sold over half a million copies and has won fans the world over. She has twice been voted Australia's Favourite Romance Writer by the Australian Romance Readers Association, as well as winning Favourite Continuing Romance Series with the Stage Dive series and Favourite Contemporary Romance with Play.
Known for her trademark mix of sexy, smart and snarky contemporary fiction, reviewers have praised Kylie's "special skill for crafting humourous, genuine characters with great rapport and sizzling chemistry" (Library Journal) and have called her books both "emotionally powerful" (Fresh Fiction), and "surprisingly delicate" and "truly delightful" (Publishers Weekly).
Kylie is currently working on her new Dive Bar series, and the first book in this series, Dirty, will be published in 2016.
Kylie lives in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband.
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Jimmy and Lena's story was darker than the previous ones in the series - namely because Jimmy is dealing with a lot of issues and trying to fix his self destructive behaviour. His past is slowly revealed throughout, and the extent of how much he's done to protect his brother, David, and their band in general comes to light.
Lena is an amazing MC - strong willed but with a big capacity to love. The chemistry and tension between her and Jimmy is palpable, but now she needs to break down the rest of his walls.
Have the tissues ready for this one - I found it more of a tear jerker than the previous books.
Can't wait to read the next book and see what happens with Ben.
Highly recommend this series!!
It is also great to have the other characters from the series in this story. Mal is still a crack up.
A good story ..... do yourself a favour - read it.
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The Stage Dive series has been a real hit with me I have not been doing any work i just got so into this book i was lost to the world.
I thought the way Kylie the author portrayed the relationship building between Jimmy anf Lena was really emotional as well as turbulent.
The banter, the arguements the apologies, the way it was done was spot on. I think out of the 3 books so far this was the book where you
really feel like you get to know the two main characters. It was frustrating and at the same time lovely to see the whole love affair unfold/ I loved the end as well it was just perfect. Now going to start on Ben and Lizzys story "Deep". i am shattered I have been reading till all hours of day and night
but it was such a good book and i have truly loved this Stage Dive set.
Jimmy is a pampered rock star and a recovering addict. Lena is a straight talking, ordinary gal whom the band employs as Jimmy s sobriety companion. So she lives with him and gives him lots of sass and vinegar. She's crazy for him, he doesn't return her feelings but doesn't want her to leave, so he sets up a four point plan for her to follow, designed to convince her he's not all that great. That was a great, original twist on the friends to lovers style story.
Just like in previous books in this series, the banter is lively and witty and laugh out loud funny, but balanced with his very real struggle to stay sober and rebuild his self respect, so it's not just a fluffy read. Plenty of times I was reading with my heart in my mouth too, this story really delivered on the angst..
This could be read as a standalone, but with recurring characters. We also got lots of time with the rest of the band including Mal who's as hilarious as ever. This was a fab read in spite of its unpromising set up. Highly recommended.
Kylie writes in the point of view of the heroine. Her heroines are strong, kick ass women and that is particularly true in the case of Lena who really stood out in Lead. She has to deal with Jimmy who has major a**hole tendencies. Some of the scenes between these two were really funny and others were tender and sad. They have quite a complicated relationship!
Jimmy has been pretty misunderstood. That's not to say he hasn't been an a**hole - he has! But he's pretty screwed up with a past that still haunts him. He's made some pretty big mistakes. The sad thing is he seems to actually think he doesn't deserve anything, that he's not worth anything.
Lena is assigned to be his personal assistant, with Jimmy that also means keeping him on the straight and narrow and away from the drinks cabinet. She stands up to him when most would cower and kicks his a** when its needed. But most importantly she becomes a friend and a confidante.
We also get to catch up with the other characters within the series and some of my favourite scenes involved the rest of the gang! A great mix of funny, sweet and sad scenes between these characters.
Very much looking forward to Ben's story next.
Fresh out of rehab, Jimmy must keep his nose clean and sassy Lena is just the woman for the job. After an impromptu meeting with Stage Dive, Lena is offered the job of keeping an eye on Jimmy. There's only one problem though, Jimmy doesn't want anyone's help and takes pleasure in breaking the will of assistant after assistant.
Lena doesn't take Jimmy's crap though and seeing through his tough guy image, Lena soon finds a vulnerable and deeply private man underneath all of his outer, brusque, personality.
It's not long before Lena is adopted by the rest of Stage Dive and wishing for her to find happiness in the arms of Jimmy, they push the two together and towards a mutual happiness.
Needless to say, as is normal in "book land", everything doesn't exactly go smoothly and the inevitable fall out happens but will Jimmy and Lena find their happy ever after?
I loved this book. Jimmy and his multiple personalities were a treat to witness as was Lena's quick witted banter, tender sensitivity and the way she dealt with Jimmy.
If you've not started the Stage Dive series then you really should. It's an amazing series that is brilliantly written and fast paced with characters that you can't help but fall in love with. Who will be your favourite?
Reviewed on behalf of Jezabell Girl & Friends...
Up until now I can say that I liked the women in these stories but that changed in Lead. I LOVED Lena. She made me laugh with her wit and sarcasm. I loved how she wasn't a stick and I loved how Jimmy loved the curves she was rocking. I loved how Lena's personality clashed and complimented Jimmy's with downright hilarious results.
Both Jimmy and Lena are vulnerable in their own ways. They are both lonely and they fit together like the pieces of a two-piece puzzle. The chemistry between them was smokin' hot and their relationship was un-necessarily complicated, which could've been annoying but I loved the feels the drama it caused...
I laughed, I squirmed, I cried (not literally but my heart squeezed and kinda wanted to) and I just loved them.
I wanted to smack some sense into Jimmy and I wanted to hug the poor damaged creature who just didn't know what love was.
I wanted to go down the pub with Lena and shoot the breeze cause she is awesome.
I've used the word love a lot in this review and that's because I love this story, I love this series and I can't wait for the next one (even though it's Ben!)
I didn't find Jimmy particularly awful, he seemed like a nice guy who had some issues. Lena was funny, but I would have preferred her to have stayed professional a bit longer. I suppose I was spoiled by having read Under Locke - which is a fantastic book, and deals with a similar employee/employer 'potential' romance. That book really does have a slow burn.
I adored Lick and Play. Lick really does have an intensity to it, whilst remaining amusing. Play was a laugh fest, but dealt with an emotive issue very compassionately. Lead - well I still liked it - 4 stars, but I did not fall in love with it. That's always the problem with a series, there is always one book you like less than the others.
On another note, I have an issue with poor editing in books by major publishers. This book is published by Pan Macmillan and has several, very obvious editing errors. They employ professional copy-editors to remove any poor phrasing and typo's etc. Errors like Threat instead of Throat, or "He kicked his scuffed his foot against the floor", which makes no sense to me, should not be acceptable. As readers, we deserve to have Ebooks edited to the same standard you would expect in a print book.
Jimmy is a difficult member of the band, with his harsh treatment of the sober companions tasked with his care he can't hold onto them for very long until he meets Lena. Not willing to take any nonsense from Jimmy Lena manages to stay in her role for longer than most. The pair torment each other constantly with bickering but become reluctant friends until an important change in their lives throws a spanner in the works.
I laughed and cried my way through this book, it's definitely worth a read. I look forward to the next in the series with eager anticipation and will probably reread this one in the near future while I'm waiting!
Kylie Scott has created such a tragically damaged soul with lead singer Jimmy, who blocks everyone out with a facade of spite, arrogance and snide comments to protect his own heart... Who knew what damage two people could cause to someone. But with Lena, his defences come down, but he constantly denies that attraction and brings about someone else's heart break.
I felt such a connection to Lena, she was sassy, feisty and did not put up with Jimmy's nasty side. She saw through all that and that sealed her fate!! Oh how the tears flowed with this book as Kylie can write emotions like no other!!
Yes we have sorching sex scenes, but this book is about so much more, this time around Lead singer Jimmy is laid out bare for us to see and I for one fell in love with this fallen hero!!!
The only things stopping this getting 5 stars from me was that it seemed to end pretty quick, they got together right at the end then it was over, no time to enjoy them as a couple. And also, I think this book would have really benefitted from a chapter or two, or even the odd paragraph from Jimmy's perspective, because he came across as a bit of an ass for much of the book, and didn't really give many indications (if any) that he was into Lena until right near the end, so I think a chapter or paragraph of his voice, would have helped this.
Overall though, I loved it! I stayed up way too late and read this in one straight sitting!!
The only downfall of this book, Lead, is the editing. The book is full of malapropisms (eggcorns) and double words. Not to mention abandoned ideas or change of idea mid sentence. This is especially evident in parts of the book where the story speeds up. It seems like whomever was supposed to be proofreading this one got too into the story line to actually be doing their job! It makes you slow down and think, 'did I just read that right?' instead of being able to just move on with the story.