Review: Deep (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott

Sunday, May 7
My rating:
2 Stars…1/2 rounding up to 3-ish

The wheels really fell off this one for me. I'd actually go so far as to rate it a 2, since it really was just ok.

What I loved:

Of all the Stage Dive women, I actually thought Lizzy was the most mature. I mean, for a 20 year old she was doing pretty good.
Quote…Time to get on with the business of letting him off the hook and out of my life. No tears or tantrums. We were beyond that now.
Y'know, before she accidentally got pregnant, dropped out of college, ignored all her own advice, and followed a guy she hardly knew around the country like a mooning puppy.

I liked that she doesn't do that pathetic pregnant heroine thing where they stop eating, don't know how to go out and find an OB/GYN, don't get out of bed, waah-waah-waah. She at least behaved like a functioning human for her baby, which was cool.

Mal! There's actually a quote in this book that I wish I'd had when I reviewed Play. It summed him up perfectly.
Quote…He's borderline insane by the way," I said quietly. "So manic."
But so awesome.
Quote…Well, does Ben have to go, too? I'm not leaving unless he is."
"Mal," I groaned. "Please? If I promise to come over tomorrow and talk to you both about it all, please will you go for now?"
His eyes and mouth narrowed.
"Pretty please?"
"Fine." He slung an arm around Anne's neck, dragging her in against his body. "We know when we're not wanted. Don't we, Pumpkin?"
"Eventually, yes."
Actually, it looks like most of my highlighted parts of this book are when Mal or Jimmy are talking.

What I didn’t love:

Accidental pregnancy plots are not my thing. Like, you know - you know - that if the chick wasn't pregnant nothing ever would have happened between them. It doesn't matter how many times the hero assures the heroine he's sticking around for her, that's not how it's going down.

But since I really loved the rest of this series, I wanted to give it a shot. I'm not mad that I did, but I definitely could have been reading something else.

Ben's personality. Did he have one? Like, I know just as much about him now as I did at the end of Lick. He has zero character development, and apart from a bit of texting and playing some piano to her over the phone, did he really tell her anything at all?

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Insta lust. Insta lust everywhere. No slow burn happening here, no anticipation.

Insta love. Seriously, Lizzy is half in love with the guy the first time she sees him. It's all downhill from there, to the point where she gives up her entire life to follow him around on tour.

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Overall…

I felt like this story was missing all the things I've come to love in Ms Scott's books - the character building, the way we slowly get to know our couple, the chemistry, and the attachment I feel as a reader. This one felt like painting by numbers - it was just way too obvious.

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Synopsis:

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins' ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben's the only man she's ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn't looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She's his best friend's little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he's not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn't always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible... but will it lead to a connection of the heart?
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