Review: Lead (Stage Dive #3) by Kylie Scott

Friday, May 5

My rating:
4 Stars… 1/2
Quote…Not all of us are born looking perfect like you, Jimmy."
"You're pissed?" He stepped closer. "Lena, I've got a lot of flaws. We've been living in each other's pockets for a couple of months now so you of all people know that. Not liking the way you look isn't one of them. You want to chew me out over something, pick another topic. You're way off on this one."

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What I loved:

Jimmy.
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He's all the good things wrapped up in a self involved, self absorbed, selfish, unfeeling, irrational, angry shell of hotness. Even at his most blunt and brutal, he was awesome and I fell in love with him super quick.
Quote…That's the truth, that's who I am. Don't make excuses for me. I'm still the same moody, selfish fuck I ever was, sober or not." His breathing hastened even though we stood still. "Thing is, you're never going to have much of a life being at my beck and call. You're better off away from me, and I know that, and I still don't care. That, Lena, is who I am."
And deep inside he was so much better than he let on. Everything he did to protect his brother, every time he tried to help Lena, or his mother, and all the work he did to get himself clean. Gah. I loved him hard.

All the Stage Dive hotness. I've read this series in order, and every book makes me more and more attached to David, and Mal, and Ben (oh my God, how excited am I for his story?) so I loved seeing more of all these guys and their families. I'm not normally all that into revisiting old book couples, but these ones are definitely cool to see.

I always enjoy Ms Scott's quirky writing style - I love the way she phrases her characters thoughts. This one, like the 2 before, is told from the heroine's POV, and Lena is a funny little fucker. She's a little peculiar, and while I didn't love her, I really liked a lot of things about her. How she talked was one of them.
Quote…Fuck's sake. I'm sorry, ok?"
My jaw fell slack. "Wow. You are breathtakingly bad at apologizing, aren't you?"
Yep, one thing I always love about a Kylie Scott book is how she makes me laugh.
Quote…Lucky it wasn't that far because even with my head start, he was gaining fast. Given he liked jogging and I liked pie, this was to be expected.

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I also really liked the overall plot.

What I didn’t love:

I'm really torn here.

On the one hand, I felt like Lena was hella desperate. I mean with a guy as hot as Jimmy, of course insta-lust was going to be a thing, but it was more than that. And she knew, she damned well knew, she was going to fall in love with him if she stuck around, and yet she kept clinging. And he knew. Everyone knew. I cringed so hard through so many chapters where she was just pining after him. I'll be honest, she kind of creeped me out half the time.

On the other hand, I feel like Jimmy needed someone that desperate. Like, he was never going to open up and put himself out there, and the fact that she was so easy for him... well, she was totally a sure thing so he didn't have to take a risk. She was pretty much guaranteed to always be around to be his doormat, so good for him. I wanted him to have someone to love him, and now he does, so woohoo!

But this next part I'm not torn about at all. I hate, like - despise with a passion - when a character uses one person to try and get over another. So Lena totally lost my respect for that. That's the part that took this from a 5 star read to a 4.5, for me.

Overall…

Kylie Scott is a phenomenal romance writer, and I loved this book, minus that one little thing.
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