Review: Lick (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott

Wednesday, May 3
My rating:
4 Stars…

Quote…David, you're hedging. Come on. It's not fair that you remember and I don't."
"No," he said, his voice hard, cold, in a way I hadn't heard it. He loomed over me, jaw set. "It's not fair that I remember and you don't, Evelyn."
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Synopsis:

Just turned 21 Evelyn Thomas is basically living every girl's fantasy. In Vegas with her BFF, she gets drunk and marries a smoking hot rock star.

That's where the fantasy ends.

She wakes up hugging the toilet, remembering nothing, and throws up on the aforementioned smoking hot rock star. Hurts his feelings, pisses him off, ends up with an impending divorce, the paparazzi hounding her, her parents disappointed in her, and one helluva hangover. And a dude's name tattooed on her ass.

Smoking hot rock star (David Ferris) is understandably hurt, but brings her out to stay with him while they do damage control and get the divorce taken care of. More about their night in Vegas unfolds, they get to know each other, good things happen, then bad things happen, then more good things...

What I loved:

Lauren, the BFF. Does she get a story in this series? Because she was super cool. Loyal, fun, and I loved the txt convo those two had when Ev flew out to LA to meet with David after the ill fated night in Vegas.

David. I loved that he moved so quickly between sweetheart and insensitive bastard. Between charmer and asshole. I know, it makes him sound insane, but he was just a normal, faulty human, and he just wanted to be loved. Also, he was super sexy. And funny. And his grovel game was tight, yo.
Quote…Why don't you go back to LA?"
Blue eyes watched me warily and he didn't answer at first. "My wife lives in Portland."
And the things he does to be with her! There's this scene where that dickhead Martha comes to see her, and everything she said just made me love David even more.

Ev. She annoyed me at times, but she was a funny girl. The story is told from her POV and I loved rattling around inside her head listening to her thoughts. She had an awesome, dry wit that gels really well for a kiwi girl like me.
Quote…Quietly, Mal shut the door, facing off against his friend. I hesitated, hanging back. Alright, so I skulked in a cowardly fashion. Whatever.
The story, considering it's about a rock star and a Vegas wedding, was surprisingly down to earth. I felt like the key to the whole thing was the people, and their relationships. Sure, there was a lot of money being thrown around, but that wasn't the focal point of the story. It felt like what mattered most was trust, loyalty, communication and honesty, and so even though it was a story I can't imagine happening to anyone I even remotely know, the heart of it was the same.

What I didn’t love:

I like that Ms Scott doesn't walk into obvious plot devices for the most part, but the Martha thing?
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It was saved by what came later, but it was still a bit of a noooo, come on! moment for me.

Overall…

I am really enjoying Kylie Scott's writing right now. Her stories are character driven, she doesn't make the obvious move for the most part (shout out to the lack of accidental pregnancies woot woot), her heroines are quirky and imperfect, and the smut is top notch.

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