Review: Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott

Thursday, May 4
My rating:
4 Stars…



Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn't plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn't count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she'd ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn't end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?


Mal. Sweetie. You have my attention.

What I loved:

Mal is a whirlwind. Or a hurricane. A glorious, sexy hurricane. Everything about him is erratic, extreme, and over the top, and he was so entertaining like that. I loved how wild his imagination was, how over the top his flirting style, and his absolutely unshakeable outspoken arrogance.
Quote…I'm awesome," said Mal in my ear. "I'm so much more awesome than him, I can't even... there's no comparison. Why would you even use that word in reference to him?"
Lori. The part where she first meets Anne, oh my gosh that was adorable. I loved her.

Anne was hilarious. One of my favourite things about Kylie Scott's heroines are their sense of humour. Their dry wit and sarcasm is awesome. Anne had been kind of a doormat in the past, and had been taken advantage of by friends and family forever, so I liked that with Mal she also gained confidence.
Quote…You're going to smash me in two, after showing the jerkwad what a momentous girlfriend you make, of course."
I'd only ever been on the receiving end of heartbreak. But fuck that, too. Bad habits could be broken. "I can do that."
Mal looked away.
"I can."
"Not doubting you, pumpkin. Not doubting you at all."
The banter. I love having all these Stage Dive boys in one sexy place. I love the way their characters bounce off each other and react to each other - they're just so much fun to read about!


What I didn’t love:

As much as I loved Mal, and had been so excited for his story, there didn't seem to be a lot of growing happening for him. He's just as manic in the beginning as he is at the end, I felt.

Oh, and he totally bought Anne's forgiveness. Like, there is no way around it - she was a sucker. So I wasn't a huge fan of the resolution.

And Ms Scott! Lori? Really? Why do you have to do that?


Quote…We were our own small, perfect world in the warmth of the shower cubicle.

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