Saturday, August 9, 2014

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

Synopsis: Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick. 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?

4.75 Stars!

Review: It's always kind of heartbreaking to read about a girl that does not even realize how much of a beating her self-worth and self-esteem have taken. Anne is that girl. She has spent most of her life taking care of others, and usually at the expense of herself. She comes home to an empty apartment one day, and realizes that her roommate has skipped out, along with not paying her the back rent that she owed her. Out of desperation and not knowing what else to do, Anne agrees to go to a party with her friend, Lauren, and Lauren's boyfriend, Nate. Lauren is Ev's best

friend from the first book, Lick, and Nate, is Ev's brother.

At the party, Anne meets Mal, the slightly crazy, definitely manic and drunk drummer from Stage Dive. After a definitely weird first meeting, Mal makes the split decision to move in with Anne and act like they are dating. She, though normally pretty level headed, agrees to help Mal, and since he has agreed to help her with rent. And so begins the craziest relationship and interactions I have read in a while. Mal truly has one of the kookiest, yet loveable senses of humor that I have read about in a while. He sees very quickly that Anne is an amazing person that has spent her life helping others and letting others take advantage of her. Even after their first conversation, he helps her realize that she needs to set boundaries with other people. He slowly helps her come out of her self-imposed shell and realize that she has a lot to offer. It doesn't hurt that they are both very attracted to one another.

It becomes apparent to Anne, and to the other guys in the band, however, that something is really wrong with Mal. He is trying, desperately, to hide something from everyone, and things are quickly getting out of control. When everyone finally finds out what that is, Mal lashes out at Anne. What Mal is facing is actually truly heartbreaking, and the guys in the band have to experience it, as well. My heart broke for him and for Anne. Somewhere along the way, however, what they were playing at had become real, though, so they had to learn how to deal with heartache and loss together, and it was good to watch them do this. In many ways, Anne's seriousness and everything that she had previously lived through helped her to be there for Mal. Loved their story!


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