Lead by Kylie Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Jimmy Ferris… the lead singer of Stage Dive. David’s older brother. The guy in the group who's in and out of rehab. I don’t care that Jimmy is kind of a train wreck and a grouchy s.o.b. most of the time, I’ve still been excited to read his book! And it lived up to my expectations. For me, it was the best so far!
Jimmy has been in a bad place for a while. To stay in the band, he’s gotta stay clean and keep it together. So the band decides he needs an assistant (aka a ‘sober companion’) and thats where Lena comes in. Lena has some things going on in her personal life that make it easy to just take off and be Jimmy’s 24/7 companion. They butt heads at first, but only because both of them are strong willed. One of my favorite things about Lena is she doesn’t take all the crap Jimmy throws at her. She has a backbone. She keeps him in line, but really only wants what is best for him.
“I am on your side. Always.”
Jimmy and Lena end up spending a lot of time together. It’s part of the job. While thats happening, it’s impossible for Lena not to notice Jimmy. She doesn’t just notice his looks, but she see’s the real guy underneath the facade. And she likes what she sees.
The back and forth banter between these two was great!
“So, Lena, darling, tell me, for curiosity’s sake. When do you put out?”I stepped closer, going toe to toe with him. He got worried then, the dimples disappearing and his forehead creasing. So he fucking should.“Jimmy, my love,” I said, my voice soft and sweet. “I don’t fuck a guy until he has the balls to actually man up and talk to me about his feelings.”
Lena is by far the best heroine in the Stage Dive series. I love a strong and sassy girl. The fact that she is who she is and owns it makes me love her even more. It takes someone really special to deal with a guy like Jimmy. Lets face it- he’s got issues. But Lena is the perfect girl for the job. She doesn’t let her feelings for him get in the way when it comes to his well being or sobriety. I loved how she owned up to them early on. That couldn’t have been an easy thing to do. She is pretty kick ass. The way her feelings grew for Jimmy, and how hard it was for him to express himself… I really felt for Lena.
Jimmy appears to be your typical rockstar/leading man. He’s into drugs and women, he’s hot, he’s cocky, and lets face it… he is all that. But he’s so much more. Jimmy’s past hurt my heart. It makes sense why he turned to some of those things. Jimmy is the type of guy who takes things from him past and locks them inside. He doesn’t let many people in. Lena is one of the few that get to see glimpses of the real Jimmy. I admire him for trying to turn his life around. He’s moody, broken and sometimes a pain in the ass, but I still love Jimmy!
Watching Lena and Jimmy’s relationship grow and develop was great. I loved how it took time. It wasn’t rushed or instant. You saw the progression and the changes in both of them. They started at an employee/employer, then became friends, then… the sparks started flying. And once they do… hot damn. Be prepared for some sexy times. Jimmy’s got a bit of a dirty mouth and their time together was a great combination of passionate and naughty.
Every book in this series has been fantastic for me, but this is my favorite by far. A wonderful mix of humor, emotion, and steam. There were so many Lena and Jimmy scenes that touched my heart, so many lines that made me laugh and just the right amount of sexy. Kylie Scott is an awesome writer and she knows how to do rock stars right! There are only so many rock star books you can read before they start to get a bit redundant, but not this series. The stories and characters are original and fun and the writing is terrific. I was thoroughly engaged while reading this one.
I love the assholes. I can’t help it. But even more than that, I love the assholes that have big hearts underneath it all. That’s Jimmy. And as much as I’ve raved about Lena, you can tell I loved her too. I think it’s going to be hard for the next book to top this one, but I’m sure it will. Looking forward to Ben’s story!
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Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.
About Lead (Stage Drive #3):
As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.
Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.
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Kylie is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.