29 July 2014

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

Lead (Stage Dive. #3)

The lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it whether it's booze or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself stuck with a new assistant hired by the record company to keep him out of trouble. He doesn't need or want a babysitter. Especially one that looks like Lena.

Lena's not willing to take any shit from the sexy rocker she's been hired to assist and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite the sizzling chemistry that sparks between them every time they're in the same room. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing to ever happen to him. Readers won't want to miss the third book in this New Adult series about ordinary young women who fall in love with rock stars.

4.5 stars!

This series just keeps getting better and better with Lena being my favorite heroine in the series so far!

The Story!

We met Lena briefly in in Play and she was introduced as Jimmy's assistant. What wasn't revealed was the extent of her involvement in Jimmy's life.

In this book, not only do we get to see how she became his assistant-slash-sobriety companion, we also get to see how their relationship progressed from being boss/employee to friends and then ultimately to lovers.

One thing I loved about this book is that it didn't take a shortcut when it comes to the development in their relationship. There was no insta-lust here folks. In fact, in the very beginning of the book, their relationship was strictly a professional one. I was quite worried that there would be no chemistry between the two because they literally have to start at zero.

But then you get a look there. A touch here. A smile. Possessiveness. Jealousy. Then the sexual tension just builds and builds and builds until...

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I personally loved that. I loved that their relationship took time to grow and continued to grow throughout the book. Lena is a wonderful character. She's the funniest heroine to date. Her snark and biting sarcasm is a perfect foil for Jimmy's stoic elegance. Not to say Jimmy wasn't funny too because he was. Again, I was a little worried that I wouldn't like Jimmy because he was such an ass in previous books. But here, he totally redeemed himself. He still acted like an ass sometimes but now he's a lovable ass.

Loved, loved their banter. Their chemistry wasn't obvious at first but like I said, it escalated as the book went along. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because I would have really loved Jimmy's POV. Don't get me wrong, Lena was a great narrator but there were some things happening with Jimmy that I would have loved to have been privy to especially when it came to Lena. I had to rely on what Lena sees and what Jimmy tells her. Having his POV would have made that experience much sweeter.

Yet despite that, I still adored this book. Definitely the best in the series so far for me. :)

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