Monday, November 7, 2016

Book Review: "Lead" by Kylie Scott

Continuing on with the Stage Dive series...

We know Jimmy, the lead singer and David's older brother, as a man who has lived through crisis.  He is an addict working hard to stay clean.  He shields his brother from their mother's continuing abuse.  And, of course, he's hot as hell.  This book follows Jimmy's new sobriety companion, Lena.  Lena is doing what she can, whatever she knows to stay far away from the bad situation she left at home.  She takes her job in Jimmy's employ very seriously - staying (and living) with him constantly to help him through stressful situations and be sure that he doesn't start drinking or using again.  She starts to develop feelings for Jimmy... and when she tells him, he sets out a plan to help her move on and date other people.  You can guess how well that goes....

I wasn't sure how I was going to react to this one.  I'd been given no real solid reason in the first two books to care at all about Jimmy.  Anytime he showed up typically turned into a disaster.  I'd also heard conflicting things from two different friends - one loved it, the other said this wasn't her favorite.  So what did I think?

I liked it.  It is different from the others in that throughout most of the book, these two are pushing away from each other as much as possible.  Jimmy is not a guy that you instantly like - still.  He kind of does whatever he can to make sure of it.  But then....  Lena is pretty awesome.  She doesn't take any crap and is definitely not afraid to stand up and speak her piece.  She's also loyal and trustworthy - when she gives her word, you believe her.  She is also fond of pie, and not a fan of running, so that works for me too.

I'm looking forward to the next and last of the Stage Dive series - Deep - where we'll get to know bass player Ben.

*****
Lead
by Kylie Scott
St. Martin's Griffin, 2014
305 pages
Series:  Stage Dive #3
Source:  Library
*****

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