Series: Stage Dive, Book 2
Also in this series: Lick, Lead, Deep
Published by St Martin's Griffin on 25 March 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, New Adult
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Also by this author: Lick, Lead, Deep, Dirty
Place(s) Traveled To: Portland, Oregon
First Line(s): Something was wrong. I knew it the moment I walked in the door.
While reading Lick by Kylie Scott I really was drawn to the character of Mal as he was funny and entertaining and I couldn’t wait to read his story. However, in Play he isn’t the same lovable goof that we first met in the previous story. In Play, he decides to move himself in to Anne’s apartment and make a general nuisance of himself (Anne was Evelyn’s neighbor before she moved in with her husband.) Mal and Anne meet when Anne attends a party at Evelyn’s and learns of her money woes which is what prompts him to move in with her.
Overall, Play was a quick read but I found it more poorly written than the first book and while part of this may be attributed to the fact that I was reading an egalley but it just felt less polished. Plus there were typos and continuity errors and they were plentiful enough to take me out of the story. I also found Anne to be a very passive heroine. She didn’t want Mal invading her space but she didn’t do much to stop him. And as you read the story you learned that she had a history of just trusting too much and just going with the flow even if it was something she wasn’t too keen on. Mal, while cute and likable in the first book just came across as brash and irresponsible in this one.
I also found it hard to believe that after a few days of knowing Mal that Anne would have a better idea on where to find Mal when he took off than his life long friends would. The whirlwind romance between the two also just felt off especially since that was part of the plot device of Lick. Its easier to suspend belief and accept a quick romance which one couple, harder when its repeated with another in the same series. Though perhaps I’m just a bit jaded and don’t really buy into love at first glance.
Even though I had my issues with Play I still enjoyed it. As I said above it was a quick read and I enjoyed the musician aspect of it. I was glad for all the secondary characters as they helped to keep me invested in this story when the two main leads began to annoy me. I don’t think that Play will be a favorite of mine but I have no regrets in reading it.