Series: Stage Dive,
Also in this series: Lick, Play, Deep
Published by St Martin's Griffin on 29 July 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Girls & Women, Health & Daily Living, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, New Adult, Social Issues
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Also by this author: Lick, Play, Deep, Dirty
Place(s) Traveled To: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho // Portland, Oregon
First Line(s): The man’s mouth kept moving but I’d long since tuned out.
When I first started reading Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series I was least looking forward to Jimmy’s book. In Lick, he was a complete and utter asshole and I seriously wanted to punch him in the face. In Play, he was less of an ass but still not a character that I cared for very much but I knew that Ben’s story was coming and to get there I needed to go through Jimmy’s. I didn’t dread reading Lead but I wasn’t chomping at the bit for it as I honestly didn’t think that it was one that I’d like. So imagine my surprise when Jimmy’s story became my favorite. Words can not tell you how many feels that I had throughout this book or how much I hated for it to end.
I LOVED beyond LOVED Lena and Jimmy. Lena is sassy and fierce and doesn’t take any crap from Jimmy. Their banter throughout the entire story is a thing of beauty. There is so much push and pull that your heart is torn in a hundred different directions. But at no time do you ever wish that these two wouldn’t get together. From the first page until the last you are sitting on the sidelines begging them to let go of all their baggage and just live their happily ever after. Lena and Jimmy are what I’d call true soul mates, neither is perfect and they each have flaws but they make each other better.
There were a few scenes in the book that were a bit random and there was that one sex scene that just seemed so cold and clinical and it didn’t seem to fit. And yet, as you read on in the story the coldness of it all makes perfect sense and when I read this book for the second time (yes, I’ve already read this one more than once) it worked so much better. The rest of the plot was near perfection as Lena and Jimmy’s story progress. There was laughter and there was the desire to shake these two stubborn characters for being so darn stupid. The story ARC was done so well and it broke my heart on more than one occassion. I liked that throughout it all Lena and Jimmy always talked to each other about what they were feeling. Their conflict doesn’t result from a misunderstanding because they refused to communicate and that was so very refreshing.
Jimmy is a complex character and I am so glad that I read his story. Lena is smart and funny and I loved her POV scenes. I liked the cameos of David, Ev, Anne and Mal. The Mal in this book is the Mal that I was longing for in Play. I also liked that we got to see more of Ben as he was another band member that I wasn’t entirely sure about his story. Ben isn’t a jerk, he seems like a genuinely nice guy but in the previous books he kind of faded into the backround. But in Lead he takes a more central role and I am curious to see if my theories for his story, Deep, come to fruition and I hate that I won’t be able to get my hands on it until January 2015!! That is seriously way too long to wait for a girl with no paitence. But I guess until then I can just re-read Lead a few more times because it truly is my favorite in the story. I just love when I book surprises you so very much and I am so glad that I read this one.
Shortley after reading Lead I was listening to my iPod and the song Perfect came up. The moment I heard it I immediately thought of Jimmy and Lena and its something that I think he might write for her, you know if he wasn’t fictional and it hadn’t already been written by Miggs.