The Hopeless Romantics Book blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Kylie Scott's "Deep (Stage Dive #4)."
Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins' ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben's the only man she's ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn't looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.
Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She's his best friend's little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he's not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn't always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible...but will it lead to a connection of the heart?
Kylie Scott, this was 'that' book... the book that (in one breath) I couldn't wait to get my mitts on because it meant I got another dose of those sexy as sin Stage Dive boys but in the next breath, I just dreaded because of what it signalled... the end of what has been a brilliant, amazing, entertaining, laugh out loud hilarious series. I remember back in the day before "Lick" first came out and Kylie Scott was doing Sunday teasers to drum up interest in what looked to be a very promising book. I mean a drunken, shotgun Vegas wedding to a complete stranger who turns out to be a world famous rock star? That had success written all over it and the minute it was released I clicked. I haven't looked back with any of the books in this series since... each one as captivating as the last, each one leaving my sides hurting from all the laughing I'd done. What can I say? This author's fab sense of humour turned what could have been an angst filled, heart breaking series into something that was more light hearted despite the subject matters touched on... and sometimes.. just sometimes that's just what you need.
The minute I came into Ben Nicholson's orbit I was helpless,
powerless to resist his pull. Foolish heart and vagina.
The brain knew better but no one was listening.
So yeah, Ben's book entitled "Deep" ... last but definitely not least. What can I say other than in some respects it almost felt like I'd gone full circle. Ev and Dave's story had kicked off after a drunken night in Vegas and it looked like history was more than likely going to be repeating itself with Ben and Lizzy. The joys of sin city and a crap load of alcohol... unfortunately what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas as this couple (who weren't actually a couple) were about to find out.
From the moment Ben and Lizzy met, there was an undeniable attraction, they felt it and the Stage Dive family saw it. You could say Lizzy was like a dog with a bone, her crush/ infatuation growing as the minutes, hours and days past. Lucky her because her hard work paid off and a friendship (plutonic of course) was born. However, this was never going to be anything more... not on Ben's part anyway. A stark warning from his best friend Mal meant Izzy was off limits and after all the trouble the band had had previously, Ben was not going to betray his friend's trust and chose to do the noble thing instead. So text/ phone buddies it was then... so how did that work out for the pair? Well not so well because they closer they became, the hotter the chemistry got, the sexual tension off the charts. But good for Ben because he stuck to his guns and I respected him for that.... that is until Mal and Anne's wedding in Vegas. Then everything went tits up. Promises were forgotten, repercussions for their actions a distant thought. One night is all it took, a night would come back and bite them on the ass with a vengeance.... cue the drama, angst, a smidgen of heart break plus Mal's one liners and this had signature Kylie Scott and Stage Dive written all over it and I was in heaven.
Because this is me Liz. What you see is what you get. I like things calm. Easy.
But you and me, we've never been easy. The minute I saw you, its been complicated.
Ben's character was a pain in my ass and although I did initially warm to him, there was a good proportion of the book where all I wanted to do was grab his nuts and give them a bloody good twist. I know he tried to do the right thing when it came to lizzy but each and every time he f**ked up... massively. He didn't want to be tied down. He didn't want a relationship. He loved the freedom he had and ultimately, he was living his dream and that was something he was not willing to give up... no way, not for anything or anyone. But that just made my heart break for Izzy because as each day past, her feelings for this giant ape of a man kept growing which meant her heart was constantly being battered and bruised by him. Could he not see what he was doing to her? It appeared Ben wanted his cake and eat it!!!
”Each time he chose to not take things further with me, it hurt.”
Izzy's character were so easy to warm to and she was just so relatable. We've all had crushes in our younger years where we were overly keen and eager and I couldn't knock Izzy for going for it. After all, she got what she wanted (in some respected anyway). However, there were times I wished she'd just upped and gone home. Was it worth all the pain she was going through? I wasn't so sure. Ben was an ass but I'm glad Izzy was stronger than I first thought because she stuck up for herself and would happily call double standards when Ben's jealousy reared it's ugly head.
I loved the fact that although this was Ben and Izzy's book, the whole of the Stage Dive family played such big parts in how their story unfolded. It was lovely catching up with the band and their other halves and seeing where their lives had taken them. I do wish that we'd had a bigger epilogue though, that maybe involved all of the band. Don't get me wrong, the epilogue was perfect for Lizzy and Ben but to close the series, it would have been nice to have one that involved everyone.
All in all a fantastic conclusion to what has been a super duper series. I cannot wait to see what Kylie Scott comes up with next... rumour has it we're getting Vaughan's book which will kick off a new series plus Sam and Martha maybe getting a novel too... woo hoo.
I rated "Deep" ❤️❤️❤️❤️
“C’mon. How have you been, really? What’s been going on with you?” he pushed. I frowned at him and he frowned right back. “Liz, please.”
I groaned in defeat. “All right, I suck.”
“Why do you suck?”
“So very many reasons.” I pushed my hair back from my face—no more hiding. “Pregnancy sucks. It’s natural, my ass. I finally stop throwing up, but I’m tired all the time. Giving up coffee was horrendous. None of my clothes fit right because of these stupid breasts, and they ache constantly. I have to pee like every thirty seconds, and then to top it off, I cry every time the Healthy Hound ad comes on. It’s ridiculous”
Little wrinkles appeared either side of his nose. “You cry at a dog food ad?”
“Yes. The puppies jump all over each other to get to their mother and it’s just so beautiful, with their cute little tails wagging and everything.”
He just stared at me.
“I know its psycho, Ben. Believe me, I’m well aware of this.”
“Hey, it’s fine.” He covered a smile with his hand. Too late, the bastard.
“You try dealing with all these hormones going apeshit. Crap. Apeshoot.”
“I’m trying not to swear,” I explained. “You want the first word our child comes out with to be something bad?”
“No. Gotcha.” The man was incredibly bad at hiding a grin. “No swearing.”
Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
Kylie is represented by Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, New York.