I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Kylie Scott
Released: July 29, 2014
Series: Stage Dive #3
Published by St. Martin's Press
” I think Scott did a great job of redeeming Jimmy.” ~ Under the Covers
In LEAD, the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy Ferris had to be redeemed. After his attitude and acts in the previous books painted him as an alcoholic unable to control himself, I knew that Kylie Scott would have a big challenge on her hands.
Surprisingly, it didn’t take very long for me to like Jimmy. Though he starts off as a douche in the beginning of the book, I found that I could feel sympathetic to his character.
LEAD is told from Lena’s POV and after she becomes Jimmy’s “companion”, she learns more about Jimmy than she ever expected. In that time, she falls in love with him and when he doesn’t return her feelings, she believes it is time to leave.
First off, let me start off with what I enjoyed about this book. As I mentioned before, I think Scott did a great job of redeeming Jimmy. I honestly didn’t think I would like him very much, but it turned out to be a great hero in the end. Additionally, Scott’s sense of humor shines once again with each page of this book. I found myself laughing out loud and generally having a good time.
However, there is one thing that kind of faltered for me with this book – it was the romance. Lena falls hard for Jimmy fast and as a reader, I couldn’t understand why. While I did feel that he was redeemed from his previous actions, there was nothing to really make me see him as a romantic hero. As the book went on and Jimmy helped Lena with her dating new people, I enjoyed seeing his jealously peek through yet I was expecting more.
Lena speaks of love, but I never felt it. At around 75% of the book, I was beginning to wonder if I would ever catch up with Lena. While there certainty was humor and heart, I was looking for more passion and more emotion as well. Even their first sex scene seemed a little detached.
While not my favourite in the series, LEAD still offers much to enjoy.
*ARC provided by publisher
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