Lick (Stage Dive #1)
By Kylie Scott
Evelyn Thomas wakes up the morning after her Twenty-first Birthday on the bathroom floor of her cheap Vegas motel. With one of the worst hangovers she can ever remember and a sore butt cheek she tries to remember what happened after the tequila shots. Her memory a complete blank and limited clues to what happened she is surprised by the incredibly hot guy with long hair and tattoos who seems to want to help her feel better. Who in the world is this guy?
Something winked at me from my left hand, snagging my attention. A ring, but not just any ring. An amazing ring, a stupendous one.
“Holy shit,” I whispered.
It couldn’t be real. It was so big it bordered on obscene. A stone that size would cost a fortune. I stared, bemused, turning my hand to catch the light. The band beneath was thick, solid, and the rock sure shone and sparkled like the real deal.
“Ah, yeah. About that …” he said
After the discovery of the very large diamond ring on her left hand, the tattoo on her butt of the name David and the extremely pissed off man–who claims to be her new husband storming out of her motel room–it becomes obvious Evelyn’s life is about to change. Maybe no one ever has to know about any of this.
Unfortunately what happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas.
Getting off the plane back home she is surrounded by paparazzi, turns out Evelyn’s new husband is none other than David Ferris, guitarist and Rock God of the band Stage Dive. Now with a barrage of photographers and angry fans convinced she’s the cause for the rumors of the bands imminent breakup Evelyn isn’t sure what to do. David offers to have her come to L.A. to stay with him until their annulment can be finalized and Evelyn reluctantly agrees.
Now in L.A. Evelyn is thrown into a world she knows nothing about. From skanky groupies, obnoxious band-mates, callous lawyers and snide PA’s Evelyn isn’t sure being in L.A. is such a good idea. David on the other hand uses her being there as an opportunity to see if he can get her to change her mind on their marriage or at least get her to remember why they got married in the first place.
It’s not fair that you remember and I don’t.”
“No,” he said, his voice hard, cold, in a way I hadn’t heard it. He looked over at me, jaw set. “It’s not fair that I remember and you don’t, Evelyn.”
Evelyn realizes she’ll probably never remember what happened in Vegas but the more time she spends with her husband the more she realizes she should give him, them, a chance. If only David didn’t have so many secrets about his past. Just because Ev finds herself trusting David doesn’t mean he trusts her and ultimately this may be the thing that destroys them.
I have to admit I liked this book a lot more than I originally thought that I would. It was an interesting spin on the whole rocker romance theme that we are seeing so much of. It was a fun and easy read, while part were a bit predictable I still very much enjoyed it. I liked most of the characters although I wished we could have seen a little bit more of the band to get a feel of who they were as a group. Of course this is obviously the first in the series so we will get a chance to see all of the band-mates, it just would have been nice to get a better feel for them right off the bat.
I got a good feel for Evelyn’s character and could definitely understand most of her actions throughout the story even if I felt she needed a bit more maturity. As for David, I really liked his character. In the beginning when we first meet him he seems so sweet and attentive. Ev not remembering them getting married obviously hurts him and leads him to be a jerk to her but after things start to come together it becomes pretty obvious why he behaves the way he does and you can really see he cares about Ev.
The comic relief in the story is definitely David’s best friend and band-mate Mal. I loved his character. The right amount of obnoxious, cocky, charming and sincerity. I can not wait to see more of Mal and what happens when he finally meets a woman who will make him change his womanizing ways.
Lick is definitely a must read if you like “Rockstar Romance”. I can’t wait to see more from this series in the future!
Find out more about Author Kylie Scott here.