Release Date: November 11, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
This is the first book in the Stage Dive series – This can be read as Stand Alone
Review: 4.5 stars
What took me so long to read this book? I feel like the last kid picked to play dodgeball in gym class. Hangs head in shame. I’ve heard great things about this book, but you know how it is, other books come out and the books on your TBR get pushed further and further back. Well I made a promise to myself that I would read this book this month and I am so glad I did. I LOVED IT!!!
I think the premise of this book is most girls’ fantasies. Imagine waking up from a night out in Vegas to find a gorgeous man with you and learn you are married. Then you find out that he is in one of the most famous bands. I totally lived vicariously through Evelyn (Ev) and inserted some of my favorite rock stars in David’s place 😉
“No wonder so many marriages ended in divorce. Marriage sucked and husbands were the worst.”
Here’s the interesting thing. I was sort of turned off by Ev at the beginning because of how she handled the whole situation with David while in Vegas. She was kind of selfish and bit horrible. I also didn’t like how she kept referring to her “plan.” It was annoying and she annoyed me. However, I cut her some slack given the situation and her young age (she is 21), and pressed on. I’m totally glad I did because this girl totally grew on me and by the time she was in LA trying to figure out the mess of a marriage she was in, I really loved her!
“David, you’re hedging. Come on. 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 loomed over me, jaw set. “It’s not fair that I remember and you don’t, Evelyn.”
I was expecting a rock star bad boy. One who drank, partied and was pretty much a man whore. But what I got instead was David Ferris, lonely, sweet and all around awesome guy. He wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but I found myself loving him even more because of that. Here’s the kicker in this book – he remembers everything about the night in Vegas and she remembers nothing. He wants to stay married and be with Ev. Swoon.
“Love isn’t always smooth or straightforward. It can be messy and painful. Doesn’t mean it isn’t still the most incredible thing that can ever happen to you. Doesn’t mean I’m not crazy about you.”
But no one is perfect and David is far from it. Shit if he wasn’t so adorable and sweet I would’ve started hating him after some of the crap he pulled with Ev. David has serious trust issues – issues that he still hasn’t gotten over after like six years – and he does a damn good job of projecting them onto Ev. It was frustrating, but tolerable. Until…he made some colossal mistakes. I wanted to punch him and break his favorite guitar.
“In that moment I hated him and I loved him. There didn’t seem to be any difference.”
I won’t lie. It was at this point that I became amazingly irritated with David and the amount of time that passed before he redeemed himself. But, this is why I love New Adult books – the angst, that feeling that I get as I wonder what is going to happen next. So I kept the big girl panties on and pressed on. And what I got was so much more than what I expected.
As I mentioned, I had some problems with David and some of his actions. But I also had some issues with Ev. I mentioned that she had a “plan” – the problem with the plan is that it really wasn’t ever her plan. My issue was that it wasn’t until the very end of the book that she realized she didn’t want the plan. I think I just wanted her to reach this self-discovery moment a lot sooner than when she did.
Before I end this review, I have to mention Mal. OMG Mal is awesome – I love this man! I am so excited he is getting his own book and know that when he finds the woman for him, it will knock him off his ass! This quote is quite foreshadowing for him:
“Why the fuck would I want to get married? That’s for crazy folk like you two fine people. And while I applaud your insanity, no goddamn way am I following in your footsteps.”
All that being said, I loved this story and I loved Ev and David together. As crazy as this plot is, it just worked for them. I started rooting for them from the very beginning. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Ev and David in the later books.
LICK (#1) – David
PLAY (#2) – Mal
(April 1, 2014)
LEAD (#3) – Jimmy
(July 29, 2014)