Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Released on July 29, 2014
Smoky lead vocals singing songs that enrapture you heat. Jimmy is a hard one to love let alone like, but with Lena pulling him from the depth of his own mind. It’s a slow ride through the murkiness of a life that needs to change with a side of sexy times to keep you lusting for more.
Well, Lead is a little darker than its predecessors. The lead singer of Stage Dive has recently gotten out of rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. Every administrator or life coach has left or been kicked out by Jimmy. The band is at a crossroads and something has to happen.
The book opens up with a sassy Lena dealing with the band’s manager. She’s a temp admistrative assistant and Adrian takes the cake on being the worst boss ever. When she gives him the snarky answer to why he can’t get the exact type of donut he wants, he gets ready to fire her. The bands there and Mal (oh, the drool worthy, on your knees to please Mal) overhears the conversation and knows right away she is the one Jimmy needs to keep him out of trouble.
“What is it?”
“It’s a message from the duty manager at the donut shop apologizing for the lack of long, tasty, phallic-shaped éclairs. Apparently they don’t get baked until later in the day,” I said. “Since you failed to believe me when I explained this to you yesterday. I thought you might be more inclined to believe it if it camefrom a higher authority in the donut world.”
The poor perplexed darling looked from me to the napkin and back again.
“His name was Pete. He seemed nice, you should call him if you need further verification. You’ll see I got him to write his number down there at the bottom.” I tried to point to the digits in question but Adrian snatched his hand back, scrunching the napkin into a ball of rubbish. Oh well, I tried.
Scott, Kylie (2014-07-29). Lead: A Stage Dive Novel (Stage Dive Series Book 3) . St. Martin’s Press. Kindle Edition.[/quote]
Lead is told completely from Lena’s point of view. Usually I don’t like this type of narrative, but it worked.Her life is full of temp jobs because she is trying to escape something in her past. You find out what and why she doesn’t forgive very well. Lena keeps things strictly professional even if in her mind she is undressing Jimmy left and right. She falls hard and fast for him, but she can’t cross that line and become one of his many conquests.
Jimmy decides he needs to get Lena a man and starts setting up dates, but no one is good enough and jealousy rears its ugly head even if Jimmy can’t figure it out.
Now I can say with all honesty, I wasn’t a fan of Jimmy’s, but I totally adored Lena. Watching out for someone isn’t Lena’s biggest strength, but she does it well. Jimmy spends way to much time being an ass to her and everyone else. The biggest problem that Jimmy has is his mother. Most of Jimmy’s problems can be traced back to dealing with his mother who is a junkie using him for money. He keeps this all from David his little brother and the hero from the first book.
Lean though she understands what Jimmy has gone through, won’t be his door mat. Even when he grovels, he does it wrong and she doesn’t just jump at his stupid offer. She has respect for herself and the Hell she has already gone through with her family.
While this isn’t my favorite Stage Dive book, it does deliver on a heartbreaking romance with some messed up people. The sex left me panting and I couldn’t say things better than this quote.
Warm breath hit my most secret female flesh. Okay, enough fancy talk, it was my vagina.
Scott, Kylie (2014-07-29). Lead: A Stage Dive Novel (Stage Dive Series Book 3) (p. 210). St. Martin’s Press. Kindle Edition.[/quote]
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