July 28, 2014

NEW ADULT MONDAYS: Lick (Stage Dive #1)

The New Adult genre - their bad boys and big problems and epic loves make them engrossing tales that are so easy to lose yourself in. What's not to love about that? And, now, thanks to the cool chicks at Bewitched Bookworms, we can show these books the love they deserve in a weekly feature - New Adult Mondays.

Lick (Stage Dive #1), by Kylie Scott
Published July 1, 2013
Publisher: Momentum
Format: e-book, purchased
Genre: new adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4.5 STARS

(From Goodreads) Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

When I read the description of Lick, I was intrigued. First of all, it's the first book in a rocker series. Those who have been reading my reviews for any length of time know that I adore the rockers. They're my favorite type of "bad boy." But, a rocker who doesn't blink at getting married in Vegas to a good girl he barely knows? That's definitely out of character. 

When Evelyn wakes up from a nigh in which she got black-out drunk, she finds herself married to a hot hunk of a rock star, with no memory of ever meeting him. After the paparazzi gets a hold of the story, Ev's life is flipped upside down. David whisks her away until the annulment papers can go through, but in that time they spend there, Ev starts to get used to the idea of being David's wife. And she likes it. When they have to return to LA and the real world, though, Ev finds that her new resolve to be David's wife might not be enough to keep him in her life. 

David was awesome. I really was not a fan in the beginning. He acted like a complete jerk to Evelyn. He said and did some pretty awful things. Ev was convinced he hated her. I love relationships that start out rocky. There was no illusion of insta-love. David and Ev had to become friends before they could be spouses. Which was no small mountain to climb since David effectively torpedoed things from the get-go. 

But, Ev was even more awesome than David. She initially paints this picture of a meek door mat. But, when she is backed into a corner, Ev comes out swinging (sometimes literally). She doesn't care about fame or money, which is one of the biggest reasons why David was so attracted to her in the first place. And when things get hard, Ev tries to hold things together so badly. I felt for her so many times as she tried to maintain herself in all the weirdness that is David's life compared to her own. 

I liked how Lick introduced all the members of Stage Dive since we know they are what this series is going to be all about. There's Mal, the drummer, who is David's BFF and a total goof. He's the only other one who treats Ev well and seems to be David's voice of reason. There's also Jimmy, lead singer and David's brother, who is absolutely horrible. And finally Ben who is the bassist and a scary moody dude.

Lick was a quick read for me with lots of fun, steamy parts. It set things up nicely for the rest of the series, which I now cannot wait to read. Any series that starts off this good and features rock stars in each book cannot be a bad thing.

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