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A Stage Dive Novel, #2

It's back to Portland, where the band has moved to accommodate David and his new bride. As with any close knit group that works together, things are always one step away from a nuclear meltdown. And these guys are under more pressure than most; fans, drugs and rock and roll. This book focuses on Mal and Anne. Mal is the drummer in the band and Anne is the former next-door-neighbor to Ev, David's new bride.

Manic behavior is mentioned often in conjunction with Mal but no mention of professional help. I know it's fiction, but mania is part of a bigger issue, as well as the depression that Mal exhibits opposite his highs. As the story progresses these behaviors are attributed to what is happening in Mal's personal life and that makes sense considering the magnitude of what he's dealing with. That said, Anne enters the picture when Mal is at his worst and falls right in line with his epic plan. But when things begin to get real and messy, Mal's true colors start to show through and it's not always pretty.

Anne is a professional doormat. Mal boosts her confidence and helps her with that while taking advantage of her nature on occasion. I had to stop and remember a few times these two are in their 20's and still learning about themselves and what is right and what is wrong. And Mal, while he had a strong environment growing up, is in a blender now with the music industry and all its temptations.

The best part of the book was they didn't fall into bed together - that was worked up to. The story flowed well with glimpses into the other band members and what they are doing and dealing with as well as secondary story lines that have promise.

Book Blurb for Play

Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick.Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2014 4.00