30 Sep Book Review: ‘Deep’ (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott
Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins’ ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben’s the only man she’s ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn’t looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.
Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She’s his best friend’s little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he’s not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible . . . but will it lead to a connection of the heart?
To be completely honest, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a New Adult novel. I’ve read some in the old days, and was rather disappointed with the genre as it seemed to me it contains too much angst and explicit sex scenes, something which is definitely not my cup of tea. However, last week I was sent ‘Deep’ and ‘Lead’ by Kylie Scott and the covers were gorgeous and simply tempting me to check out the books.
‘Deep’ is the first book by Ms Scott I’ve read, and despite being the fourth in the series I could totally follow the story line and had no problems which I usually encounter when I’m not reading the books in a series according to the order in which they were written. There were many characters, who appear in the first three books, all part of the band Stage Dive or their entourage, but they were all memorable and I do believe all of these books can be read as standalones, though certainly one would enjoy them more if read in order.
In ‘Deep’ we follow Lizzy and Ben’s romance story, beginning with Lizzy discovering she’s pregnant after a wild night with Ben spent in Vegas. She’s had a crush on Ben for a long time, however her older sister, Anna and her partner, Mal who’s also a band member, are strongly against Lizzy getting involved with Ben and are overprotective of her. Knowing Anna’s been Lizzy’s support ever since a big family crisis hit them, it’s totally natural that she behaves like this. She’s the one who’s helped Lizzy go back to school, and invested both time and money for her to have the brightest future as possible. However, the baby growing in Lizzy means she’ll need to make some decisions and confront some people which won’t be easy.
Going back and forth in time we see how Lizzy and Ben met, how their romance evolved and finally, lead to that life changing situation in Vegas. To be honest, I found some things very hard to believe when it comes to their relationship. While I’m OK with someone having a crush on a rock star, especially someone in their twenties, I simply couldn’t believe things could and would happen so fast between them. From texting to getting pregnant, all while denying what they feel for each other. It did seem like a bit of cat-mouse chase at times, though if they were really sincere in what they were feeling for each other, they should’ve just normally date. It’s not like Anna or Mal would bite they heads off. Actually, despite being so protective over her little sister, Anna seems a reasonable person and a very understanding one, and I don’t know why Lizzy would rather lie to her than admit she’s in love with Ben. Because of the whole drama, I guess… no other explanation.
Lizzy was an interesting character, I’m sure some teenage girls would be able to connect with. Being 36, maybe I’m not the right person to judge or comment any of her actions or drives. However, I did like the fact that she’s sassy and vibrant and has a good sense of humour. Both her and Ben don’t appear as romantics which made this story a less cheesy (actually it wasn’t cheesy at all) and more fun and funny. Which is what I really loved! Especially at the beginning when Lizzy is panicking when she finds out she’s pregnant. Her inner dialogue was simply hilarious and so well written.
Ben is OK, he’s a rock star and everyone drools over him and his dominant presence. But he’s a decent guy, just not ready to settle down yet, which isn’t surprising considering he has women falling at his feet. But he was down to earth, just I wasn’t that much impressed with him.
Overall, ‘Deep’ was an enjoyable, light and funny book from what seems like a great contemporary romance series. As I’ve already got ‘Lead’, I’ll definitely be reading it soon, and who knows, I might even catch up on the previous ones too. I know, I’ll be reading them in the wrong order, but oh well… I’m glad I discovered a new author and a new series, and if you’re a fan of new adult with a good dose of humour, then this is definitely a book for you.
My rating: 6/10