Book 4, Stage Dive
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Don't miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from 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?
I fire-trucking loved Deep!
I fell in love with Stage Dive in Lick and my love has continued to grow with the guys as they've grown in Play and Lead. Knowing Deep is the last of the Stage Dive novels is bittersweet. I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this book, but knowing it's the last book (for now), makes me sad. I don't know what I'm going to do without a regular dose of David, Mal, Jimmy, and Ben and their lovely ladies.
Deep was a surprise for me. Especially when it came to Ben and Lizzy. Having only seen glimpses of who they were from previous books through other's eyes, I was delightfully taken aback by their true personalities behind the labels like Anne's often trouble some younger sister and the strong, silent, bass player. I loved how sarcastic and fresh Lizzy was. Her inner monologues and thoughts often had me in stitches from laughing so hard. For everyone who loves Mal, and all of his craziness, I felt like Lizzy was the female version of him, but less maniacal and more grounded. (For those of you who don't know Mal, I'd recommend picking up Play today and meeting him.)
Ben was a surprise too. Lizzy's revelation really shocked him, but once he was able to regain his bearings, I loved his concern for Lizzy and how all in he was. Especially since he never thought he'd be a father or even wanted to be one. Granted he made mistakes, but then again as the non-human-carrying person and a first time freaked out father to be, he was bound to. There were moments when I wanted to grab him the shoulders and shake him to help him see reason or bop him on the head or if it'd help. I also forgive him for his sister Martha, who has been a bane for me and the band for the length of the series. Ben can't help but love his sister even if she needs help and has done some horrible things. I'm a little afraid to say this, but I think there's hope for her. I saw how startled she was when some hard truths were put in front of her by Lizzy, Ben, and Sam, the head of Stage Dive's security. I would love to see a story redeeming her.
I loved seeing other members from the band. Especially Lena and Jimmy. I've got to say he's the most improved in this entire series. The change I've seen in him from Lick to Deep has been a complete 180. He and Lena had some surprises of their own in this book and I loved how he stepped up to the plate and how committed he was to Lena. I also enjoyed seeing Mal and Anne. Lizzy and I found out some information about them that I don't think I'm ever going to able to forget. Mal really stepped up as Lizzy's family. It both upset me and made me swoon. David and Evelyn were in here too. I was so happy to see them settled so well and happy with one another. I loved seeing Evelyn tease Lizzy.
Something else I really liked was how the story was setup. Not only was I able to be in the present for Lizzy and Ben, but being able to read about how Lizzy got knocked up was great. That one interaction put a lot of Lizzy and Ben's actions into perspective. Not only did I laugh often while reading this book, I cried too. Some tears were from sadness, some were from happy tears, and others from laughing too hard and frequently. I was so heavily invested in this book that I almost didn't realize I'd finished it and when it was over I was sad because I wanted more.
I know Kylie Scott has said this is the last book in this series, and as much as I have loved being in Evelyn, Anne, Lena, and Lizzy's heads, I would pay good money to read these stories from David, Mal, Jimmy, and Ben's points of view. I've fallen in love with them through other people's eyes and I can only wonder how much deeper my admiration for these men would be if I could see them through their own eyes. Knowing Kylie Scott, her new Dive Bar series is going to be as fantastic. I look forward to falling in love again with her characters and their stories.
All of my favorite characters are back, but Lizzy is probably my favorite heroine yet. You have to love someone who puts it all out there. Funny, sweet, empowering, and even a little sad at times. Great conclusion to the Stage Dive series (if it had to end.) I would recommend reading the series in order.
So I was reading this book…and it was freaking AMAZING! I have read this ENTIRE series and never saw Ben in the light that this book made me see him. I mean it makes me want to have my husband grow his facial hair!
So it starts out with Lizzy, Anne’s younger sister, freaking out because she is pregnant. A very normal reaction since the baby is the product of a one night stand with Ben, even though protection was used. She has been avoiding anything and anywhere Ben might be, so now she has to put her big girl panties on and face him.
Things go about as well as she plans, and she decides to face the pregnancy as if she is a single mother. Because even though Ben says he wants to play an active role in the baby’s life, he doesn’t act like it. She ends up going on tour with her sister, the band, and all the other significant others and she sees what Ben’s life is really like when on tour.
Ben ends up realizing what a screw up he is being and how much he actually cares for Liz. I think his big man up moment happens in two stages though. The first part is where he gets schooled by Jimmy while Liz hides out in the bathroom, and the second is when Liz gets sick and he sees what his life will be like on the road and Liz not around. After that he mostly pulls his head out of his butt.
There are so many better parts in this book, so I feel like using these as part of the review is okay, because none if it is the best parts. I can honestly say that I love the way that Kylie continued the series with the band members all being paired off, but I do hope that this isn’t the end of the series because I want to see more babies!! 5 Avid stars for this book!