From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…
When the girl of your dreams is kind of a nightmare.
As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoilt brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.
Martha’s had her sights on the seriously built bodyguard for years. Quiet and conservative, he’s not even remotely her type. So why the hell can’t she get him out of her mind? There’s more to her than the Louboutin wearing party-girl of previous years, however. Maybe it’s time to let him in on that fact and deal with this thing between them.
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The best part of this book was how much it made me want to go back and revisit all the boys of Stage Dive; it’s been YEARS since I’ve read their stories and I realized I missed them. Strong was a short, sweet little read, perfect for finding the world of Stage Dive or re-whetting your appetite for an old favorite.
Honestly, I scarcely remembered what had happened in this series when I started reading Strong, I’ve read hundreds of books since I finished the series, and while reading there were moments that tickled my memory and brought the familiar threads of a world I’d experienced before to light.
Strong hit all those spots that make me love a romance novel. The protective man who will do whatever it takes to love and protect his lover, the strong, independent woman who is afraid to let her soft side show lest she be hurt, and a little tension that isn’t a threat to the relationship but still adds a layer of interest to the overall mood of the book.
My only wish for this book, as is usual for me when I read novellas, is that it be full-length. I loved the little bit of Sam and Martha’s relationship that we got, but I would have loved to have seen more of it. Novellas, by definition, are short and as a consequence often feel rushed, and that was definitely the case with Strong. It was still a complete story, but I would have loved more of it, which maybe isn’t a criticism at all because what author doesn’t want to keep their readers wanting more?
Strong is the fifth (listed as 4.5) in Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series. The books in this series are all interconnected standalones and can be read independently, but I would highly suggest reading them in order for the best experience. Strong is written in first-person perspective, narrated by Martha.
“I don’t believe this,” I bitched. “My Valentino boots are actually sticking to the floor. That’s how gross this place is.”
Lizzy just smiled. “Told you to dress casual.”
The smile widened.
“Jeans and a tee is casual.”
“A tee? It’s velvet, Martha.” She held a bottle of beer up to her lips, taking a sip. “I said we were going to a dive bar. You have only yourself to blame for the fashion faux pas.”
“But velvet is in!”
“Would you two quit talking? I’m trying to listen,” said my brother, Ben. The big hairy idiot was slouched back in his chair, bopping his head in time to the music.
Lizzy shuffled closer all conspiratorial-like. “I know why you’re all dressed up.”
I said nothing. There was nothing to be said.
Next her gaze went to the man standing at the end of the bar across from us. No, no, I would not turn my head. I would not fall prey to her bullshit. After all, I’d managed to successfully avoid him for the forty-eight or so hours since my not so triumphant surprise return to the West Coast. Even with us both being in the same house. A very big sprawling house, but still.
On the other hand, it should probably be mentioned that he looked awfully good tonight in jeans and a white T-shirt with a leather jacket. Samuel Rhodes, otherwise known as Sam. Not a pretty man with his harsh features and bull-like neck, but something about him appealed to me. As always, his head was shaved and his body was built and my idiot fingers itched to explore.
Okay. So I guess at some point I must have turned my head. And shit, he caught me looking.
The corner of his lips rose just a little, just enough to mess with me, before he returned to doing his job by casually surveying the packed room. My heart did not speed up due to anything done by him. Clearly, I hadn’t totally caught my breath from when we’d walked in half an hour ago or something. That was all. Interesting to note, he did none of the checking me out typical of a heterosexual male who might have been into me. In fact, he didn’t really give me any signals at all. Ever.
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/