Lick (Stage Dive #1)
Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley
Evelyn has big plans to celebrate her 21st birthday in Las Vegas in a special way. That way did not include waking up, sick as a dog with a tattooed stranger. And a diamond on her finger the size of a golf ball. It seems that after many unwise tequila shots, Evelyn married David Ferris, guitarist for rock band Stage Dive. And she has no recollection of doing so.
David immediately offers her an annulment but when Evelyn lands back in her home town of Portland, Oregon it seems that news of their marriage has leaked to the paparazzi and she is besieged by reporters and photographers who harrass her at the airport and invade her family home. David then offers to fly her to LA so that they can sort out this mess in private, without involving other people, an offer that Evelyn accepts.
Evelyn has always been the girl with ‘the plan’. Study hard, become an architect, work even harder. Marriage and kids were maybe 10-15 years down the track not now, not at 21. She’s always been the good girl, the one that pleased her parents and did everything that was asked of her. Marrying a tattooed rockstar that she’d known mere hours does not fall into the plan, nor is it something that fits in with her parents view of her. But during her time in LA, after a few misunderstandings, Evelyn begins to spend some time with her husband and the two of them get to know each other in David’s house up in Monterrey. They both agree not to go through with the annulment.
But it’s not easy – David has some severe jealousy and trust issues and he is still keeping some secrets guarded closely to his chest. Evelyn wants to be patient, to give him time but when she witnesses something she doesn’t think she can forgive, she flees, doing the one thing that David had begged her to never do, leave him. Back in Portland, Evelyn is bereft, devastated but after a month, she gives up hope that she will ever see David again and find the happiness that once looked so promising.
This book is amazing.
About a week ago my youngest son was feeling unwell and wanted nothing more than to just snuggle up on the couch with me. I had my kindle handy and just began reading the book I’d most recently loaded onto it, which was this one. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. The story of David and Evelyn is so compelling and so entertaining that I had to keep going until I’d reached the end, no matter what else was happening around me.
Normally I’m not a fan of the instalove but Kylie Scott managed to hook me into this story because Evelyn didn’t remember meeting David or marrying him. She woke up and was mortified to find herself violently ill and also that there was a half naked stranger in the room with her. She immediately assumes annulment and David leaves (storms out actually) and although he comes to her rescue later on when the paparazzi descend upon her it’s also clear that he kind of wants to punish her just a little, for not remembering. When she meets another member of the band, David’s jealousy and possessiveness make Evelyn wonder exactly what his side of the story in their swift marriage is. They retreat away from the glitz of the showhouse and set about actually getting to know each other.
It’s not an easy journey. There are a lot of problems and misunderstandings for Evelyn and David along the way and I got so hooked into their story. The sex scenes were hot and very entertaining and I think they were balanced out perfectly by the emotion in this book. There’s a lot of pain and heartbreak as well, from both characters. We’re with Evelyn most of the time and her devastation is obvious but when David arrives after they’ve had a brief separation, you can see that she’s not alone, that he is hurting too, just as much. He’s determined to fix what went wrong and Evelyn isn’t sure that she can go there again, that she can put herself out there again. She’s done everything that was expected of her her whole life and the one time she lashed out, got drunk, woke up married, nearly got it annulled and then decided not to, she ended up heartbroken. David is going to have to work very hard to convince her of his sincerity and also that the trust issues he had surrounding her were not longer a problem – and that in return, she could wholeheartedly trust him.
And the best thing? This is the first in a series and we get to revisit Stage Dive as each of the band members get their own story! I can’t wait for that, especially the drummer and also David’s brother, with whom he has a fractured relationship. I look forward to his side of the story! I’ve heard some amazing things about some of Kylie Scott’s other books, Flesh and Skin but they’re about zombies and I have to admit, I’m not much of a fan of zombie novels. However I love the way she writes and I’m thinking that I’m going to have to buy the others anyway because if they’re as good as this novel, as well written and entertaining, then zombies might become my new favourite thing.
Book #163 of 2013
Lick is the 70th novel read and reviewed for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013