Momentum / July 1, 2013 / $4.74 digital
Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.
Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.
One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.
Rockstar bad boys are a favorite guilty pleasure of mine. The more intense and broody they are, the more I am attracted to them. Maybe it’s the combination alpha/beta personality combined with the usual dark secret that causes them to act the way they do. The push/pull relationship between the hero and heroine
combined with the often jealous ex or mercenary external female draws me in every time. The emotional dialogue is often compelling, but it’s what’s not said but implied that hurts my heart.
Lick, the first book in Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series, is a sweet New Adult romantic contemporary that focuses on the relationship between two people who suddenly find themselves married after knowing one another for only 24 hours. Ms. Scott uses her skills to paint an engaging picture of first love as she works backwards from the typical romance; building from the typical romance end point. Though told from primary from Evelyn’s viewpoint, we do get in-depth dialogue between both protagonists, enabling the reader to see both sides of the story quite clearly.
Evelyn Thomas learns quickly that liquor and Vegas are a potent combination when she wakes up in a strange hotel room, with a diamond the size of a small third world country on her finger, and a husband (!!!) asking her if she is all right. From there, Evelyn finds herself on a roller coaster ride of epic proportions when her face and butt end up on the cover of every tabloid magazine and she is surrounded by rabid fans wanting a piece of Mrs. David Ferris, lead guitarist for the band, Stage Dive.
Then I heard it, my name being called out over and over.
Lauren’s mouth pursed in surprise. Mine fell open.
“When’s the baby due?”
“Evelyn, is David with you?”
“Will there be another wedding?”
“When will you be moving to LA?”
“Is David coming to meet your parents?”
“Evelyn, is this the end for Stage Dive?”
“Is it true that you got tattoos of each other’s name?”
“How long have you and David been seeing each other?”
“What do you say to accusations that you’ve broken up the band?”
My name and his, over and over, mixed into a barrage of endless questions.
All of which merged into chaos
David Ferris met Evelyn in Vegas when she chastised him and his friends in a bar. David is intrigued and invites her to go with him out on the town. What starts as a mild flirtation goes into major overdrive as David and Evelyn connect on all levels and David sees something in her that calls to his damaged soul. When Evelyn wakes up the next day, David realizes that Evelyn was drunker than he thought and is hurt she seems to remember nothing.
“...all you wanted was a girl that wouldn’t kiss your ass for once and now you’re pissed at her for the same damn reason. It’s complicated, right?”
He offers up a quicky divorce but when his lawyers rake her over the coals as a gold digger, David grabs Evelyn and goes on the road to see if what they have was just a Vegas dream or a possible life long commitment.
The ticking clock of the annulment papers grew louder by the minute. It unnerved me, thinking our time would be cut short. That it would soon all be over and I wouldn’t see or talk to him again. That I wouldn’t get to figure out the puzzle that was us.
Evelyn and David are fantastically well matched characters whose personalities explode off the pages. Individually and together, they instantly steal your heart and you become heavily invested in their lives. Both of them carry internal baggage that not only affects their relationship, but their lives in general. It’s hard to live your life for someone else. To give up or realign your dreams because of someone elses expectations and desires.
“Why don’t you sing in the band? You have such a great voice.”
“I do back-up. Jimmy loves the limelight. It was always more his thing.”
“Hmm.” He was quiet for a moment. “Ev?”
“Was being an architect your idea or your dad’s?”
“I don’t remember,” I admitted.
Evelyn and David use their time away from their responsibilities to slowly get to know one another. Watching their relationship deepen and grow is a bittersweet journey that everyone, who has ever fallen in love and struggled to allow another person into their heart, can relate too.
Lick is a delightful story filled with laughter, joy, heartache, and hope and I am looking forward to “rocking and rolling” with the next installment.
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