I think it’s fair to say that this darkly erotic 80 page prequel does exactly what a prequel should – it sets up the series
4 deeply mysterious stars
I think it’s fair to say that this darkly erotic 80 page prequel does exactly what a prequel should – it sets up the series beautifully. It’s shrouded in mystery and intrigue and whets the appetite perfectly for the instalments to come.
Lilith is incarcerated in an asylum following a traumatic event that she has mostly blocked out – her only memories are blood-soaked. Her best friend is also locked up in the same asylum and HATES her for blocking out the memory. Lilith’s only light in the darkness is the enigmatic Sebastian Brand who dominates her physically and emotionally and then disappears into the ether unseen by anyone but her.
What the HECK is going on? It’s impossible to tell before embarking on book 1, Snare, which direction this is headed in but it’s incredibly intriguing and I’m definitely eager to move on and delve into the series which will span out over several books.
Who knows how this will all pan out but right now, it gives me the same feeling as Calia Read’s Unravel.
I really enjoyed this opening book of the Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott – it’s charming, funny and deeply romantic full of well-
4 amnesiac stars
I really enjoyed this opening book of the Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott – it’s charming, funny and deeply romantic full of well-rounded characters and a dynamic plot to keep you engaged right through to the very end.
Turns out, the old expression ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’ probably doesn’t apply if an Elvis impersonator is somehow involved.
"Let me get this straight, you don't remember anything?" "No," I said, swallowing hard. "What did we do last night?" "We got fucking married." he growled.
Uh oh! Yup, Evelyn has woke up after a night in Vegas remembering very little of the night before and is now throwing up in the hotel bathroom with a very gorgeous, tattooed Adonis checking to see if she is OK. She has absolutely no recollection of meeting him but it turns out they got married while she was inebriated and, not only that, he’s one quarter of one of the biggest bands on the planet, Stage Dive.
I so enjoyed this – I don’t think it was taking itself too seriously. There’s plenty of humour to be found in here along with the angsty romance. I think it taps into every girl’s fantasy that the Rock God she so adores can ditch his philandering ways and change his bad habits for the one girl who means everything to him – the girl next door type – basically, us the reader.
David has, of course, had his fair share of disposable groupies over the years and it was sweet to see how he saw something very genuine and refreshingly different in Evelyn. Turns out that night she can’t remember meant just about everything to him and, after her initial shock, she allows him to slowly and rather creatively help bring back the memories.
The book follows the well worn path of boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boys fucks up ,monumentally and loses girl and boy does just about everything in his power to get her back but this isn’t trite at all – it’s well written and the narrative flows beautifully with Kylie Scott’s accomplished style and, with her easy humour, Lick is a charming and engaging read.
There’s a whole lot of series building going on here with the other members of the band being introduced in all their glory with the promise of some edgy rockstar romances to come as the series progresses. I think it’s a great beginning to a highly promising series and it’s my first read from Kylie Scott. It won’t be my last.
I’m really not one for MC books these days. After a fantastic beginning the genre is, at least for me, awash with mediocrity and I n4.5 shocking stars
I’m really not one for MC books these days. After a fantastic beginning the genre is, at least for me, awash with mediocrity and I never normally choose to read one of these books but this one has been gathering five star ratings from reviewers I really respect so I thought it was definitely time to break the habit and go with the flow just to see what all the fuss was about.
I will agree that this is a highly accomplished debut from Beth Flynn and bears no resemblance to the generic MC romance that floods my newsfeed at Goodreads daily. Yes, there is love to be found in this novel but no, it is most definitely not a romance. It’s just not told that way – it reads far more like an autobiography, a recount of information rather than a novel. The style is actually pretty spartan – there’s no flowery prose or superfluous adjectives to romanticise the story. It’s told in an incredibly matter of fact way – this is what happened, this is what I did, this is what I knew and what I didn’t. This of course helps it to stand out from the crowd and gives it a very different feeling from pretty much anything else that I’ve read this year to date.
I’m not going to give away any plot details in this review – the blurb states pretty much all you need to know. It serves you better not to know anything more as you can allow the surprises and shocks to have the full impact the author intended. And so we begin with a heart-thumping, highly evocative prologue which foretells the end of the book and will pretty much leave you agog and then we immediately go back in time to 1975, when it all began.
The story is then told by Ginny as she slowly recounts the events that lead towards the inevitable conclusion. Everything is slowly revealed and I think it serves well to pay close attention to the details here – it’s all very significant as everything begins to line up and we draw closer to the impending tragic ending as foreshown by the prologue.
I absolutely devoured this book – two train journeys disappeared in the blink of an eye as I lost myself in this story. It’s completely engrossing and captivating and refreshingly different and highly original. It’s definitely not your typical MC – the deadly biker gang is more background rather than the device that drives the story. This is Ginny’s story and she keeps herself pretty aloof from the gang most of the time. There are several ‘triggers’ in this story that may bother some readers such as underage sex, rape and strong violence but it’s not at all gratuitous and it’s respectfully done and very much adds to the whole ‘retelling of information’ style of the story.
If I have any criticisms at all it’s that much of the story focuses on the early years and as we span decades, I felt not enough time was given to the later years although this is possibly intended by the author as the epilogue gives away a few little gems of information that beg for expansion and will no doubt make up the sequel. Also, Ginny refers to her ‘husband’ multiple times during the story as a kind of mystery but I worked out who he was right from the early chapters.
Other than that, this was a truly excellent offering from Beth Flynn – hard to believe that it’s a debut. It’s compelling, tragic and spellbinding and, if books are judged by how hard they are to put down, then this is most definitely a winner. I can’t wait for the sequel to see where the author will take us next.